Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NBC Invests in New York City

NBCUniversal today announced a major investment in the infrastructure of its New York operations, committing approximately $190 million to a series of upgrades and renovations at the company’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, as well as at other NBCUniversal locations throughout the city.

The project, which is expected to continue through the second quarter of 2014, includes the renovation of much of the company’s approximately 1,200,000 square feet of space within 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and upgrading the technical capabilities of its Manhattan facilities to best-in-class, state-of-the-art technology. The project build-out will create an estimated 484,000 man-hours for New York construction workers over a two year period. The renovations will provide much-needed space for the approximately 4,600 full time NBCUniversal employees currently working in New York City, and help facilitate future growth of employment at the company’s New York locations.

The plans also call for major renovations at other NBCUniversal locations, including 1221 Avenue of the Americas, where the company has leased 245 thousand square feet and has undertaken major renovations. The company’s investment in best-in-class technology for its Broadcast, TV Production and Digital Media facilities, will include building a new state-of-the-art studio control room, and updating critical components of the company’s technical infrastructure, including replacing the Network’s underlying broadcast origination technology, as well as implementing a new studio and production “fiber highway.”

In keeping with the company’s Green Is Universal initiative, all aspects of the renovation will employ sustainable materials and processes, using energy efficient windows; new heating systems; special energy efficient lighting, including motion sensors that will turn off lights when an office is vacant, and light meters that will respond to available levels of sunlight by dimming or eliminating overheads.

“We’re delighted to announce that NBCUniversal is upping the ante in its decades-long relationship with New York,” commented Patricia Fili-Krushel, Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal. “In addition to investing $190 million and contributing to making New York a greener city, we’re building on an 85-year history that stretches back to the earliest days of broadcast entertainment.”

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