When Dr. Josh Garrett decided he wanted to build a brand, new building in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for his optometry practice, Integrity Eye Care, he had lots of questions and even more ideas for the Dow Smith Company construction team.
When the Dow Smith Company team wrapped up work on Integrity Eye Care on Highway 96 in Murfreesboro, we celebrated two “firsts.” It was Dr. Josh Garrett’s first free-standing, custom-built office. Previously, his practice was located just three miles down the road in Stones River Mall.
Starting in the summer of 2019, more than a dozen Dow Smith team members and even some of their spouses have been participating in a 12-week Spanish class. Originally recommended by superintendent Erik House, the class meets every Monday afternoon. It focuses on key phrases and commands.
Fountains at Gateway, a vibrant 31-acre corporate office campus and retail center located in Murfreesboro, is home to Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s newest facility—a growing medical spa, dermatology and plastic surgery practice. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Albert Kattine and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Medling now provide a high level of service and amenities to patients throughout Middle Tennessee. The brand, new 17,000-square-foot space includes 6,000 square feet on the first floor and 11,000-square feet on the second floor.
Earlier this Spring, the Dow Smith Team completed the 12,000-square-foot ground-up building known as Smyrna Commons. Located on Nissan Boulevard across from the Nissan North America Plant, this is a very attractive piece of property.
The site includes 1.65 acres with 90 parking spaces. The building consists of concrete foundations, traditional structural steel frame, Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply roofing membrane, brick, and aluminum storefront system. The anchor tenant of this space, Smile Doctors, occupies 6,000 square feet while other retail tenants occupy the remaining space.
The design phase for this project began in late September of 2018, while the construction phase started in mid-November. Initially, the tenant was unsure of what they wanted to do for the design and layout of their new office space. To combat this, our team had to fast-track the design for the custom office space while the shell of the new Seven Oaks building was already under construction.
I love to learn to learn. Nothing energizes me more than gaining new insights and growing in wisdom and knowledge. I love going to construction industry-related conferences like the Construction Leadership Network and National Association of Church Design-Builder conferences. There is such joy in learning from my peers and colleagues, then taking that knowledge and applying to my life and my business.
If you have visited downtown Murfreesboro recently, you are probably aware of the changes that are taking place. Organizations such as Main Street Murfreesboro and Downtown Murfreesboro Business Association are working hard to enhance and promote the historic downtown and economic vitality of the region. We are pleased to be a part of that effort, and our recent work at 527 North Maple Street is just another Rutherford County commercial project we have completed.
You have probably heard the term value engineering before. But what exactly is it? And how does it work in your best interests as a buyer of construction services?
By definition, value engineering was born at General Electric during World War II. Shortages of skilled labor, raw materials and parts forced G.E.’s Lawrence Miles—the father of what he termed “value analysis”—to look for acceptable substitutes. Miles and his team noticed that these substitutions often reduced costs, improved the product, or both.