The new headquarters for Cincinnati Public Radio is a collaboration between WSDG and architecture, design, and engineering firm emersion DESIGN. The two-story building is located in downtown Cincinnati’s central business district, close to museums, libraries, and City Hall. In addition to its offices and modern production studios, the facility also features an indoor coffee bar/gallery and outdoor plaza that are open to the public and available for live performances, lectures, and panel discussions.
The new headquarters was designed and built to fulfill CPR’s need for a modern suite of production studios for its WGUC and WVXU classical music and news radio stations, as well as a vibrant and welcoming public space for community involvement and live events. WSDG’s services were retained for the design of the production studios and the overall acoustics of the complex. The WSDG project team consisted of WSDG Partner and COO, Joshua Morris., WSDG Founding Partner and Director of Design John Storyk, WSDG Partner and Director of Design Renato Cipriano, Acoustic Engineer Andrew Swerdlow, Project Engineer Jonathan Bickoff, and Senior Systems Designer Federico Petrone.
WSDG designed Studio A on the first floor, which includes a 978 sq. ft. live room, a 367 sq. ft. control room, video control room, ISO booth, and sound lock. The studio’s live room is acoustically flexible for a variety of recording or live performance scenarios and includes production lighting for video. In addition to this, there are two on-air booths on the second floor for the WGUC and WVXU talent, and two interview studios, each with a book matched adjoining control room. Daylight and views abound to achieve a sense of openness and fluidity in the plan.
To achieve the unique quality of a professional radio studio combined with an inviting community-oriented gathering space, WSDG worked very closely with emersion DESIGN on the layout and vibe. Cloud-based Autodesk Revit and BIM 360 design software were used to design these spaces from a distance, giving the team the ability to coordinate the project and update model files in real-time.