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Spacesmith will design sustainable production facilities for Upriver Studios in New York

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Spacesmith will design sustainable production facilities for Upriver Studios in New York

The project will be located in Saugerties in upstate New York.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | June 8, 2020
Upriver Studio Lovvy
Upriver Studio Lovvy

Spacesmith will reimagine an industrial-era building into a large-scale production facility for film and TV. The 104,000-sf space will feature sound stages, post-production spaces, and support spaces in an adapted manufacturing building. The site in the Hudson River Valley was selected for its relatively low costs of labor and living, scenic views, and the region’s recently increased motion picture tax credit. 

Its lower population density was also attractive. “With the public health crisis, this location has become even more attractive to stakeholders seeking a safe place to set up production,” says Katy Flammia, AIA, Director of Design at Spacesmith. “There is plenty of space, both indoors and out, for social distancing, and no elevators to contend with as in many urban facilities.”


Upriver production studios


Spacesmith is taking extra precautions to design for improved wellness, safety, and infection control. The facility will feature no-touch fixtures throughout. Space between makeup bays will be increased and a high-performance HVAC system for air filtration is being included. Additional hand-washing stations and janitorial closets were added to encourage hygienic practices.

Plans are in place to ensure the studios use 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030. The building will use locally sourced materials, rooftop photovoltaics, low-flow toilets and fixtures, and high-efficiency LED lighting throughout.

The first phase of the project is set to open this summer.

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