McCormick Completes Nickelodeon Animation Building Facelift

The company finalized work on the 200,000-square-foot expanded campus in Burbank, Calif.
Nickelodeon’s facility in Burbank, Calif.
Nickelodeon’s facility in Burbank, Calif.

Burbank, Calif.—McCormick Construction recently completed renovations at Nickelodeon’s five-story West Coast facility in Burbank, Calif. Located just 12 miles northwest to downtown Los Angeles, the campus is home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and 20 active show productions.

The over 200,000-square-foot campus now includes a new 110,000-square-foot animation building, a redesigned courtyard and a renovated 72,000-square-foot studio that first opened in 1998. McCormick built the core and shell of the animation building, as well as the 151,000-square-foot, five-story, 450-stall parking structure. Accord Interests LLC developed the building and will continue to own and manage it. DLR Group was the executive architect, STUDIOS Architecture designed the animation building, the courtyard and all interiors, and Environmental Contracting Corp. was tasked with interior construction. Brightworks Sustainability led the LEED Green Building certification process for the project.

Developers used environmentally friendly building materials. DLR Group recommended a ConXtech steel framing system – a customizable, modular, prefabricated structural building system – for the structure. The exterior includes architectural white cement, glass fiber-reinforced concrete panels and a high-performance window wall. The building also boasts a design-build media mesh system on the exterior, which displays animation. Additional features include a screening room, three voice-over studios, a café, a health and wellness area, as well as a game room. Each floor has courtyard-facing break out areas and balconies.

“The newly renovated campus will provide an optimal work environment to inspire Nickelodeon’s employees, while offering the necessary resources to support creativity, collaboration and employee health and wellness,” said Michael McCormick, president and CEO of McCormick Construction, in prepared remarks.

McCormick’s recent creative office projects include Element LA, a 12-acre, 300,000-square-foot campus in Santa Monica, which fully leased to Riot Games; LINQ, an 80,000-square-foot campus in Redondo Beach and Gateway, a 200,000-square-foot, Class-A office project currently under construction in Santa Monica.

Image courtesy of Bruce Damonte/Nickelodeon