Video Lab West, Sacramento Train Station

McClatchy Teams With Google, Opens Video Lab West inside Historic Train Depot

Video Lab West, Sacramento Train Station McClatchy unveiled its new collaborative space inside the historic train depot to a packed house of several hundred of Sacramento’s “who’s who,” from private and public sector spaces.

A long-time anchor in Sacramento’s downtown region, the Amtrak train station has been undergoing a 10-year revival. It is also home to the largest in-fill project in the United States.

McClatchy’s partnership with Google and Youtube is called Video Lab West. The 10,000 square foot development is designed to foster an environment committed to great storytelling using video. Emerging video technologies such as VR (virtual reality )and aerial drone videography are two areas the project is expected to push.

It’s an important part of storytelling that’s going to be big, but it’s also undefined and unclear from a revenue model and distribution standpoint, said Meghan Sims, McClatchy’s director of video products, who will be leading the lab.

The lab’s designers paid homage to the building’s rich and uniquely California history with roots dating back to 1863. The creative energy in the “history vs. high-tech,” environment is definitely promising.

McClatchy says that they intend to offer room for workshops, training and focus on working with fellows from outside the company.

Greg Taylor, the city project manager, said that the work has turned the once dilapidated and marginally usable old brick building into a modern structure. The entire project entails 25,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space just a hop away from the new arena and of course, Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor lines.

The rooftop terrace offers panoramic views and is sure to become one of the best places to decompress, recompress, network and socialize. Doors are expected to open late summer, 2017.

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