Washington, DC

National Public Radio, Inc.

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Base Building: 330,000 sf

LEED Certification
LEED Gold Certified


2014 IIDA Mid-Atlantic Silver Award, Interior Architecture Educational/Institutional

2014 Floor Focus Magazine Visions Awards, Second Place

2014 Shaw Contract Group Design Is...Award Large Office Winner

2014 Washington Building Congress (WBC) Craftsmanship Award, Woods & Plastic

2013 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards Finalist, Large Office, Media

2013 Washington Business Journal

Hickok Cole accomplished NPR’s programmatic desire for a landmark building, connecting the public to this national brand as it claims its new presence in DC’s NoMA District. The facility is divided into three segments: Public (first floor, including Studio 1); News (floors 3-4); and Office (floors 5-7).

NPR’s previous workspace existed as a small facility, and for their new building, NPR needed an open, collaborative work environment for reporters, support staff, and a newly embraced public. The designers achieved the following program requirements: a total of 330,000 SF plus three levels of parking (183 spaces); a 300-person multifunctional recording studio; a 100,000 SF newsroom featuring a gracious glass stair and a two-story opening measuring two volleyball courts long with a bridge spanning across the middle; three live studios; ten live and post-production studios; six recording booths; a 200-person Sound Bites Café; a 12,000 SF conference and training facility; a staffed fitness center; and a 10,000 SF data/nerve center that serves 26.4 million weekly listeners.

A dynamic glass fin system with a spectrum of six colors serves as an abstract expression of sound waves. The designers substantially preserved the National Register of Historic Places’ original C&P Telephone Company building, and the facility is certified LEED Gold, with sustainable elements like a 32,500-sf green roof with honey bee hives. NPR’s new space depicts the virtues of transparency, honesty, and multiple viewpoints, reflecting NPR’s dedication to creating an informed public.