The latest news and insights from your BELL team
The latest news and insights from your BELL team

Dear BELL clients, partners and friends,

At BELL, our mission of “building better…one relationship at a time” touches every aspect of our company operations and project engagement. We strive to carry out this purpose in everything we do, from the team members we hire to our involvement in the community. 

In our latest BELL Bulletin, I’m pleased to share insights from our team on why experience matters when it comes to selecting a general contractor; recent team, company and project updates; highlights from our team in honor of Construction Safety Week; and a closer look at how we’re building better communities. 

Please read on for the latest.

Eric Pyle, President, & the BELL team

Building Better | Team Insights

Experience Matters: When it Comes to

Correctional Projects, Look Beyond the Resume

When you go to the doctor, you want the best of the best operating on you. The same is true for construction, especially for justice and correctional projects. When creating a building from the ground up, experience that’s recent, relevant and local matters. 

We sat down with Rick Bruining, project executive, and Alex Roten, project manager, to learn more about the value of wisdom and experience when selecting a general contractor for justice and corrections projects.

Rick Bruining & Alex Roten
Rick Bruining and Alex Roten discuss the value of experience in justice and corrections projects
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BELL Construction Promotes John Thayer to

Executive Vice President, Building Division

We are proud to announce that John Thayer has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Building Division. John joined the BELL team in 2006 to oversee and execute many of our iconic BELL projects, such as Lentz Public Health, Memphis School of Law and recently the Nashville Yards. He has been instrumental in the development and growth of BELL’s safety and quality control and assurance teams.

In his new role, John will provide leadership and oversight of BELL’s Building Division, work with clients to help them achieve their construction goals and develop team members. 

Read more about this exciting team update in a recent article from REjournals at the link below.
John Thayer promotion
BELL promotes John Thayer to Executive Vice President, Building Division
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BELL Named Among Top 10 Largest General Contractors in Nashville According to Nashville Business Journal's 2023 List

BELL was recently ranked in the top 10 on Nashville Business Journal's 2023 Largest General Contractors List. This list ranks Nashville-area general contractors by construction billings in 2022. We are honored to earn this spot on the list and continue building better in Nashville and beyond!
Nashville Business Journal
BELL ranked in top 10 on 2023 Largest General Contractors in Nashville list
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Building Better | Project Highlights

BELL Celebrates Topping Out of Metro Permanent Supportive Housing 

BELL has officially topped out at Metro Nashville's Permanent Supportive Housing center. The five-story, 90-unit facility will also provide an office for social services, clinical spaces, a computer room, multipurpose room, and laundry facilities for residents. We are proud of this milestone and team and look forward to completing this much-needed housing and service center for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Metro Permanent Supportive Housing
BELL team celebrates topping out of Metro Permanent Supportive Housing project

BELL Completes Second Amazon Tower from Nashville Yards Project 

The second phase of the Amazon Office Towers, part of BELL’s Nashville Yards project, is now complete. Amazon Tower 2, a 26-story building, features a two-story, 6,000-square-foot lobby with an exterior amenity deck with views of the eastern downtown skyline. The project was constructed within the footprint of the Amazon Prime 1 Office Tower and Garage project, as it also sits atop the parking garage. We are excited to see another piece of the Nashville Yards come to life and are grateful for all of the hard work our team has poured into this project!
Amazon Office Tower 2
BELL completes Amazon Office Tower 2
Photo courtesy of CityNowNext

Building Better | Communities

BELL Celebrates Construction Safety Week
“Safety Starts With Me” is highlighted throughout BELL’s office and across job sites, reminding our team members, vendors, subcontractors, and industry partners that safety is our top priority. In celebration of Construction Safety Week, during May 1-5, we asked our team members, "What does Safety mean to you?"
Construction Safety Week
BELL team shares what safety means to them
In addition, FallTech, a fall protection gear company, spoke at our first Safety Stand Down event at the Buckner Lane job site during this year’s Construction Safety Week. This was a great opportunity to celebrate the meaning and significance behind this annual event and re-emphasize the importance of safety to our team. 
Safety Stand Down
FallTech speaks at Buckner Lane for BELL’s Safety Stand Down
BELL Invests in the Community with Friends of Shelby Park
Our team recently spent time landscaping, rebuilding pedestrian bridge rails, and picking up trash at Shelby Park and Bottoms with Friends of Shelby Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and promotion of Shelby Park and Bottoms for everyone to appreciate and protect. Friends of Shelby Park, thank you for the opportunity!
Friends of Shelby Park
BELL volunteers with Friends of Shelby Park
4:13 Strong Visits Buckner Lane Construction Site
Last month, our Superintendents at Buckner Lane hosted the spring class of 4:13 Strong, a nonprofit that provides job training and placement for 18-30 year-old men in Nashville, onsite. The gentlemen toured the entire project and listened to a presentation from our Safety team. As a result, Xaveair, a program student, has joined the BELL team as a skilled laborer. Welcome to the BELL family, Xaveair!
4:13 Strong at Buckner Lane
4:13 Strong class visits Buckner Lane site

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