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The design for Lendlease’s Nashville office establishes a flexible workplace reflective of the company’s mission to foster employee well-being and is the first space to achieve WELL certification in the state.

The first office in North America to implement Lendlease’s global Nextplace strategy, Lendlease Nashville is designed to optimize how teams work. Nextplace is an agility-based work environment offering a variety of flexible workpoints within “neighborhoods” to encourage movement and collaboration throughout the workday. The open plan eliminates private offices and assigned desk space. A suite of spaces accommodate a variety of workstyles – from focused, private work to casual, collaborative conversations. Raised floors support the agile work environment enabling effortless reconfiguration. Workstations can be added or moved quickly and easily without having to create new core drills.

Sustainability was a key design driver and multiple building certification systems were considered. The decision was made early to pursue WELL certification, a building standard which focuses on the well-being of building occupants through both design and company policies. Natural patterns in finishes were selected as part of the WELL criteria to increase indoor biophilia – wood planks in the Social Hub, moss-mimicking carpet, floral and botanical wall patterns, and accent colors derived from plants. Color-tuning lights in open office areas emulate natural daylight to help the body maintain a circadian rhythm and support better sleep.

In addition to WELL Silver, the space was also certified LEED CI Platinum. By cost, 24% of the materials are recycled content, and 35% are manufactured regionally with 18% of the raw materials from regional sources. Over 20 products with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) were used, acquiring LEED Pilot Credit 52.

Nashville, Tennessee
26,000 square feet
LEED Platinum
WELL Silver
USGBC Tennessee Green Building of the Year Award
IIDA Tennessee, Award for Adaptation/Sustainability
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