Newly Designed Nickelodeon Building Targets LEED Gold

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Jan. 11 for Nickelodeon’s more than 200,000-square-foot new building in Burbank.

BURBANK, Calif. — In a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Jan. 11, Nickelodeon officially opened the doors to its newly expanded building in Burbank. The over 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex is now home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 show productions, according to a statement.

The new five-story building includes a redesigned 23,000-square-foot courtyard, and the newly renovated, original 72,000-square-foot studio that first opened in Burbank in 1998. The facility is targeting LEED Gold certification, and in order to accomplish this, lighting power is reduced by over 50 percent through efficient LED fixtures, lighting controls and use of daylighting, according to a statement. In addition, 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.

The facility is targeting LEED Gold certification and is home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 show productions.
Photo Credit (all): Nickelodeon

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

In a statement, 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 partners in bringing the facility to life 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 studios 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
    This integrated branding agency worked to ensure that the Nickelodeon brand was felt and experienced throughout the new building and complex
  • Brightworks Sustainability
    The company led the LEED-certification process for the project, working with Nickelodeon and the design team to create a sustainable and healthy work environment


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