About the Building

Michelson Hall

Michelson Hall, the largest academic building on the University Park Campus, lays the foundation for a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Appropriately, it is nestled between facilities for both schools — just west of the Dornsife Neuroscience Pavilion and north of the Olin Hall of Engineering.

The spirit of collaborative science will extend beyond its walls to many schools, as well as USC’s Health Sciences Campus.

By the numbers:

  • 190,000 square-foot research facility
  • $50 million gift from retired spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, supported the project
  • 20 principal investigators from eight departments are housed in the building with an additional 10-15 to be added as remaining spaces are built out
  • Hundreds of researchers and students are employed by the laboratories

The facility features:

  • State-of-the-art flexible, open, shared laboratories
  • Interactive collaboration areas throughout the building
  • Up to 60 8-foot chemical fume hoods and 7 large electron microscopes housed in specially designed vibration and radiation isolated rooms
  • Two large seminar rooms with movable walls to accommodate a large range of events. Rooms 101 and 102 can accommodate up to 98 and 64 occupants, respectively, and are available to the USC community for bioscience-related events. Submit reservation requests to jseward@usc.edu.

Building users can access manuals for shared equipment, building specific SOPs and emergency procedures, floor plans and more at the Google Drive Team website.

Video: Gary K. Michelson, Alya Michelson and USC faculty talk about the vision and promise of the Michelson Center.