UBS Tower could undergo exterior updates

Modernist skyscraper awaits contemporary look

Venerable downtown high-rise UBS Tower is seemingly slated for a major exterior update.

Nashville-based Rubicon Equities, LLC, which bought the mixed-use modernist tower last September for $14.5 million, has released a brochure showing it with a more contemporary look. Specifically, the images reveal blue glass and the skyscraper's east face offering a modified spire, among other upgrades.

Gabriel Coltea, Rubicon managing director, could not be reached for comment regarding when the work will start or a price tag. The brochure references a $50 million figure. It is unclear if that dollar figure is in addition to the amount spent on interior updates.

Rubicon already is undertaking various interior improvements to the 28-story office tower, which rises 354 feet and is the city’s 11th tallest building.

Last November, Rubicon landed two permits, with a combined value of $16.4 million, to complete interior rehab upgrades in the tower. General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie oversaw that effort.

The Nashville office of CBRE Group is handling the leasing and marketing of the building's retail and office space. The retail space is being marketed as CityPointe, according to the brochure. Collectively, the site includes the tower, and outdoor plaza and an extended space on the southeast corner.

Relatedly, 430 State of Tennessee employees are headed to the tower, with recent media reports having linked 100 workers with mattress giant Serta possibly taking office space (read more here).

Opened in 1974 as the First American Center, the UBS Tower is located at 315 Deaderick Street. It was previously called the Regions Center.



(UBS Tower exterior in its current state)