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Home to two public broadcasting stations, WDCQ-TV and WUCX-FM, Delta’s broadcasting facilities were originally constructed in 1961 and have experienced few improvements over the years. The last occurring in 2003, when Delta entrusted Spence Brothers with enhancements to make WDCQ-TV the first public TV station in Michigan to transmit a 100% digital signal. Before recent upgrades, much of the equipment was nearing the end of its useful life. Likewise, admin areas were designed before the wide use of computers making seating and lighting ergonomics an issue with office-sizes and configurations that limited flexibility.
Spence Brothers performed upgrades that revitalized the area into a platform for state-of-the-art learning and a wide variety of digital media productions for students and producers. Spaces renovated included media production, faculty and staff offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and building service areas. Along with upgrades to power, data, communications, and the area’s HVAC, renovations have enhanced adjacencies and production workflow; provided student proximity to the broadcasting stations; and ensured faculty and coordinator offices are adjacent to the teaching areas.
Designs for faculty and staff spaces allow for flexible repurposing over time, as needed.
Of the project’s $5.9M budget, just over half was dedicated to equipment upgrades, while remaining funds supported academic and office area renovations. The latter were financed, in-part, by a 50% match in Capital Outlay funds from the State of approximately $1.4M.