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The KPBS Media Complex at the Copley Center is shown in this rendering.

Credit:Safdie Rabines Architects and Clark Construction

Above:The KPBS Media Complex at the Copley Center is shown in this rendering.

KPBS Construction: Building On Trust

Project Purpose

More people turn to KPBS for media leadership than ever before—on radio, television, and multiple online and digital platforms. Our operations and staff have reached capacity in our physical space. The strength of our services is directly related to the functionality of our work space. By moving forward now with significant changes and growth, KPBS will be positioned and ready to adapt to the media needs of the growing communities of San Diego, Imperial Valley and south of the border.

The redesigned building will feature innovative changes in these areas:

Community Center: A 6,000 square foot community space for special events and gatherings will increase our outreach and connection to our community.

Journalism and Editorial Center: A 6,000 square foot expansion to the Joan & Irwin Jacobs News Center that will provide dedicated space for strategic growth of staff, content and programming to deliver significant journalism in a multi-platform environment.

Innovation and Digital Research Lab: New space for research and development of digital technologies so content creators can deepen and broaden their digital storytelling capabilities.

Equipment & Technical Modernization: Our current facilities and technology will be modernized to keep pace with the growing demand of our media-rich, multi-platform programming and content. We will replace, repurpose and refresh our aging technology and equipment throughout the station.

SDSU and KPBS have selected Safdie Rabines Architects and Clark Construction Group to design and build the newly renovated and expanded building. Safdie Rabines Architects specialize in site specific, humanistic, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable architecture and urban planning. Clark Construction Group is one of the largest commercial and civil contractors in the country, and has a strong footprint in San Diego.

Construction begins November 2020 and is expected to go through 2022.

Contact - Roxanna Kreisler, rkreisler@sdsu.edu

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Timeline

November 2020 - November 2022

Phase 1 (14 months from November 2020 - January 2022)

- Phase 1 will renovate and expand the journalism center and construct the community center.

Phase 2 (11 months from January 2022 - November 2022)

- Phase 2 will renovate the podcast and radio studios, and modernize the equipment and technology throughout the building.

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FAQs

Q: What is the Campaign for KPBS?

A: Over the past 60 years KPBS has been proud to serve our communities with quality news and educational programming. From children’s programming to the environment, from civics to arts and culture, we have been committed to enlightening and inspiring our audiences. Through it all, KPBS has remained a trusted source that many have come to rely on. This campaign represents the next step KPBS must take in order to have a strong and viable future. We have the extraordinary opportunity to transform our facilities, expand our capabilities, and forge a sustainable path.

Q: When did the Building on Trust capital campaign begin?

A: We began the capital campaign five years ago (2015) as a quiet campaign. The construction project bidding process was finalized in 2019.

Q: How is the project being funded?

A: The construction is being funded through KPBS’ Building on Trust Campaign. We began the capital campaign five years ago as a quiet campaign. We were able to raise nearly the entire campaign amount prior to the COVID-19 pandemic with support from major donors and planned giving donors. The capital campaign funds are completely separate from the operational fund.

Q: Are operational funds being used in the building construction?

A: No.The capital campaign funds are completely separate from the operational fund. Every one of our major donors signed gift and pledge agreements restricting the funds to the construction project.

Q: What changes are being made to the building?

A: The redesigned building will feature:

– 6,000 square foot community space for special events and gatherings

– 6,000 square foot expansion to the Joan & Irwin Jacobs News Center

– New space for research and development of digital technologies

– New facade

– New lobby

– Replace, repurpose and refresh our aging technology and equipment throughout the station

Q: What role does San Diego State University play in this campaign?

A: KPBS is licensed to the Board of Trustees of The California State University for San Diego State University (SDSU). SDSU is not involved in campaign fundraising. However, SDSU is instrumental in the building planning, design and construction process since we adhere to campus standards. The construction project is managed by SDSU with KPBS management deeply involved every step of the way.

Q: What is the construction schedule?

A: Construction on KPBS’s building will approximately begin in November 2020 and should conclude in 2022.

Q: How many square feet are being added and what will be the total square footage of the completed building?

A: This project will add approximately 6,500 square feet. The building will be 71,500 square feet upon completion.

Q: What is the LEED rating for the new building?

The building will be LEED Silver.

Q: How can I help the campaign?

A: We hope that you will embrace the vision of Building on Trust: The Campaign for KPBS. Stay tuned for more information of how you can be part of the building with a special one-time gift.

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