An existing office was converted into the technical operations center.
With the alternate studio plan came a potential challenge: The VocalBooth studios are heavier than traditional drywall construction. A concern was raised that the cost savings of the pre-fab units would be lost if building upgrades were required, but fortunately, the building was designed for a heavier-than-normal load when it was built. This foresight easily accommodated the weight of the rooms. However, there was another obstacle: The building did not have an elevator.
The original construction plan called for the facility to be built and move-in ready in six months. While the pre-fab studios saved construction time, some time was lost when the decision was made to add an elevator to the building. Some additional time was lost when the HVAC needed to be reworked to accommodate the VocalBooth Studios and technical operations center.
The cable entry for the studio is hidden behind a vent panel.
Once they were delivered, the VocalBooths were assembled and in place within two days. Then the work began to assemble the studios. Graham Studios furniture was delivered and assembled in a week. Then the Axia Audio console/router system --- which had been delivered earlier and was sitting in storage --- was ready to be installed. The original temporary air studio was then converted into the news room.
The router-based system allows the four stations to take any source to any destination. Likewise, any studio can be patched to feed any station as needed. This flexibility was a significant change from the four stations' earlier facility.
The pieces of the VocalBooths are laid out and ready for assembly.
The control room and production room are essentially mirror images of each other. They have different furniture and production has a slightly smaller console, but otherwise the operation of the rooms is mirrored.
The studio facility originally used a Ku-band satellite feed to deliver programming to the four transmitter sites, but there were complications with rain fade. This was converted to a C-band delivery system during the project.
When the project began, the entire building was fed by one electrical service. This plan was modified so the second floor is on its own electrical service feeder separate from the rest of the building. The facility is also set up for a backup generator to be installed at some point in the future.
The original temporary studio was built in an existing office. It is now the News Room.
So while the project had its own challenges along the way, it took about one year to complete. The new studios were used on June 1, 2009. The complete switchover to the new satellite feeds was made July 10, 2009.
Amb-OS Media AMR-100
Auralex mic windscreens
Axia Element and Livewire
Belden coaxial cable
Broadcast Electronics Vault II
Broadcast Tools silence sensors, switchers
Cisco Systems network switches
Crescend STL equipment
Electro Voice RE27 N/D
Graham Studios studio furniture
KaYou Communications, C-band contractor
The satellite uplink and STL at the back of the facility.
Linksys network switches
Mark Antenna P9A72GN-U
McPhilbun on-air lights
Middle Atlantic racks
Moseley Starlink SL9003Q-2STLAN
Neutrix XLR connectors
O.C. White mic booms
Radio Systems StudioHub+ Matchjack CAT-5 adapters
Radyne/Comstream uplink/downlink equipment
Tiernan satellite receivers
Times Micro Coax LMR400
Trilithic Easy Plus
VocalBooth sound booths