(written from a Production point of view)
The Paramount Administration Building or simply known as Building 217, is a building on the Paramount Pictures lot, located in Los Angeles, California, USA. Today known as the Sumner Redstone Building, the grassy area in front of the building was used as filming location for the Star Trek: Voyager fourth season episode "Scorpion, Part II".
On Thursday 17 July 1997, the second unit filmed the short scenes of the Hansen family at this area. Actors David Anthony Marshall, Nikki Tyler, and Erica Bryan and their stand-ins Keith Rayve, Cameron, and June Jordan were on location to film scenes 127B, 128B, and 128D. During this filming, a still photo of Erica Bryan was also shot which was used as photo on a PADD in the episode "The Gift". Assistant director Michael DeMeritt oversaw the production with cinematographer Douglas Knapp operating the camera.
The Administration Building was previously featured in the background of some shots during the teaser of the third season episode "Future's End, Part II". On Tuesday 27 August 1996, the production filmed on this "plaza – Bronson Gate area" scenes 2 – 4 with actors Robert Duncan McNeill, Tim Russ, and Sarah Silverman.
The building was designed by Ruth E. Morris and built between April and July 1926. The long, two-stories structure is located west of the Bronson Gate and has housed offices of studio executives, dressing rooms, post-production suites, conference rooms, and operations department office space. (Paramount: City of Dreams, p. 73)
In the 1970s, one of the conference rooms in this building housed a meeting of Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Gary Nardino, Gene Roddenberry, and Robert Goodwin which led to the decision to produce Star Trek: Phase II.