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Look up when you visit Valley Public Radio's new Barmann-Chaney performance studio and you'll see beams. While they aren't structural, they're there for an important reason - acoustics.

A big part of the process of building a radio station is involved with the issue of sound and acoustic design. An ideal studio environment is both isolated from noise of the outside world or adjacent studios, and also has a good sound of its own, not too "live" and not too "dead" - acoustically speaking. 


The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California has honored Valley Public Radio with two prestigious "Golden Mike" awards. The station received the honors in Los Angeles Saturday night at the organization’s 66th annual gala at the Universal City Hilton. 

Workers Start Applying Stucco To KVPR's New Home

Jan 14, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

On Thursday workers started applying stucco to the exterior of the building. This is a big milestone for the project as it signals that completion is getting much closer. It also is important for another reason - the weather. The recent break in the El Nino-driven rains that have hit the valley gave the building just enough time to dry out for workers to start applying the stucco.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

It may be the holidays, but workers are still busy out at the jobsite this week. Tyvek is being applied to the plywood skin of the building, as workers get ready to prep the walls for stucco. Also window frames are being installed on the exterior, which marks a big visual change for the building. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The last month has been a busy one at Valley Public Radio's new home. Construction crews have been busy on both the outside and the inside of the building as we are less than four months away from our anticipated move-in date. And in the last few days, window frames have started to fill the openings in the building, giving passers-by an even better idea of what the finished product will look like. 

Valley Public Radio will air a live call-in news special Friday December 4th at 3:00 PM, produced by KPCC and KQED for statewide broadcast.  “What California Can Do,” is focused on responses to this week’s mass shooting. KPCC’s Larry Mantle and KQED’s Scott Shafer will host the live special. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Valley Public Radio/FM89 is pleased to announce the station has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the James Irvine Foundation for the construction of its new broadcast center. To meet this challenge, Valley Public Radio must raise $200,000 in pledges before the end of 2015. The new broadcast center is under construction at the Clovis Technology Park, located at Temperance and Alluvial Avenues.  The James Irvine Foundation has partnered with Valley Public Radio to help create a local newsreporting presence for the San Joaquin Valley region.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

A group of station supporters celebrated in Clovis on Thursday as workers lifted the last major piece of the exterior structure into place on Valley Public Radio's new home. The "topping off" ceremony is the latest milestone in construction of the new facility. Before the last beam was installed by workers with Fresno-based Zumwalt Construction, attendees were invited to sign the steel girder. 

Go Inside Valley Public Radio's New Home

Nov 3, 2015

Construction on Valley Public Radio's new home is moving inside, as work on the exterior framing is now nearly complete. Workers are already installing the fire sprinkler system and HVAC ducts, as well as rough electrical work. There's still some interior framing left to do, but the overall interior spaces are now becoming very clear. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Walls Go Up Fast On FM89's New Home

Sep 17, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Workers are moving quickly as Valley Public Radio's new home begins to take shape. This week saw the first interior walls go up, as workers build the structure from the studio walls outward. Despite rain on Monday, which sent workers home early, Zumwalt Construction estimates that the building will be completed by the end of March. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Workers this week began the process of erecting the walls of our new building at the Portal Sierra Research and Technology Park at Alluvial and Temperance Avenues in Clovis. Drivers on nearby Freeway 168 can already see the building going up, as Zumwalt Construction crews assemble pre-fabricated wall panels, steel posts and laminated wood beams. 

If you drive by Valley Public Radio's new home at Temperance and Alluvial in the next few days you'll likely see a lot of activity. Beams and posts and walls are being erected at a swift pace thanks largely through the use of pre-fabricated walls.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

It's an exciting day at Valley Public Radio as workers with Fresno-based Zumwalt Construction are busy erecting the first steel and wood beams for the station's new home. After months of site prep, moving and installing new utilities, and concrete work for the building's footings and floors, the bones of the new building are finally starting to emerge. In the next few days, work will move quickly as prefabricated wall panels are installed.

Work crews today poured concrete for the majority of the building's floor areas today. Workers used a giant concrete pump to distribute the wet concrete to different parts of the site and then used hand and power tools to level and smooth the surface. You may notice that some portions of the building don't yet have concrete floors, and that's by design. Those areas are acoustically isolated from the rest of the structure and will have special concrete floor areas to ensure sound doesn't transfer from the outside and between studio spaces.