SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY WSHU RADIO STATION + PUBLIC SAFETY
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.
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 also to 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.
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.