Public Works staff is also working on some other exciting projects at Universal Studios Hollywood including their new immersive environment under construction that will be part of the new Tram attraction, the Brokaw News Center…and we’re also hard at work on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed land, scheduled to open in 2016.
These large projects are fun and challenging because they utilize some of the latest and most advanced construction concepts. Our jurisdiction at NBCUniversal covers about 350 acres and comprises more than 400 unique buildings and structures including television and movie production facilities, offices, restaurants and shops at Universal City Walk. Our role encompasses everything related to building and safety including plan check reviews and inspections of structural components such as electrical and plumbing systems; heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, and fire sprinklers. Over the last five years we’ve issued almost 3,000 permits here. In fact, there is so much distinct and specialized work that for the past 20 years we’ve maintained a full-time district building safety office right here on site.
Having a dedicated office for NBCUniversal allows for close collaboration and a strong working relationship between the Building & Safety Division and the client. These days 95% of the plan reviews are done online using the new e-plan check system, which greatly reduces the amount of paper generation but also streamlines the permit review process. For NBCUniversal, this sophisticated and high level of service is critical to their operations.
The working relationship NBCUniversal has with County Public Works is instrumental to ensuring that the significant increase in construction projects is able to come to fruition.