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WYEP Birth of a Building

This video documents the Birth of a Building, using nearly 5,000 original photos. It shows the tear-down of old buildings and the construction of the WYEP Community Broadcast Center over an 18-month period from 2004 – 2006. The photographer uses a technique he calls FastPhoto Movies, using photos in rapid sequence to tell a story.

The WYEP building is located in Bedford Square in the heart of Pittsburgh’s historic South Side neighborhood. When completed in 2006 this was the first LEED Certified “Green” radio station in the nation (achieving a LEED-NC Silver Rating). The WYEP team moved into the building in March of 2006. On March 4, 2016 we celebrated our 10-year anniversary.

WESA and its team were brought into the building in the Spring of 2011, and we launched our new sister station and NPR news and information service from that building on July 1, 2011.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to build a building, this video will give you an intimate insider view, from initial ideas and architectural sketches, to demolition, to ground breaking, to creating the foundation, to building the final exterior and interior structure. We take you on an 18-month journey, condensed into 18 minutes.