The Office of Research Facilities serves as the central point of contact for the coordination and management of research space planning, allocation of research space, research space renovations, and investigator/ staff relocations at the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM).
Research space at KSOM is located within 21 buildings (947,272 square feet) costing $16.3M annually. Fifteen of these are KSOM owned buildings with an O&M cost of $12M. Six buildings are leased at the cost of $4.2M. There are eight Los Angeles County buildings used by KSOM for research that are neither leased nor owned by KSOM.
In 2001, the USC Health Sciences Campus had approximately 290,000 net assignable square feet of research space. In 2003, however, the campus’ research space was significantly increased. That year the transformation began when the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) opened as the first new laboratory research building on the campus in 10 years. ZNI opened with 125,000 gross square feet, of which 76,750 was assignable as research space.
In June 2007, the University opened the Harlyne J. Norris Research (HNT) Tower. That facility adds another 172,440 gross square feet, 98,400 of which is assignable to research programs. In addition, renovation of 8,015 gsf in the Clinical Science Center (CSC) building was also completed in May 2007.
The University’s third newest research building opened October 2010 -- the Eli and Edyth Broad CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research. At this time, the intent is that the Broad building will provide approximately 80,813 gross square feet, in which 43,536 is assignable research space and space for the school’s growing Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Ground breaking for the new building occurred in the fall of 2008.
Currently, the next new building to open is Soto which ground breaking occurred July 2010 with completion in the Fall of 2011. This will be the new location for the Department of Preventive Medicine, KSOM and University Hospital HR, and other university services. The L-shaped building features 3 levels totaling 120,000 gross square feet of highly flexible office and classroom space, fitness center and outdoor café. This building is designed to meet or exceed LEED certification standards for green buildings.
All of the above construction adds over 444,977 gsf of wet and dry laboratory space for biomedical research.
Research Space Committee
This committee is chaired by the Vice Dean for Research and is charged with providing advice to the dean on research space policy and space allocation to departments and investigators.