Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC is a high-energy, Nashville-based design firm offering architecture, interior design, planning and sustainability services to a diverse group of clients.
The firm has developed expertise over the past 29 years in commercial, educational and community projects each with a philosophy of sustainability woven into them.
Hastings was founded on the belief that recruiting and retaining the most talented and passionate team of design professionals would result in great design and client service. This belief, coupled with a company culture that promotes collaboration, creativity and innovation, has served as the foundation for the firm's progressive thinking, design approach and growth. We have an intense desire to listen to our clients at all stages of their project, to design each project to respond to its context, its site and its program, to minimize the impact of the project on the environment and to create a unique and compelling experience for all that experience each project.
Hastings office is organized around a Studio environment with an emphasis on open communication and teamwork. Each Studio manages their projects from conceptual design through the completion of construction. This continuous involvement in the project, combined with an emphasis on design and client service, results in successful projects and satisfied clients. And equally as important, our culture and organization ensures our staff opportunities to learn, grow and advance as professionals.
Jim serves on the State of Tennessee Architecture and Engineering Licensing Board, as well as various community organizations. Jim has been a design jury member for state and local awards and has lectured throughout his thirty-six year career. The firm is organized in a manner that allows Jim to be actively involved in all phases of projects and spend a significant amount of time with clients and mentoring the entire design team.
David has a tremendous amount of expertise implementing environmentally conscious design solutions and is currently designing numerous projects pursuing LEED Certification. David has lectured extensively on Sustainable Design and Urban Design principles.
William has a passion for managing a successful and growing business that allows the energies of the firm and its employees to be focused on exceptional design, client service and having fun.
David is currently serving as President for American Institute of Architects, Middle Tennessee Chapter, and is involved in many other professional organizations. He is currently involved in the USGBC Middle Tennessee Chapter, Urban Land Institute and NAIOP and is the active Vice President for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.
Heather believes that thoughtful listening is the most important part of her relationship with the firms' clients. With a passion for organizational structure and a strategic approach to real estate, she thrives on understanding clients' goals and exceeding expectations.
Heather is an active member of IIDA, having served multiple years at the State Board level. She also served on the Davidson County Chapter of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association. Heather is currently volunteering her time with Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.
Mark has been with firm since 2003, prior to joining Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC. Mark practiced Architecture in Boston, MA. Mark is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Mike is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Middle Tennessee Chapter and former Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2002, he became one of the first architects in Tennessee to earn the LEED Accredited Professional credential. Since that time, Mike has developed extensive knowledge of the LEED green building rating system; serving as a facilitator for design teams and building owners on integrated design strategies and managing the LEED certification process.
Mike has also served on the Board of Directors for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Nashville Chapter and is a past president. In 2005, he received the Environmental Stewardship Award from CSI for his promotion of green building principles. He speaks regularly on topics of sustainable design and LEED certification and has given presentations at various local and national conferences.
With nearly ten years of public sector experience, Joni understands the pressure facing city officials and elected leaders. This is an asset for both our private sector clients and public sector clients. Joni works closely with the client to create strategies for community engagement and project facilitation.
Paul truly enjoys mentoring both interns and young architects throughout the entire project process, while focusing on building collaborative relationships with the client, consultants and general contractor.
Two years after state and company leaders first broke ground on the $110 million Global Innovation Center campus, officials threw open the doors this week on a new facility that company officials believe will give the privately held company a leg up - or at least a paw - in new research for its billion dollar pet food business.
"Everything about this campus is dedicated to helping pets live longer and happier lives," said Mars Regional President Larry Allgaier in a statement.
The research center at Thompson's Station joins only two of Mars' other, similar innovation centers in Verden, Germany and Aimargues, France, that focus on developing new dry cat and dog food, the company said.
Mars' arrival has focused the attention of other global companies on Thompson's Station, which has a population of 2,681 and might be best known for its green spaces and rural lifestyle, not gleaming new buildings and laboratories.
