Gresham, Smith and Partners, Boyle Investment Company and LifeWay Christian Resources were honored last week with the Private Large Project Award and People’s Choice Award at Urban Land Institute (ULI) Nashville’s 10th Anniversary Excellence in Development Awards Gala. The winning project was LifeWay’s new 277,000-square-foot GS&P-designed corporate headquarters, located on 2.5 acres in Nashville’s Capitol View district. A jury with representatives from Toronto, Texas and Cleveland evaluated projects on financial stability and performance; high standards of excellence in land use, design, construction and sustainability; and added-value elements such as community contextualism, economic impact and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
“LifeWay’s new headquarters has transformed the company in a vital time of change in their industry,” said Steve Johnson, AIA, executive vice president at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “It celebrates the company’s culture and honors the core beliefs that will always be at their foundation, while introducing new spaces and tools that propel them forward as an innovative leader at the top of their industry. It also adds a high-value building to one of Nashville’s most important new communities, spurring future growth and activity. Our team is proud to have been part of this exceptional project and is honored to be recognized by the broader design and development community.”
GS&P provided architecture, interior design, branded environments, environmental graphics/wayfinding, and workplace strategy services for the development that is home to approximately 1,100 LifeWay employees. It features an open floorplan geared toward activity-based working, with a conference space large enough to accommodate 700 people as well as theater-style seating and pre-function/breakout spaces. Both historical elements and modern video technology clearly communicate the LifeWay’s Christian values and story – past, present and future. Warm, welcoming materials and abundant natural light create a positive, energetic environment.
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