FLUSHING — The spotlight's on Queens College, with the school set to get a new TV studio.
The school is planning a $1.5 million renovation of its 3,200-square-foot television studio, creating a space that will serve both its students and the surrounding community — the first upgrade in more than 50 years, according to the school's facilities manager.
The project will update the main production studio and control room, install new lights and integrate interactive software, creating a modern studio on par with those at other colleges and production houses, according to Dave Gosine, who is in charge of facilities design, construction & management at Queens College.
"We really want our students to get the training and knowledge of how a real TV studio works," he said.
Queens College offers a bachelor's degree in media studies with concentrations in film and television production, as well as classes in editing, television directing and commercial production.
The TV studio, though, hasn't been renovated since 1960, when the building that it's in, King Hall, was first built, Gosine said.
The project is estimated to cost between $1,500,000 and $1,700,000 and should be completed by the end of 2015.
Once it's finished, the school would also like to make the space available to the surrounding community to create programming that reflects the diverse neighbors around the college.
"We're looking for an opportunity once we upgrade our facility to reach out to the community, especially downtown Flushing," Gosine said. "We want it to be used as much as it can."
A meeting for interested construction companies will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at the college in King Hall, Room 202, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.