FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Construction FAQs

Is the US 101 Barham/Bennet southbound off-ramp closing and why? -+

NBCUniversal continues to meet with various homeowner associations and has funded a study by a third party engineering firm to review and assess the more than 20 options previously studied for a new on-ramp to the US 101, as well as possible concepts for a new off-ramp between the Barham Boulevard bridge and the existing Highland Avenue off-ramp.

What is the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan? -+

The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan is a blueprint for our 391-acre Universal City property that received unanimous approval from both the City and County of Los Angeles. The plan includes upgrades and improvements to our production and post production facilities, a revitalized entertainment destination, and modern office space without expanding the current property.

These advancements will secure our place as one of the world's largest working studios, keeping high—paying production jobs in Los Angeles while adding significant investment and tax revenue to our local economy.

When will the project start construction? -+

The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan has been under consideration for nearly eight years. After a comprehensive Environmental Impact Review process that included significant public input, the LA City Council unanimously approved the EIR for the project in November 2012. The LA County Board of Supervisors recently endorsed the Evolution Plan and we began construction of the first projects during the summer of 2013.

How many jobs will be created by this plan? -+

Throughout the course of the 25 year project, NBCUniversal will invest $1.6 billion and create 30,000 jobs, both on the property and throughout the community. Jobs on the lot will be added gradually over the years and will come from construction at Universal, production at Universal Studios, and new jobs at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and CityWalk. We have a project labor agreement in place so that all the projects in the Evolution Plan will be built with union labor. Jobs available during construction and operations can be viewed by clicking on the links in the "Jobs" box to the right.

Are you building the Evolution Plan all at once? -+

As discussed during the approval process both with the City and County of Los Angeles, the Evolution Plan will not be built all at once, but rather in stages as market need arises. Please visit this website regularly for updates to discover what is currently under construction.

What are you doing to minimize noise? -+

The comprehensive EIR process took into account all of the potential impacts of the project, including noise, light and glare, traffic, and air quality. The approval of the EIR requires us to implement a significant number of mitigations, which take into consideration the needs of our neighbors.

For construction noise we are required to prepare a construction noise mitigation plan to comply with the applicable noise regulations, which may include:

  • Fitting equipment with the most current noise control and sound reduction capabilities
  • Use of highly efficient mufflers
  • Air inlet silencers on motors
  • Planning construction activities to avoid using several higher noise generating pieces of equipment simultaneously whenever possible
  • Locating construction staging areas to avoid interference with residential properties

Operations FAQs

How many jobs will be created by this plan? -+

Throughout the course of the 25 year project, NBCUniversal will invest $1.6 billion and create 30,000 jobs, both on the property and throughout the community. Jobs on the lot will be added gradually over the years and will come from construction at Universal, production at Universal Studios, and new jobs at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and CityWalk. We have a project labor agreement in place so that all the projects in the Evolution Plan will be built with union labor. Jobs available during construction and operations can be viewed by clicking on the links in the "Jobs" box to the right.

How can I get a job at Universal Studios? -+

The overall construction and management of the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan will be managed by a firm selected by NBCUniversal. Once a final decision is made and a firm selected, they will handle any and all required hiring. Please continue to visit the website and information will be posted as it becomes available.

If you are interested in joining theme park operations and becoming a member of the Universal Studios Hollywood themepark team, all job availabilities are posted here.

When will The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ open? -+

The much-anticipated The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ will be an exciting addition to the theme park. Guests will be able to experience this fully immersive environment that brings the stories of Harry Potter™ to life in the Spring of 2016.

What are you going to do to mitigate traffic? -+

Traffic is a concern for all of us. We will be making a more than $100 million dollar investment in transit and transportation improvements to make sure traffic flows in and around our property.

These transit improvements include:

  • Adding a new southbound on-ramp to the 101 Freeway from Universal Studios Boulevard.
  • Improving the 101 Freeway interchange at Campo de Cahuenga Way.
  • Improving more than 120 intersections.
  • Improving access to/from our property from Lankershim Blvd., Barham Blvd., and Forest Lawn Drive.
  • Investing in transit improvements and programs to connect employees and theme park guests to the adjacent Metro Station at Lankershim Boulevard including, shuttles and a transportation demand management program.
  • Funding the design and preparation of plans, specifications and estimates, to improve the 5-mile stretch of 101corridor from Highland Avenue to the 101/134 interchange; upgrade the 134 in both directions at the 101 Freeway interchange, and improve the northbound on-ramp to the 101 Freeway at Highland Avenue, which will then be submitted to Caltrans to seek federal and/or state funding to implement.
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