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Annenberg School Leaders Discuss Plans for New Building

The new Annenberg School building will go up just west of the new Tutor Center and university bookstore.

The new Annenberg School building will go up just west of the new Tutor Center and university bookstore. (USC; Matt Schrader)

Dean Ernest J. Wilson, Asst. Dean James Vasquez and university officials met Monday to discuss plans for the newAnnenberg School for Communication and Journalism building that is going to be built just west of the USC Bookstore. According to Vasquez, the building is expected to be finished in December 2013.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Annenberg school,” Vasquez told ATVN after Monday’s meeting. “We expect and what we’re hoping is that we’re going to have current students and faculty participate in the process, and come December 2013 and beyond, we’re going to actually be able to realize a lot of this work.”

USC architect Jon Soffa said the university just began the planning process for the building, and they are in the first phase, which he called “space programming.”

“We’re looking at what kinds of space will be in the new building- what classrooms, offices, what public spaces, those kinds of things,” Soffa said. “We’re working closely with the faculty here at Annenberg and the students and the staff to determine what that space is.”

Soffa said that once they do that, then they will begin the design process for the building. Vasquez said the university already established that the exterior of the new building would be Romanesque style similar to buildings that have recently been built on-campus. The interior of the building, however, will be “high tech,” according to Vasquez.

“That new building is going to allow us to really develop to the future of this school,” Vasquez said. “This is the future of this school in terms of no limitations necessarily on space but the opportunity to develop classroom environments, research, learning labs. These are things that we haven’t had the opportunity to do in the past.”

Vasquez said the current Annenberg building is limited in terms of developing adjacent classroom and common space. According to Vasquez, the new building will allow the school to create space from scratch to accommodate Anenberg’s 2,200 students, couple hundred members of staff and 85 faculty members. 

The central location of the building in relation to the rest of the campus will also better showcase student work, since the newbuilding will house several Annenberg student-run organizations, including Annenberg TV News, Annenberg Radio News, and Impact.

“It will be visible, right off Child’s Way, it’s in the center of campus,” Vasquez said. “This will allow us to really showcase those elements.”

With this new building, Vasquez said USC will now have an Annenberg campus because the school will have multiple buildings. 


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