Knauss Center for Business Education

Knauss Center for Business Education

Project details

Knauss Center for Business Education

Delawie completed USD’s Knauss School of Business as a joint venture with national design firm Perkins & Will for USD’s The Knauss School of Business that encompasses a new three-story, 89,000 SF Knauss Center for Business Education and the renovation of the 47,000 SF Olin Hall.


The Knauss Center for Business Education will transform the iconic and award-winning campus. Once complete in the Fall of 2022, it will provide USD students with 23 new classrooms, a 1,200 SF financial markets lab and 1,200 SF data analytics lab. There will be board meeting rooms, a 2,600 SF Nexus Theatre, an auditorium with a capacity of 250 audience members, and a 7,300 SF Student Success Center. The building will facilities to host guest speakers and outside groups. The exterior of the building is designed to complement the 16th century Spanish renaissance architecture throughout the USD campus, while providing a modern, open space for students to learn.


Olin Hall will include 36 new staff offices totaling 120 SF each, five 150 SF conference rooms, a 950 SF faculty community center, a 2,300 SF café and more. Olin Hall will primarily function as a center for the Knauss Business School faculty, operating in conjunction with the Knauss Center to form a 120,000 SF business school complex – tripling the size of The Knauss School of Business.


Features of the building will include:

– The Free Enterprise Suite, a space with state-of-the-art technology to help seed student startups from across the university.

– The Student Success Center, which unifies advising, career development, mentoring and all other student services under one roof.

– The Busch Family Torero production studio, named through the first gift to the building project from Kim and Andy Busch, will be a state-of-the-art production studio for creating mock interviews, videos, podcasts and other tools to help students develop their personal brand.

– The Dennis Zocco and Dan Rivetti Finance Lab, supported through the generous gift from the Kokua Na Lani Foundation, will help students develop advanced financial analysis skills through training on the most impactful software tools being used by thought leaders in the financial services industry.

– The Nexus Theatre will be perfect for small gatherings or large events.


The Knauss School of Business will be an unparalleled place for learning and innovation that will help prepare students to succeed not just academically, but as ethical leaders who are inspired to make a difference in their communities.



Year: 2022
Location: San Diego, CA
Program: Business School, Education, Ground-Up, Renovation