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WTOP

5245 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD

Architect:Gensler
Size:30,612 SF
Schedule:19 weeks
Completion:2019

WTOP

The primary scope for the new WTOP space was a new glass-enclosed Nerve Center, traffic studio, federal news radio and surrounding on-air radio/TV studios, editing rooms, large data center, performance room, and office space to hold all sales staff. A complete stand-alone mechanical and electrical system had to be integrated servicing the studios, edit rooms, and data center. This system allows for the radio station to remain completely operational 24/7 with no downtime.

Construction of On-Air studios had to meet specified sound ratings and required the studio integrators weeks of time to complete cable install, and commission new studios and a data center. The critical infrastructure for the project included the installation of a new stand-alone air handler with roof top dry cooler and pump packages, as well as a new natural gas fed generator, ATS, UPS and power distribution cabinets. The project required direct coordination with building management and Montgomery County Building and Traffic Officials to allow access on multiple occasions to place a crane behind the highly active Friendship Heights Metro Center having to coordinate with METRO transit buses and allowing them access to their bus route. This Class-A office space for sales and management was delivered with an extensive MEP infrastructure system including a perpetual HVAC and mission critical electrical backup systems to support the newly created eight On-Air Studios, numerous edit rooms, and Editors News Ring for global command of on-air activities and on-air performance.

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