The groundbreaking ceremony at the future Bridgestone Americas headquarters .  Photo: Bridgestone America

The groundbreaking ceremony at the future Bridgestone Americas headquarters. Photo: Bridgestone America

Bridgestone Americas broke ground on the company’s new 30-story, $200 million headquarters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The building is set to be completed in mid to late 2017.

Upon completion, the building will be among the largest and tallest corporate headquarters buildings in Nashville, according to Bridgestone. The building is expected to be LEED-certified at the Gold level and reflect best practices workplace design. 

The facility will house more than 1,700 employees, including the 1,100 current employees in Nashville and 600 new jobs from three out-of-state locations. The business units being moved to the new location include tire brands, automotive retail and service operations, commercial roofing and building products, and vehicle and equipment air spring technology.

The planned 514,000-square-foot headquarters will be located at 4th Avenue South and Demonbreun Street, in the Sobro neighborhood, one of eight downtown Nashville neighborhoods, which includes the Music City Center convention center.

Bridgestone says it had outgrown its previous headquarters in Nashville and its lease was expiring in 2017.

The new headquarters will be home to Bridgestone Americas’ corporate staff and supporting functions, according to published reports. The jobs to be relocated to Nashville are at Bridgestone Retail Operations in Bloomingdale, Illinois, and Firestone Building Products and Firestone Industrial Products in Indianapolis.