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 31 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 currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Tennessee, College of Architecture, the Board of Directors for the McNeilly Center for Children, and the Design Advisory Council for Canada-based furniture manufacturer, Teknion. Her work has been honored with awards from both the International Interior Design Association as well as the American Institute of Architects.
Kim is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the TN Society of CPAs. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw University in Kennesaw, GA, and a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brescia College in Owensboro, KY.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor degree in Interior Architecture.
Matt Spaulding accepted the award and presented the design. Read more about the project here.
1201 is a new 15-story, 285,000-square-foot office tower sited at the corner of Demonbreun Street and 12th Avenue South, marking the gateway to the Gulch and downtown Nashville.
A base consisting of retail, restaurant and office defines a pedestrian scale and activates the street. The building features a two-story lobby, floor-to-ceiling glass, an energy-efficient design, and a virtually column-free floor plan. Typical floors are approximately 26,000 rentable square feet. Planned amenities for the building includes a bank branch, restaurants and a full-service fitness facility.
Hastings Architecture Associates was joined by design/build team members Messer Construction and TMP to celebrate the kick-off of the anticipated eighteen-month construction.
The Thompson, a 224-room full-service boutique hotel at the heart of the Gulch establishes a new destination for visitors and locals alike. Sharing the block with beloved bluegrass and roots music icon The Station Inn, the hotel celebrates the city?s creative spirit with Nashville?s own Hastings Architecture Associates and James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh weaving an energetic new neighborhood luxury hotel destination into the local fabric.
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Hastings was honored with two Excellence Awards for Mask House and the Bridge Elevator. We also received a Merit Award for our work on the Ryman Auditorium/Renovation and Expansion.
The owner of the management company for several Gulch restaurants won approval Tuesday for a three-story office addition to a project planned for a parking lot at 11th Avenue South and McGavock Street.
Chris Hyndman said the $2 million, at least 8,000-square-foot addition planned for the south end of a previously approved new restaurant building will house support center headquarters of his M Street Entertainment Group.
After a presentation by project architect Hastings Architecture Associates Tuesday, the Metro Development and Housing Agency's design review committee approved building plans for the office addition with a modification for window sill height.
The latest approval adds to M Street's development plans for an overall 1.48-acre overall parking site across from Kayne Prime Steakhouse. Last September, the design review committee approved a 11,500-square-foot restaurant building for the site.
That previously approved two-story restaurant building could become the new home of Whiskey Kitchen restaurant, freeing up that Gulch restaurant's current home at 118 12th Ave. S. for redevelopment.
by Getahn Ward
Erica Weeks, a self-professed "enthusiastic pilot credit attempter," says that going after pilot credits makes good business sense. "A lot of the pilot credits that we have attempted have been in anticipation of them being credits on LEED v4 projects. It helps us to understand what we need to be looking for and to start building our database so that we can help our clients," says Weeks.
Weeks is a project manager with greenSTUDIO, which does sustainability consulting as a division of Hastings Architecture Associates in Nashville. Weeks says that she registers for several pilot credits with every project. While the team may only end up attempting one of the credits, they have gone through the process of evaluating the various opportunities to find a good fit.
For example, greenSTUDIO worked with AMSURG, an ambulatory surgery center management company, to renovate its corporate headquarters space in Nashville.
"Their mantra was 'wellness for employees'. We attempted the Design for Active Occupants pilot credit for that project because it worked so well with their mantra to have all of their staff and people move through the building via open, beautiful stairways that were naturally lit versus taking the elevator all of the time," says Weeks.
By purchasing furniture that is low-emitting by LEED requirements, and by going above the required 50 percent threshold, the project achieved an extra point for innovation for Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings. "[AMSURG] liked the idea of attempting this as a pilot credit because it shows that they were transforming their company and wanting to do more sustainable things, which included three floors of all new furniture being from more sustainably minded sources," says Weeks.
For Weeks, having the opportunity to help improve USGBC's pilot credits provides another benefit of using them. "With each revision that is published, they do make some tweaks and changes according to the comments that make some things a little bit easier," she says.
There's one more benefit. In addition to gaining the points, achieving pilot credits offers companies like greenSTUDIO bragging rights. "When you can say that you've earned one of these pilot credits that go above and beyond the standard criteria that everyone is used to, that gives you a marketable statement; a statement showing your commitment to doing things better," says Weeks.
Recruiting and retaining a talented and passionate team of design professionals has been integral to Hastings since its founding. Hastings continues to seek creative and innovative, team-oriented professionals dedicated to great design and client service to join our firm.
We believe that utilizing a philosophy of sustainability as the foundation for the creative process leads to a higher level of design yielding a reduced environmental footprint and healthier building experience. Our vision of Sustainability embraces a wide range of design strategies including optimizing the building orientation and envelope design to reduce heat gain while enabling access to natural daylight; improving air quality through use of low-emitting materials and increased air filtration; and incorporation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures and high efficiency mechanical systems that most facility managers can operate without specialized training.
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.