Big Building Plans Ahead in Nashville
Nashville's downtown is moving to the beat of cranes, drills, concrete mixers and some demolition explosives as offices, hotels and residences go up in what will be a record-breaking year for construction in the city.
The action kicked up on Nov. 10-11 with back-to-back news of two major downtown projects:
• Turnberry Associates announced it would build a 35-story, 600-room JW Marriott Hotel and a 400,000-sq-ft office tower across from the Music City Center convention facility that opened a year ago.
• Bridgestone Americas plans to move its U.S. headquarters into a 514,000-sq-ft, 30-story downtown office tower to be built by Highwoods Properties.
"We've issued $1.979 billion in building permits—a new record—and we're projecting $2.2 billion by year's end," Terry Cobb, city director of development services, said on Nov. 17. The previous record, $1.8 billion, was set in 2006.
Cobb doubts either of those buildings will secure permits this year but expects a foundation permit HCA's $200-million headquarters building for two subsidiaries — Parallon Business Solutions and Sarah Cannon Research Institute. It is in the redeveloping North Gulch area, named for the L&N railroad gulch that divides downtown and midtown. The South Gulch has been a hot spot for residential, office and retail construction for approximately 15 years.
Gresham Smith & Partners, Nashville, is the architect, and Skanska, Nashville, is the general contractor for the HCA headquarters. Housing about 2,000 workers and comprising a 16-story tower and other structures, the HQ will include more than 500,000 sq ft of office space, 30,000 sq ft of retail space, a 1,900-vehicle parking garage and surface parking.
Bridgestone will move 1,100 Nashville employees and transfer 600 more from three other cities to its new tower, designed by Perkins + Will, Chicago, and built by Brasfield & Gorrie, Nashville.
Early next year, Turnberry will select a contractor for both buildings on the 3.7-acre site, says Ray Waters, the firm's hospitality division president. Arquitectonia, based in Miami, designed the project.
Other major buildings under construction downtown include the following:
•1201 Demonbreun, a $95-million, 285,000-sq-ft office tower, with ground-floor retail and 940 below- and above- ground parking spaces. Eakin Partners is the developer, Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates is the architect, and Brasfield & Gorrie is the contractor. Brasfield & Gorrie, which has leased space there, will move in after the 2016 completion.
• Twelve Twelve, located at 1212 Laurel St., an $80-million, 23-story, 312-unit condominium. Hensler Development Group, Nashville, and Stiles Corp., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are the developers, Hastings Architecture is the architect, and J.E. Dunn Construction is the contractor.