The paper is headquartered in an 85,000-sq-ft building in downtown Roanoke. The building houses editorial offices, the circulation department, and, until recently, the printing operation. According to Dennis "Chip" Harris, project director for the Times, the paper had in recent years identified the need for additional press capacity.
The existing press had reached the limits of its capacity. Replacing it was no small project, because daily production could not stop. Further, the existing press hall was not nearly large enough to accommodate the type of new press needed. An additional challenge was the limited size of the existing building site.