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

Dear BELL clients, partners and friends,

On behalf of the BELL family, we hope your 2023 is off to a great start. We are deeply grateful to you for helping us continue to further our mission of “building better…one relationship at a time.” 

In our first BELL Bulletin of the year, I’m pleased to share insights on what it takes to become a young leader in the construction industry, recent team recognitions, project updates and a Q&A with the women of BELL in celebration of Women in Construction Week. 

Please read on for the latest.

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Keith Pyle, President, & the BELL team

Team Insights

Evan Rankin discusses his recent recognition as AGC of Middle Tennessee’s Emerging Professional of the Year 

AGC of Middle Tennessee recently selected Evan Rankin, Project Manager on the Building Operations Team, as its 2023 Emerging Professional of the Year, an award that celebrates young professionals who are accomplished in their field and actively promote AGC's core values of skill, integrity, and responsibility while supporting the next generation of leaders through personal and professional development.

We sat down with Evan to learn more about his background and industry experience, his recent recognition and the advice he’d give other young professionals about how they can become respected leaders in the industry.  

Evan Rankin Interview
Evan Rankin named 2023 Emerging Professional of the Year by AGC of Middle TN
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Building Better | Project Highlights

BELL’s Transportation Operations expands Civil Division

Exciting news! Our Transportation Operations has expanded significantly with the growth of the Civil Division. The transformed division will provide additional support to our team, allow us to move faster and get grading professionals on jobsites earlier. 

As part of this change, we recently welcomed Chris Bagley to the BELL team as Civil Division Manager. Chris comes to us from SUMMIT Constructors, Inc. with more than 23 years of experience in the industry. He has served as Senior Project Manager with highlights including Dream Hotel, Vanderbilt Belle Meade Surgery Center, W Nashville, and 1812 Broadway.

Chris Bagley, Civil Division Manager
Chris Bagley, Civil Division Manager, joins the BELL team

Renovations begin on Eric Church’s new bar in downtown Nashville

Construction is well underway on music icon Eric Church’s latest entertainment destination - Chief’s - located at Second Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville. The renovation of this historic building consists of six stories and the buildout of more than 20,000-square-feet of entertainment space, including a restaurant, ticketed music venue, recording studio and rooftop bar. We’re proud to be part of another exciting historic renovation project in Music City’s famous entertainment district in partnership with the great team at AJ Capital Partners.
Eric Church's new bar, Chief's
Chief’s - located at Second Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville
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New Tempo by Hilton Nashville downtown celebrates topping out 

The 16-story, 306-room Tempo by Hilton in the heart of downtown Nashville has officially topped out! The luxury hotel will feature 12,000-square-feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space, a 2,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool and bar, event lawn, and sky lobby with views of Nashville Yards and Downtown. Congratulations to HRI Hospitality and the entire project team!
Hilton Tempo topping out
The 16-story Tempo by Hilton luxury hotel 
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Progress continues on I-55 and Crump

Boulevard Interchange in Memphis

We’re proud to continue making progress on the I-55 interchange in Memphis! Noise walls one and two are complete and two bridges have been demolished. We’ve built substructures on multiple bridges and are preparing to set bridge beams on our first bridge at Wisconsin Ave. We’re also excavating the new interstate roadway and building soldier pile retaining walls along the perimeter of the new roadway. The project includes a bridge replacement, two flyover bridges, a new roundabout intersection and repairs on the I-55 Mississippi River bridge.
“Since starting this project, our Memphis team has almost tripled in size and continues to grow. We’re excited about the growth and continued learning opportunities this project is creating.” 
- Cody Pratt, Project Manager 
I-55 and Crump Boulevard Interchange
I-55 and Crump Boulevard Interchange in Memphis, TN

Building Better | Team Highlights

The vital role of women in construction

A Q&A with our team in celebration of Women in Construction Week  
At BELL, we’re fortunate to have a diverse group of women on our team, both in the office and in the field. These incredible women have walked many different paths, but they all help us achieve our mission of building better… one relationship at a time and encourage other women to pursue their goals and ambitions.

In honor of Women in Construction Week, we asked the women of BELL for their perspectives on everything from their career paths to those who inspire them, advice for the next generation and so much more. Continue reading for insights from the amazing women we’re grateful to call teammates. 

The Women of BELL
BELL celebrates Women in Construction Week
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The BELL team recently earned FOUR awards from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Middle TN! We earned a Member Using Members award, which honors AGC members that worked most with other AGC members. We also received two Awards of Excellence for our exceptional performance on the Carothers Parkway Bridge and McEwen Block A Office in Cool Springs. Evan Rankin, Project Manager, was also recognized by AGC of Middle Tennessee as the 2023 Emerging Professional of the Year. 

Congrats to the entire BELL team for helping us bring home these prestigious awards! We share these recognitions with our clients and project teams. We are grateful for the long-lasting relationships that create opportunities to build award-winning projects.

AGC Build TN Awards
2023 AGC Awards of Excellence

BELL celebrates excellence in safety

BELL was recently awarded the Safety Award by Tennessee Road Builders Association (TRBA). This award honors our Transportation Division for having 0 lost time injuries and 0 fatalities in 2022. We are so proud of our team members for their continued commitment to our core value of safety. 

Building Better | Communities

In honor of Women in Construction Week, BELL donates to Dress for Success and Amelia’s Closet
We believe in the importance of supporting women in construction and across all parts of our community. Our team recently donated professional attire and accessories to Dress for Success Nashville and Amelia's Closet in honor of Women in Construction Week. We are proud to partner with local organizations that support and empower women by providing confidence and development tools to help women excel in their careers.
Donation for Dress for Success and Amelia's Closet
BELL donates to Dress for Success Nashville and Amelia's Closet

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