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DreamWorks Opens New Building in Redwood City

DreamWorks opens a new 200,000 square foot facility in Redwood City in an attempt to get animators under one roof.

DreamWorks animation opened a state-of-the art facility in Redwood City last Thursday in order to get artists and technical workers all under one roof.

DreamWorks currently employs over 600 people in its Redwood City location, though the company is headquartered in Glendale, California.

With the new facility will come the hiring of around 200 new workers, according to Studio Head Gail Currey.

"Right now we're looking at a lot of technology people to come in, but over the course of the next few years we're also looking at a lot of artists," Currey told ABC 7 News.

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenburg also praised the facility, calling it “a dream come true.”

Employees will enjoy a host of perks, including a screening room, free meals and even a doctor’s office.

Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre joined a group of local political leaders at the opening ceremony.

"Congratulations to all of you for your ongoing commitment to Redwood City," said Aguirre.

 

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Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I imagine this is at the Pacific Shores location. Any idea where these 200 people are going to live? Probably commuting on 101 from outside of RWC.
TGD July 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Why can't they live in Redwood City?
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Actually, I did support the idea of the Saltworks development. That's kinda why I brought up the question.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 26, 2012 at 05:20 PM
It's funny to receive abuse from someone in favor of local development after three years of verbal abuse from people against it.
Julie Abraham July 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Little's to be gained in arguing about assumptions. Maybe a few/all/most do live in Redwood City, or very nearby, and are glad to have jobs in such a fantastic place to work. In any event, DreamWorks saw our fair city as a prime location. This is cause for great celebration. Let's enjoy the moment. Congrats to all those who made it happen.
Pacific Shores Wildlife July 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I apologize, but your original comment did seem to me to be coming from the perspective of anti-growth anti everything crowd.. Now that you have responded i understand your original point and am sorry to have taken it wrong and responded thusly.
Nancy Krosse July 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thank you Julie for having a rational take on this article. Welcome Dreamworks!
Pacific Shores Wildlife July 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I'll buy you a beer, let's have a "Beer Summit"
Pacific Shores Wildlife July 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Pacific Shores is an amazing place to work, and i consider it a jewel of the RWC landscape, in addition to the wonderful development downtown, going back to the construction of the new City Hall. After nearly two decades living here, i have seen nothing but positive growth and change. If we could allow the vast salt ponds to become something of a balance of housing and restored wetlands AND deal with that horrible under/overpass at Woodside Road and 101, and reduce the congestion during commutes along that corridor, it would be phenomenal for the tax base and for those who live AND might only work here.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Now you're talking, Pacific. I'm a big fan of Martin's West, Gourmet Haus and City Pub. Name the day and time. Just google my name for contact info. I, like Chicken Man, am everywhere. (FYI, I have a real thick skin from the battle over the Saltworks).
Lorianna Kastrop July 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Now if we can just get the Dreamworks folks to become active in our community--volunteering, sponsoring events, participating in non-profit activities and even the Chamber! We could sure use these predominantly younger people to help the Downtown Business Group volunteering to help with our downtown festivals...
Jake July 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM
There is plenty of places for 200 additional people (and their families) to live in Redwood City without developing the salt ponds. Not sure why the Cargill developement proposal enters into this discussion.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM
now that's what I call Dreaming
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Jake, just so you know, there are 89 homes on the market in Redwood City, 62 in Menlo Park and 42 in San Carlos. The median price for that inventory is close to $1 million per home. That's the reality.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM
That includes condominiums.
Mary McLinden July 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Because they probably can't afford to buy housing here.
Adam Mullin July 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Pacific Shores is quite amazing. I take the dogs there- in fact I found an excellent dog trainer by walking there. It's full of legendary companies (Dreamworks, Wildfire, Crystal Dynamics, Eidos, Sencha, Abbott, Zenprise, and others) and it feels like you're walking around a mini Emerald city. In addition there are very hospital geese who don't honk at you and the workers actually wave at passerby's. Then in addition employees who work there get to enjoy their own personal athletic center, soccer, and baseball fields, and volleyball courts. Maybe they could try house-boating or submarine apartments or subminiums . Q's: Why doesn't Dreamworks have a Shrek statue? And also why aren't there more restaurants and or hotels there?
Adam Mullin July 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM
hospitable^
Lou Covey, The Local Motive July 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Restaurants aren't necessary. Employees have access to a very extensive cafeteria.
Rick Hunter July 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Including running or volunteering at our local races, the OktobeRun Half Marathon and 5K (followed by one of our great downtown festivals) and the Parade Run 5K.
Rick Hunter July 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
And someday the City may build a pedestrian underpass under 101 near the Bridge to Nowhere and the end of Main St. Then the Dreamworks people could more easily bike to work from Redwood City.
COH August 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM
What is going in the old Chevy's (There was a sandwich sign for Planned Parenthood for a week)? What is going ion the old Arrividerci at the Marina? Has redevelopment at the Marian started? Why not have a hotel - 2 story at most go down there? Where did Secrets Adult Bookstore move to? When are they going to tear down the old building. What is the SF Water CO. going to do with all the barenn weed-filled patches throught the city? Dumbarton Oaks sure could use a park. Why is the patch such a wasteland of 1/2 infomation and glaring holes? Dreamworks was already at Pacific Shores. Did they move into a new building there? Why doesn't McWhorter's move BACK to their old space they weree kicked out of last JULY and is still vacant? Why is the old bank building next to Chavez Market on 5th STILL vacant after 10 years? WHEN are they going to clean up The Barrio section of Middlefield between Woodside & Atherton? Is there really an assisted living facility going in at the corner of El C & Oakwood?
COH August 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM
There are lots of houses under 500,000 - but they move pretty quickly and need renovations (usually). Mostly in the Barrio section off Middlefield. There is a duplex for $529,000 on Semicircular Dr. right now. But technically, that is in Menlo Park.
COH August 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The new 100+ Unit apartment complex at the old Mel's Bowl site is being developed as we speak. Which will lead to a CRAPLOAD of more traffic on Woodside. And mark my words - one day, the bridge over the tracks will collapse. I avoid that bridge like the plague.
Dave Mc October 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I was born and raised in Redwood City. I'm in construction. I built that building for phone.com . I remodeled it for Dreamworks. And now I'm remodeling the building they moved out of for Zazzle. I say "Thank You Very Much"

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