"There's been some folks that have been kicking our tires, if you will," said Thompson's Station Mayor Corey Napier. "Our aspiration is how do you recruit the next Mars? Mars gives you huge credibility as a town. If Mars will put $110 million into Thompson's Station, what is it that they saw?"
More than 140 people will be employed at the facility, which is located at the intersection of State Route 840 and Highway 31.
The $110 million facility didn't come without state and county incentives. In 2012, county leaders agreed to a $2.2 million 10-year property tax break for the facility while state leaders agreed to cover $10 million construction grant.
The new facility deepens the company's ties to Tennessee where Gov. Bill Haslam sees Mars' impact as going beyond Thompson's Station. Mars facilities employ nearly 1,700 people in its other businesses.
"It's one thing for a region to be known as having the ability to make things," said Haslam during remarks Wednesday. "It's a whole 'nother thing for a region to be known as a place for people who are thinking about how do you make tomorrow better?"
The facility will house 180 dogs and 120 cats - many of which will be adopted from area shelters and will be adopted.
by Kevin Walters
Odds are high that you are devoted to or dependent upon some type of Apple device. The most likely reason is because it was primarily designed with you and your experience in mind.
Design that prioritizes "user experience" isn't just good for the user. It's good for the bottom line. It's one of the reasons Apple has revenue double that of Microsoft, which doesn't prize design for simplicity. And it can be applied to more than just tech products.
Companies that focus broadly on the user experience are learning that it's also a crucial component of workplace productivity. Workplace interiors that prioritize a simple, intuitive and beautiful "user experience" are places where employees are more engaged. And highly engaged employees have 37 percent less absenteeism, 28 percent higher gross margins and 18 percent higher productivity.
In our experience, one design factor alone can have a significant impact on increased engagement: the ability to choose a workspace based on the task at hand.
Office space must be flexible and offer not only offices and workstations, but also a variety of unassigned spaces. Phone rooms for personal phone calls. Headache rooms with dimmable lights. Team rooms suitable for brainstorming sessions.
Another workplace design concept that is increasing productivity by replacing the traditional break room is the "work cafe." These often are modeled after coffee shops, such as Starbucks, that also function as community gathering places. The new work cafés invite people in with warm, welcoming colors and materials and allow the capacity to power devices. They offer various seating configurations, whether tables, comfy chairs or sofas. People gravitate to them to meet, eat and relax. In the process, they think, act and work more collaboratively.
Savvy companies also are realizing that people shouldn't have to bring space heaters or lamps from home in order to function better at work.
Well-designed workspaces now have built-in controls to make people comfortable - and therefore more happy and productive. We often recommend task lamps that are dimmable. Some of the more robust lamps even let users adjust between warm and cool tones. Underfloor air systems allow individuals to close and open vents to suit their internal thermometers, and white noise systems reduce distraction by emitting a low-frequency hum.
The point, of course, is that when it comes to motivating people to perform at their peak, form doesn't follow function. They go hand-in-hand.
And the companies that have mastered this principle have profited. In the past 10 years, design-driven companies like Apple, Coca-Cola, Herman Miller, Nike, Starbucks and Starwood outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 by 228 percent.
Steve Jobs said it best when speaking about design in general: "In most people?s vocabularies, design means veneer. Nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation."
And workplaces are where the soul of a company resides.
by Heather Mathias, Associate Principal and Director of Interior Design
by Nate Rau
Now in her new role as director of planning with Hastings Architecture Associates LLC, she's looking to use her public sector experience to guide the firm's clients through the planning and development process.
While on the Metro Planning Department staff, Priest guided the process of rezoning 800 acres from industrial and commercial use to mixed-use, form-based zoning.
She recently chatted with Tennessean growth and development writer Getahn Ward about making the transition, zoning concepts and recent debates over what business uses to allow within downtown's core tourism district.
Why did you seek out Hastings and how's your background being used?
