Project Team Announced for New Tennessee State Museum

NASHVILLE – November 13, 2015 – Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced the team of experts that will be responsible for the design, development and construction of the new Tennessee State Museum, which is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016. The project team includes:

  • Compass Partners, LLC - project manager
  • EOA Architects, PLLC – architect
  • HGA – architect
  • Turner – construction manager and general contractor
  • Gallagher & Associates (G&A) – exhibit designer

“The team of experts we’ve been able to assemble for this project is a testament to the excitement around a new, state-of-the-art museum to capture Tennessee’s rich history and look ahead to our bright future,” McDaniel said. “This team represents a good mix of homegrown talent and international expertise, and putting a group of this caliber together is a critical first step in ensuring a great museum for our state.”

Based in Nashville, Compass Partners is a full-service facility development, planning consultancy, project management and owner representative firm with a diverse client portfolio that spans the entire country. Compass has extensive experience with every aspect of project management, pre-construction services and project supervision.

The team of EOA/HGA Architects will serve as building architects for the project and provide proven experience in project delivery and on numerous high profile Tennessee and national projects that have made a significant impact. The combination of EOA’s local experience and HGA’s experience from across the country will combine to create a museum for the future that honors Tennessee’s past.

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company that has been in Nashville for 40 years. During that time, Turner has played a significant role in Nashville’s development including 14 buildings on Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center Campus, numerous buildings and renovations on the St. Thomas Hospital campus, the Juvenile Court building, the Nashville Airport Terminal Complex, Luton Community Mental Health Center, and the Andrew Johnson and Davy Crockett state government office buildings.

G&A has designed some of the world’s most memorable visitor experiences branching from a long-standing relationship with the Smithsonian Institution, to high-profile projects in Asia and Europe. With offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco and Singapore, the firm has collaborated globally with clients on projects such as the National World War II Museum, the National Gallery Singapore, and the New Mexico History Museum, gaining international acclaim for its leadership in the field of museum planning and experience design. G&A has extensive expertise in creating experiences that promote regional tourism, link tourism and instigate urban redevelopment.

About The New Tennessee State Museum:

Gov. Bill Haslam proposed, and the Tennessee General Assembly approved, $120 million in the FY-2015-16 budget to build a new home for the Tennessee State Museum on the Bicentennial Mall to maximize the state’s rich history by creating a state-of-the-art educational asset and tourist attraction for the state. The governor also announced that $40 million would be raised in private funds for the project.

The Tennessee State Museum was established by law in 1937 “to bring together the various collections of articles, specimens, and relics now owned by the State under one divisional head,” and “to provide for a transfer of exhibits wherever they may be.” Today, the Tennessee State Museum is housed in the James K. Polk Cultural Center building in downtown Nashville, where it has been located for nearly 35 years.

A 130,000 square foot facility is planned to be built on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street to tell Tennessee’s story in a way that the museum is unable to do in its current and outdated location. The new building will provide a more appropriate showcase for the institution's one-of-a-kind artifacts, art and historical documents in an interactive and engaging manner.

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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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