Seven years and 250k pounds of explosives: Skanska toasts completion of Nashville’s Fifth + Broadway

Skanska USA is celebrating the completion of the core of its work as general contractor on Fifth + Broadway, Brookfield Properties’ ambitious mixed-use project in downtown Nashville, Tennessee – its biggest ever project in the state.

Among the notable project stats were around 250,000 pounds of explosives used for excavation, roughly the weight of July Fourth fireworks that Americans purchase annually; 15,408 tons of concrete and 3,875 tons of steel recycled from the old Convention Center, a weight equal to nearly two Eiffel Towers; and 3.2 million work hours logged by Skanska so far.

It required the demolition of an existing convention centre to turn a city block into a mixed-use destination featuring two-high rise towers, a flagship retail and entertainment hub, expanded conference facilities, underground parking, and new internal streets – all at Nashville’s busiest intersection.

Skanska was initially engaged in 2014 as the project was in the planning phase.

Breaking ground in April 2017, the job employed 7,000 construction workers, 105 prime subcontractors and 61 small, minority-owned, women-owned and veteran subcontractors.

It was Skanska’s biggest ever project in Tennessee, and the largest single-phase, mixed-use project ever undertaken in Nashville, the company said.

"Skanska USA as the project Construction Manager has proved to be a strong partner over the last seven years in bringing Fifth + Broadway to life," said Burgin Dossett, VP, Development at Brookfield Properties.

"I’d like to thank the 7,000 men and women that worked tirelessly to construct Fifth + Broadway from the ground up," said Jeff Elpers, project executive at Skanska.

"Totaling 3.2 million work hours, this project’s success comes from the dedication, collaboration and commitment of the people who showed up to work every day."

Russ Brown, senior project manager at Skanska, said: "This once-in-a-lifetime project required attention from the majority of our Nashville team, and I’m incredibly proud of the finished product."

Image: The project turned a city block into a mixed-use destination featuring two-high rise towers, a flagship retail and entertainment hub and expanded conference facilities (Courtesy of Skanska USA)

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