Northern Region

Tennessee State Library & Archives

Project Overview

After more than a decade of planning, the State of Tennessee broke ground on its new 165,000-square-foot Library & Archives building at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Jefferson Street. Replacing the former library located next to the Capitol building, the new facility was designed to welcome the public and house government records, photographs, books, and more.

After discovering that the exterior CMU could not support the exterior granite — per the original project scope — Baker quickly jumped in to assist, taking time to understand the exterior granite installation before modifying and adding exterior columns to create a larger surface area to attach the granite. This called for a switch from the commonly used 24” x 24” exterior columns to five eight-sided ones (88 different conditions in total). Overcoming this challenge required a great deal of coordination since block-outs had to be detailed and fabricated in-house and delivered to the project for installation. Baker was able to adjust to this change quickly and deliver the project according to the original schedule.

The State of Tennessee


Nashville, TN

13,000 cy

Completion Date:
Fall 2019