Hickory Hollow is Nashville’s next big comeback

In case you haven’t heard, Hickory Hollow could be Nashville’s next big transformation. In Southeast Venture principal Wood Caldwell’s recent Tennessean column, he explored the different ways the area is already changing and what it has in store for the future – from new charter schools and the addition of the Ford Ice Center to new community parks.

As stated in his column, “because of efforts by the mayor’s office, you’ll see that the Hickory Hollow area is picking up momentum. It has welcomed a satellite campus for Nashville State Community College, the new Southeast Community Center, the Southeast Branch of the Nashville Public Library, and the Nashville Predators’ Ford Ice Center.”

It’s very exciting to think about how our city and the neighborhoods and areas within it will continue to flourish and evolve – we can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Southeast Venture Purchases Overlook Office Building in Brentwood


We are excited to share that our firm closed on a $10.5 million purchase of the Overlook Office Building at 214 Overlook Circle in Brentwood.

With 68,174 rentable square feet, the two-story, multi-tenant office building is fully occupied with a diverse mix of small and mid-size companies in a variety of industries – including health care and technology. It is the first office building acquired by our firm to manage as an income-producing property.

“Brentwood has always been a strong submarket and, today, available space is so limited. Because it has easy access to the developments that are transforming the east side of Brentwood into a true urban environment – such as, the additions to the H.G. Hill Center Brentwood, CityPark and Seven Springs – this building is well-positioned to become an increasingly desirable location for business tenants, ” said Tarek El Gammal, principal here at Southeast Venture. “We believe it will continue to perform very well as a prime location for small to mid-size, growing companies.”

Constructed in 1988, the building sits on a promontory overlooking Brentwood’s main commercial corridor and Maryland Farms and includes a covered parking garage – an unusual amenity in Brentwood – as well as a fitness center with a shared conference room.

“The prior owner made valuable upgrades to the building, including a new roof and renovated common areas, so the space is in great shape. We intend to make additional improvements to the property to enhance the building’s amenities,” said El Gammal. “While our development work will continue to be a significant focus, we are continuing to look for similar opportunities to generate attractive yields by acquiring stabilized assets. We have some of the best knowledge in the market to identify opportunities like this, and we have the infrastructure – in terms of our property management and leasing– to assure that promising properties are put to their highest and best use.”

Brokers Steve Preston and Douglas Johnson of CBRE and Don Albright of Cushman & Wakefield represented Chicago-based seller TRP Investments in the sale of the building to Overlook Office Partners, which includes Southeast Venture principals and investors.

Welcome to the team, Beau, Samantha, Iain and Jenna

Have you heard? We’ve added four new member to our design services team. Beau Brady, Samantha O’Leary and Iain Shriver join as graduate architects, and Jenna Spahn joins our interior design team.

Beau BradyBeau Brady Heashot joins us as a recent graduate from Auburn University. He previously interned for the architecture firm Lathan Associates, where he perfo rmed site analysis, schematic designs and construction documents. At Auburn, Brady earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and completed international studies in Rome, Italy. His work on the “Green for Life Project” at Auburn received the Alabama Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architecture Best Community Design Award. Brady is currently working on Grace @ Elliston, a mixed-use project in Midtown.

Samantha Oleary HeadshotSamantha O’Leary joins us from Sims Architectural Studio, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama, where she worked as an architectural intern while completing dual bachelor’s degrees in architecture and interior architecture from Auburn University. While at Auburn, she received the Rural Studio Third-Year Student Award and also completed Auburn’s Urban Studio where she developed master plans for downtown revitalization and growth. She is currently working on H.G. Hill’s multi-family project at their Hill Center in Green Hills.

A recentIain Shriver Headshot graduate from Auburn University, Iain Shriver received a double major in architecture and interior architecture. At Auburn, he completed Rural Studio, received the FIRST Lego Robotics Universal Design Award and was a finalist in the Alabama Wood Competition. Shriver spent two summers interning for Fuqua and Partners Architects in Huntsville, Alabama, working as part of a team on schematic and design development, research, and construction drawings.  His current responsibilities include Revit modeling for a 240-unit multi-family project in East Nashville.

As part of ourJenna Spahn Headshot design team, Jenna Spahn collaborates on design development and the production of construction documents. In addition, she has expertise in interior renderings and presentations. Before joining us, Spahn worked with Lathan Associates Architects, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama. She also previously worked at Business Interiors, Inc. and NELSON Southeast Operating Company, LLC in Birmingham and Atlanta, respectively. She is a member of the International Interior Design Association and the Middle Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Spahn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Auburn University.

Southeast Venture closes land acquisition for Brentwood office building project

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We’ve recently announced that our firm closed on the acquisition of the land for the first phase of a two-phase office project near Cool Springs Galleria in Brentwood.

To be constructed on a 12.5-acre lot on Mallory Lane in the Mallory Park office park, the first phase of the project will consist of two 40,000-square-foot office buildings surrounding a courtyard. The 70,000-square-foot second phase of the project will be built at a later date.

We’re excited to share that we  will break ground on or before April 1 on Phase One and finish construction within approximately eight months.

