WJLA ABC-7/NewsChannel 8|
REES ASSOCIATES, INC.
3102 Oak Lawn, #200, Dallas, TX 75219
Total Square Feet: 80,000
Construction Period: Apr 2002 to Jan 2003
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: James G. Davis Construction Corporation - 12530 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: DFW Consulting Group, Inc.
- 8410 Sterling, Irving, TX 75063
COST ESTIMATOR: James G. Davis Construction Corporation - 12530 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852
Rees Associates' solution to a space that was originally designed to be part of a parking garage resulted in a wideopen facility with technology and futuristic equipment on display. On the leading edge of equipment, the entire facility is designed for utilization of Shared Area Technology (SAN).
The WJLA space is approximately 80,000 square feet and accommodates two stations, WJLA (an ABC affiliate) and NewsChannel 8 (a 24-hour cable news channel), three multi-media conference rooms and over 200 workstations for reporters, anchors and administration. The facility is located in a retail mall of small shops, restaurants, business services, and medical clinics.
Rees offered knowledge of the broadcast industry and technology plus a 14-year relationship with Allbritton Communications in accommodating the news stations to this unusual space. Rees created a functional and technically efficient plan while offering a brilliant design that is comfortable and inviting to all who enter.
The facility is located in an area that spans the base of two 34-story office towers, which partially overlooks the Potomac River. WJLA's studio, control room and audio control are located one level above the main facility while, the NewsChannel 8 studio and operation are fully embedded with activity of the main floor level.
DIV 09: Absorptive Plaster Acoustic System: BASWAphon Acoustical Finish System; Grid: USG Interiors; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Carpet: Shaw, Masland, Lees; Vinyl Tiles: Amtico, Armstrong; Rubber: Allstate; Computer Access Flooring: Nevamar Laminate Floor Tile; Sealed Concrete: Ardex.