Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company, celebrated the official grand opening of Bridgestone Tower in downtown Nashville on December 13, 2017. Located at 200 4th Avenue South, the 514,000-square-foot, 30-story tower is the company’s new headquarters and home to more than 1,700 employees.
Bridgestone Corporation’s Global CEO and Representative Executive Officer Masaaki Tsuya and Bridgestone Americas President and CEO Gordon Knapp joined Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This is a historic day for Bridgestone and our teammates—we’re proud to call this great city home and see Bridgestone Tower standing tall in the Nashville skyline,” said Knapp. “This effort was only made possible due to the tremendous support we have from Nashville city leadership and Tennessee state leadership, and the Nashville community. Additionally, through the relentless work of our teammates and partners, Bridgestone Tower has come to life.”
A transformative extension of the Bridgestone brand within Nashville’s SoBro district – the heart of the city’s thriving office, entertainment, and arts district – Bridgestone Tower is a walking campus molded into tower form. Located next to Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame®, Perkins+Will designed the core and shell and workspaces to be a vertical campus, all linked to by a central stair. Workplace hubs feature employee-focused amenities, like a full-scale market, eateries, and even a putting green. The building lobby is the launching pad to these hubs and begins to tell the story of Bridgestone brand for guests and for staff arriving from Bridgestone’s three business units.
The all-glass expression of the building presents a clean and sleek composition, with four planes of glass extending beyond the building and roof line. In a riff on the building’s location in Music City, U.S.A., these planes of glass suggest pages of sheet music, creating a uniquely identifiable presence on the skyline.
Bridgestone Tower is the second facility opened this year by Bridgestone in Metro Nashville. The Bridgestone Tower and Bridgestone Operations Center bring together the company’s corporate staff and core business units to Nashville and Antioch: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations; Bridgestone Retail Operations; Firestone Building Products; Firestone Fibers and Textiles; Firestone Natural Rubber; and Firestone Industrial Products.
For more information about Bridgestone Americas and its new headquarters in Nashville, visit http://perkinswill.com/work/bridgestone-tower