Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

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 making significant investments and adding tax revenue to our local economy.

To date, much has been completed as part of our long-term Evolution Plan. These projects include the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, six brand new sound stages that are the largest ever constructed at the Studio, the Tom Brokaw News Center, and over $100 million in transportation improvements throughout the region.

The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan, as approved by the City and County of Los Angeles, was designed to serve as a 25-year blueprint for the property.  As such, we continue to review potential projects, studio improvements and theme park upgrades that fit within the scope of the Plan.

The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan, as approved by the City and County of Los Angeles, is a long-term plan for the property. As such, we continue to review potential projects to make sure that we are bringing high-quality entertainment to our guests and new experiences to our theme park offerings.

The NBCUniversal Evolution Plan, as approved by the City and County of Los Angeles, is a long-term plan for the property. As the way we make movies and other entertainment continues to evolve, so will our studios and the Evolution Plan affords us the flexibility to invest in new technologies and spaces as needed over the next 20 years.

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. 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 can be viewed by clicking “here“.

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

As part of the Evolution Plan, NBCUniversal has announced its intention to transform the Universal Studios Lower Lot into a true campus that builds on the studio’s long legacy of entertainment, innovation, and excellence.

While still in the earliest stages of the process, the project will include:

  • A contemporary Employee Commons building 
  • A new creative Office building
  • Thoughtful indoor and outdoor gathering spaces 

We remain committed to keeping employees and the surrounding community up-to-date as the project progresses and will provide the latest information as we move forward.

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

Traffic is a concern for all of us. We are 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:

Completed Improvements:

  • Adding a new southbound on-ramp to the 101 Freeway from Universal Studios Blvd.
  • Improving the 101 Freeway interchange at Campo de Cahuenga Way.
  • Improving access to/from our property from Lankershim Blvd., Barham Blvd., and Forest Lawn Dr.

Ongoing Improvements:

  • Investing in transit improvements and programs to connect employees and theme park guests to the adjacent Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. including, shuttles and a transportation demand management program.
  • Improving more than 120 intersections.
  • Funding the design and preparation of plans, specifications and estimates, to improve the 5-mile stretch of 101 Freeway corridor from Highland Ave. to the 101/134 interchange; upgrade the 134 in both directions at the 101 interchange, and improve the northbound on-ramp to the 101 Freeway at Highland Ave., which will then be submitted to Caltrans to seek federal and/or state funding to implement.

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