Jill & Frank Fertitta Hall
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
The design of Fertitta Hall reinforces USC's mission of educating, recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest entrepreneurs and business leaders. The focus remained on creating a facility that is intensely collaborative and interactive utilizing the latest technology to support their unique educational pedagogy as well as provide abundant support spaces creating the student-centric environment with social gathering, food services, lounges, and study space.
The new building adds 104,000 square feet of building space, meeting all instructional needs for the undergraduate program. This includes 21 classrooms, two of which are active learning, a 150-seat lecture hall, 50 breakout rooms, an improved Experiential Learning Center, and a library/collaboration area. Also included is a café, lounge, offices for the undergraduate program and the admissions office for the Marshall School of Business. The addition of Fertitta Hall resolves the issues of a lack of meeting space and individual and group study space and will allow students to be engaged between classes and after hours.
Fertitta Hall provides significant outdoor space via an outdoor courtyard, shared with the adjacent Graduate School of Business, as well as gathering spaces outside on Childs Way for the students to meet, interact, and study. The building is certified LEED Gold, reinforcing the social responsibility mission of the school.
Four grounding principles were developed through intense visioning sessions with the administration of the Marshall School of Business. Also referred to as "True North," these principles are unique to the business school and were used as the final check against decisions that were made:
This principle represents the community within the Marshall School of Business and the lasting relationships that are developed by students. It also embodies the idea that Marshall students are connecting to the larger University community, as well as that of their professional business environment.
The cultures of entrepreneurship, the University, and the southern California professional environment combine to reinforce the educational and professional development of Marshall students.
Current business theories and trends driven by the forward thinking business environment that exists in Los Angeles contribute to the unique learning environment for Marshall students. Experiential learning—the practice of highly engaging, hands-on and interactive learning—represents the most efficacious form of learning. The facilities and classes at Marshall are shaped to teach in an experiential way.
- 2017 Architectural Precast Association - Award for Excellence
- Education/Spiritaul Design - APA Annual Convention