Sacred Heart University
WSHU Radio Station + Public Safety
Returning to Sacred Heart University for a second project, SGA designed a new three-story, state-of-the-art communications building. The 20,000-square-foot facility houses the WSHU Public Radio Group and the institution’s public safety department.
The radio station, which encompasses two full studios and four editing suites, serves nearly 300,000 weekly listeners. Sacred Heart’s 24/7 emergency response teams, central command station, and dispatch rooms also use the on-site technology. Other features of the building include a roof deck and administrative and community spaces.
Notable elements of the design extend from the surrounding landscape to the interior. The building’s three levels cascade down a steep hillside in geometric follies, creating a walkway that connects to student housing, and wellness programs located across Park Avenue with the main campus. Each level provides grade entry, and an internal elevator offers ADA access not only to the building but the connections across campus. SGA’s design for the interior evokes radio transmission through a sound-wave pattern, illuminated in red and crowned with a custom crest. In the reception area, we created a feature wall to highlight major donors.
WSHU not only broadcasts live, but also records content for NPR. The acoustics and technology components for the highly sensitive functions housed in this building required the design team to provide technical details, specifications, and design oversight to ensure that sound engineering met the expectations of the radio engineers.
Client Sacred Heart University
Location Fairfield, CT
Area 20,000 Square Feet