Located on a 155-acre site, the DIRECTV Castle Rock Broadcast Center was the world’s first fully serial digital transmission facility. The 2-story 55,000 square foot structure with a subterranean first floor rests low into a hillside and blends with the natural environment of scrub oak, sandstone and the blue skies of Colorado.
Along with office space, DIRECTV houses the video broadcast operational and uplink equipment, dubbing, quality control, editing, computerized support systems, fire and security, building environment, health and safety systems. The two levels contain approximately 45,000 square feet of 24” high raised floor systems. Over two million linear feet of video cabling and electronic equipment in extensive cable trays are accessible by ceiling supported catwalks.
The site is protected by a 100,000 gallon fire suppression system. The mechanical system is comprised of a total of 7 chillers and 28 air conditioning units. The power for the facility includes two 1,000 KVA Uninterrupted Power Systems (UPS) supported by three 1.6 megawatt engine generators housed in an acoustically treated 3,350 square foot building.
Pinkard developed an aggressive, well-coordinated, fast-track schedule to overcome more than 300 changes and owner upgrades, including the addition of 15,000 square feet to the main building and elaborate interior finishes throughout the facility.
Associated Builders and Contractors' 1993 first place National Excellence in Construction "Eagle" award