I have a master's degree in architecture. So when I was thinking what my next career choice would be, I was thinking about architecture firms. I've always respected the work and reputation of Hastings. And so it was a good fit for me and a good fit for the office. Because my background is in architecture, I can translate well between the planning world and the architecture world. Being able to speak about architecture at the planning department was an asset, and it's also an asset to be able to have planning expertise in an architecture firm.
by Getahn Ward
Beverly Hills, Calif.-based WME plans to relocate its Nashville office to 26,000 square feet of space at that building by the end of 2016. It currently occupies roughly 17,500 square feet at the fully leased Roundabout Plaza office building at 1600 Division St.
The move should provide WME more room for growth, said Greg Oswald, co-head along with Rob Beckham of the agency's Nashville office. "It's an opportunity to move into a premium space that's reflective of the artists we work with," Oswald added. "We look forward to sharing it with our employees and clients, who have all contributed to the agency's success."
About 80 WME employees would be involved in the move to one floor at 1201 Demonbreun, Oswald said. The agency has had a Nashville presence for four decades. Its office here has grown this year, including the addition of Kevin Neal, former president of Buddy Lee Attractions, who brought along Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee.
WME is the first lead tenant announced for 1201 Demonbreun, which Eakin Partners is planning on the 1.5-acre site at the southwest corner of 12th Avenue South and Demonbreun Street next to condominium tower Twelve Twelve. In addition, developer John Eakin said another yet-to-be-identified company signed a lease to also occupy a full floor with 26,000 square feet of space. "Because of WME's tremendous growth in their Nashville office, they had already let the market know that they were leaving the Roundabout, and we were fortunate to secure their new lease at 1201 Demonbreun," Eakin said.
WME also represents other country music artists such as Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Lee Brice. Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron, Denzel Washington, Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars. Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Usher and Alicia Keys are among other clients.
Recent changes at WME's Nashville office include the retirement of Paul Moore after a 36-year career as an agent. He also was a partner in the office.
Hastings Architecture Associates is handling design of 1201 Demonbreun. Brasfield & Gorrie will be the general contractor for the $95 million project.
by Getahn Ward - The Tennessean
A dear mentor of mine coined the term "serendipitous exchange" to capture the hope and promise that collaboration represents for many organizations. With technology untethering us from the traditional trappings of the office, organizations are realizing that facilities should be designed so people can collaborate.
Research shows collaboration enables rapid sharing of knowledge, increasing work-flow efficiency, strategic engagements and a sense of community.
But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. The swift and unyielding pace of information transfer heightens anxiety and stress, not to mention the mental energy needed to synthesize all that information. The need and desire for collaboration - fueled by the competitive crunch of the financial crisis, always-connected technology and a shrinking workspace - has pushed us into collaboration overload.
No one benefits from constant collaboration. When work is interrupted, people make 50 percent more mistakes and tasks can take twice as long to finish, undoing the very benefits we seek.
So how can we manage collaboration to prevent overload?
Focus and flow are as critical to the workplace as collaboration. In the same way that ideas must be exchanged, there also must be time and space for the creation of new ideas, which is best done alone. Striking that balance can be achieved in large part through strategic office design, which then spills into the working culture of the organization.
The research of Dr. Robert Probst, who first introduced the concept of workstations in 1968, shows people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. Workstations are often employed by businesses as part of a strategy to increase collaboration while providing private workspace. However, the scientific solution detailed in Probst's "The Office, A Facility Based on Change" looks very little like the rectilinear "cube farms" so many companies have adopted.
In addition to getting the workspace right, offices must provide the right mix of individual, group and community spaces. The proper number and sizes of meeting rooms are critical for minimizing distraction in an open office. Compared to the days of all private offices, today's office needs more and smaller group spaces. Community spaces that offer a variety of amenities - from furniture to food - offer employees a space to socialize and connect.
Another consideration in workspace design is to offer a variety of postures for work. Now that we are encouraged to work with others, just the seated desk posture is not enough to support more informal or technology-centered interaction. Comfortable chairs with discreet power connections for tablet-based work, or sofas in front of large flat screens to review the progress of a report, support more focused and intentional collaboration, comfortably.
