The USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience is a cutting-edge research facility that connects a divergent group of scientists and engineers to pursue new frontiers in medicine and health.

CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc. partnered with DPR Construction to execute all electrical construction on this 190,000 SF research facility on four levels above grade and one basement level. CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc. provided Design-Assist on the core and shell along with the 90,000 SF interior buildout over 26 months plus the added 20,000 SF of cleanroom space and 40,000 SF of wet labs.

USC Michelson
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This project featured cleanrooms and imaging which required extensive electromagnetic interference (EMI) mitigation considerations that needed the use of GRC (overhead) and PVC Coated GRC (underground) conduits for feeders and branch circuits throughout the basement.

The cleanroom construction also proved to be an extremely difficult project beginning with soil testing to determine the best location to insulate the room from vibrations from the nearby Metro Expo Line light rail. There was a considerable amount of work done to protect the lab which included installing a 3-foot concrete slab for the building’s base, a dedicated duct system which if spread out would span 6 miles if laid from end to end, and using the utmost scrutiny following cleanroom protocol.

In addition, the project included a Toxic Gas Monitoring System, VESDA smoke detection system, and modified fire alarm sequence of operations that allowed area-specific mechanical shutdowns in lieu of a global shutdown sequence.


Designed by celebrated architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis, Emerson College Los Angeles (ELA) makes a bold statement on Sunset Boulevard.

As an extension of their Boston, Massachusetts campus, ELA has become the communications, arts, and entertainment powerhouse in California. This sustainable LEED-certified facility provides an immersive living and study space for 215 students each semester.

CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc. worked with Hathaway Dinwiddie to bring this property to life providing power and lighting to the student housing, interactive classrooms, offices, an auditorium, screening room, audio and video labs, and performance and rehearsal studios.

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ELA has been featured in popular TV shows such as Brooklyn 99, Extant, and Scandal and large profile photoshoots for brands like Lululemon.


The Annenberg Petspace is devoted to promoting and strengthening the bonds between humans and animals through adoption, education, and leadership.

Opened in 2017, the Annenberg Petspace is a unique community space where people can come to play, adopt, learn, and grow. This 2-story LEED Platinum, 30,000 SF space is home to more that 80 rescued dogs, cats, and rabbits from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control and is run by 30 staff and over 100 volunteers.

CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc. partnered with Matt Construction to provide all electrical construction to the facility which included pet adoption spaces, play areas, an education center, and a leadership institute.

The Annenberg Petspace is an extension of the philanthropic work of Wallis Annenberg through the Annenberg Foundation. To learn more about the foundation, click here. To visit the Annenberg Petspace, click here.

PetSpace, Storyline, architecture, interior
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The Annenberg Petspace is a site to behold. Upon entry, guests are greeted by a giant animatronic dog which sets the playful tone for the visit. In addition, guests can run in a human-sized hamster wheel, learn about the animals through interactive touch screens throughout the facility, and meet and greet the animals in several designated community spaces.

The entire building is smart featuring multiple touch screens throughout the facility. Some areas also include touch screens to control electrified viewing windows that go from frost to clear to view grooming, surgeries, or the animals that are not quite ready to come out and play.  


City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases.

Ranked as one of the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, City of Hope delivers scientific miracles that make lives whole again.

CSI Electrical Contractors, Inc. partnered with DPR Construction to deliver design build tenant improvements to this 140,000 SF project beginning with a 10,000 SF dry lab tenant improvement to help researchers begin work in the facility quickly. The project also included the renovation of an existing 2-story commercial office building to a state-of-the-art cancer research facility which included a new ground-up central utility plan to support the new lab space.