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.
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.
Even as pulpy paperbacks get swapped out for electronic ink, we still crave a physical space where we can surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.
To find the most beautiful libraries in each state, Tech Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won.
Make sure to give these a look on your next road trip.
by Chris Weller
That's the vision the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency has embraced for its two sizable parking lots bordering the Trolley Barns, the revitalized one-story brick buildings whose notable tenants include Pinewood Social and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. MDHA is now negotiating with Nashville developers John Eakin and Ray Hensler. They jointly pitched a project that would also include a 20-story residential building containing at least 300 units.
The developments likely would open in 2019.
Eakin and Hensler worked in concert and used the same architect, Hastings Architecture Associates, to create their bids. It's exactly what they did in the Gulch, with Hensler buying the land for Twelve l Twelve from Eakin, who is set to open a 15-story office building next door this fall. For the Twelve | Twelve project and for the potential Trolley Barns development, Hensler is pairing with his former Florida-based employer, real estate developer Stiles Corp.
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by Adam Sichko Senior Reporter - Nashville Business Journal
When music executive Joe Galante retired from his post as chairman of Sony Music Nashville in 2010, he and his wife, Phran, were ready to shed their frenetic, high-profile lifestyle. For a fresh start, the couple purchased 1½ acres in the city's quiet Woodmont Estates-a 1937 neighborhood created by Olmsted Brothers to flow with the landscape-tapping Hastings Architecture to design a more intimate home than their existing 13,000-square-foot suburban residence.
According to principal in charge David Powell, the Galantes wanted "an open, sun-drenched house" with ample glazing, around a central courtyard, and maximum privacy-a tall order within their new urban environs.
Situated on a gently sloping site, the 6,500-square-foot, single-story house is tucked behind an expansive paved forecourt and protected by retaining walls to the north and west. In keeping with the client's request for secluded quarters, the architects devised a 160-foot-long by 16-foot-high cast-in-place concrete wall for the north facade that, in essence, masks the remainder of the house from the street. They veiled this elevation with a sculptural row of weathering-steel panels that, in turn, conceal its only fenestration-a thin band of windows along the main living space inside.
"We discovered the Galantes' love for masks and illusion," says Powell, "so we used that as a jumping-off point for the design."
The load-bearing concrete wall, insulated with a layer of rigid foam, supports the steel structure of the home's core volume, a spacious living-dining-kitchen area. The building's roof, a folded plane, is visually detached from the large room's periphery by edge skylights and clerestory windows that maximize daylight penetration. Flanking this central space, two wood-frame wings accommodate the master suite, gym, two small guest rooms, and a pair of personal offices.
C-shaped in plan, the three volumes emerge at the rear of the house with glass window walls and doors that open onto a fully furnished and equipped south-facing courtyard. Deep ipé-lined overhangs control solar heat gain and glare and appear to spill into the main space, where the ceiling and floor are surfaced with the same rich wood.
Fittingly, the architects' imaginative, seclusive strategy is most apparent (and surprising) at the home's entrance, which is indicated by a raised weathering-steel panel extending out beyond the concrete wall. Pierced with a pixilated pattern of acrylic-rod peepholes, the red lacquer pivot door has no visible hardware. That's because this large, satiny portal can only be opened from inside. The homeowners enter through the garage.
by Linda Lentz
These companies have been recognized as top workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees.
The surveys were conducted by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics.
The NBJ took nominations from the public and nominees then participated in private voting, allowing the nominees to vote on each other. This process is designed to find our which nominees truly are the leaders in the CRE field according to their peers. The result is 60 total Power Leaders in 8 categories who have made the list.
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Vanderbilt University is planning a mid-May start on a $115.5 million residential project to accommodate 340 students.
An occupancy for what will be called Vanderbilt Barnard College is slated for summer 2018, according to a release.
The building will replace the existing 240-bed combination of the 65-year-old Vanderbilt and Barnard residential halls, which front the 2200 block of West End Avenue (see here courtesy of Google Maps).
Funding for the project will come largely from university reserves and philanthropy.
Vanderbilt Barnard College, which was approved by the VU Board of Trust in February, will cater to sophomores, juniors and seniors. It will include apartments for a faculty member and a residential area coordinator, a large dining space, a new kitchen and additional space for academic and programming needs.
The building will be located to the immediate west of the relative new Warren and Moore Colleges structures (see here).
"Residential colleges provide an authentic living/learning environment where Vanderbilt?s core beliefs are manifest," VU Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. "They support our mission of preparing students to be successful, ethical and visionary leaders. Vanderbilt's reputation, the quality and diversity of its student body, and the excellence of its faculty and teaching all continue to rise. The new Vanderbilt Barnard College will further enrich this dynamic environment and support our ability to recruit, retain and educate the most outstanding undergraduates in the world."
A focus of the project will be on student arts organizations. Floor plans include two basement-level dance studio practice spaces and a small first-floor art gallery accessible to the public.
The architect of record is Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates will serve as the architect of record, with the design architect to David M. Schwarz Architectural Services of Washington, D.C. Nashville-based RC Mathews Co. is the construction manager.
The Vanderbilt Barnard project is the latest in VU's residential halls overhaul, which began in the mid-2000s with the construction of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons on the Peabody College campus (opened in 2008). In 2014, the aforementioned Warren and Moore Colleges for sophomores, juniors and seniors opened on the former site of the six-building Kissam complex, located at the southwest corner of the West End and 21st avenues intersection.
Demolition of the existing 240-bed Vanderbilt and Barnard halls will begin following VU commencement on May 13.
Students will be able to apply for housing for fall 2018 during the housing selection process in spring 2018.
Our passion for beautiful, thoughtful design, providing innovative solutions, and our exceptional knowledge of sustainable practices gives us and our clients a competitive edge on every project.
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.
Our expertise in this realm enables us to deliver high-performance buildings that not only minimize the impact on our environment but provide for a sustainable future to our clients. This approach leads to significant returns on investment both financially and from nontangible human experience perspective.
Hastings' 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.