Open, flexible, cost efficient and collaborative, the new NPR headquarters is the home base for NPR News, digital, NPR Music, technical and administrative staff.
Open, flexible, cost efficient and collaborative, the new NPR headquarters is the home base for NPR News, digital, NPR Music, technical and administrative staff. Stephen Voss/NPR
The NPR HQ is located on North Capitol St. NE, between L and Pierce Streets in Washington, D.C.
The NPR HQ is located on North Capitol St. NE, between L and Pierce Streets in Washington, D.C. NPR
Visitors are welcome at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. In the lobby, get an NPR experience from the two-story digital display walls of NPR content and learn about our history, mission and our Stations through the interactive, museum-style exhibit. The NPR Commons, the brick-and-mortar location for the NPR Shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main lobby.
Tours: Free, public tours take place each weekday at 11 a.m. Advance registration is required; to sign up for a tour, register here.
Address and Main Entrance: 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 (at the corner of L Street)
Metro: NOMA – Gallaudet U/New York Ave; Red Line
Parking (for business-related guests only): The entrance to the parking garage is located on L Street. The cost for parking in the NPR garage is $1.50 an hour, and access is subject to availability. (From the garage elevators, go to level 1 for Security check in desk.) Bike racks are located on the L Street side of the building. Due to limited parking space, guests arriving for the public tour should plan to take public transportation or utilize street parking or nearby lots.
Volunteer at NPR: Are you located in the Washington, D.C., area and ready for an opportunity to be a part of the NPR community? This is your chance to join our team of volunteers and become an NPR Ambassador.
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Studio 31: the home for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
About the NPR Headquarters
In April 2013, NPR moved its world headquarters to 1111 North Capitol Street, NE in Washington, D.C. NPR's new HQ is in the vibrant NoMa neighborhood, just a few blocks away from its previous headquarters.
Open, flexible, cost efficient, collaborative — the new NPR space is designed to meet public radio's needs for generations to come. The NPR world headquarters is the home base for NPR News, digital, NPR Music, technical, and administrative staff. It is also the center of a network of 17 domestic bureaus, 17 international bureaus, and a partner to Member Stations broadcasting NPR programs.
NPR has evolved from a radio broadcaster into an integrated 24/7 multimedia organization that serves the public wherever they are, and this is reflected in every aspect of the new HQ. The heart of the building is an open, two-story newsroom and studios where NPR News, NPR Music, programming and digital staff work together.
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Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, in the studio during the first broadcast from the new NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC on April 13, 2013.
A Historic Home
NPR chose to relocate in the NOMA neighborhood, a redevelopment zone north of Capitol Hill and Union Station. Designed by DC-based firm Hickok Cole Architects, the new headquarters includes seven stories of new construction connected to a refurbished warehouse that comes with a rich history as a place where things are created. Built in 1926, this warehouse housed a workshop that made phone booths for Chesapeake and Potomac, one of the Bell companies. In the late 1970's, the Smithsonian Institution rented the warehouse for its design and fabrication shop, which housed model makers, print artists, and carpenters. The National History Museum's famous giant squid was made in this building.
A Healthy Building
NPR at 1111 North Capitol Street was constructed to realize energy savings and operating cost reductions over the lifetime of the building, and to earn a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Environmentally sensitive features include a green roof and highly efficient cooling system to support energy conservation, and a system that captures street run-off within the tree-pits adjacent to North Capitol Street. The building also offers a bike rack for 72 bikes, a parking garage with plug-ins for electric vehicles, and an integrated Wellness and Fitness Center for NPR staff. ADA-compliant elevators feature the voice of NPR founding mother and special correspondent Susan Stamberg, who has moved offices with NPR three times since she joined the staff in 1971.
Building a Home for Digital Production
Where the previous NPR headquarters was built around 1990's technology—tape machines and analog equipment—1111 is built around digital audio and emerging technology such as smartphones, which are now important news gathering tools. Audio moves around the 1111 building on a fiber network, and a central data center manages all things tech, including power, HVAC and security. There are modern production studios, and video screens throughout the building, including 18 screens in the newsroom. A live HD TV camera at NPR can connect NPR reporters and experts to television media via a fiber or satellite link.