Nickelodeon Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility in Burbank, Calif.

Targeting LEED Gold Certification, Nick’s New Sustainable Building
Features Cutting-Edge Technology, Art-Inspired Design and Houses More
Than 20 Productions

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BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a ribbon cutting ceremony held today, Nickelodeon officially
opened the doors to its newly expanded building in Burbank –an over
200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex now home to
more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 show productions,
including the biggest hits in kids’ TV like The Loud House; SpongeBob
SquarePants; Shimmer and Shine;
and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Nickelodeon’s facility now includes a new five-story, building; an
expansive, redesigned courtyard; and the newly renovated, original
72,000 square-foot studio that first opened in Burbank in 1998.

“The opening of our new offices in Burbank is a significant moment for
Nickelodeon,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “We are
ushering in a new era of creative excellence and increased collaboration
for everyone who works here.”

Zarghami added, “Since we first planted our flag on the West Coast in
the early ‘90s, Nickelodeon in Burbank has been a beacon to the creative
community, and our new complex now signals our increased commitment to
giving our creators and employees the very best environment and
resources to be successful.”

Nickelodeon’s expanded campus fully reflects the brand’s style and
sensibility, outfitted with art and installations to inspire and support
creativity, community and a collaborative environment:

  • Each floor features a central trellised “working gallery” that runs
    the length of the building, providing open space for collaboration and
    to display work in progress, as well as creating a visual connection
    between the courtyard and the views of the mountains to the east.
  • Employees can brainstorm on full-height chalkboard, dry erase and
    magnetic walls, and personalize their workspaces with adjustable desks
    and cubbies.
  • An on-site rotating art gallery will showcase both internal and
    external artists’ work.
  • There is also an archive and library of the brand’s early days, paying
    tribute to the diversity of its long list of contributing artists and
    featuring pencil test renderings, creators’ notes and painted cells
    going back to the brand’s classic ‘90s series.

An over 23,000 square-foot courtyard serves as a connection point
between the new and original buildings, while itself serving as an
outdoor work and meeting area with full A/V capabilities and an art
installation site. Details of the courtyard include:

  • A 400-lb statue of The Ren & Stimpy Show’s Stimpy situated
    in a Zen garden;
  • Stone benches etched with live-action and animation creators’ artwork
    and quotes;
  • Wire sculptures of Henry Danger, Clarissa Explains It All, Avatar:
    The Last Airbender,
    and Dora the Explorer, among others;
  • Banners representing every live-action and animation show in current

Through a partnership with STUDIOS Architecture, ARC Engineering and
Brightworks Sustainability, Nickelodeon’s West Coast facility targeted
LEED gold certification by integrating sustainable strategies and
resources into the design and operations of the building. To help
optimize energy-efficient performance, lighting power is reduced by over
50% through efficient LED fixtures, lighting controls and use of
daylighting. Priority was also placed on use of healthy and
environmental building materials, such as low-emitting flooring and
paint, and use of products with high recycled and regional content.

Additional features of Nick’s newly expanded complex include:

  • Screening Room – Employees can gather in a new 88-seat
    screening room where old world Hollywood meets contemporary design;
  • Three Voiceover Studios – A new recording studio complements
    the two existing studios.
  • Café – Hoek and Stimpson, Nick’s new café located in the lobby
    of the new building, overlooks the courtyard and offers a place for
    employees to gather;
  • Indoor/Outdoor Connection Each floor has
    courtyard-facing breakout areas and balconies;
  • Health and Wellness – The project includes both a fitness room
    and a calming Zen garden;
  • Music Room, Game Room, Arcade – Employees can play instruments
    including drums, guitars and piano, or gather for classic games of
    pinball or air hockey;
  • Nickelodeon Studio App – An iPhone– and Android-compatible app
    allowing for easy communication, collaboration and scheduling across
    all department.

Also at the new building, employees are invited to create, broaden their
artistic reach and experiment in two artistic play spaces housing
traditional and new technology. The traditional space will feature
stop-motion capabilities and animation discs and paints, while the other
space will feature new technology with the latest animation software.

Nickelodeon’s partners for bringing to life its facility include:

  • Accord Interests, LLC – The national real estate
    development firm developed the original and new buildings, and will
    continue to own and manage the complex;
  • DLR Group This executive architect group led
    conceptual planning and building design, city approvals, construction
    drawings, and construction administration for the core and shell of
    the project;
  • McCormick Construction – Responsible for building the
    facility’s core and shell, in addition to the studio’s 450-stall,
    129,000 square-foot parking structure;
  • Environmental Contracting Corporation – Responsible for the
    completion of the interiors of the new building, the exterior
    courtyard and the addition of a new glass pavilion adjacent to several
    new public spaces;
  • STUDIOS Architecture – The international design firm was
    the design architect for the new building, the exterior courtyard, and
    all of the interior spaces for the complex;
  • KSA Design Studio – The nationally recognized landscape
    architecture firm was responsible for the landscape design of the main
    courtyard and the small outdoor areas surrounding the buildings;
  • STRUCK – This integrated branding agency worked to ensure that
    the Nickelodeon brand was felt and experienced throughout the new
    building and complex;
  • Brightworks Sustainability – Led the LEED green building
    certification process for the project, working with Nickelodeon and
    the design team to create a sustainable and healthy work environment.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one
entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by
putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes
television programming and production in the United States and around
the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature
films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than
90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit
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