This new 11-story polished granite and glass office building serves as the Nashville headquarters of Caterpillar Financial Services, consolidating four operational sites into one location. The developer requested a building that would fit contextually in the neighborhood, yet serve as a statement headquarters for the global financial company. It also needed to provide nice amenities for its inhabitants. To achieve this, the design focused on the employee experience, incorporating a state-of-the-art conference and fitness center and a full-service cafeteria.

The building’s custom fountain and “scooped” entry canopy create a dramatic sense of arrival. At the front of the office tower, a covered colonnade and walkway leads to a landscaped connection with the adjacent Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, also serving as covered outdoor dining outside the Caterpillar cafeteria.

An attached parking garage of seven levels, four of which are below grade, provides space for 1,270 cars and direct access to the tower. Design considerations, such as column-free space and raised computer flooring, allow ease of flexibility for office configurations and technology advancements.

Although not originally designed to achieve LEED Certification, the building was able to receive LEED Gold EB (Existing Building) Certification several years after its completion, due in part to the efficiency of the original design.

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