LifeWay selects architect, construction manager, and owner’s rep for new headquarters

Nashville, TENN. - LifeWay Christian Resources marked another milestone in relocation of the organization’s corporate headquarters by contracting with three leading design and construction-related partners.  

Gresham, Smith and Partners has been hired to design a new 216,000 square-foot office building, expected to be built in downtown Nashville. GS&P has worked closely with LifeWay the last eight months to assess the ministry’s current and future workplace. GS&P was established in Nashville in 1967 and has grown to become one of the largest design and consulting firms in the Southeast. Over its 48-year history, the firm has been responsible for numerous notable projects in the U.S. and abroad, and is currently working on several in the Nashville area including the redevelopment of the Nashville Convention Center, HCA’s Capitol View mixed-use building and Jackson National’s Nashville regional office expansion.  

Bell & Associates Construction, Brentwood, Tenn., will manage construction of LifeWay’s new building. The firm builds structures across the southeastern United States in such arenas as justice, commercial, corporate, hospitality, entertainment and institutional including the BellSouth Building, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Gateway Boulevard and the Shelby Pedestrian bridges, and most recently the historic Music City Center – all in downtown Nashville.  

And, Compass Partners, LLC, Brentwood, Tenn., will help LifeWay manage the process of the new project, serving as the owner’s representative.  Compass Partners, a full service provider of Construction Management services, have facilitated projects across a broad range of professional industries including Nashville icons LP Field, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Music City Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.  

“We are blessed to have gathered such a renowned team that will be instrumental in the success of this project,” said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. “These three partners are responsible for much of the transformation of Nashville’s skyline over the past 20 years. We are excited about the development of a timeless, long-lasting building in the heart of downtown Nashville that is representative of our values and will serve our ministries for the next 100 years.”  

“LifeWay has been a pillar of the Nashville community for more than a century, and we are proud to have the opportunity to continue partnering with them to create a successful project that is as efficient as it is effective,” commented Jack E. Weber, IIDA, MCR, LEED AP, principal, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Working as an extension of their staff to fulfill the vision of ‘One LifeWay,’ we will work to create a new facility that brings value to employees and remains sensitive to the needs and expectations of the organization.”  

“Bell & Associates Construction takes great pride in all of our projects, but has a special connection to those in the great city of Nashville,” said Keith Pyle, President and Partner, Bell & Associates Construction. “During our more than 45 years of business, we have constructed numerous iconic Music City structures. To be part of the next iteration of our skyline with the construction of  ’One LifeWay’ is an honor to say the least, as our work will be seen by generations to come.”  

"The team of Compass Partners has been involved in some of the most high profile projects in Nashville,” said Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners. “Our relationship with the "best of the best" in Nashville goes back a long way. We are excited to work with LifeWay, truly one of the "best of the best" in Nashville! Compass Partners is excited about the opportunity to help make the LifeWay dream a reality."  

LifeWay anticipates finalizing the sale of its nearly 15 acres in the next few weeks to Uptown Nashville, LLC, a consortium of local and national developers formed specifically to develop the property. Acquisition of new property, probably in downtown Nashville, is also anticipated for later this summer, with construction slated to start later this year with expected completion  in late 2017.


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