Los Angeles, CA


The William Lyon Center was built in 1988 and is USC’s student and alumni recreation center. It currently accommodates more than 3,000 individuals per day, 85% of which are USC students and 15% of which are faculty and alumni.


Upgrade the high-traffic facility for the first time since its development in 1988. 


AFP implemented a phased approach, allowing for the most efficient, practical and cost-effective upgrade of the facility. From increasing the supply of cardio-vascular equipment, to training USC’s on-site service technicians to reduce outside service costs, AFP pulled out all the stops to make the Lyon Center a standard for student recreational facilities.

Considering the unique wear-and-tear demands of the extremely high level of daily usage, equipment reliability was paramount. The volume of equipment was significant for a facility of this size; therefore, a complete revamp would have to occur in phases. Through its industry-leading network of relationships with top manufacturers, AFP was able to consolidate supply, providing state-of-the-art equipment within USC’s budget parameters. AFP was also able to structure a service support level to increase equipment reliability over the life of the facility.

AFP’s plan addressed new equipment needs in terms of priority, with each phase addressing a different area and level of need. The majority of users were students seeking more baseline results in general physical conditioning and weight loss amidst busy student schedules. Therefore, the most significant demand was for upgraded cardiovascular equipment, including treadmills and elliptical training machines. AFP analyzed the current floor plan to create solutions to allow for this increased cardio-vascular equipment and the ability to add personal viewing screens and plasma TV’s to enhance the overall experience for members. Subsequent phases addressed an expansion of the facility’s upper level and a full-revamp of the facility's strength equipment.                     


Equipment & Technology

  • Experience Series Treadmills and Ellipticals

  • Personal Viewing Screens

  • Stairmaster Stepmills

  • Stairmaster Climbers

  • Concept 2 Rower

  • Experience Series Upright and Recumbent Bikes

  • Strength Training Stations

  • Travel TRAINER retail program