The University of Southern California (USC) in the US will break ground on a new 88,000ft² building at its Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
USC will hold a $150m fundraising initiative to help build the new facility, known as Wallis Annenberg Hall, which is set to open in late 2014.
The five-storey building will include a 20,000ft² newsroom, a cafe and an auditorium with seating capacity for 160 people.
It will also feature multi-purpose rooms, classrooms, meeting rooms, open study areas, a laptop lounge and a computer lab, and research and learning labs.
The interior of the building will feature a four-storey atrium with a rooftop skylight and multi-storey digital media tower, which will showcase student programming as well as online social media and live broadcast news.
USC Annenberg Dean Ernest Wilson said, "This new facility and the initiative will enable us to expand our innovative teaching, research, and service, and spark a new era of creativity among our faculty and students in this new digital age."
USC said that the new construction, on the west side of Pertusati Bookstore, will supplement the school’s current operations in its existing building on Watt Way.
Funds raised from the initiative will be used for capital projects to improve the building’s labs, studios and technology.
The initiative is part of the USC’s campaign to raise $6bn for its academic, community and capital priorities.
Planning for the building was initiated by a $50m gift from The Annenberg Foundation at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, who is the foundation’s president and CEO.
Image: The 88,000ft² Wallis Annenberg Hall is scheduled to open in 2014. Photo: University of Southern California.