We finally had a design and the process of selecting a contractor was now at hand. We obtained bids from four contractors and used the "bid leveling" process to help narrow the selection. We took each bid and compared pricing "line by line" for carpet, drywall and other specific items. Asking questions why prices were higher in some areas and lower in others was invaluable in not only keeping costs under control, but also to gain insight into their competence in each discipline. By interviewing each group as to their specific costs and justifications, we were able to reach a final selection in Swinerton Builders in December 2010.
Studio floorplan (click to enlarge)
Construction began in January 2011 and took five months. This included the coordination with the utility companies and other complex maneuvers necessary with construction around a live network distributing programming to thousands of radio stations.
At the beginning of June, the project moved forward with the full force of the entire Dial Global engineering staff. We assembled "tag teams" to the project, attacking each facet of the build out with the most experienced talent available. This project management approach truly made the expansion a "Global" (pardon the pun) affair rather than a single facility project.
One interesting design aspect involves the studio placement, which is obvious on the overall floor plan. To break up long, plain hallways, Dial Global worked with Rochelle Manhart Design, who skewed the studios slightly compared to the other spaces. The canted walls approach makes the hallways much more visually appealing.
Completion of the project occurred at the beginning of July with our program directors occupying beautiful new office spaces as well as new studios and the supporting technical infrastructure.
Adobe Audition 3
Belden wire and cable
Dell Precision workstations
Electro-Voice RE-20, RE-27
Onan 750kW generator
Powerware 480kVA UPS
Raritan Dominion KX II
SAS 32KD, Rubicon SL
Symetrix Airtools 2x
Tannoy Reveal 601A
Tascam CD01 Upro
Trautmann is EVP Technology and Wiler is SVP Broadcast Engineering and Network Operations Division at Dial Global.