When thinking of NPR, it’s easy to conjure offices that replicate the inner sanctum of a hoarder English professor—funky and cluttered rather than sleek and high-tech. But there’s nothing musty about the media company’s new offices in DC’s up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood. More than 760 staff members occupy the environmentally sophisticated seven-floor building. The heart of the operation is this two-story newsroom, production center, and digital-media hub. Elsewhere are a retail shop, a staff cafe, and fitness and wellness centers. The building, designed by Hickok Cole Architects, is intended to meet the news outlet’s needs for generations to come.
The technology is 21st century. A data center manages power, HVAC, and security.
NPR moved into the building in April.
The facility cost $201 million and came in under budget, according to NPR. Money came from a combination of tax-free municipal bonds, proceeds from the previous building’s sale, and individual gifts.
It has a green roof and, according to NPR, a “highly efficient” cooling system.
The headquarters is in a refurbished and expanded 1926 warehouse in which phone booths were made.
The parking garage has plug-ins for electric vehicles.
A bike room has space for more than 70 bikes.
Free tours of the building take place weekdays at 11.
This article appears in the October 2013 issue of Washingtonian.