The Walsh Group

ThinkstockPhotos 464736772The Walsh Group’s Archer Western subsidiary oversees construction of Nashville’s newest skyscraper that goes above and beyond any other building in the downtown area. 

By Construction Today Staff

With more than a century of experience in general building construction, The Walsh Group’s Archer Western Construction subsidiary was chosen by Nashville-based Giarratana Development to oversee construction of what will be the city’s tallest skyscraper. Including its twin spires, the $155 million tower will hit 617 feet tall when completed in 2018.

“The Walsh Group has built many of the most admired high-rise condominium and apartment towers in Chicago,” Giarratana Development owner Tony Giarratana said in September 2015. “We are pleased to have Archer Western Construction join our team as general contractor for 505.”

Construction began last November on the 45-story tower located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Church Street in downtown Nashville. The tower has been named 505 because the main entrance is at 505 Church Street. “Because it is one of downtown Nashville’s most important corners, we’ve felt a responsibility to develop it with an appropriately significant tower,” Giarratana said. The Walsh Group box

505 will be a rectangular mixed-use building with 550 residential units, up to 10,000 square feet of restaurant space at 155 Fifth Ave., plus 800 square feet of retail space at each corner on Church Street. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the upper 16 floors, or one-third of the residential units, will be condominiums and the remaining units will be apartments.

Condo residents on floors 30 through 45 will enjoy unobstructed views of downtown Nashville. “Right now when you’re on the 29th floor, you’re at the current highest occupied living space in Nashville,” Archer Western Senior Project Manager Brian Evans said.

“I would say that this is taking downtown urban living to the next level,” he continued. “Nothing like this exists in Nashville right now, and Giarratana’s team have had unbelievable vision for that. Once he started creating residential living in downtown [Nashville], everything he’s done has been bigger and better. This far and away exceeds anything in the downtown market.”

505 will be the first new apartment tower in downtown Nashville since Giarratana developed The Cumberland building two decades ago on Church Street, according to reports. Project Manager Morgan Stengel noted in December last year that there was less than one-month’s supply of condos in the downtown market.

Industry Experts

Matthew Myles Walsh founded Chicago-based Walsh Group in 1898 and the company is now in its fourth generation of leadership. Today, Walsh Group is an industry leader in both high- and mid-rise residential construction. The firm has completed or has in progress more than $1.5 billion in contracts and more than 5,500 units of residential high-rise work.

Walsh Group prides itself on self-performing major portions of high-rise work to ensure every project is completed to the highest standards of quality and safety. The company is able to self-perform demolition, sitework, trucking, all concrete work, steel erection and rough and finished carpentry, for example.

Walsh Group’s Walsh Construction was incorporated in Illinois in 1949. Recognized as Chicago’s largest construction firm, Walsh Construction specializes in general contracting, construction management and design/build. Engineering News-Record has named Walsh Construction one of the nation’s top 15 contractors because of its experience across North America in building, civil and transportation projects.

Archer Western was founded in 1983 as The Walsh Group looked to national expansion. An affiliate of Walsh Group, Archer Western is headquartered in Atlanta with seven regional offices nationwide. The firm specializes as an open-shop contractor and is an expert in the building, civil and transportation sectors. In all of its years of construction operations, Archer Western has never failed to complete a contract, the company says.

Maintaining Safety

Walsh Construction and Archer Western’s No. 1 priority in the field is the safety of its workforce. The Walsh Group has created a corporate safety culture, continuing to install the responsibility in all of its employees that they have the duty to prevent an unsafe workplace. Corporate safety training is about 65 percent of all its training to meet its goal that “No One Gets Hurt.”

In December last year, Archer Western showcased its dedication to safety when it closed portions of Fifth Avenue and Church Street to install the tower crane that is being used to build 505. Despite high winds, the company stayed focused and monitored the weather for safety. “It is a little windy, but as part of our safety measures we constantly monitor wind speed, especially at the top of the crane,” Evans told Nashville’s News Channel 5 at the time. “While it’s a little windy, it’s not over our threshold to slow us down, or stop us.”

Walsh Group emphasizes continually safety training to its labor force and demands that detailed safety procedures be executed when faced with new work experiences. Its goal is to create a unified “family” on site so everyone watches out for one another and everyone gets home safely.

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