Cumberland Journal

Church of Scientology

Date: 2009
Client: Church of Scientology
Location: Nashville/ Old Fall School Building
Architect: Gensler

The Nashville Church of Scientology is in a beautifully restored former school, the Fall School, which was built in 1898. With a brick and arched window exterior, the interior boasts some interesting architectural features, such as an expansive atrium and cupola with a light well, columns and balustrades.

The story behind the work CAM did is an interesting one. We got a call at 3:30 on a Friday, right as we were getting ready to kick off the weekend. We agreed to come down and look at the building. When we got there, we were presented with a large amount of work including mahogany panels, and large operable folding doors. Then came the kicker: The needed the work done by the next Thursday.

We fully expected to say thanks but no thanks, but they convinced us it could be a great project to do in a hurry. We had many hurdles to overcome, all of which were total deal breakers. We told them we wouldn’t be able to get the materials until Monday morning at the earliest. The client said he would have the materials delivered to the shop the next (Saturday) morning. Many of the drawings were not fully detailed, so we said we needed someone there with authorization to make immediate decisions regarding changes, color selections and any other details. The client said there would be two architects there at 9:00 the next morning. fully authorized to make those decisions. Every seemingly impossible stumbling block was taken care of by the client.

We mobilized and the team showed up Saturday morning and we powered through to pull off a very large job from start to finish in just five days.

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Octagonal building, center chase
Get a call at 3:30 on a Friday afternoon. Contractor is there with a millworker out of Florida. “We need this work done by Thursday.” We laughed and said no. Millwork company convinced us to hear them out. They were in a hurry because they were filming a video the next Thursday for L. Ron Hubbard’s birthday.

We look at the drawings, mahogany paneling, operable doors, folding doors, a lot of work. We mobilized to get guys in the shop the next morning in case we pulled the trigger. We had many hurdles to overcome, not the least of which was getting material before Monday. The client insisted he could get material by the morning. Many of the drawings were not fully detailed, so we said we needed someone there authorization to make immediate decisions regarding changes, color selections and any other details. The client said there would be two architects there at 9:00 the next morning. fully authorized to make those decisions. Every seemingly impossible stumbling block was taken care of by the client.

We mobilized, everybody showed up, we worked all weekend and we had it ready by Thursday.

Mahogany stile and rail paneling on huge expanses of walls with hidden doors in some of the panels. For example, some hidden doors opened to reveal a giant projector screen. Mahogany columns and beams with coffered ceilings.

http://www.greshamsmith.com/
http://www.gensler.com/
http://www.scientology-ccnashville.org/