McCormick Construction has completed renovations of the Westwood One campus in Culver City, California, a 45,000-square-foot radio broadcast facility.
The campus, which is owned by CIM Group, consists of three buildings – two adjacent and one across the street – located at 8935, 8965 and 8944 Lindblade Ave.
Cumulus Media recently acquired Westwood One, which added sports, news, talk, music and programming services enabling Cumulus to provide a wider variety of options to approximately 10,000 US radio stations, in addition to other media and international platforms.
McCormick Construction, who was the general contractor and led the design-build engineering, was charged with renovating and re-configuring the existing radio broadcast facilities to accommodate the additional radio stations and programs Cumulus Media owns, including KLOS, KABC, The Big Time, NBC Sports Radio and Zach Sang and the Gang. This comprised constructing 21 radio broadcast studios with a sound transmission class (STC) rating of 55, with nine of the studios built to include video/television broadcast standards; the installation of 37 private offices, 75 cubicles, conference rooms and new kitchens; upgrading two existing server rooms and adding a new server room; and exterior building modifications.
“It’s been anhonour working on this renovation as we have completed a number of projects for Westwood One in the past,” says Michael McCormick, CEO of McCormick Construction. “We were pleased to be able to assist the client in creating state-of-the-art studios for their employees while creating an optimal listening experience for their consumers.”
McCormick Construction oversaw and facilitated structural and MEP engineering plans, fire-life-safety plans and provided coordinated oversight between Westwood One’s electrical engineering team and Southern California Edison’s engineers to install additional electrical power services.
“The team at McCormick Construction has a sophisticated understanding of the specific requirements for broadcast and recording studios and has worked with some of the most well-known studios in Los Angeles,” says Eric Wiler, senior vice president, Westwood One. “Through careful planning and phased construction, McCormick Construction ensured we remained fully operational and mitigated disruptions throughout the construction process.”
The facility, which was originally built with brick walls and bow truss roofs for manufacturing users in the 1930s, was first converted into astate-of-the art radio broadcast facility for Westwood One by McCormick Construction in 1984.
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