SEATTLE� KEXP(FM) of Seattle recently broke ground on its new broadcast studio complex. They held a ceremony to commemorate the process, and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, King County Executive Dow Constantine and more than 700 fans were in attendance.
Funds for the new $15 million broadcast complex were raised by an on-air campaign and augmented by foundation, corporate, local entrepreneur and local government support. The project is expected to be completed in the end of this year or early 2016.
KEXP will soon occupy a 28,000 sq. ft. piece of real estate in Seattle Center�s Northwest Rooms. The complex will include: A 400 sq. ft. on-air studio, a 1090 sq. ft. live room, two production rooms, two audio and two DJ booths, two video edit rooms, a video control room, two DJ Iso rooms, a green room, production/mastering, open office space, a library, conference rooms, and a 4500 sq. ft. reception area/audience space with a stage for live performances, adjacent to a record/retail store and a caf�.
The studios were designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group and feature an A/V broadcast systems integration design based on a Wheatstone Audio for Radio and TV System. The image, above, shows the group's computer mockup for the live studio.