San Diego Station Moves Into New Facility

By Kevin Eck 

San Diego NBC-owned station KNSD has moved into a new 52,000 square foot broadcast facility in Kearny Mesa.

“We are proud that NBC 7 has returned to Kearny Mesa, the neighborhood where the station aired its first newscast 50 years ago,” said president and GM Richard Kelly. “The new facility is incredible and we’re excited to be producing our live, local newscasts from one of the most advanced broadcast centers in the country on behalf of our viewers.”


The facility boasts the market’s first 4K video wall, able to display video and images in various layouts and two control rooms for its state-of-the-art news sets and production studios.

The new facility also has a wireless camera and audio system so the station can shoot live video anywhere on the property and energy efficient designs including a 200 KW solar rooftop system.

Here’s what KNSD says about its energy efficient systems.

In addition to including the latest production technologies and the most advanced newsgathering tools available for journalists, NBC 7 San Diego’s new state-of-the-art broadcast home also features various energy efficient elements, including a 200 KW solar rooftop system and parking lot that make the facility one of the most environmental friendly news centers in the region. Additional energy-efficient elements of the new facility include:
A 250 KW natural gas fuel cell that emits low carbon electricity;
A new, tightly-controlled efficient HVAC system that conserves electricity;
Air-cooled chillers that are capable of using outside cold air to cool computer equipment;
LED lighting all throughout the facility, including the news studios;
Use of natural light in lieu of electric light by incorporating occupancy and sunlight driven lighting, solatubes and skylights and automatic shades that are light-sensor driven;
A low-flow drip system for sprinklers that contains a smart irrigation controller; and
Low-flow water devices, drought tolerant plants and ground cover.