The 1988 Master Plan

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In the 1980s, USC commissioned Gin D. Wong and Associates to develop a comprehensive update of the master plan. Reflecting academic needs and priorities as well as community growth, master planning in the larger Exposition Park community, long-term and area-wide parking and transportation requirements, and student accommodations, the plan addressed development solely within the finite amount of land defined by the established campus boundaries.

The plan identified a number of campus sites with development potential, including surface parking lots and buildings nearing their functional obsolescence. Also among its recommendations was the relocation of non-academic functions such as library storage and student housing off campus to the north and east.

Map of 1988 master plan
Focusing on the space within established campus boundaries, the 1988 master plan proposed the consolidation of academic and physical-education needs within distinct quadrants as well as the relocation of non-academic functions to off-campus locations in order to preserve campus land resources for academic purposes.

Photo of  Popovich Hall at night
Jane Hoffman Popovich and J. Kristoffer Popovich Hall opened in 1999, not only providing a state-of-the-art home for USC’s graduate business programs, but also marking a major step in the development of the university’s main entrance off of Exposition Boulevard at Pardee Way.

Photo of International Residential College at Parkside
USC’s first new residence hall since 1982, the International Residential College at Parkside welcomed its first students in January 2002. The new facility was constructed on the site of former Parkside Apartment buildings A and B.