Nice New Digs For NPR



Wow! National Public Radio has some nice new digs. They showed off the new 400,000 square foot facility to the press this week. It looks beautiful, they even had a house chef preparing breakfast.

NPR recently moved from Chinatown into its new 400,000 square-foot home on North Capitol, and they’re excited about it. Eager to show off the new facility, the organization offered a tour to members of the media Tuesday morning, starting with breakfast from their in-house chefs, along with some talking points from CEOGary Knell, who outlined some impressive features of the space.

The goal in the new building was to have plenty of open space to promote collaboration, something that was difficult in the smaller, closed-office building NPR used to operate out of. The newsroom is a good example of this. Spreading 100,000 square feet over two floors, the entire room is open, with the second floor operating more like a balcony around the lower level.

Gee, I wonder who they’re collaborating with. Anyway, everyone really loves the new building, and the gong ads a nice touch. Oh, and unlike the White House, the new NPR space is open to public tours!

The tour continued through the wellness center, which is capable of simple medical procedures, the fitness center, which is staffed by a trainer, and the cafe, which utilizes the same catering company as Google. The cafe was named by a contest in which employees submitted more than 200 ideas. The winning name, Sound Bites, was entered by Stamberg, further marking her legacy at NPR and the new facility.

Overall, the impressive space was focused on integration of staff and utilization of digital media, which its old building was ill-equipped to do. The space is also open to public tours and events in its 2400 square-foot Studio One, which can seat up to 250 people.

We’re still not sure the tour wasn’t meant, maybe a little, to make other journalists jealous of the new space, but it definitely had that effect on at least us here at FBDC.

Well, a little jealousy is only normal. Who wouldn’t be jealous of working in such a lavish space, especially when one’s tax dollars help to fund the $201 million structure.