Big Whig Media Announces Development Team and Breaks Ground at Willard Hotel for Studio Complex Launching Fall 2019
Contracts Awarded to TEEL Construction, Digital Video Group, FX Design Group and Steelcase Inc. for New Multimedia Studio
Big Whig Media, a new full-service multimedia center coming to downtown Washington, D.C. this Fall today broke ground at its ground-floor site at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel. This all-new digital, television, radio, and podcast production studio also named contract winners for construction, integration, lighting, set design, and furniture.
“Given the anticipated clientele for Big Whig Media, we knew when it came down to awarding contracts, we would be partnering with the best of the best,” said Keith Nahigian, founder and president of Nahigian Strategies and co-creator of Big Whig Media. “We selected award-winning companies who know their industries better than anybody else, which was an absolute necessity in order to maintain the distinguished reputation of the Willard and provide topline service to Big Whig Media customers.”
The following companies have been awarded contracts to develop Big Whig Media and ensure the ground-floor studio is the top place for content creation in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area:
- TEEL Construction – General Contracting and Construction Management
- Digital Video Group – Supplier and System Integrator
- FX Design Group – Lighting Design and Set Design
- Steelcase Inc. – Interior Design and Furniture
“Breaking ground today at the Willard was step one in ensuring Big Whig Media is the premier facility available to create video, digital, and audio content, whether that be an association hosting a weekly TV show to update its members or a government official stopping by to do a quick interview in our uplink studio,” Nahigian added. “We couldn’t ask for better partners as we work together to build something that will lead the way media is produced and consumed into the future.”
General Contracting and Construction Management
TEEL Construction has been providing service built on integrity, dependability, and attention to detail to projects in the D.C. area for over 30 years, and will now be handling the general contracting and construction management of Big Whig Media. Having completed projects in the historic Willard Hotel, TEEL Construction was an easy choice given their understanding of the property and the importance of preserving a historical building.
“TEEL is happy to be back at the Willard to work on such a unique opportunity. Our talented teams have worked on everything from airports and corporate offices to restaurants and grocery stores, and we’re eager to bring our expertise to the media landscape,” said Ray Ward, Project Manager for TEEL Construction.
Digital Video Group
System Design and Integrator
Digital Video Group is a leading supplier and system integrator of broadcast and production systems. Their award-winning team will be working with Big Whig Media on system design and integration and build out, as well as consulting on installation and training.
“We’re excited to be part of this incredible project,” says Chuck Heffner, Director of Sales Engineering at Digital Video Group. “Though we’ve worked on a variety of broadcast projects, from post production facilities to large scale TV station build-outs locally and around the country, this project is unique in that it’s in an iconic location and is an independent studio, something that hasn’t been done before.”
FX Design Group
Lighting Design and Set Design
FX Design Group is an Emmy Award winning company known for its cutting-edge technology in projects around the globe. FX has designed, lit, and installed broadcast environments for many of the world’s top media outlets, including local and national news networks, sports teams, and colleges. With a commitment to effective collaboration, FX Design Group has a long history of partnering with technology integrators such as Digital Video Group on award-winning projects large and small, making FX the perfect lighting and set design company for Big Whig Media.
“Big Whig Media is a unique opportunity for our team as it’s the only independently-owned studio that FX has collaborated with which will be available for multiple uses, allowing us to be creative in how we design a set that can be interchangeable for a variety of users,” said James Cartner, Lighting Designer and Project Manager of FX.
Furniture and Interior Design
For over 100 years, Steelcase has helped create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations, including Nahigian Strategies. Nahigian Strategies will once again be using Steelcase furniture and technology to ensure Big Whig Media will be not only beautifully designed, but function as a space where people can work strategically together and collaborate on making compelling video, digital, and audio content.