NCCU TV Studio


Location: Durham, North Carolina
Project Size: 1,900 SF

North Carolina Central University’s television broadcast studio serves as the campus’ digital communication source and as a vital, hands-on teaching tool for communication majors. The university’s existing broadcast studio suffered from a lack of visibility, circulation and work flow issues, and technology that was quickly becoming obsolete.

The studio’s renovation expands the department’s educational offerings by increasing the size of the broadcast studio and associated editing area while employing leading edge broadcast technology to retain, attract, and empower future and current students and staff. Increased transparency elevates the studio’s visibility by broadcasting its inner workings for students and passersby. A red-stained wood wall cloaks the existing CMU walls and reaches out to invite visitors inward. Inside the broadcast studio, curtains are replaced by canted, back-painted and backlit acrylic panels that evoke an eagle’s wings.

Previous work flow issues are addressed by attentive space-planning that groups the Control Room, the Studio Manager’s office, and a newly-created audio room.

Cover photo: Mark Herboth Photography LLC