“This new development fills a critical need in the Cool Springs area for a high ratio of parking spaces to square feet of office space. This larger parking capacity is important to tenants that employ a large number of people per square foot, such as call centers and other back office operations,” said Cam Sorenson, principal here at Southeast Venture.

Our firm has also designed the building, which will be similar in style to a two-office complex that the firm developed in Nashville’s MetroCenter business park for HealthSpring.

Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

Welcome to Southeast Venture, Sims, Nathan and Jason

In case you haven’t heard, Sims Polk, Nathan Narwold and Jason Lowe joined our design services team as project managers. We’re thrilled to welcome each of them to the team!

A registered arSims Polkchitect, Sims Polk’s previous work experience includes nine years with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Space and Facility Planning as an architect and facility planner, and seven years at Gresham Smith and Partners. While at Vanderbilt, Polk identified strategic goals and facility needs, as well as recommended leasing, in addition to purchasing and renovation of existing or new construction to expand the medical center facilities.

In 2013, Polk was awarded the “Cooperative Spirit Award” for her planning work for Vanderbilt Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also received a “Certificate of Excellence” for her Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital planning work in 2011.

Polk earned her degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi, graduating summa cum laude. She received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. Polk is an active member of the American Institute of Architects Middle Tennessee Chapter and the Junior League of Nashville. She is currently working on a 100,000-square-foot warehouse conversion and rehabilitation to Class A office space.

NaNathan Narwold than Narwold has returned to Nashville after working in Atlanta as a graduate architect for the past six years, including some time with Niles Boulton in their multi-family division. Narwold received his bachelor of architecture from the University of Tennessee and completed a student internship at the Nashville Civic Design Center. He is a LEED-accredited professional and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. Narwold is currently working on mixed-use buildings for H.G. Hill Realty’s Sylvan Heights project on Charlotte Pike.

A graduate of tJason Lowehe University of Tennessee’s School of Architecture, Jason Lowe worked as a project manager for MJM Architects in Nashville for 13 years. His experience includes ground-up projects for large retail developments, and state and community-based projects. At Southeast Venture, he manages multiple projects in all phases of development, including the new facilities for Tencarva.

Southeast Venture designs new apartment complex on Elliston Place

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If you haven’t heard, we are collaborating with Grace Development on a new 300-unit apartment complex at 2305-2311 Elliston Place. Grace Development submitted its request for SP zoning to the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, January 15.

We look forward to designing this new building, which will be comprised of a six-story façade of masonry stone, brick and glass, which is lined with apartments facing Elliston Place. At the street level 13,000 square feet of retail space will serve to further activate the pedestrian friendly neighborhood. Set back from the Elliston Place façade will be a high rise portion which is positioned over a concealed multi-story parking structure. The glass and stone tower will contain the majority of the apartment units.

Elliston aerial perspective“We are excited to offer this new and exciting mixed-use and amenity-driven apartment product to our long-standing tradition of owning and managing urban apartments throughout Midtown Nashville,” said Jim Stadler of Grace Development. “In working with our architect, our objective has been to create a mixed-use project that complements the neighborhood. We’ve had positive meetings with Council Lady Edith Taylor Langster and are excited to be working with her on this significant project for the West End-Elliston Place corridor.”

Paul Plummer, Design Principal here at Southeast Venture said, “We’ve had excellent meetings with the Planning Staff to achieve a design solution which is consistent with the long range plan for the area and which nurtures the pedestrian oriented mixed-use vibe of Elliston Place.”

“We are honored to work with Grace Development on this exciting new project in Nashville’s thriving midtown,” Plummer said. “The characteristics of this location called for a creative approach and we are pleased with the result. I believe it will become an important landmark on Elliston Place, which has always been one of my favorite parts of Nashville.”

Assisting Southeast Venture in the design of the new Elliston Place apartments are civil engineering firm Barge-Cauthen & Associates and landscape architects Hodgson & Douglas.

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Southeast Venture developing office building in Brentwood’s Mallory Park

We are excited to share that we are developing the first phase of a two-phase office project near Cool Springs Galleria in Brentwood.

The first phase of the project – two 40,000-square-foot office buildings with a middle courtyard that provides a “campus feel” – will be constructed on a 12.5-acre lot on Mallory Lane in Mallory Park. (Southeast Venture also developed Mallory Park, which is owned by Tennsco, a Dickson-based company.) Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-March and be complete within approximately eight months. The 70,000-square-foot second phase of the project will be built at a later date.

The new development, which will be a one-story building designed to accommodate multiple tenants, fills an important niche in the Cool Springs area – an office building with plenty of parking. It will be the only building in the area offering six parking spaces per 1,000-square-feet of office space. The norm is only four spaces per 1,000-square-feet.

The building, which will be designed by our design division, will be similar in style to a two-office complex that Southeast Venture developed in Nashville’s MetroCenter business park for HealthSpring.

The property is within walking distance of two new parks – one 8.5 acres and the other 14 acres – that the City of Brentwood plans to build in 2015 and connect by a pedestrian walkway. At the request of neighbors, neither park will be lighted. The land for the parks was donated by the owners of Mallory Park. Also, the 8.5-acre park, which is the one closest to our building and has vehicle access from Mallory Lane, will be an active park. This means it can be reserved by Brentwood civic or business organizations for outdoor activities.