Photo by Blake Marvin

USC Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall

Los Angeles, CA




2015 Best Project, Higher Education/Research, ENR California

Photo by Blake Marvin

Made possible by a $30 million gift from Verna B. Dauterive, the new building at the University of Southern California (USC) brings together many of the social science disciplines. The six-level, 110,000 sq ft Dauterive Hall contains laboratories, classrooms, and a six-story atrium with gathering spaces designed to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research. SGH consulted on the enclosure for the building clad in brick masonry with precast concrete accents and featuring a 1200 sq ft skylight over the atrium.


Scope | Solutions


SGH assisted HKS with the design of the below-grade and plaza waterproofing, low- and steep-sloped roofing assemblies, curtain wall and window systems, and exterior wall cladding. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewed design concepts and provided system and detailing recommendations to improve performance

  • Helped develop building enclosure details, including seismic joints at the intersection with existing structures

  • Evaluated proposed systems for differential movement and helped the architect develop details to accommodate deflection and drift

  • Provided design performance criteria for building enclosure systems and components necessary to convey the requirements to the bidding contractors

  • Observed ongoing construction of the building enclosure to compare with the design intent

  • Used three-dimensional modeling and prepared photo mark-ups to help the design and construction team resolve complex details and construction sequencing

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