Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Development Best Project: NBC Universal Telemundo Global HQ
NBC Universal Telemundo Global Headquarters and Broadcast Studios
Owner: Mace North America Limited
Lead Design Firm: Design Republic
General Contractor: Turner Construction Co.
Structural Engineer: RCL Architects
Despite being brought onto the project roughly nine months after it was started by another general contractor, Turner Construction was able to deliver on owner expectations for the 476,000-sq-ft NBC Universal Telemundo headquarters and studio project.
Designed and constructed to bring multiple divisions together, the project consolidated NBC Universal Telemundo’s regional production studios and offices while supporting the company’s 1,300 employees. The three-story facility features a large, open floorplan that accommodates corporate offices, broadcast studios, newsrooms, 300 workstations and support areas for the news and sports networks. The building boasts 13 production studios, two digital labs, VR production sets and more than 70 editing stations. Building amenities include 60 conference rooms, training rooms, a wellness area, a food court, indoor courtyard and game room.
The building is a tilt-up structure with a steel roof and framed floors connected by a winding staircase. Sculptural curved stairs lead through an oval opening to the two-story newsroom. Natural light is abundant throughout the interiors from multiple skylights.
Located on a 26-acre site, the project also features an additional 87,000-sq-ft warehouse studio facility and 1,213 parking spaces with dedicated electronic car charging stations.
The building is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. It can remain operational, running off a 25,000-gallon fuel tank, for up to four days after a weather disaster.
Upon starting the project, Turner worked to increase communication and drive project expectations through daily huddles with trade partners. The team used building information modeling to help the owner proactively address major MEP conflicts, avoiding costly impacts. The process enabled Turner to drive design and vendor coordination despite the fact that both were owner controlled.
At peak manpower, the project team employed 500 workers. More than 3,400 construction jobs were generated by the project.