Fifth + Broadway


Award of Merit

CONTRACTOR: Skanska USA Building

OWNER: Oliver McMillan Spectrum Emery / Brookfield Properties Development

LEAD DESIGN FIRM: Gresham Smith and Partners

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates

CIVIL ENGINEER: Gresham Smith and Partners

MEP ENGINEER: Alvine Engineering

Representing Nashville’s largest single mixed-use development, this $400-million, 6.2-acre destination sits in the heart of downtown, adjacent to the city’s renowned Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena and Honky Tonk Row. To manage the sheer magnitude of planning—which involved 11 different design teams for seven different components—Skanska subdivided the project into three major areas. Those included the 34-story, 386-unit residential tower;  a 25-story, 370,000-sq-ft office tower featuring a 450,000-sq-ft parking garage; and 239,000 sq ft of entertainment, retail and cultural space, including The National Museum of African American Music.

During the construction of the core and shell of the retail and office components, the owner was negotiating leases with prospective tenants. The result of these negotiations sometimes required modifying work that had already been put in place. In these instances, the design team worked with the owner, tenant and the tenant’s design partners to incorporate the revisions into construction documents. In turn, Skanska provided budgets to guide the design toward the most cost-effective approach and offered input to reduce the impact on the overall schedule.

Due to the project’s complexity, early on the project team engaged its MEP, exterior glazing, metal panel, fire suppression and concrete subcontractors to help finalize designs. Skanska also contracted more than $70 million with disadvantaged businesses.