VPR Construction

Betty Wang-Garcia / Valley Public Radio

Several hundred station supporters, community partners, and listeners gathered in Clovis on Wednesday to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the station's new broadcast center. After spending the last 40 years as a tenant of various buildings that were either too small, out of date, or not well suited to the unique needs of a public radio station, Valley Public Radio finally has a permanent home. 

Valley Public Radio/FM89 will celebrate the official opening of their new location in the Clovis Technology Park on Temperance and Alluvial Avenues with a catered ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 21st.  The event will commence at 10AM and feature speakers including Board Chairperson, David Parker, Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig, and Don Howard, CEO of the James Irvine Foundation. Ribbon cutting will follow after the presentation, along with tours of the new broadcast center. 

Valley Public Radio Moves Into New Home

Jun 16, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

After many seasons of planning and fundraising, a year of design work and another year of construction Valley Public Radio moved into its new home in Clovis on May 19th. The 10,500 foot state-of-the-art broadcast center is located at the corner of Temperance and Alluvial Avenues in the Portal Sierra Research and Technology Park. The project includes new broadcast studios for the station, more than doubling the studio space when compared with the station's old home.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Valley Public Radio’s new home isn’t just an impressive piece of architecture, it’s also opening up new doors for the station’s programming thanks to state-of-the-art broadcasting technology.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

With the station's move-in date about a month away, workers are busy installing things like carpet, furnishings and acoustic treatments. On Wednesday March 16 crews began installing carpet in portions of the building, while the station's IT and radio engineering teams worked on outfitting the technology center with equipment racks and other gear. Sound rated doors have been installed in the studio spaces, and in the lobby, lighting and furniture have been installed. Check back soon for more updates as work on the building is progressing quickly at this point. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

A sleek monopole tower now rises 70 feet above Valley Public Radio's new broadcast center in Clovis. The tower holds an antenna that relays the station signal to the KVPR 89.3 transmitter in the mountains above Auberry. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The smell of fresh paint and the sound of workers installing glass are filling FM89's new broadcast center these days, as the project is nearing completion. After breaking ground back in May of 2015, the construction process is nearing an end. Workers with Zumwalt Construction estimate that the building will be substantially complete in early March, allowing us to begin our move in April. 

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. 

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. 

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

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