After nearly two decades at 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C., NPR relocated its headquarters to 1111 North Capitol Street, NE. The building's construction, which began three years prior, was completed in December and the interior was finished in March. Following several weeks of testing and training on new broadcast, digital, and production equipment, NPR staff moved into the new building in phases beginning in Late March and concluding in late April.
The new NPR headquarters comprises two integrated blocks: the bulk of a historically preserved four-story 1920's era warehouse and a new, modern seven-story office block that rises behind. HA Design did the systems design as well as integration of the systems in the building which comprises approximately 330,000 square feet of above-grade space and 440,000 total square feet.
The heart of the building is a two-story open newsroom with broadcast and production studios to accommodate NPR's round-the-clock schedule. NPR's news, music, programming and digital staff are co-located on these floors. In addition to serving as center for NPR's operations, the building is also home to the Public Radio Satellite System, an independent distribution system that moves public radio content across the country.