Truly, the most effective tool to create the balance between productive collaboration and inspired individual work is intelligent office design. Set out to provide the right environment for employees, and in turn employees will be empowered to engage in collaboration at its best and produce the best work they are capable of.
Heather Mathias is director of interior design and associate principal at Hastings Architecture Associates. For the firm's diverse clients, she leads the development of interior spaces that increase productivity, reinforce corporate culture and inspire.
The Power of One
In "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking," Susan Cain suggests, "If it's creativity you're after, ask your employees to solve problems alone before sharing their ideas. If you want the wisdom of the crowd, gather it electronically, or in writing, and make sure people can't see each other's ideas until everyone has had a chance to contribute."
by Heather Mathias, Associate Principal and Director of Interior Design
And one city leader says this is just the beginning.
Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner says the 25,000-square-foot facility is still on schedule to open late this year.
"They were able to get the foundation in place, and now we're seeing the actual structure rise from the ground," Weiner said.
The Bellevue library will be a state-of-the-art learning center, according to the councilwoman.
"This is going to be a wonderful place for people of all ages," Weiner said. "The technology that's going to be there is going to afford the kids the ability to enhance their software skills."
Weiner said the new library facility will better serve the community than the smaller library currently in use.
"We've got people out here that really engage the library facility that we have now," she said.
Reported by Adrianne Flores
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has awarded it a platinum (the highest) rating in the utility's new "Valley Sustainable Communities" program.
Consultants Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA) who are administering the project on behalf of the sponsors, TVA, said that many factors contributed to Nashville's platinum rating, including new and retrofitted sustainable buildings and business parks in the public and private sectors. Headline elements include:
- the Music City Center, which was built to LEED Silver standards;
- the Bridge Building, which received the highest LEED Core & Shell category certification in the world;
- Mayor Karl Dean's green business workplace challenge that recognizes and encourages sustainable practices within the workplace;
- Go Green Nashville's energy efficiency program;
- a more livable and active community, including a new bike-share program;
- an ever-expanding open space and greenway system.
"Sustainability is important to me and is one of the reasons that my office created the Green Ribbon Committee to design a roadmap for Nashville to be the greenest city in the Southeast," said Mayor Dean.
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Our passion for beautiful, thoughtful design and providing innovative solutions, and our exceptional knowledge of sustainable practices gives us and our clients a competitive edge in every project.
We believe that utilizing a philosophy of Sustainability as the foundation for the design process leads to a higher level of design with a reduced environmental footprint and a better and healthier building experience. A wide range of sustainable options, such as optimizing building orientation and natural lighting, better air quality, vegetated roofing, low-toxicity materials, water-conserving plumbing fixtures and reduced energy consumption, integrated with a more carefully considered design approach are elements that will continue to impact building design and construction in this more globally sensitive era. Our expertise in this realm enables us to deliver high-performance, sustainable buildings to our clients that are able to provide significant returns on investment.
Hastings' local leadership in Sustainable Design is best illustrated by the following statistics:
Over 75% of our design staff have voluntarily obtained the LEED Accredited Professional credential. Each are knowledgeable in green building practices and the certification process, and continue to stay actively involved in the ever-changing green building industry.
A program devoted to mentorship, guidance and a fun work place, Hastings Young Professional Experience (HYPE) provides ARE study assistance, social activities, and IDP guidance. New interns will experience not only an enriching work environment, but a valuable connection to their fellow employees and the community. Many of us are involved with organizations such as EP/ YAF, AIA, USGBC, ULI, the Urban Design Forum and Civic Design Center, NAIOP and many more community-based and not-for-profit organizations. All of these activities help to encourage and reinforce the team attitude and community focus that is prevalent throughout the firm.
Staff training and professional development receives a tremendous amount of attention and effort in our firm. Through mentoring, in-house seminars, attendance at conventions and conferences and participation in various professional, civic and philanthropic organizations, our staff is encouraged to reach their full potential and further their professional careers. This commitment to training, continuing education and professional development elevates the level of design and service we are able to provide our clients.