"Built in the 1950s, the Cordell Hull State Office Building was on the chopping block for demolition as its original form was considered potentially obsolete. The State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management Division of the Dept. of General Services was able to work with the design team to devise a modernization plan to restore the building’s functionality without compromising its historic integrity.
The Skanska-managed project included 366,000 sq ft of renovation, 7,000 sq ft of new construction, five new elevators, six renovated elevators, a new pedestrian tunnel and a parking garage. To transform the Hull Building into a modern, usable space, the project team removed seven areas of structural concrete slabs totaling 9,290 sq ft and installed more than 100 tons of structural-steel columns and 40-in.-deep transfer beams. These structural modifications increased ceiling heights and allowed for the addition of the central grand stair between the ground and second floors as well as a new elevator shaft"
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