Now available to members
Members of the Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania may now access the various professional development tools and resources at the PA Wilds Media Lab in uptown Kane, PA. The creative hub was outfitted with specialized technologies needed to expand the PA Wilds commerce platforms and deliver business development workshops to the WCO. It features a professional photography studio, a recording studio, a conference room, and event space.
Explore the Spaces & Make a Reservation
Have you been looking for a space to hold your next meeting?
The Conference Room offers privacy for meetings and comfortably accommodates eight people.
The Flex Space is the largest space at the Media Lab, located at the front of the building. It is not a private space, but it can be used for classes and training workshops, larger meetings, small trade shows and similar events.
Do you want a beautiful space to take product photos or head shots?
Check out the Photography Studio, which features an entire wall covered in natural bark tiles (a perfect textural backdrop!).
Front Hall / Entry
The Front Hall / Entry offers an interpretive display showcasing the Media Lab renovation process and partners involved. It offers convenient access to Fraley Street, the Media Lab restrooms, and neighboring Six&Kane, which provides elevator access.
Audio-Visual (AV) Studio
Are you interested in producing a video or podcast?
The Audio-Visual (AV) Studio has the equipment you need, including green screens, AV software and more.
The Kitchen is available for use by members and partners who have reserved other spaces at the Media Lab. It includes a table and seating for a small group, a refrigerator and a sink.
Innovation in a Rural Downtown Building
Situated on the second floor of an older Main Street-type building, the PA Wilds Media Lab renovation serves as an energy-efficiency model for similar enhancements in rural downtowns across the PA Wilds and beyond.
PA Wilds Center documented the construction process in order to help tell the story of what it is truly like to renovate one of these old downtown buildings in rural PA. An interpretive display will be installed in the main entry to the PA Wilds Media Lab, which provides access to an elevator via a direct connection to Six&Kane, the adjacent building owned by 63 Fraley Street, LLC, and made possible by an investment by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF).
There are a lot of empty second- and third-floor Main Street buildings in rural PA. There is a reason for this. They are hard spaces to renovate and use. We felt strongly we couldn’t be leading a rural revitalization effort and not understand, at a bone-deep level, what it meant to help bring one of these buildings back to life. How did we address accessibility? Energy efficiency? We are excited to interpret our experience and share it with others. The nonprofit West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund has been huge in helping us figure it out.
Photos from the construction process
Media Lab construction was completed in 2021 after about two years. PA Wilds Center staff worked through 2022 to get the Media Lab ready for regular use by the value chain network by ordering computers and audio-visual (AV) equipment, installing furniture and more!
Special thanks to our project partners and funders
The PA Wilds Media Lab was made possible by investments and collaborative partnerships with:
West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
PA Council on the Arts (PCA)
The Richard King Mellon Foundation
The Collins Companies Foundation
U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission
The Conservation Fund
Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group (AHUG)
Lumber Heritage Region (LHR)
Laughing Owl Press Company
Joe’s Props Shop
Sixty Foot Films
And many volunteers!
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