DreamWorks Animation's Lakeside Building, located in the magical burg of Glendale, California.
I whiled away the morning at the cartoon studio that hugs the shore of the Los Angeles River, wandering the Lakeside building. As I've mentioned, the structure (seen above) is undergoing extensive renovation and enlargment (a bunch of hit films will do that) ...
A couple of the lower floors, still occupied by artists, have hammering, drilling and floating dust. Happily, the artists are through the worst of it as the loudest construction is done at night ... and the employees have now been offered other relief:
"We've all gotten noise neutralizing earphones, and they help a lot. Wish we'd gotten them a couple months sooner than we did ..."
So work on Monsters and Aliens continues merrily along, with the irritating workplace noises (mostly) blocked out.
I found out one other fine thing. A feature director informed me that for the past several months DreamWorks Animation has had its own Starbucks.
Its own Starbucks. This places DreamWorks on a par with the Disney lot, that has its Starbucks in the Frank Wells Building.
And people say the big corporations don't care.