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 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. Recently, Heather was featured as a monthly columnist for the for the Tennessean on workplace design.
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.
Having occupied the same campus since 1915, the Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) had long outgrown its site five miles outside of downtown Nashville when it enlisted Hastings Architecture Associates to help with an expansion in 2008. With an increase in both its enrollment numbers and its academic and athletic offerings, the all-boys school was feeling the pressure of growth on its infrastructure, its land use, and its residential neighbors.
Having acquired a number of the residential houses along the campus's southern edge over a period of about sixteen years, the school sought the architects' guidance in how that acquired land could best be used for both the school and the larger community. Together, along with local residents, they devised a master plan through what principal William Hastings aptly describes as a "robust process" lasting eighteen months and including both "one-on-one meetings at the kitchen table and public community meetings." The concerns of the school and its neighbors-which regarded solutions for stormwater management, parking needs, lighting, traffic, safety, and the health of a creek that runs through campus-were addressed by the final plan.
"This campus, over the past 100 years, has been a leader in the community and also a conservative institution," Hastings says. "That the school and its leadership embarked upon a massive transformation to their campus and did so with the greater community and the environment at the forefront of their planning, while also trying to accomplish their academic and athletic needs, is paramount."
By Joann Plockova
The central location of the building, design opportunities and the 50,000 square feet of total office space made a perfect match for Hastings Architecture to develop three floors for Sony/ATV Music Publishing at the Fifth Third Center in downtown Nashville.
Sony signed a lease for the space last year. The space is now home to Sony/ATV's global administration, royalties, copyright, finance and human resources departments, located on the building's 10th, 11th and 12th floors.
by Nathan Morgan
Nashville's once-sleepy downtown neighborhoods are in the midst of a transformation: Cranes dotting the skyline are constructing high-rise apartments, condos, hotels and office towers. Tourism has gotten a jolt from a popular eponymous television drama, as well as a new $585 million, 2.1 million-square-foot convention center. And the real-estate market is booming, as young adults and empty-nesters flock to new neighborhoods in search of walkability and proximity to the action.
........The financial crisis stalled development for a few years, but agents say condo sales have bounced back, with resale prices surpassing their precrash highs. That has prompted developers to move forward with projects like Twelve Twelve, a 286-unit building under construction. Prices in the building range from $375,000 for one-bedrooms to about $3 million for three-bedroom penthouses, potentially a record for Nashville.
Twelve Twelve's developer, Ray Hensler, built his previous condominium, the Adelicia, in Midtown, attracting buyers like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson. Standing in an empty 2,000-square-foot penthouse with wide-plank floors, Mr. Hensler said he has shifted his focus to the Gulch, because it "has emerged as the most sought-after district."
by Candace Jackson
by Nate Rau
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
Some healthy design initiatives are simple to undertake without major renovation or expense. One of my favorites is the use of infographics in place of corporate art. Infographics can consist of inexpensive yet compelling and informative vinyl lettering and images applied to the walls. They can depict calories burned on the way up the stairs, compare the calories of an apple to that of a bag of chips, or simply portray healthy living in graphically interesting ways. Placement is crucial - on the stairwell walls, in the break room or inside a quiet room. These dynamic messages convey a culture of education and consistently reinforce the concept of health.
If your office has a space that is underutilized, consider designing a "health" space. Make room for a "walker-ciser," a treadmill-style machine that moves much more slowly than a standard fitness machine, but will allow you to burn more than 200 calories during a conference call! Another simple and cheap addition is to provide secure and accessible bike racks inside the office to encourage biking.
With a few coats of paint and attention to the lighting, you also can design a quiet room, which will provide respite for those who may need a quick power nap - and yes, napping is OK at work! These are also great spaces for meditation. Research shows that 10-15 minutes of daily meditation can improve mental acuity and decision-making capacity. And the presence of such space sends a healthy cultural message about the value of rest.
If your organization is planning a move, expansion or redesign, remember to think "health" in the process. Consider the area you may allocate to vending machines. In as little as 30 square feet, companies like Avenue C or Five Star can install a fresh food market instead. Design stairs and stairwells that are inviting, with interesting color, proper lighting, windows and carpet. It's much easier to avoid the elevator when the stairs are an attractive alternative. Also, fitness centers within offices don?t have to be boring rooms filled with weights and machines, as they were 10 years ago. Many are now designed with ballet barres, space for pilates classes, vibrant colors and changing rooms on par with fitness clubs.
by Heather Mathias, Associate Principal and Director of Interior Design
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. Find her on Twitter: @heather_mathias
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
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.