By BROOKE WANSER
After construction began in April, Schneider Electric’s 150,000-square-foot office space in Two Franklin Park region of Cool Springs has been completed, the company announced Monday.
The office is part of Schneider’s plan to relocate all Middle Tennessee operations, currently in Davidson and Rutherford counties, to Franklin.
Schneider’s new Cool Springs location is between McEwen Drive and the Nissan North America headquarters, east of I-65.
More than 800 employees already work in the Southeast regional headquarters, which was an $11.2 million project designed and engineered by Gresham Smith & Partners, a Nashville-based architecture firm, and built by Turner Construction Company.
Schneider Electric is a French energy management company that, according to its Web site, “looks for solutions to manage energy in ways that are safe, reliable and sustainable.”
Upon announcement of the consolidation in the summer of 2016, Chief Executive Officer and President of Schneider Electric North America Annette Clayton weighed in.
“The state of Tennessee has long been a hub of innovation for Schneider Electric, and we are happy to maintain our strong commitment to the communities where we live and work,” Clayton said.
“Our new facility in Franklin will be our largest office in the country, creating an environment that encourages collaboration with customers and employees,” she said.
The “virtually wireless” office includes a data center and innovation hub for Schneider engineers to work on product concepts.
Meeting spaces include multipurpose work cafes and conference rooms, and innovations include movable walls and electric vehicle charging stations.
“We wanted a sophisticated workspace that gives our employees cutting-edge tools to help them do their jobs effectively,” said Jim Wright, Schneider’s electric real estate project manager.