NBC 5 (KXAS TV) will kick off construction this month on a 75,000-square-foot broadcasting and multimedia news facility in CentrePort. Scheduled for completion in June 2013, it will combine NBC 5 operations currently in east Fort Worth and Dallas, and include Telemundo and NBC Universal businesses.
The company has been operating from its original Fort Worth studios for 64 years, said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 president and general manager, in a statement. “As the North Texas area grew, we added a facility in Dallas,” he said. “Now we will combine operations into one first-class operation to better serve our viewers and advertisers via television, the Internet, mobile and still-developing technologies.”
Gary Collett and Matt Heidelbaugh of Cushman & Wakefield of Texas Inc. represented NBC 5 in the deal. Corgan Associates, Inc. is the lead architectural firm, and KDC will develop the facility, which will sit on about 8 acres at 4805 Amon Carter Blvd. in Fort Worth.
Ehlmann said it’s fitting that the facility is being built on a street named in honor of the station’s founder, Amon Carter. He also said NBC 5 worked closely with the City of Fort Worth to remain within its borders, yet in a more centralized North Texas location. As part of the agreement to build the new facility in Fort Worth, NBC 5 will convey its current 66,000-square-foot building and 26-acre site in east Fort Worth to the city.
About 300 employees will work out of the CentrePort space. The 1,300-acre business park is just south of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It’s home to about 70 companies—including American Airlines, AT&T, and Mercedes-Benz—as well as 2,000 apartment units, three hotels, and 200,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, with access to the commuter rail line.