USC players were off Thursday, but work continues seemingly nonstop on the new $70-million John McKay Center, which is rising on campus across the street from Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field.
Workers broke ground on the 110,000-square-foot, three-level building in January and construction is on schedule to be finished by midsummer.
Coach Lane Kiffin charts the building's progress every morning when he makes the short trek from Heritage Hall to the practice field.
"The crews working over there amaze me," Kiffin said. "It's exciting to see it develop."
The new facility will house football offices, meeting rooms and a recruiting lounge on the upper level.
The middle level will house student-athlete academic services for all athletes.
The lower level includes a locker room, weight room, athletic training room, a sports performance and nutrition area, a 40-yard indoor field-turf area and a football players' lounge.
Mark Jackson, a senior associate athletic director, traveled across the country to study facilities at other universities and venues.
"He took a little bit of everything to make this a unique place," Kiffin said. "The one thing that was missing in recruiting and that got used against us, our facilities, is now gone."