April 22, 2013
Danielle Deabler, NPR
MORNING EDITION AIRS FIRST BROADCAST FROM NEW BUILDING TODAY
1111 NORTH CAPITOL STREET, NE IS A NEW HOME
FOR PUBLIC RADIO AND NPR's 800 DC-BASED EMPLOYEES
During the past week various NPR produced shows moved into the new building and began acclimating to new studios and new equipment while covering the tremendous amount of breaking news that occurred. NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday was the first program to broadcast from the new building on Saturday, April 6. All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Sunday, Tell Me More and NPR's Newscast division also migrated to the new building over the past week. NPR will permanently shutter its old headquarters at 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW on April 24.
The new headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE unites NPR divisions and employees that had previously been working from three separate buildings in downtown DC. The heart of NPR's new headquarters is an open, two-story newsroom with broadcast and production studios that can accommodate NPR's 24/7 schedule. NPR's news, music, programming and digital staff are co-located on these floors.
"After six years of huge effort and thoughtful planning, we are officially moved," said Gary E. Knell, NPR's President and CEO. "It's a transformative moment for our staff, member stations, and audience -- all of us who care about the future of public radio. The collaborative workspaces and modern, multimedia newsroom will fuel interaction and creativity inside and out."
NPR has been headquartered in DC since its founding in 1970. Since then, NPR's stature as a media organization and the popularity of its programming have grown rapidly, and the weekly audience for NPR programs has doubled. NPR's initial staff of 90 worked from 1625 Eye Street, NW. Later NPR moved to 2025 M Street, but outgrew those offices in 1994 and relocated to 635 Massachusetts Avenue,NW where it spent 18 years and was part of the revitalization of the Gallery Place/Penn Quarter district. In addition to its Washington, DC headquarters, NPR currently counts 17 active foreign bureaus and 17 domestic bureaus in its service.
NPR's new headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE was designed by the DC-based firm Hickok Cole Architects, and built by Balfour Beatty Construction. The 440,000 sq. ft. building features a four-story 1926 warehouse, the fašade of which was preserved, combined with a new seven-story office tower.
As part of the move, NPR installed an all-digital system at its new headquarters. Where NPR's 1994 headquarters was built around 1990's technology-tape machines and analog equipment-its new headquarters is built around digital audio and technology such as mobile phones that are now important news and content gathering tools. In going 100 percent digital, NPR will now be able to take advantage of improvements in content generation that are only available with new digitally based technologies.
Among the amenities at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE are public spaces and a performance studio, and ADA compliant elevators that feature the voice of NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg announcing the floors.
NPR will open 1111 North Capitol Street, NE to the general public in June. Public tours of the building will begin on June 3, taking place each weekday at 11 a.m. The NPR Commons, a brick-and-mortar version of the popular online NPR Shop, will be located at the new headquarters, and will open in mid-June.
For more information and photos on NPR at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE visit http://www.npr.org/about/press/media/events_facilities.html
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