Houston Chronicle relocating downtown workforce to production location, revamping facility
Houston Chronicle Media Group last week announced plans to relocate most of its downtown workforce, including employees from the Houston Chronicle,LaVozTX.comChron.com and HoustonChronicle.com, to the building that formerly housed the Houston Post.
The Houston Post occupied the building until its closure in April 1995, when its assets were sold to Chronicle parent the Hearst Corp. The building currently houses the Chronicle’s press operations, distribution, circulation and local sales teams.
The move to the new building, located at the 610 Loop/Southwest Freeway interchange in Houston, is expected to take approximately 18 months and will include a significant renovation of the space, the Chronicle said.
As part of the move, the Chronicle is preparing to solicit bids for architectural and engineering services for the building. Plans call for transforming the 21-acre site, which contains more than 440,000 square feet of building space, the paper reported.
“We are excited about creating a state-of-the-art media facility as part of the Houston cityscape,” Paul Barbetta, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Houston Chronicle Media Group, said in a statement. “As we have changed with the industry, we feel a facility housing all employees across our diverse capabilities, including print, digital media and agency consulting services will allow us to better serve our readers and advertisers.”
HCMG said it will explore alternatives for its 10-story downtown facility, located at 801 Texas, which houses 473 employees. More than 500 employees work in the southwest facility.
Post-Dispatch upgrading reelstands
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch tapped Electronic Design Group Inc. to upgrade 11 of its 21 reelstands by mid-August.
The Goss static belt reels are being upgraded to enhance performance, improve reliability and eliminate obsolete components.
The upgrade will include 11 RTP control panels with built-in splice control and tension regulation. EDG said it plans to upgrade the remaining 10 units in 2015.