The Republic – Newspaper Plant & Offices

  • Client Rayanna Corporation
  • Region North America
  • Location Columbus, Indiana, United States

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 1971
  • Size Site Area: 97,911 square feet Building Height: 15 feet Number of Stories: 1 Building Gross Area: 33,419 square feet
  • Awards
    1973, Design in Steel Citation for Excellence in Design in Low Rise Construction, American Iron and Steel Institute 1975, National Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1971, Plant Planning Contest: First Place, American Press Magazine
  • Collaborators Ppg
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 1971
  • Size Site Area: 97,911 square feet Building Height: 15 feet Number of Stories: 1 Building Gross Area: 33,419 square feet
  • Awards
    1973, Design in Steel Citation for Excellence in Design in Low Rise Construction, American Iron and Steel Institute 1975, National Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1971, Plant Planning Contest: First Place, American Press Magazine
  • Collaborators Ppg

In the 1960s, SOM helped conceive a master plan for the urban redevelopment and revitalization of Columbus, Indiana. The Republic Newspaper Office and Printing Plant was the first project realized from that plan. The building, designed by Myron Goldsmith, consists of an aluminum frame enclosed by glass walls. To maximize efficiency, the offices and plant occupy one floor. The main entrance connects directly with the newsroom and advertising offices, which lead to the production and distribution zones.

The press itself, an offset machine painted a bright yellow, was encased in an acoustically insulated pavilion. Anchored on a uniquely designed pad, the press was isolated from the building’s main foundation, reducing vibrations caused by print runs.

Symbolic of the transparency and visibility of the free press, the modern building was used as a recruiting tool. In 1981, Republic Editor Harry McCawley stated that the building “often makes the difference as to whether we get the reporter we want.”