Murfreesboro, TN


Landscape Architecture, Planning, Site Development

Elam Farms is an industrial park located at the intersection of Joe B. Jackson Boulevard and Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In 2006, Gresham Smith created the master plan for the entire 158-acre development, providing surveying and design services for the overall infrastructure and subsequently designing all of the individual parcels within the development.

Gresham Smith’s work at this prime industrial hub continued in 2019 when San Francisco-based developer Prologis approached our Land Planning group to provide comprehensive site development services in support of a 358,000-square-foot FedEx Ground-automated processing center. The “build-to-suit” facility includes 800 parking spaces, 580 trailer spaces and 269 truck docks.

acre site
LF new roadway extensions
LF of sanitary extension
a building with FedEx written on it and a parking lot

Getting the Special Treatment

Our Land Planning team provided site design, permitting, and construction observation services directly for Prologis, including in-house surveying, civil engineering, and landscape architecture. Our scope of work included leading the client through a complex permitting process, which involved working with multiple utility jurisdictions and local government agencies.

We also provided special treatment for screening the existing, adjacent, single-family home subdivision, including up to 22-foot-high sound walls, enhanced fencing, berm, and landscaping, as well as placing the retention ponds between the site and the residential backyards.

a pond at the project site that is lined with houses
a row of trees and hay

Expediting the Design Through Technology

Our survey services included an ALTA survey as well as final plat, right-of-way, and easement documents for off-site public infrastructure, which included 1,500 linear feet of new public roadway extensions and a 2,600-linear-foot extension of public sanitary sewer lines across the site. We utilized LIDAR (light detection and ranging) technology to quickly gather topographic information on the 78-acre site, which accelerated our delivery of the survey, allowing the design to begin sooner.