University of Southern California, Galen Center

Los Angeles, California

  • FIRM

    HNTB Corporation


    University of Southern California

  • AREA

    300,000 sq.ft.





Situated on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California’s new Galen Center houses the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams, and numerous entertainment, academic and community events.

The design goals were to extend the sense of campus across Figueroa Street with this new “anchor” on the campus’ northeast corner, and create a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY10,258COST PER SQ FT$383.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized visible from the adjacent freeway, while recognizing campus and pedestrian needs. Use of brick, architectural cast-in-place concrete and integrated sculpted masonry artwork, and a sensitive landscape design helped address these challenges, and reflect the palette and scale of the USC campus. Masonry, lighting, banners, plant materials and paving tie Galen Center to the main campus.

Inside, six two-story windows offer a spectacular, unobstructed view of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, strengthening the building’s connection to downtown. The 10,258-seat, two-deck arena includes 22 private luxury suites; each has 500 square feet and seats 16. Preferred seating includes 2,152 founders seats on the lower deck and 1,100 more center court seats in the upper deck, which has its concourse cantilevered out for great sightlines. The 450-capacity, 7,000-square-foot Founders Club behind the stage end has direct access to courtside seats. An 11,000-square-foot lobby houses a hall of fame and is available for receptions and hospitality.

The practice pavilion offers about 35,000 square feet of floor space with 1½ courts for each of the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. Walls can be raised to accommodate nine volleyball courts for youth tournaments and other events. Retractable bleachers provide seating for 1,000.

Completed in October 2006, the $140 million center has become a community resource and a linchpin in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Los Angeles. Events held at the center are expected to bring more than $10 million in annual revenue to this economically diverse community.