Wallis Annenberg Hall Grand Opening Ceremony

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On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the Wallis Annenberg Hall Grand Opening Ceremony occurred. More than 500 members of the USC Annenberg community participated in the noontime gathering. Speakers included USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Wallis Annenberg, USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, and MSNBC anchor and USC Annenberg alum, Alex Witt.

The day proved to be so popular that the hashtag, #ANNHallPass trended on Twitter.

For comprehensive coverage of the Grand Opening Ceremony — and for a compilation of past photos, videos, articles, exhibitions, and social media related to the construction of Wallis Annenberg Hall — please visit this index page.

This concludes the run of our Construction blog. Thank you to everyone who read this blog, from all of us at USC Annenberg.

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Wallis Annenberg Hall Video Playlist

View ten Wallis Annenberg Hall videos, some from our archives and some brand new.

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Wallis Annenberg Hall Photoset

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We’ve been collecting some of our favorite Wallis Annenberg Hall construction photos. Here is the Flickr photoset that shows a finished exterior of the building, and progress to the interior. These photos were taken in late June, 2014.

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Back from Blogging Hiatus – Wallis Annenberg Hall is Now in Use

Thank you to everyone who read, viewed, clicked, linked and generally enjoyed the “Building” Wallis Annenberg Hall blog during the twenty-eight month period when the blog was most active.

As regular readers have noted, the blog went on hiatus July 15. This corresponded in part to a major push to complete Wallis Annenberg Hall in time for the Fall 2014 semester.

The building did indeed open — from classrooms to offices to the converged Media Center, to the tech-instructional Digital Lounge.  to drop-in collaborative spaces galore to The Cafe featuring Illy coffee, to so much more.

A formal Grand Opening Ceremony will take place Wednesday, October 1 @12pm. RSVP here.

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Move In Day

Today marks the first of the official move in days. The movers are going to be moving in support staff and their materials and then moving onto faculty offices. To help move all of necessary items, professional movers were contracted to make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Seating woodwork installation

Several areas (including the Forum) have benches that are skinned in wood that matches the decor. These benches are made of concrete and have been perviously leveled. Now a specialized crew is adding the finished wood to the seats. This involves several layers including plywood, epoxy, and the topmost wood. The carpenters have to make each piece of wood seamless – a process that takes many hours of cutting to size, shaving wood down, placing and finally sealing the wood.
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Studio sets construction

Several of the studios have custom millwork (furniture) for sets. A designer and fabricator are working on bringing in and configuring sections that have been fabricated offsite. Currently Studio A’s desk (with LED strips) is installed on the massive rotating platform. The major set in Studio C is under construction.
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First wave of equipment training

Last week was the beginning of the series of training sessions for the large production systems in the media center. These systems include the video switcher, audio transport system, media halo, and intercom system to name just a few. The training sessions are usually in conjunction with the commissioning of the system and are done by experts brought in specifically for the startup and training.
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Construction closeout: facilities training

As the date of occupancy approaches, the general contractor (Bernards) is preparing for closeout. This process includes scheduling time with subcontractors who have been working in the building to train both USC Facilities Management and Annenberg Facilities staffs in the various aspects of the building. These trainings include, door hardware, backup generator operations, window shade operation and upkeep, just to name a few. This allows for the groups who will maintain the building to ask questions and gain valuable insight to the various systems.
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Customizing equipment locations

In the media center, large pieces of equipment are cut into the desktops of custom millwork. This includes the central video switcher, audio switchers as well as headphone and intercom panels. These precise cuts are done by expierenced carpenters since an error during a cut could result in having to remanufacture an entire piece of millwork.
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