Ronald Tutor Hall
University of Southern California
University of Southern California's Ronald Tutor Hall is a five-story, 103,000 GSF engineering facility that accommodates undergraduate and graduate studies in information technology, bioengineering, and nanotechnology. The flexible space features labs and research areas extending from a central-core plan as well as the Viterbi Museum.
The modular lab spaces are modeled after those at national government laboratories to give students and professors the most current configurations and equipment. Elements particular to the university environment include elevated safety levels and collaborative work areas. The building defines a new campus yard and identity for the campus with a grand entry lobby opening onto the main landscaped courtyard envisioned as an outdoor academic court to encourage and foster collaboration.
Designed from the inside out, laboratory modules were carefully planned to have a clear wet zone, lab zone and a study zone. Design of lab modules ultimately determined the structural grid and floor-to-floor height of the building. The program area has been set at 103,000 GSF. The facility has one basement floor, and five floors at and above grade. The ground floor and second floor include student services, instructional labs, and a café. The balance of the building is flexible laboratory space and faculty offices. A very aggressive design and construction schedule was implemented. Early bid packages were issued for site preparation, rough grading, foundation construction, and long lead mechanical and electrical equipment.
A concrete moment frame was selected for seismic resistivity and space planning flexibility. A flat slab gravity system was selected for gravity framing achieving 2,000 microinches/second at the suspended floors. The slab on grade in the basement area was designed to 250 microinches/second for nanotechnology and MEMS Research.