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February 2017 flyover videoFebruary 21, 2017 4:17 pm
Compton based construction company featured in Compton HeraldNovember 22, 2016 11:36 am
Kevin Ramsey earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering.
The Compton Herald featured USC alum Kevin Ramsey owner of construction company, Alameda Construction. Ramsey, who started his business in a garage, is now major subcontractor for the university having worked on the Galen Center and now, the USC Village.
He shares his emphasis on local hire, “We’re in Compton. We do most of our work in L.A. Our workers come from where we work and live. So it helps to be local.” Read full story here.
USC Village nears the homestretch, as final construction work gets underwayNovember 2, 2016 3:11 pm
The $700 million residential and retail complex, which opens in fall 2017, is on the former location of the University Village shopping center
A job, a bank account, a climb out of povertyOctober 17, 2016 2:49 pm
Cheyvonné Grayson, 29, grew up in South-Central Los Angeles, where he, at the age of 14, saw a friend gunned down. Since graduating from high school, Mr. Grayson has worked mostly as a day laborer…He had to borrow a few hundred dollars for fees and tools, but his first apprenticeship as a carpenter started at $16.16 an hour. He quickly moved up to $20.20 an hour and is paid for his further training. He is now hanging doors for new dormitories at the University of Southern California.
New flyover video offers drone’s-eye look at USC Village progressJuly 14, 2016 2:25 pm
The latest drone’s-eye view of the USC Village construction site shows the buildings moving along rapidly. Soon the cranes will be coming down and workers can focus on interiors and putting finishing touches on the exteriors.
While the project is progressing dramatically, there’s still plenty of work to be done. The facility is scheduled to open to student residents and the community in the fall of 2017.
Growing with the communityApril 12, 2016 1:58 pm
USC Village will change the way Trojans live and learn — but the $700 million project is also changing the lives of the people building it, many of whom live near the university.
Sheila Cooper had only worked three months in the past three years when the five digits of her ZIP code unexpectedly became her lucky numbers.
Those living within five miles of USC were moved to the front of the line as part of the local hiring initiative at the USC Village construction project. That meant Cooper, a pipe fitter who lives four miles away, would be getting some much-needed work.
“We went through a rough time,” Cooper said. “But I see things turning around.”
Cooper is just one of the hundreds of local residents who have gotten a job on one of the largest construction projects in the history of South Los Angeles.
“USC Village is putting many people on the path to lifelong careers,” said Thomas S. Sayles, senior vice president of University Relations. “This is a path to the middle class. And this is an impact on multiple generations.” More here.
USC Village tops off with placing of landmark spireJanuary 28, 2016 3:56 pm
It marks the halfway point in construction of the $700 million residential-retail project, on track to open in fall 2017
USC Village local employment featured on KCRWJanuary 27, 2016 3:43 pm
KCRW-FM featured USC Village in a story about construction projects creating economic opportunities for Los Angeles locals. The story noted that more than a quarter of the 4,000 construction jobs at USC Village are expected to be filled by local residents. USC has set a goal of hiring 30 percent of the workforce for the $650 million project from low-income, local areas, with an emphasis on hiring people from within a 2-mile radius of USC. The story included a video compilation of flyovers of USC Village’s construction site as well as a video story featuring a construction worker who is helping to build USC Village.
A Village on the RiseJanuary 7, 2016 5:01 pm
Drone footage of the construction of USC Village gives a bird’s eye view of the project as the structure begins to emerge.
The Rise of TroyOctober 16, 2014 9:12 am
The Autumn 2014 issue of Trojan Family Magazine includes a feature piece on the USC Village that includes insight into the architectural design, progress on the construction process, and major announcements such as the exceptional gift made by USC Trustee Kathleen McCarthy to name the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Honors Hall.
New center aims to boost local entrepreneursOctober 16, 2014 8:12 am
USC Family of Businesses, a program within the USC Civic Engagement division, launched its “It Takes a Village” series at the opening of Council District 9’s Business Center. In additional to technical and ‘It Takes a Village’ will inform business partners about development opportunities tied to the USC Village.
View of USC Village construction
The USC Village rises in University Park, bringing construction jobs and new opportunities for this vibrant academic neighborhood.