For the third time this year, global tech services company Xerox is adding to its local call center management operations. Xerox officials want to hire 50 employees immediately for their new center in the Highland Ridge Office Park on Marriott Drive. The company is adding customer service reps, quality assurance analysts, technical analysts and service center managers. They will join the 160 other employees hired locally this year.
Nashville-based developer Ray Hensler has unveiled a rendering (see below) of his proposed 23-story $80 million luxury high-rise apartment tower slated to anchor the northwest corner of 12th Avenue South and Laurel Street in the Gulch. For those who advocate height with urban buildings, Hensler's still-unnamed tower appears to be about 270 feet tall.
Hastings Architecture Associates is handling the design work. Of note, the local firm has contributed to the design of many of the city's most significant large-scale buildings completed since 2000, including, among others, Freeman Webb Co. Building, McCabe Park Community Center, Midtown Lofts, Roundabout Plaza, SunTrust Plaza and Terrazzo. In short, the always optimistic (and always successful with his projects) Hensler is working with some design pros.
Though Hensler — who could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon — has discreetly said during 2012 that his plan was to break ground by the end of the year, the Nashville Business Journal is the first to report the details and reveal the image. Speaking of which...
A panel of judges convened by the Nashville Civic Design Center has chosen conceptual drawings by Michael Albert and Victor Perez Amado as the winner of its East Bank visioning competition. Albert and Amado emphasized a relatively simple design for much of the 75 acres south of LP Field, which they labeled The Bend. Their concept places commercial development on the northern third of the property and centers the sports-oriented development closer to the river on an 8,000-seat circular arena, an amphitheater and a boathouse. See more of their ideas here and other finalists' concepts here.
Bank of New York Mellon, the global investment manager and back-office administrator, will break ground this morning on an expansion of its local processing center on Brick Church Pike, a project it says will create 500 construction jobs. BNY Mellon announced plans to build on to its Nashville facility last summer and had initially expected to break ground earlier this year.