D.F. Chase helps celebrate the opening of Rocketship Nashville Elementary by Brian Murdock

D.F. Chase, Inc. joined Andre Agassi, Bobby Turner and other leaders from the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, Rocketship Education, Rep. Rev. Harold M. Love, Jr. and local dignitaries on September 16, 2014 to celebrate the opening of its first charter school in Nashville, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary.  Opened in July, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary serves 450 students in kindergarten through fourth grade in a brand-new building at 2526 Dickerson Pike in North Nashville. Enrollment will grow to 565 students by 2016.


D.F. Chase, Inc. Superintendent, Duane West gives Andre Agassi a tour of the new facility.

D.F. Chase, Inc. Superintendent, Duane West gives Andre Agassi a tour of the new facility.

D.F. Chase picked to build Westin's Nashville Hotel by Brian Murdock

A Nashville-based general contractor has been selected to oversee construction of The Westin Nashville hotel planned on property downtown across from the Music City Center convention hall.

Kevin Fee, managing partner for developer Nashville Hospitality Capital LLC, confirmed that D.F. Chase Inc. will handle construction for the 27-story hotel. Groundbreaking for the $116 million project is expected by early November after the developer closes remaining financing by the end of October.

Fee's update comes after the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency revealed that the planned hotel would be growing to 452 rooms, an increase of 22 rooms over previous plans. "We think there's plenty of demand in the market. More is always better," Fee said.

MDHA's board of commissioners cited the additional rooms, plus changes in the capital markets, as the reason for adding an extra $1 million to tax increment financing approved for The Westin.

In all, MDHA now will provide $16 million in essentially a loan to the developer to be paid off with property tax revenues to be generated by the hotel.

Four months ago, the MDHA board approved $15 million in tax-increment financing for specific purposes, such as infrastructure and site improvement. The Westin Nashville is planned on a 1.7- acre site formerly home to a Cokesbury bookstore and offices of Carpenter Wright Engineers and Bullock Smith & Partners.

New York-based David Mexico Design Group is handling architectural design work for the building in collaboration with Bullock Smith.

Go to www.westinnashville.com for more information.


As published in The Tennessean, September 22, 2014

D.F. Chase, Inc. Construction breaks ground on new Rocketship Nashville Elementary School by Brian Murdock

D.F. Chase, Inc. Construction has begun work on the new Rocketship Nashville Elementary School located on 2526 Dickerson Pike. The new 37,000 square foot school will include K through 4th classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, and offices. In addition to the building designed by Manuel Zeitlin Architects, there will be improvements to the 3 acre site to include new drives and parking areas, an exterior playground, as well as, roadway improvements to Dickerson Pike and Rock Street. Rocketship Elementary will open to 650 new students in August, 2014. Rocketship Nashville is the product of San Jose California- based charter school operator Rocketship Education. The facility is being funded by Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund. D.F. Chase, Inc. is a Nashville-based diversified construction firm celebrating 27 years of growth.