USC CARUSO CATHOLIC CENTER AND OUR SAVIOR PARISH
The newly completed Caruso Catholic Center graces USC’s stately urban campus with a majestic stone cathedral and adjacent student center. We worked with an inspired design team of Perkowitz + Ruth, Elkus Manfredi, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Hunt Design, GLUMAC, Nabih Youssef & Associates, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in addition to USC to provide a beautiful garden setting for this new campus landmark. A central stone plaza offers a flexible space to host weddings, student events, or informal gatherings. Gardens of red and gold surround the plaza and unite the cathedral with the rest of the University of Southern California’s brick campus. The student center opens into a courtyard of café tables and lawn, with sculptural California Sycamores that shade the plaza spring through fall, and let the winter sun warm the space. The project earned LEED Gold certification.