Capitol Broadcasting Company Headquarters Addition and Renovation

Capitol Broadcasting Company Headquarters

Architect: Szostak Design, Inc. (visit website)

Location: Raleigh, NC
100 Word Description: This multi-phase, $3 million project begun in 2011 consists of a series of additions and renovations to the Raleigh campus of the Capitol Broadcasting Company, which houses their corporate headquarters, sales and marketing division and broadcast studios for WRAL and Fox 50 Television.The project provides 8,000 square feet of new space and 6,000 square feet of renovated space, with a special emphasis on preserving the WRAL gardens  and restoring the company’s original headquarters–a historically significant mid-modernist building designed by Raleigh architect Milton Small.
Architect’s Statement: To preserve WRAL Gardens and the significant open space amenity it offers area residents, the new addition was positioned tight against the original Milton Small building at the elevation of its underlying foundations. The addition is therefore partially underground, a design strategy that minimizes its visual and physical impact on the Small Building and adjoining gardens, and preserves views to the garden from the campus’s public interior and exterior spaces. The below grade position of the new addition and its covering with a landscaped “green†roof also minimizes the addition’s heating and cooling loads, resulting in appreciable energy savings
Type of Construction: Renovations to the Milton Small Building include upgrades to its finishes, technology and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that not only bring the facility up to contemporary standards of use, but also significantly reduce its consumption of energy. Changes to the building’s historically important exterior facades were limited to technical enhancements intended to improve environmental performance without altering the building’s original character.For both the addition and renovation, the architect procured a complete furnishings package for private offices, freestanding workstations and collaborative lounge settings. The architect also recommended the acquisition of site-specific pieces of artwork and directed their installation
Photography:  Jim Sink Photography 2014