Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of October on a recording and production studio operated by the Mesa County Libraries.
The facility, named 970West Studio, will be built on vacant land owned by the library near the intersection of Fifth Street and Ouray Avenue in downtown Grand Junction.
The studio will offer professional-level audio and video recording and production to provide the community with more resources to create content.
“The 970West Studio is a huge step forward in bringing 21st century library services to Mesa County,” said Joseph Sanchez, director of the Mesa County Libraries. “New media and digital technology enable people from all walks of life to create high-quality audio and video content for a variety of purposes. This studio gives the library an opportunity to create unique, valuable content of local importance. And it also gives the citizens of Mesa County a chance to learn and use professional-level facilities and equipment for their own projects.”
The estimated $1.35 million project will be funded primarily by Mesa County Public Library District cash reserves. In addition, though, the Mesa County Public Library Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 for the project between now and the end of the year.
Elaine Barnett, president of the library district board of trustees, said trustees are excited about the studio and its potential. “Not only will the library be better able to provide technology education and training to the community, but our capacity to record and preserve many of the unique aspects of Mesa County will be greatly improved. We view this studio as an important and critical investment in the future of Mesa County Libraries and our community.”
The 3,000-square-foot building will include a 654-square-foot studio and training room, a 436-square-foot control room and 245-square-foot space for an artist in residence. The building also will include storage space for equipment and materials. The exterior of the building will resemble the nearby central library.
Asset Engineering of Grand Junction provided preconstruction services on the project and is expected to serve as the general contractor.
Several potential uses for the studio already have been proposed, including audio-visual projects and portfolios for school students, recordings for local bands and video histories of businesses and families.
Library staff will use the studio for various projects, including an online collection of artwork, photographs and videos that capture the unique aspects of life in Mesa County.
The collection already includes interviews with veterans, landscape and wildlife photography and images and information about hand-tied flies for fishing in Western Colorado. The collection can be accessed at www.mesacountylibraries.org.