SWBR provided complete architectural and engineering services to Gannett Co. Inc. for the design and construction of a new 150,000-square-foot newspaper production facility. It houses a 300-ton, state-of-the-art MAN Roland Press consisting of three folders and 16 couples. The 16 linked printing units stand in a row 25 feet wide, 55 feet high and 255 feet long. Besides the printing press, offices, and receiving and distribution areas, the facility warehouses over 500,000 tons of paper. Gannett supplies a daily circulation of 221,000 newspapers and a Sunday circulation of 270,000 newspapers.
By necessity, the flow diagram of paper entering and ultimately leaving the facility drove the design. It is composed of a series of rectangular elements whose sizes and shapes are decided by the functions occurring within. The treatment and interaction of these rectangular elements were a primary focus of the design. The corners of the outside walls are glass, allowing glimpses of the innerworkings of the machine. This is particularly apparent on the front elevation, where the corners of the press bay are glazed, allowing visitors a view and therefore an understanding of the scale of the massive printing press. The press is the center point of the design. The printing press is not buried in the architecture, but is celebrated throughout the building.
Winner of Rochester Chapter AIA Citation of Merit Award, Construction Specifications Institute Outstanding Project Award, and the Association of General Contractors Build New York Award.
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