Dial Global: A National Move

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Dial Global Technical upgrades to meet network growth

The project was multi-faceted, including:

  • Real estate space expansion in Denver
  • Architect selection
  • Needs analysis and space design
  • Power, generator and UPS upgrade
  • Studio and network operations center design
  • Temporary studios
  • Satellite consolidation
  • Affiliate migration
  • Head end relocation
  • Staffing and coordination of cut over

    Offset walls with a complimentary carpet pattern make the space visually stimulating.

    Offset walls with a complimentary carpet pattern make the space visually stimulating.

    Closing the Omaha facility

    The project had its beginnings in the summer of 2009 when we analyzed the best location in which to expand and consolidate. Once Denver was selected, discussions with our landlord began to pick up the option on a few adjacent suites to the ones we already occupied. The lease was revised and space secured in early 2010.

    Next was the need to hire an architect/designer. We decided to stay local to Denver in our search primarily due to local architects having expertise with local building departments and ordinances and also for their familiarity with local engineering firms and general contractors. We went through interviews with a number of firms. We found pricing to be competitive, but design ideas to vary widely. The firm we ultimately selected (RM Design) matched with our way of thinking and presented a resume of a number of other previous projects that we really liked. They also demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with the highly technical nature of the project and understand the differences from a standard office type project.

    With our design firm on board, we began working on planning of the space. We worked with our programming department to get a sense of exactly how many studios we needed. That, coupled with our need to expand our centralized technical center "rack room" to house additional head end equipment, it quickly became apparent that our existing power service was inadequate to handle the needs of the expansion.

    An Onan 750kW generator was installed to provide auxiliary power to Dial Global's network operations center.

    An Onan 750kW generator was installed to provide auxiliary power to Dial Global's network operations center.

    The available utility power proved completely inadequate for the needs of the project. The service to the building was near capacity and needed to be upgraded. In our first approach to this, we attempted to design a system with a second transformer provided by the power utility so we wouldn't need to interrupt power to our current operation. After much back and forth with the utility, we lost the battle for the second transformer and ended up increasing the size of the existing one. That forced us to redesign the power distribution inside the building and required temporary use of our existing generator during overnight hours for several days to update the wiring and install the larger transformer. The time it took for us to sort this out with the utility and acquiesce to their refusal to cooperate required a complete redesign setting us back on our timeline. We had been hoping to be done and moved by the end of 2010, but that didn't happen.

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