In April of 2011 KCET sold its historic Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology, and leased 2 floors – roughly 55,000 sq. ft. – at the The Point, a brand new 14 story LEED Gold certified building in downtown Burbank. ARC Engineering embarked immediately on the study, design, construction and installation process of their MEP systems, a Herculean undertaking for the tight 12-month timeframe which saw the bare space transformed into state-of-the art production studios and offices.
ARC, through intense analysis of the existing building and expertise in entertainment industry systems design, issued the long lead package within the first two months. Focus then shifted to construction of the cutting-edge technical studio spaces with master control room, CER, machine room and edit suites. The 24/7 cooling system tower was helicoptered onto the rooftop, they added a generator and ran conduits 800 ft through the parking structure, which also houses the UPS. They designed VRV systems and optimized everything for 24/7 broadcast transmission and production efficiency.
ARC teamed with Gensler, EEI and Krismar Construction on the yearlong project, and in April of 2012, KCET moved in, on time and within its $10 million budget. ARC Engineering principal Hisham Barakat proudly states, “It was such a pleasure working with this amazing team and the new space is a ridiculous success.”