WGBH Public Broadcasting Station Headquarters

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WGBH Public Broadcasting Station Headquarters

The purpose-built WGBH headquarters consolidates functions, facilitates collaboration and provides a singular architectural identity for Boston’s pre-eminent public media resource.

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WGBH imagines itself as an ‘idea factory,’ and indeed it is a place with a creative nature that is nonetheless straightforward, clear and without pretention. Its building is expressive of the intense and diverse creative efforts that are an everyday occurrence and foster such creativity every way it can.

Richard Olcott, Design Partner
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The bridge-inspired design strategy consolidates WGBH’s operations for the first time, ameliorating WGBH’s former dispersal across thirteen buildings. A dynamic connector beam which hovers above the street, unifies two sites that are bisected by a public roadway.

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The transparent beam houses WGBH’s content providers, bringing television, radio and digital together for the first time and fostering interaction and the cross-pollination of ideas. The beam is the conduit between technical spaces, housed in a new building and administrative spaces in a pre-existing office building.

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On a prominent site directly adjacent the Turnpike, the building raises the institution’s visibility and underscores its public mission. Befitting its public identity, the project employs modest materials in unexpected ways.

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The west side of the building is a communication device; its glass surface incorporates a digital skin of programmable LED panels facing the Turnpike. The digital imagery is drawn from WGBH’s programming and is updated daily to inspire and engage the more than half a million people who drive past each week.

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Details

Year
2007
Location
Brighton, MA
Size
310,000 GSF
Program
Technical Operations Center, TV Production Studios, Radio Station Performance Studio, Full Editing Suites, On Air Facilities for BBC The World, Screening Rooms, Auditorium, Offices
LEED Certified

Team

Design Partner
Richard Olcott
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Senior Designer
Tomas Rossant
Project Manager
Molly McGowan
Project Architect
Pat Golden
Project Designers
Katharine Huber, Kate Mann
Interiors
Charmian Place
Design Team
Elizabeth Arnaiz, James Bennett, Peter Broughton, Tanya Chan, Louisa Clayton, Jennifer Dubas, Darla Elsbernd, Carlyle Fraser, Adam Hayes, Christen Johansen, Kwansoo Kim, Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre, Si-Yeon Min, Michael O'Meara, German Ortiz, Michael Regan, Melissa Sarko, Annie Shu

Awards

  • 2010
    • Society of American Registered Architects, National Design Award of Recognition, 2010
  • 2008
    • Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA/Massachusetts and the Boston Society of Architects, 2008

Press

  • 2008
    • McHugh, Sharon. "Mass communications on the Mass Pike" (worldarchitecturenews.com, 5/18/2008)
    • Weeks, Katie. "Must-See TV" (Contract, 2/2008)
  • 2007
    • Campbell, Robert. "A bridge to the future in Brighton, WGBH settles into a picture-perfect digital age home" (The Boston Globe, 9/16/2007)
    • Campbell, Robert. "Experiencing Architecture With Seven Senses, Not One" (Architectural Record, 11/2007)
    • Delgado, Lisa. "Polshek's LED Wall in Boston Gives Drivers an Eyeful" (The Architect's Newspaper, 10/31/2007)
    • McKnight, Jenna M. "Polshek Fuses Media and Architecture" (Architectural Record, 9/17/2007)
    • Pogrebin, Robin. "Three New Buildings About Communications Are Also Designed to Communicate" (The New York Times, 9/19/2007)
  • 2005
    • Bowen, Ted Smalley. "Polshek building near Boston" (Architectural Record, 4/2005)
    • Edgers, Geoff. "WGBH marks groundbreaking" (The Boston Globe, 1/26/2005)

Consultants

Structural
LeMessurier
MEP
Vanderweil Engineers
Civil
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Geotechnical
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Landscape
Hargreaves Associates
Lighting
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Graphics
Poulin + Morris, Inc., 2x4, Inc.
Acoustics
Janson Design Group
Security
Ducibella Venter & Santore
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Code/Life Safety
Hughes Associates, Inc.
Sustainable Design
Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Viridian Energy & Environmental, LLC
Food Service
Next Step Design, Inc.
Elevator
Iros Elevator Design Services, Inc.
Environmental
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Curtainwall
Boston Anchor, LLC
Systems Integration
The Systems Group
Pre-Construction Services
George B.H. Macomber Company
General Contractor
Turner Construction Company
Photography
Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Alex S. MacLean/Landslides Photography