U+C Celebrates the “Topping Out” of Bridgestone Tower!

July 27th, 2017

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In January 2015 Bridgestone Americas Inc. broke ground on their new corporate headquarters in Nashville, TN. Blocks from the famous Country Music Hall of Fame, the Schermerhorn Symphony, and the Bridgestone Arena, this building has risen steadily and defined the skyline.

Two years later, in spring 2017, celebrations commenced for Bridgestone Tower with a “Topping Out” ceremony, as the building was finished. Three Uzun+Case Engineers were on hand to celebrate by taking a selfie with their newly “topped” project. Pictured: (L-R) Nate Blong, Farnam Ghasemzadeh, Jee Eun Park.

The building is over 500,000-square-feet, which is important as it will be home to over 1,700 Bridgestone employees by the year’s end. Not only is this a new corporate image, but Bridgestone Tower’s Gold LEED rating will ensure the building is environmentally friendly and economically efficient for years to come.

The structural design faced a variety of unique challenges, including transferring 30 stories of shear walls at lower levels, 50ft long transfer girders supporting the upper 20 levels, the support and retention of 2 stories of soil above the lower 3 stories of exposed limestone in the basement, and complex steel façade support framing at double-helix ramped garage levels.

“With its all-glass facade organized in a series of four dynamic planes, Bridgestone Tower is a signature building on the Nashville skyline,” said Perkins+Will Associate Principal Don Reynolds, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. “It is designed to provide employees with a sustainable, resilient, flexible and highly collaborative and productive workplace.”

The tower was designed by architects Perkins+Will, developed by Highwoods Properties and constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie.

If you’re interested in seeing the progression of Bridgestone Tower over the past two years, check out this video courtesy of Bridgestone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GPQYNSZ1oc