On The Horizon: NPR’s New Headquarters

May 19, 2009

NPR (National Public Radio Inc.) recently selected Hickok Cole Architects to design its new 360,000-square-foot global headquarters at 1111 N. Capitol Street, NE, in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The design will incorporate an existing, four-story historic structure constructed in 1927 for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company with a new, 10-story office building. The headquarters will house NPR’s journalism, multimedia, business and executive activities and will include a 60,000-square-foot state-of-the-art newsroom for NPR’s extensive, award-winning broadcast and multimedia operations. The facility will also provide a multi-purpose studio space for live shows and events for the public, a conference center, and a “This is NPR” exhibit.

Hickok Cole Architects will be working closely with NPR and Boston Properties, the development manager selected for the project. “We are very excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design a new headquarters for NPR. We are also pleased to be working again with our longtime client Boston Properties on a project as complex and challenging as this one,” says Yolanda Cole, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, and principal-in-charge, Hickok Cole Architects. The project is scheduled to be complete by 2012. For more information, go www.hickokcole.com.

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