It was critical to all stakeholders of Nashville’s GEODIS Park that the construction of the new stadium represented the city and the people that live in it. “It's very important to the city that we start and end projects that are reflective of the community,” says Monica Fawknotson, executive director of Metro Nashville Sports Authority. “Mortenson | Messer brought a wealth of knowledge and experience; committed to diversity.
Mortenson | Messer, together with Pinnacle Construction Partners and Business Resource Group, successfully supported Metro’s vision of economic viability by providing employment opportunities for the local workforce, including women and people of color. Their involvement helped drive diverse business participation resulting in meaningful, long-lasting impact for the people of Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee.
The project team also focused their efforts within the community, supporting a couple local elementary schools through volunteering. They partnered with CAA ICON and Ingram Industries to provide exterior improvements for Napier Elementary, including power washing playground walkways, sidewalk painting, sign and bench repairs, refinishing a gazebo and fence posts, and installing playing field goals. The team also hosted a school supplies drive and fundraiser for Fall-Hamilton Elementary. Over $10,000 was raised and several bins of supplies and sports equipment were collected for students.
The team achieved 36% diverse business participation. In total, $210 million dollars of work was awarded, with $75.8 million dollars awarded to diverse firms. These efforts resulted in $6.7 million dollars awarded to 10 small businesses and $69 million dollars awarded to 71 women-owned and minority-owned firms. Of the 81 diverse firms that participated, 27 were local to Davidson County.
Look back on the construction of GEODIS Park and hear what clients, partners, and residents had to say about the project’s impact in the community.