Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California


Acute Care Hospitals


Los Angeles, CA

Numerous Projects in Progress Lots of Acronyms- AHU, RODI, OR, DVRC

“In July 1999, the University of Southern California announced that it had received a gift of $110 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation—the largest gift ever made to a medical school at the time and the largest single gift ever made by the Keck Foundation. USC, which committed to raising $330 million in matching funds, renamed its medical school the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to recognize the generosity of the foundation.”

Today, The Stahl Companies is overseeing numerous projects at Keck School of Medicine of USC.

In both the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower (NOR) and the Norman Topping Tower (NTT), the old air handler units are being updated with new units.

The NOR has two air handlers being replaced. Within this cancer center, construction work has additional circumstances to be considered, working around the needs of the radiology department as well as staff collaboration to avoid any disruption of services. This project was in the construction phase when Stahl was brought on to manage it to completion.

At the NTT, the crane pick was recently completed for the 1st of 4 permanent air handler units being replaced.

Temporary units are brought in initially, and the air handlers are then replaced one-by-one following necessary duct work and, in this case, a load study to ensure the street could accommodate the weight of the crane that would be used to move the units on and off the building roof.

In another project taking place in both the NTT and NOR towers, Stahl is closing out the RODI (Reverse Osmosis Deionized Water) project. We were first included in this project during the construction phase to help bring the project back on schedule. We are pleased to now be closing out the RODI work.

Our Periop Anesthesia project consists of two floors of Operating Rooms receiving updates, several ORs on the 2nd floor, and several on the 4th floor. Currently, new electrical and data pendants are being dropped for the anesthesia carts. Additionally, new Storz monitors are being brought into these ORs. While cable is being pulled for these rooms, some practical upgrades have been attended to for Nurse Call.  The project is now over 70% complete.

In mid-March, for Nuclear Medicine, a circa 1990s gamma camera was removed in preparation for a replacement. The substantial weight of the camera made it necessary to use a specific elevator in the building (one able to accommodate up to 6,000 lbs) to remove it from the 2nd floor. This high-tech camera requires a less than 3/16” tolerance across the area flooring. Prior to the installation of the new camera, the previous epoxy pad was removed, and the flooring has been adjusted to ready the room for the new machine.

USC recently purchased the Doheny Eye Institute building. The 4-story + basement DVRC (Doheny Vision Research Ctr) building is empty and Stahl is leading a team of engineers and contractors to complete an extensive and timely systems condition assessment of this 127,000-sf structure. Stahl is proud to be part of a project that will eventually bring this vacated building back to useful life.