Lifeway Christian Resources recently announced plans to take up residence at Maryland Farms in Brentwood by the end of 2022. The new location, Lifeway noted, is “a mixed-use, state-of-the-art facility with a layout that promotes creativity and collaboration.”
“We look forward to being a part of the Maryland Farms community,” said Lifeway CEO Ben Mandrell. “This will be an exciting area and a great space for our team to create and collaborate. Our new space will be a haven for fresh ideas and creative thinking.”
Lifeway will move from its current location in Nashville’s Capitol View neighborhood to 46,000 square feet of leased office space about 11 miles south of its current facility. Located at 200 Powell Place, the building is part of the Maryland Farms, a mixed-use community with access to restaurants, shopping, a greenway and park and home to a variety of businesses.
“Selling our large building downtown and moving to a smaller, more open footprint is part of a larger, strategic vision for the organization,” Mandrell said. “The new location allows us to be better stewards of our resources and is a better fit for the culture we’ve created at Lifeway.”
Mandrell said employees will continue to work remotely the majority of the time and will come to the building for collaborative work. With Lifeway’s work-from-anywhere culture, Mandrell said, they decided to forgo a traditional office-space model and instead create a space designed for strategic meetings and creative brainstorming.
“Lifeway had already embraced a remote work culture, before Zoom was a household word,” said Mandrell, noting that Lifeway has moved from a corporate-headquarters mindset to a “teaming-space mindset.”
“We learned during the pandemic that our team was just as efficient working from home as they were from the office—maybe more,” he said. “We want to continue to offer that flexibility and maximize those efficiencies while providing opportunities for face-to-face interaction.”
The new space will be a mix of meeting rooms, drop-in workstations, a social hub, private spaces for phone and video calls, as well as spaces for individualized work that requires concentration, Lifeway said. The plans also call for state-of-the-art podcast, video and photography studios, as well as post-production suites. Technology throughout the building will allow for connectivity and interaction with employees working around the country.
Lifeway has occupied its current home in Nashville’s Capitol View neighborhood since 2017. While Lifeway sold the Capitol View building in 2021, they are leasing back space until the move can be completed.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Carol Pipes of Lifeway Christian Resources.