Gresham Smith Accepts AIA Middle Tennessee Award for LifeWay Headquarters

October 30, 2018

Gresham Smith was honored last week with a Merit Award in the Built category at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle Tennessee 2018 Design Awards Gala. The winning project was LifeWay Christian Resource’s new 277,000-square-foot Gresham Smith-designed corporate headquarters, located on 2.5 acres in Nashville’s Capitol View district. A panel of out-of-town architects who have achieved design recognition in their region evaluated the submitting architects’ performance against each project’s potential.

Gresham Smith provided architecture, interior design, branded environments, environmental graphics/wayfinding, and workplace strategy services for the building that is home to approximately 1,100 LifeWay employees. The design embraces the industrial aesthetic character and heritage of neighboring sites and the new Capitol View Development while blending with a series of sleek high-rise offices sprouting around the downtown core. The building is fundamentally modest in its architectural expression and represents LifeWay’s commitment to serving others.

“AIA celebrates the power of design to positively impact the community, so it’s a huge honor to be recognized by our industry peers for leading the way with purposeful architecture,” said Al Pramuk, chief executive officer at Gresham Smith. “The talented LifeWay design team was already honored earlier this year with a Private Large Project Award and People’s Choice Award at Urban Land Institute (ULI) Nashville’s Excellence in Development Awards Gala. Now the project has been recognized from both a development and design perspective, demonstrating its multifaceted and well-rounded success. LifeWay’s new headquarters is an asset to the Nashville community in many ways and we are grateful to our client for the opportunity to help them bring their vision to life.”

Gresham Smith has previously received AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards for projects including the Jackson National Home Office Expansion, Lentz Public Health Center, CityPlace, High Street Mixed-Use Development, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Nissan Corporate Headquarters, Asurion’s Atlanta Development Center, United Hospital Center Replacement Hospital and Shanghai International Medical City.