The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry will next month move into its new headquarters in the Bank of America Plaza. The organization, along with the affiliated Tennessee Manufacturers Association, will relocate from the Renaissance Tower to make its new home in suite 107 of the Union Street building. Along with the move comes a new logo (pictured here) designed by DVL Seigenthaler.
The Metro Parks Department is finalizing construction contracts related to its Fort Nashborough Interpretive Center to overlook the Cumberland River on downtown’s west bank.
Chris Koster, the department’s special projects manager, said the project was to have been part of a previously planned downtown floodwall effort. With the floodwall scrapped, Metro still plans to use Skanska USA as the general contractor.
The budget for the replica stockade project is being projected at $1.4 million, Koster added. Nashville-based Encore Interpretive Design, spearheaded by David Currey, is handling the architectural and historical research work. In addition, the Nashville office of Moody Nolan is assisting with design efforts for the replica building.
“If everything can be finalized in a timely fashion, the very preliminary timeline is for the cabins to begin being assembled on site in early 2016,” Koster said.
Koster said the new log cabins will all be hand hewn and constructed. The previous Fort Nashborough replica was demolished earlier this year.
“The goal is to have the cabin builders on contract soon, and their timeline is to cultivate the logs for the cabins this fall and winter,” he said. “This is best practice for the logs as it is reduces the sap and moisture content build up in the wood which reduces structural and integrity issues over time, since these are specialized building techniques and materials.”
The original Fort Nashborough was established in early 1779. It spanned about two acres and offered up to 20 cabins within its fortified walls.
(Images courtesy of Metro Parks)
A California human resources consulting firm has signed a lease for 30,000 square feet of Bank of America Plaza office space, writes Tennessean reporter Getahn Ward, and plans to hire 200 people between now and the end of the year. DayNine, which was launched in 2009, runs seven other U.S. offices — including one in Atlanta — as well as in London and Sydney.
DayNine is working with city and state officials on an incentive package tied to its expansion here, Ramos said. The company also looks to work with area colleges and universities and is already talking to other companies about attracting and recruiting more young professionals to Nashville.
Florida-based Historic Tours of America has paid $5.05 million — the equivalent of a Nashville record of $1,053 per square foot — for a parking lot fronting downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway, according to a Davidson County Register of Deeds document.
Historic Tours, via Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington Inc., bought the 0.11-acre lot, located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Second Avenue South and Broadway, from Mayesco Partnership (which includes members of the May and Eskind families). Currently, the site accommodates food trucks.
The big 2015 growth spurt by law firm Burr & Forman has led its leaders to decide on an interim relocation to downtown's Nashville City Center tower from West End Avenue. Scott Harrison at the Business Journal writes that new Managing Partner Stephen Price expects to move his team in the next couple of weeks.
Looking longer-term, Price says he and his team are considering downtown office buildings that will be built in the "next year or two." Those projects would appear to include Eakin Partners' 1201 Demonbreun building adjacent to the inner interstate loop, the planned Hines/Ragland tower on First Avenue, MarketStreet's Gulch Crossing coming online this summer, and a 22-story building planned by Turnberry Associates two blocks east of MarketStreet's building.
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