CONCEPT ART: Universal Orlando Resort to Build New Team Member Campus Commons

Lisa Stump

CONCEPT ART: Universal Orlando Resort to Build New Team Member Campus Commons

Universal Orlando Team Member Life released details on the upcoming Campus Commons facility, due to open during the second half of 2024.

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New Campus Commons for Universal Orlando Team Members

Universal Orlando Team Member Life on Instagram released new concept renderings for the Campus Commons planned for completion during the second half of 2024. This facility is designed to increase comfort and provide amenities to the Universal Orlando Resort Team Members.

The facility is an all-in-one location designed by by Universal Creative. It will include places to socialize, enjoy a meal, visit Team Member Services, shop at U-Shop or stop at the bank. Construction fences are reported to go up on May 15.

Universal Orlando Resort is planning to build a Campus Commons for its Team Members.

The new campus will include access to multiple facilities limited just to Team Member use. Amongst these is revamping the Backlot Bistro to modernize the space and include additional seating.

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The campus is intended to give Team Members a place to recharge and take care of themselves backstage.

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Both indoor and outdoor areas will be available for Team Members to enjoy. The current plan includes functional and thoughtful outdoor spaces to help Universal Orlando Resort employees relax and destress.

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Universal Orlando Resort has recently been working on increasing quality of life for team members, including renovating currently available spaces for employees in several areas around the resort and increasing starting pay for many of the workers.

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The official statement on the campus reads as follows:

There are so many great things happening across our resort, and we’re excited to share this first look at our new UO Team Member Campus Commons, set to open in the second half of 2024! Designed by our colleagues in Universal Creative, our new campus hub will be an all-in-one location where our Team Members can have a meal, socialize, shop, and take advantage of other services. The project will include an all-new Team Member dining location with modern décor, expanded seating, and thoughtfully designed outdoor spaces.

“The Campus Commons will be a wonderful facility for current and future Team Members,” shared Karen Irwin (President & COO), adding that the facility builds on our Team Member-first culture. “There truly has never been a better time to be a part of this team with so many incredible things happening, and so many more on the horizon.”

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More Epic Changes to Come

Universal’s Epic Universe, the newest theme park under construction in Orlando, is racing toward a projected summer 2025 grand opening. The new Team Member Campus Commons should be completed before the park is completed.

While details on nighttime spectaculars are not yet apparent here either, it’s very likely that the thin, protruding peninsula on the lake toward the far back of the picture will be utilized for fireworks launches. Elaborate special effects will have fewer restrictions farther out from the older and more clustered city neighborhoods, and while the primary campus for Universal Orlando Resort may be feeling a bit cramped these days, over at this site, Universal is playing with land larger than their Studios park, Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk combined.

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