GS&P Nissan complex completes in Tennessee
Gresham, Smith and Partners have celebrated the grand opening of Nissan Americas’ corporate facility in Franklin, Tennessee. The striking 460,000 sq ft building was designed by GS&P to enhance Nissan’s employee efficiency while incorporating sustainability in both interior and exterior environments.
“Nissan Americas new facility is a wonderful work environment for the Nissan employees and a proud addition to the Middle Tennessee landscape,” stated Rob Traynham, director of Corporate Services for Nissan North America, Inc. “With the functional and creative design of the interior spaces and the sustainability elements such as sun shades and low-E glass, which give the facility a distinctive appearance, Nissan employees are thrilled to occupy this new building.”
The building incorporates many sustainable elements, most noticeable is the inclusion of 6 ft deep aluminum sunshade outriggers which extend around the perimeter of each floor to reduce solar heat gain and improve energy efficiency. Additional energy efficient details include the design of a green roof system, digital lighting controls, a chilled water plant and an under-floor air distribution system that provides a more comfortable and controllable environment for employees. Building materials, finishes and furnishings contain high quantities of recycled content and/or low VOC’s for improved indoor air quality.
Existing on-site wetlands were improved and will add a unique natural amenity to be enjoyed by employees and visitors to the 50-acre site. More than 50,000 plantings were also added to the wetlands area. Rain gardens and ponds are integrated into the overall site and landscape design and outdoor gathering spaces were created for company and public use.
The 10-story structure is one of the largest office buildings in Franklin and will serve the needs of more than 1,500 Nissan employees.
In addition to architectural services, GS&P provided site master planning, conceptual design, workplace strategy, interior design, environmental graphics, landscape architecture, structural engineering and civil engineering services.