Rastatt, Germany (March 5, 2014)—Lawo was central to a digital technology upgrade when NPR’s news organization moved its headquarters to a restored building in Washington DC’s NoMa neighborhood.
Shawn Fox, senior director of engineering at NPR, had a role in the selection and implementation of the equipment deployed at NPR’s new facility. The list of Lawo equipment includes three sapphire radio consoles, 10 8-channel crystal consoles, 10 4-channel crystal consoles, a large format mc?66 MKII production console, two redundant Nova73 HD routers, 70 Nova17 routers, and another seven Nova29 routers.
“NPR needed to upgrade its broadcast and content production facilities in order to properly fulfill the transition from analog to digital technology,” Fox explains. “Our previous building was almost 20 years old and based on analog technology. Most of the equipment was still in service, but was outdated and constantly needed repair. NPR’s content production had also evolved to incorporate new and exciting platforms beyond traditional broadcasting. The new 1111 North Capitol Building Project was more than just a facility wide system upgrade—newer technologies were required in order to be more flexible, and to meet the ever-changing needs of a 24/7 news operation.”
Lawo and NPR previously worked together on smaller technology projects. “The relationship started with facility upgrades at our 635 Headquarters in the summer of 2009,” Fox reports. “These were small scale projects in preparation for the 1111 New Building project. Our new facility went operational on April 13, and the entire project was completed in July 2013.”
“Lawo has met project deadlines and incorporated multiple changes throughout out the project,” says Fox. “Their ability to conceptually grasp what we were looking to implement, propose solutions, and come up with the right equipment to make these visions a functional reality requires an in-depth understanding of the market and the technologies required to make everything come together as a cohesive whole.”