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5245 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD

Size:30,612 SF
Schedule:20 weeks


The scope for WTOP includes a complete demo and build-back of the fifth floor and partial construction of the roof, Level P-3 of the garage, and Level 8 core space. The relocation project includes their complete broadcast and office operation and utilizes the rooftop for the location of satellite and microwave infrastructure as well as the emergency generator and dry cooler array required for 24/7 operations with rand* providing all services to hoisting and rigging of workscope to the roof as well as the necessary structural mods to the existing roof. P-3 houses the new fuel tank and pump with all required piping and wiring to be routed up through the building to the roof and level 5.

The design incorporates multiple radio studios and edit booths with a focus on the 24/7 operations newsroom. The space supports the office and sales operations and a performance space. A
large server room with dedicated in rack cooling systems and pre-action sprinklers provide the network requirements and the mechanical infrastructure is configured to operate half the floor in the off-hours time frame. All HVAC units are connected to the dry-cooler array housed on the roof. The critical equipment and the controls of the 24/7 operation area are backed up by the diesel-powered emergency generator on the roof. The 8th floor contains a satellite control room created within the core space of that floor that has supplemental cooling.

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