Apr 7, 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Bridgestone Americas Celebrates Topping Out of New Headquarters
By year’s end, Bridgestone Tower will be home to more than 1,700 teammates, some of whom will be new to Nashville. We are proud to invest in Music City, our home for the past 25 years and now for many more years to come.
Gordon Knapp, CEO and President of Bridgestone AmericasClick to Tweet
Bridgestone Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, today celebrated the “topping out” of its new headquarters in downtown Nashville to mark the completion of the 30-floor structure.
Joined by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Bridgestone Americas leaders also announced a new name for the headquarters, which will eventually house corporate staff and teammates from four core business units as well as supporting functions. The new name, chosen by the company’s employees, is Bridgestone Tower.
“Because of the work by our construction and development partners at Brasfield & Gorrie and Highwoods Properties along with the architects Perkins+Will, we are celebrating a milestone for our new downtown headquarters, Bridgestone Tower,” said Gordon Knapp, CEO and President of Bridgestone Americas. “By year’s end, Bridgestone Tower will be home to more than 1,700 teammates, some of whom will be new to Nashville. We are proud to invest in Music City, our home for the past 25 years and now for many more years to come.”
When fully complete later this year, the more than $200 million headquarters will be home to Bridgestone Americas corporate staff and four core business units: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations; Bridgestone Retail Operations; Firestone Building Products; and Firestone Industrial Products.
“With Bridgestone Tower and Bridgestone Operations Center in Antioch that opens this summer, we’re proud of the economic impact our new facilities will have on Music City, but we’re most excited to have our business units and teammates together in the same metro area,” added Knapp.
The 514,000-square-foot, 30-story headquarters building is located at 4th Avenue South and Demonbreun Street in SoBro. The tower was designed by world-class architects Perkins+Will, developed by Highwoods Properties and constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie. It reflects best practices in workplace space and design, and is expected to be LEED-certified at the Gold level. Upon completion, the facility will be among the largest and tallest corporate headquarters buildings in Nashville. Bridgestone Tower will further strengthen the thriving SoBro district with its neighbors the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Schermerhorn Symphony and the Bridgestone Arena.
“Reaching the top of this skyline-changing structure is a critical milestone for the construction team,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Division Manager David Gordon. “The hard work and dedication of the men and women on this team are reflected in the progress we’ve made, and we look forward to delivering the project later this year.”
“We’re thrilled to see this project take shape and to have reached this stage of the construction timeline. We believe the Tower's prestigious design will nicely compliment and further enhance the Nashville skyline,” said Ed Fritsch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Highwoods Properties. “We thank the army of individuals, from Bridgestone, Perkins+Will, Brasfield & Gorrie, the City of Nashville and many others who’ve worked so closely with us on this monumental project,” said Fritsch.
“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.”