NBCUniversal Receives the 15th Annual Q Award for Its Development of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Attraction
The 2017 Q Award was presented to this yearʼs recipient NBCUniversal for its new Universal Studios Hollywood attraction The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. The Alliance for Quality Construction (AQC) event was held on June 15, 2017 at the Globe Theatre within Universal City Studios. AQC is one of several councils that BIA of Southern California memberships have the option of joining.
The construction began in 2013 and was completed in 2016. The project created many union construction jobs with a total of 749,036 trade hours. The finished project appears to be a small European town right down to the cobblestone streets, candy shops and of course the castle on the hill which also houses a roller coaster. The attraction has already become a popular Southern California tourist destination.
“In the 15 years we have held this event, this is undoubtedly the most unique project to which we have ever bestowed the Q Award," said, AQC Chair, Pam Ackrich. "Unique in that it is not just one building but an entire village that transports you to another world—a world of fantasy and magic—a Wizarding world.”
Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu enthusiastically referred to those in the audience who built this project. “It is always a pleasure being in the most magical place in the city of Los Angeles – and that's Universal Studios. But I really want to thank and recognize all the partners, and especially the union members who helped make today possible. Today I have the honor of recognizing a company that continues to inspire countless fans and wizards of all ages,” said Councilman Ryu.
The general contractor on the project was PCL Construction Services, Inc. PCLʼs operation manager on the job was Chris Ritter who addressed the crowd. “The amazing part to me is the amount of work that got done and the complexity of it. It took less than two years to actually complete the project from the time we broke ground, which is a tremendous feat.” Ritter went on to say that there were 450 construction jobs created by this project, but that there were 3,700 people who went through their orientation.
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