KPRC2 debuts new broadcast center in SW Houston

HOUSTON - After year and a half of work, the wait is over. KPRC2's new state-of-the-art broadcast center is live!

What began with a groundbreaking in December of 2015 turned into 15 months of careful construction that produced our brand new building at KPRC Channel 2. 

What we have now is a modern, 65,000-square-foot building to replace the old one that opened in 1972.

"The old building was built for a different era of television," says KPRC Vice President & General Manager Jerry Martin.  "This building is built for the 21st century era of television."

The new structure is 1/3 less the size of the other but is visually and technically far more superior.  Inside there is a 9,000-square-foot newsroom -- designed with the intention of helping staff collaborate and gather news in easier fashion. 

Also inside is what Martin calls the centerpiece of the new building: a grand lobby area that allows employees from all of Channel 2's departments to cross paths and congregate on a daily basis.  Visitors also will have access.

"I'm a golfer and there's always a signature hole on all the great golf courses," Martin says.  "So this is the signature spot of this new building."

But the nerve center of the building is the central equipment room.  For the first time in decades every aspect of the station's technology and communication will be housed in one central location.

"From the technical perspective," says chief engineer Edgar Zavala, "it allows us to really set the infrastructure that will support changes in technology going forward."

Although we have a new building, the 68 years of KPRC's history will not be forgotten.  Today our history wall was unveiled, marking milestones for a station that has been part of this community since 1949.  It's a way to remember the past as we step our way into the future.

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