BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee - Gateway Building

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee - Gateway Building


The $6.5 million Gateway project was a 180,000 SF major renovation of an existing 4-story office building. The primary function of the building renovation was to reorganize multiple departments within the existing building for better efficiency while accomodating several remote departments relocating to the facility. The renovated facility includes open offices, private offices, mail processing, printing facilities maintenance/loading dock, training and sales offices. The project achieved the goal of consolidating multiple BCBST offices that were distributed throughout downtown Chattanooga.

BCBST undertook the renovation with sustainability and innovation goals in mind. In promoting sustainability and employee well being, BCBST received its official award of LEED Gold status in September, 2011. This is in addition to the LEED Gold certification that BCBST received on its headquarters buildings - Cameron Hill.

  • The project includes dedicated parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles, and a hybrid shuttle that is 30% more efficient than a regular shuttle.
  • Low-flow toilets, low-flush urinals, and lavatory faucets reduce water consumption by 35% or 226,000 gallons of potable water savings per year.
  • Efficient heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment, along with exceptional building insulation, state-of-art controls, and lighting fixtures consume 35% less energy than a comparable building designed in minimal compliance to energy codes.
  • 96% of existing building walls, floors, and roof, along with 57% of existing interior elements were reused during construction.
  • A 198 kW roof mounted solar PV array generate 22% of the building energy needs by cost.

Owner: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Project Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle

Contractor: The Strauss Company

Architect: Artech Design Group

Engineer: Advanced Energy Engineering & Design