KWWL Studios

Waterloo, IA

The building has been the home of KWWL since 1958 and it was due for updates along with a new broadcasting studio. The project was partially funded with state historical preservation tax credits and restored much of the building to its historic roots from 100+ years ago when it was an Overland auto dealership. The new studio was constructed on the 2nd floor while the existing studio remained in operation on the 1st floor.


The two floors occupied by KWWL have completely overhauled with an air-cooled variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC system along with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) that provides the space with fresh air. This system was a good fit for the studio space due to the ductless fan coil unit sound performance being quieter than a traditional forced-air system. The routing of systems was difficult due to the historical preservation requirements. An emergency generator provides 100% backup of the studio and supporting services to keep the studio online even when the station’s viewing area may not be.


KWWL Studio


Waterloo, IA


Struxture Architects



Completion Date

Fall 2017