Concord, NH (September 17, 2009)–New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) called on architectural/acoustical firm Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG) when the station decided it was time to expand its facility.
Expanding considerably from its original 13 employees and classical music format to about 40 full-time employees focusing primarily on news and information, NHPR needed more space, as well as a facility more suited to its new format.
“When we embarked on this new effort, we didn’t want to make the same mistakes that we had made at our old facility,” explains Scott McPherson, NHPR’s assistant general manager. “We wanted to make sure we worked with architects that knew what they were doing when it came to acoustic spaces. We chose RBDG because of their reputation in the public radio community. They worked on National Public Radio’s studios in Washington D.C. and WBUR in Boston, so we were familiar with their work.”
RBDG helped NHPR develop an architectural program for the station to use as a benchmark when looking at potential properties for their new home. One important requirement was that the location needed to have enough room to accommodate a large, multi-purpose community space for staff meetings and fundraising phone banks.
“By first taking the time to find a building that was really the right fit for the station, NHPR avoided a lot of potential pitfalls and was able to tailor the project to fit the station’s needs and budget,” says Richard Schrag, design principal for RBDG.
The newly constructed facility features two large control rooms, four smaller control rooms, three studios and one large hybrid studio/conference type room. The larger control rooms are able to accommodate three to four people producing news coverage. The studios have seating for five guests and a host. The small control rooms each have space for a board operator and two guests.
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