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 will be 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
  • 20-30 principal investigators will be housed in the building
  • Hundreds of researchers and students will be employed by the laboratories

The facility features:

  • State-of-the-art flexible, open, shared laboratories
  • A nanofabrication cleanroom
  • Low-vibration laboratory
  • A suite of microscopy imaging technology that can take precise measurements inside of cells
  • Up to 60 8-foot chemical fume hoods and 2 large microscopes

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