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Beasley Builds Anew in Las Vegas
While the search for a new place was underway, the existing studios were kept running as best as possible, knowing a new facility was in the works. Upgrades were needed, but they were put off. But while the upgrades weren’t implemented to the old studios, they became the basis of plans for the new studios.
In April 2012, a building that met Beasley’s requirements was found. The two-story building was purchased and remodeling began in June 2013.
The building was previously occupied by a real estate agency. The entire second floor was completely remodeled to house the studios and technical operations center. About one-third of the first floor was remodeled to house the sales and administration offices. A 70’ tower was built next to the building to hold STL and other antennas.
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The lead architect on the project was V Three Studios of St. Louis. To facilitate the project, and to adhere to state laws, SCA Design of Las Vegas was the architect of record. SCA was the firm that designed the building when it was built in 2007, and had access to all the plans of the building. Strata Building Group was hired to build the actual studios. With the plans developed and a contractor in place, construction on the studios began in June 2013.
There are 12 studios in the facility. One design plan was to have studios maintain a certain consistency between rooms. All the FM control rooms are essentially the same. The same is true for all the production studios, except one. Because some staff members work across several stations, it made sense to keep layouts and operations similar between rooms. There are subtle differences that were dictated by a particular station’s format or operation.
The production room that stands apart also serves as the back-up air studio, which is why it was designed differently. The AM studios were set up for the particular needs of an AM talk station.
The second floor of the building is made of wood. There was concern that it did not have sufficient mass to prevent transmission noise from entering the studios. For this, a raised, floating floor was installed. When you exit the second-floor elevator, there is a slight grade that steps up about 2”. The small incline is often not noticed by visitors.
While the construction and installation progressed smoothly for the most part, there were some bumps along the way. The previous facilities did not have suitable performance spaces, so one was planned in the new building. As the performance studio/conference room was being built, it was quickly realized it was too small. The plans were changed to provide more room and make it a more functional space.
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