Reading Eagle Co. – New Press Hall & Mail Room Addition
Location: Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Muhlenberg Greene Architects assisted the Reading Eagle Company with the planning and design to expand their existing building in order to house a new state-of-the-art press. The project required the demolition of several existing structures and the new construction of an, approximately, 77,000 square foot addition. In addition to the press hall, the expansion included a new mail room and ancillary spaces for the control room, maintenance shops, and mechanical/electrical equipment. The expansion also included three truck docks for receiving materials and four shipping docks. A basement level was constructed for ink storage, paper deliveries, and the reel room for the new press. The ground floor provides space for the mail room and houses the inserter and palletizer equipment as well as the main floor of the press hall. The 2nd floor consists of a mezzanine level for the press hall and provides space for the control room, computer-to-plate room, and electrical equipment for the press operation. The 3rd floor is primarily mechanical equipment spaces that surround the press hall. The press hall is an open space along the Penn Street facade that extends 56 feet above the ground floor level and will house the new press.
A critical aspect to the planning and management of the construction process for this project was the requirement to maintain the daily operation of printing and shipping the newspaper.