Public radio provides a welcome alternative to the advertisement-driven commercial stations in the United States. Due to its in-dept reporting and intelligent programming, a large audience favors it. An authoritative source of reliable news and journalistic excellence, its stations also regularly feature arts and entertainment programs.

National Public Radio is the largest provider of content to hundreds of stations throughout the nation, with contributions from a worldwide staff of over seven hundred. Reporters are stationed in domestic and international bureaus, supported by their headquarters in Washington, D.C.

After over thirty years of operations, the importance of providing news from the western United States and the need for a major back-up facility away from the capital instigated a West Coast expansion facility in the Los Angeles area. The collapse of the internet boom had left a supply of nicely built-out but abandoned buildings in the area, with technical and communications systems already in place. One such building, under a double bow-truss roof, was chosen for the new production facility, and is projected to accommodate ninety people when fully operational.

While the basic infrastructure and the general areas were perfectly suited to the planned facility, the studios needed to be rebuilt to fulfill the demands of audio recording and on-air broadcasting. Five production booths supplement the two new main broadcast studios with their own control rooms. A high level of sounds insulation for the studio shells was the basic requirement, along with an acoustic environment suitable for radio production.

Room-acoustic parameters were addressed with a mix of absorptive foam panels used previously in the facility, recycled cotton fabric pads, and expanded polypropylene panels; this avoided using costly fabric surfaces.

An elaborate data network connects all rooms to central servers and to the Washington facility via satellite and fiber optics, so allowing for redundant operation from both locations. 

building use: radio production and broadcast facility          
project scope:    4,900 sf; architecture, interiors, acoustics
schedule:  completed 2004
construction cost:         $700,000