The walls are up and the roof installation is complete on Pioneer Public Television’s new 17,500 square foot television campus in Granite Falls, which may be ready for partial occupancy as early as March 2017. The new studio, which broke ground in June, is being made possible by a leadership gift from Ron and Diane Fagen of Granite Falls.
The MSR Architecture Firm of Minneapolis designed the complex and Fagen Inc. is constructing the state-of-the-art facility. The campus will feature a sound-controlled studio, a master control room, a green room, editing suites, offices and outdoor performance spaces. The off-white stone and dark gray brick facade was designed to blend in with the surrounding prairie landscape and complement the adjacent Blue Devil Valley Scientific and Natural Area and 3.8 billion-year-old exposed granite outcrops in Granite Falls.
Plans call for the construction of two towers in 2017 that will relay the signal from the new television campus back to the main broadcast tower site located just south of Appleton.