A driving force within the accounting profession, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) has served the 55 state boards of U.S. accountancy for more than a century. When the organization sought a modern makeover of its downtown Nashville headquarters to help staff better serve their clients, they called on Gresham Smith. We delivered on that goal with a 40,000-square-foot, two-story renovation in the One Nashville Place building that establishes a modern, energizing space that not only enhances employee collaboration but also allows for future growth within the organization.

Client

CresaPartners, LLC

Location

Nashville, Tennessee

Project Type

Workplace

Accolades

Showcase

2

floors

40k

square-foot renovation

3

floors consolidated

Breaking Down the Silos

Breaking Down the Silos

NASBA was facing significant challenges associated with employee communication and departmental silos due to the dissemination of staff over three non-contiguous floors that were served by two separate elevator banks. Our design solution centered on connectivity and social interaction, with a large aperture in the floor at reception and a monumental connecting stair becoming a central focal point and a primary nexus between two hubs comprising a variety of training and meeting spaces on the sixth and seventh floors.
Goodbye Dark & Dreary, Hello Transparency

Goodbye Dark & Dreary, Hello Transparency

Prior to the renovation, most of the building’s perimeter was occupied by windowless offices of different shapes and sizes, creating a dark, maze-like circulation pattern. To promote a spirit of transparency among coworkers, we introduced glass at virtually every walled space to open up the workplace. To maximize daylight and increase visibility, all-glass offices and meeting rooms were pushed primarily to the interior of the building. Low panels between work stations were also used to bring natural light into the space. A modern color palette and eye-catching graphics also breathe new life into the work environment.
Places to Gather

Places to Gather

On the seventh floor, an open area outside of shared conference room space offers a place for employees to gather for pre- or post-function interaction. This floor also features a large, café-style break area with an expansive communal picnic table that encourages staff to eat lunch together instead of at their desks, fostering collaboration.
A Newfound Camaraderie

A Newfound Camaraderie

Unifying NASBA employees, Gresham Smith’s design creates a vibrant environment that provides staff with a newfound camaraderie thanks to ample open and closed collaborative work areas, and a variety of options for formal meetings, casual gatherings and dining.

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NASBA was facing significant challenges associated with employee communication and departmental silos due to the dissemination of staff over three non-contiguous floors served by two separate elevator banks. Moreover
because of the structure’s octagonal shape and circular corridor arrangement
most of the building’s perimeter was occupied by a variety of windowless offices of different shapes and sizes

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Kelly Knight Hodges, LEED AP
Kelly Knight Hodges, LEED AP
Market Vice President, Corporate + Urban Design