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USC Iovine Young Hall

The Penta Building Group

Posted: May 27, 2020 | Projects

The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Hall broke ground in 2018 after eight months of pre-construction work. Started by founders Andre Young (Dr. Dre) and Jimmy Iovine, this building is the new home of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy. 

Photo Courtesy of The Penta Building Group

The academy combines culture, technology, and business into one cohesive curriculum, providing a creative environment for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. 

Iovine Young Hall is the new location where students can print prototypes on 3-D printers, weld metal or jump into a studio to edit video. 
The 39,236-square-foot building was designed to be equally as cutting-edge as the academy itself. The first floor is home to metal and wood shops, 3-D printing, and a CNC machine room and laser cutter. The second floor houses 3,800-square-foot classrooms, as well as meeting rooms and an outdoor terrace. The third floor’s core and shell were completed for future renovation as the academy evolves. 

To create a true industrial feel throughout the building, the ceilings have exposed elements, such as the ceiling, pipes, columns ,and beams. 
The project’s industrial design required PENTA to go above and beyond in terms of quality control. A weekly walkthrough with the design team, as well as weekly schedule updates, were performed to track and monitor job progress. 

The design’s simplicity required the team to pay extreme attention to detail. For example, one of the main elements used were steel beams and columns. Prior to spraying the clear sealant, the team had to clean each and every inch of steel to remove any and all rust. This seemingly small component was necessary to achieve the proper look and maintain the steel for years to come. 

Sound and acoustics were also taken into consideration. Not only will foot traffic in and out of the building be substantial, but many of the activities taking place inside — like the metal and wood shops — will create noise. As a result, the decking ceiling was perforated for acoustic purposes. To work effectively, the perforations were cleaned and cleared of all debris. Additionally, the deck itself was cleaned to provide a fresh look, free of marks and concrete spills. 

Furthermore, the flooring included a sealed concrete finish, which was closely monitored throughout construction to make sure that no markings were made and any imperfections were corrected. 

Roofing: Sarnafil
Elevators: Mitsubishi

Project Team
General Contractor
The Penta Building Group
550 S. Hope Street, #2640
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Frederick Fisher & Partners
12248 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Structural Engineer 
Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers
155 N. Lake Avenue, Fl 6
Pasadena, CA 91101

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Buro Happold Engineering
800 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Cost Estimator
Capital Projects Group
2500 Broadway, #F125
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Civil Engineer
KPFF Consulting Engineers
700 S. Flower Street, #2100
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Exterior Consultant
Harley Ellis Deveraux
601 S. Figueroa Street, #500
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Date Bid: Nov 2016
Construction Period: Oct 2017 to May 2019          
Total Square Feet: 39,236
Site: .95 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 17 classrooms, seating 48. 

Building Sizes: First floor, 15,428; second floor, 11,904; third floor, 11,904; total, 39,236 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 18’; second floor, 14’9”; third floor, 14’9”; penthouse, 11’6”; total, 59’.  
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, precast.
Roof: Membrane. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the May/June 2020 issue of DCD