WOSU Unveils Design of New Headquarters at 15th and High
WOSU Public Media today unveiled the design of its new headquarters, which is planned for the northeast corner of East 14th Avenue and Pearl Alley. The proposed four-story building marks latest piece of the complex puzzle that is the 15th and High project.
“At the nexus of campus and community, the new facility will have some very public spaces that will connect Columbus and Ohio State’s campus to WOSU in a new model for public media and our community,” said Tom Rieland, General Manager of WOSU Public Media, in a statement. “This will be an extremely flexible and open facility that will allow us to change as media evolves.”
The 53,000-square-foot building will offer about a third more space than the station’s current location, in the basement of the Fawcett Center on Olentangy River Road.
The release of the renderings corresponds with the launch of a capital campaign to pay for the new building. The campaign has a goal of $12 million, but $9 million of that has already been raised (including $5 million from a single, recently-announced gift).
Meredith Hart, Marketing & Communications Director for WOSU, said that the campaign will continue through the fall of 2020, when the new building is scheduled to be completed.
In addition to an expanded newsroom, the building will feature new TV and radio production studios, a media learning lab and a 2,200-square-foot community studio. Plans call for the new headquarters host up to 200 events a year.
“WOSU will organize these events in collaboration with many campus and community partners,” said Hart. “There is extraordinary excitement about this space because of its visibility and the capabilities to live stream and broadcast from the venue.”
Erin Prosser of Campus Partners, the organization that has taken the lead on the 15th and High project since it was first unveiled in early 2015, said that the opportunity to bring WOSU into the development was a matter of “serendipitous” timing.
“WOSU was looking for a new facility and this seemed like just an absolutely perfect fit,” she said. “It’s an example of how, with Campus Partners at the helm, we can leverage these kind of relationships and bring community-based entities into the fold at 15th and High.”
With a hoped-for groundbreaking in the spring, work on the WOSU building will likely get started before work begins on the final elements of the 15th and High plan, according to Prosser (a pedestrian plaza at the intersection of North High Street and a realigned 15th Avenue will be ringed by a hotel, parking garage and office buildings).
“We’re very excited by this opportunity to bring WOSU to the University District,” added Prosser. “They’re a convener of community conversations, and historically the district has been a place where those things happen, so physically connecting them to this community is really exciting.”