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Skanska completes primary construction work on Nashville’s largest ever mixed-use project

Gresham Smith is serving as architect-of-record for the entire project and is part of the design team with Pappageorge Haymes and Gensler.

February 24, 2021 |
Fifth + Broadway aerial at night

Images courtesy Gresham Smith

Over the past four years, Nashville’s first convention center has been undergoing a transformation into Fifth + Broadway, a new mixed-use development comprising 2.2 million sf. The development represents the largest single phase mixed-use project in Nashville’s history.

Fifth + Broadway is designed to be a live/work/play district in the heart of downtown Nashville. It includes a 415-foot, 386-unit apartment tower and a 24-story office tower that comprises 372,000 sf of Class A office space and amenities. The residential tower will be the tallest for-rent apartment tower in Tennessee while the office tower will include amenities such as a 19,000 sf indoor/outdoor amenity deck.


Fifth + Broadway office corner


The project will also feature 239,000 sf of entertainment, retail, and cultural space. This will include The National Museum of African American Music and Assembly Food Hall, a multi-level dining and entertainment destination with over 20 restaurants and a music venue. Additionally, 2,253 parking spots will be spread across three separate structures.


Fifth + Broadway metropolis corner


On Feb. 24, Skanska announced the completion of the core of its work as general contractor on Fifth + Broadway in advance of its March 4 opening of retail and dining. Below are some of the project’s statistical highlights:

— Approximately 250,000 pounds of explosives were used for excavation during the development phase—approximately the weight in July Fourth fireworks that Americans purchase annually.

— 15,408 tons of concrete and 3,875 tons of steel have been recycled from the demolition of the Convention Center. This total weight is equal to nearly two Eiffel Towers.

— 70,750 tons of material have been recycled from construction debris—approximately the weight of 353 blue whales.

— 98,500 cubic yards of concrete were used for this project—equal to 29 Olympic Swimming Pools.

— During the construction of Fifth + Broadway, Skanska worked through the 2019 NFL draft and CMA Fest, which brought a combined 680,000 fans to Nashville.

— 7,000 workers made this project possible, and they included 105 prime subcontractors and 61 small, minority-owned, women-owned and veteran subcontractors. The project is tracking more than $70 million to be spent on diverse businesses throughout construction.

— Skanska has logged 3.2 million work hours to date.

— If Fifth + Broadway’s three towers were stacked on top of each other, they would measure 894 feet high—equivalent to the Rockefeller Center in New York City.

— There are 1,600 stairs in Fifth + Broadway’s residential tower leading to 386 apartment units for rent.

— Fifth + Broadway’s parking garage can hold 2,145 cars, which, if parked bumper to bumper, would stretch from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to the Nashville Zoo.


Fifth + Broadway Aerial


Fifth + Broadway residential deck


Fifth + Broadway aerial photo

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