Category Archives: Design Services

Creating a High-Energy Space for a Health Services Company in West Nashville

When companies outgrow their existing spaces, they often look for a different design concept for their new location. But sometimes a company really likes its existing layout and wants more of the same on a larger scale.

This was the case with MediCopy, a health information exchange company located in West Nashville, which had outgrown its space. When we met to discuss their design needs and wishes for their new office, we learned that they were looking for a bright, open, energetic workspace to reflect their fun, upbeat company culture. This included designing open areas for people to gather, incorporating the company’s logo colors in the design and maintaining a sleek, modern look throughout.

The workspaces are primarily made up of open desk areas, which allow the rooms to maintain a spacious, bright feeling. For those who do have offices, glass walls provide separation from the outside but allow them to maintain a visual connection to the rest of the room. Tall, exposed ceilings give it a contemporary, industrial look, while wood elements combined with bright colors make this office truly one of a kind.

To see how the design turned out, take a look at these photos:

The lobby and front desk at MediCopy.

The bistro offers different seating choices and plenty of sunlight.

A spacious conference room that features the company’s logo colors.

One of the primary workspaces that features several open desks and wall-to-wall windows.

With a space like this, we know the folks at MediCopy will feel energized and excited to work in their new location. And with plenty of room to grow, we’re sure they’ll be enjoying this space for years to come.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Germantown

To visitors, Nashville is the destination to hear up-and-coming country music artists and try some of our city’s world-famous hot chicken. However, to residents, both native and new, Nashville is more than just lower Broadway. It’s made up of many small neighborhoods, each adding their own style and culture to the overall charm of Music City.

In this post, we’re shining the spotlight on one of our town’s hottest neighborhoods: Germantown.

Vista Germantown

Vista Germantown

This quaint neighborhood, which earned its name from the many German immigrants who flocked to Nashville in the early 1800s, is an 18-square block area just north of downtown. For such a compact area, it is surprisingly diverse, with single-family homes, restaurants, shops, businesses and mixed-use properties. The area has come a long way from its humble beginning and looks very different from how it did just a few years ago.

The land where Germantown sits was gifted to James McGavock for his service in the Revolutionary War. It was used mostly for farming until the early 1800s when McGavock started selling pieces of his land to incoming German families, whose cultural backgrounds and skills shaped many of the architectural influences we still see today. In 1865, Germantown was incorporated into the Nashville city limits as part of the Ninth Ward. This marked the beginning of Germantown’s largest growth period, during which prominent businesses, such as Neuhoff Slaughterhouse and Werthan Bag Co., set up shop in the area.

The Germantown area began to decline in the 1950s. World War II had caused many families to leave the area for other parts of the city, and the suburbs gained popularity for residential living. This left many residential buildings empty, which were demolished due to lack of upkeep or to make way for other structures, most of which were industrial.

In 1979, Germantown was listed on The National Register for Historic Places, breathing new life back into the neighborhood. Many lots were rezoned from industrial back to residential use. And in 2002, the Metropolitan Planning Department created a detailed neighborhood design plan as a tool to provide a greater level of guidance for future planning and growth. Today, Germantown is an eclectic mix of old and new buildings, with new construction carrying on many of the historic architectural features of generations before. Bristol Development recognized Germantown’s appeal to residents, and in 2012, the company developed Vista Germantown. Designed by Southeast Venture, this 260-unit multi-family/mixed-use development combines modern elements with the area’s German-inspired facade. This complex sits on a prominent full city block in the heart of the neighborhood and is part of the revitalization of the area along the Jefferson Avenue corridor.

As Germantown continues to be recognized for its modern growth and historical roots, more people are sure to call the area home, ensuring its continued growth and development.

Designing a Sleek, Fun Office Space for Two Tech Companies

Happy employees make happy customers…but how do you make employees happy?

Our Design Group recently had the privilege of designing the workspace for two tech companies in Middle Tennessee, Rustici Software and Watershed, which are housed in a former warehouse. The founder of both companies, Mike Rustici, believes in creating workspaces that make employees want to come to work, so we made this our focus from the beginning.

During our planning phase, Mike and his team emphasized how important it is to have multiple common areas that would encourage people to come together and share ideas. They wanted the space to be vibrant and attractive, so we used bright colors, wood elements and open-air design to achieve that.

To balance interaction with privacy, we designed small offices with glass doors and windows that give employees the quiet space they need to work while keeping the open areas visible. Because employees often work in teams, these offices are grouped together based on their area of expertise, giving them ample opportunity to come together and collaborate.

To get a glimpse of this newly designed office space, take a look at these photos:

One of the brightly colored collaboration rooms.

This area is perfect for work or play with large wooden tables, a TV screen and ping-pong table.

The kitchen is large with ample seating, and glass garage doors open up to the patio.

Pictured to the right is just one of the eight conference rooms throughout, and the area to the left is available for one-on-one collaboration.

This covered deck is just the right spot to get a breath of fresh air while overlooking the Bocce Ball court.

With a variety of different workspaces to choose from, the teams at Rustici Software and Watershed are sure to experience no shortage of creativity and flexibility. Mike Rustici said it best, “If cool, well-designed space allows our great people to work more productively and be happier at work, it is definitely worth it.”

Southeast Venture transforms an empty shell into a light-filled office for the Bradford Group

the Bradford Group lobby

the Bradford Group lobby

When the Bradford Group needed a new home for its growing public relations agency, the firm turned to Southeast Venture Principal Randy Parham and Broker James Roscoe High to find the perfect space. Randy and Roscoe found the perfect space—an office condo on the second floor of the iconic glass and red-steel Fifth & Main Building in East Nashville—then brokered the purchase for Bradford, using their experience to negotiate an attractive price and favorable terms.

the Bradford Group Conference Room

the Bradford Group Conference Room

The Bradford Group then worked with Ginny Caldwell and Shannon Mikula of Southeast Venture’s interior design team to turn the new space, which was an empty shell, into the light-filled office the Bradford Group’s smart and creative team need.

the Bradford Group Kitchen

the Bradford Group Kitchen

There is only one office in the Bradford Group’s office that is not exposed to natural light. Because interior walls are broken up with lots of glass, even interior offices get plenty of sunlight. The highlight of the space is the break room and kitchen, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide a panoramic view of downtown Nashville.

the Bradford Group

the Bradford Group – view from the kitchen

Additionally, the agency’s primary brand color—Pantone Yellow 123—can be found throughout the office: in the carpet, on the walls, surrounding the reception area and kitchens, in chair fabrics, etc. Southeast Venture worked with the Bradford Group to ensure that the corporate color is prominent in the space, though not overwhelmingly so.

Services Provided

Brokerage

Interior Design

Project Scale

5,500 SF

Project Timeframe

2013-2014

Windham Professionals

You may have seen the news that Windham Professionals is building a new regional headquarters in Hendersonville’s Indian Lake development, but you probably didn’t know that Southeast Venture is architect on the project.

The project is a 24,000-square-foot call center. The building is a one-story, steel frame with brick and stucco exterior, and is expected to achieve LEED certification.

Windham Elevation Rendering

Windham Elevation Rendering

It will house 350 phone operators and corporate staff, and create about 100 new jobs.