Public radio station KQED/San Francisco, held a groundbreaking ceremony on a major renovation project at its headquarters in the Bay city. The new building will be a two-year project and include a reimagined newsroom, and production spaces that will create a workspace with maximum flexibility. It will be able to accommodate 40% further staff growth. The current building will expand by 9,000 square feet, becoming 165,000 square feet total. The $91 million renovation project is being funded by Campaign 21.
“We are doing more than creating a better and beautiful building,” said KQED President Michael Isip. “What we are creating is a place of trust so that we can be more open and accessible to our community. A place of trust that drives innovation with more modern production spaces, studios, and distribution capabilities to keep pace with technology and our audiences’ needs. A place of trust that enables collaboration so that the best public media talent can not only create, but can thrive. And a place of trust that is for community, so that our community can come in and connect with our journalists, stories, talent from PBS and NPR, civic leaders, and thought leaders. More importantly, so that they can connect with each other to foster civic and civil dialogue to find common ground.”