Telemundo Opens New $250M Headquarters In West Miami

Telemundo has opened the largest TV production studio in South Florida, a $250 million complex designed for 1,200 employees, with room to grow to 1,500.

Click on the photo for a SFBJ slideshow of the new Telemundo Headquarters in Miami

The Spanish language media giant, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal and Comcast Corp. (NYSE: CMCSA), debuted its 476,000-square-foot global headquarters at 2350 N.W. 117th Place, just west of the Dolphin Mall. It’s in the Beacon Lakes industrial park in west Miami-Dade County.

This facility will be the hub of TV series production, news, digital content and sports – including the 2018 FIFA World Cup – for Telemundo, a leading network for Spanish language programming in the United States. It has been in a tight battle for viewers with Univision, with Telemundo making huge gains since Comcast acquired its parent company NBCUniversal in 2011.

“During the acquisition, Telemundo was a distant second to Univision and was a little-discussed aspect of the deal,” said NBCUniversal CEO Stephen Burke. Now it’s coming off a year where it beat Univision in prime time viewership and is the most-watched station in many major markets, he said. “That underscores why the Fortune 500 company has invested so much in the new facility. This may be the most beautiful building we have anywhere in the company. And that’s coming from a company that owns 30 Rock and the Comcast Center in Philadelphia.”

Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Cesar Conde said the building would be the center of the Hispanic media world in the United States. The company also established an academy to train local students in media jobs.

“Our real investment is not only in Telemundo but also the future of the Miami-Dade County region,” said Comcast Senior Executive VP David L. Cohen.

The facility has 13 TV production studios, sound-proof rooms protected by 3,000-pound “elephant doors,” and two digital studios for virtual reality and augmented reality. Filming should start in a few months. There are also 72 editing stations, each with AVID Media Composer and Abode.

With 300 work stations and 60 conference room, Telemundo’s headquarters is designed so employees are mobile and not tethered to a desk. They will be assigned lockers, cell phones and lap tops, but employees won’t have a traditional desk with a docked phone. They are encouraged to work at any station in their division. The building is color-coded by seven work areas, each named after a Latin country.

If the employees don’t want to be at their workstations, they can take their laptops to the three-story atrium and grab a bite from the cafeteria or coffee bar as they work. Meetings can be held in booths or glass-encased rooms. Even the executive offices have full glass windows.

In order to stay operating during a storm, the building has been designed to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane and it has a backup tower with a 25,000-gallon fuel tank to run on generator power for three to four days in the event of a blackout.

Telemundo’s headquarters was designed by RLC Architects and built by Turner Construction.

Telemundo received a state and county public incentive package worth up to $3 million from the Target Jobs Incentive Fund over six years and a $5.5 million High Impact Performance Incentive/Capital Investment Tax Credit from the state.

 

Source: SFBJ

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