When USC renovated Heritage Hall in 2013, the $35 million project was going to solve the woes of the athletic dept.
It had outgrown the space and for decades every nook-and-cranny, including closets, started getting used for office space.
“The reality is that we have outgrown Heritage Hall and we are badly undersized and overcrowded in there,” then-athletic director Pat Haden said.
The new Heritage Hall (70,000 square feet) nearly doubled the size of the old building as the basement was greatly expanded to include a bigger weightroom, locker rooms, video studio, film rooms, lounges and most importantly, more offices for coaches and administrators.
Well, guess what?
Even with all that planning, USC is currently turning a storage room into . . . even more offices.
The hiring flurry at the athletic dept. has created another office space crunch. Maybe it’s all those social media hires.
It’s not the first time since the building was renovated. Boy Wonder Brandon Sosna converted a tiny meeting room into his own office, mainly because it was connected to Mike Bohn’s office. That led some to joke Sosna had the kids’ office.
History repeats itself. Here’s athletic director Jess Hill standing in a crowded trophy room at the Student Union to show USC needed to build Heritage Hall in the first place.
For the history buffs, here is the original rendering in 1955 for Heritage Hall.