February 09, 2017 | Nashville, Tenn. | Projects
Gresham, Smith and Partners was recently selected by Schneider Electric to provide architecture, interior design, structural engineering and MEP services for the company’s consolidation of several Middle Tennessee locations to Franklin, Tenn. The project is a fit-out of 150,000-square-feet in the Two Franklin Park building, encompassing six floors. GS&P is working to create an energetic, collaborative space that supports the company’s 800+ Nashville-area employees and facilitates continued growth and success. The planning and design process is already in progress. Schneider Electric has partnered with Jones Lang LaSalle for project management services.
“We are pleased to work with GS&P on this exciting project that will revitalize our office environment and inspire our employees,” commented Ted Klee, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain North America at Schneider Electric. “As a leading global specialist in energy management and automation, we want to provide our staff and guests with state-of-the-art facilities. GS&P has strived to understand our needs and goals, providing us with design services and guidance that effectively support this positive change in office culture. Our team is confident that the new space will allow us to elevate our own internal collaborative processes and thereby the level of service we offer to our clients.”
“With Schneider Electric’s new office, we’re focused on quality, flexibility and synergy,” said Kelly Hodges NCIDQ, LEED AP, division vice president of Nashville Corporate + Urban Design at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “The mostly free-address desking system means that staff can work from anywhere in the building that best supports their productivity, without being unnecessarily tethered to a specific location. We are also excited to implement more employee-friendly features such as access to daylight and views, and hubs for teams to work, conduct informal meetings and enjoy refreshments. The new, open workplace promotes innovation by offering extreme flexibility and choice for employees to work individually or together in settings that fit the task at hand.”
Schneider Electric will occupy two suites on the first floor of Two Franklin Park plus all of floors four through eight. The first floor will include a customer center as well as internal and external training facilities. Other floors will house a reception area, concierge area, data center, and an abundance of both formal and informal meeting spaces as well as multipurpose work cafes. Additional features include communicating stairs to encourage movement between floors, a movable wall system and electric-vehicle charging stations.
GS&P’s Corporate and Urban Design expertise has been honed with decades of project experience and continues to be a cornerstone service. The firm provided architecture and interior design services for Jackson National Life Insurance Company’s headquarters expansion in Lansing, Mich. The scope of work included a 230,000-square-foot building expansion, new 40,000-square-foot, multi-level conference center, 5,180-square-foot dining facility expansion and renovation, and a 500-foot connector walkway. GS&P also recently completed a 12,760-square-foot work area renovation for DOW Electronics’ corporate office near Tampa, Fla., and a new 32,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for Eco-Energy in the Cool Springs area of Franklin, Tenn.