Fort Negley

Fort Negley Visitor Center

Fort Negley, the largest Union Army fort west of Washington, D.C., played a key role in the Civil War’s Battle of Nashville. A complex polygonal structure, it was primarily constructed by newly freed African-Americans, African-American Union soldiers, and slaves.

The project called for construction of a 5,600 square foot Visitor’s Center designed to honor, present and interpret the history of the site which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A key element was to construct a building complementing the site’s stone gateway entrance built in the late 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

The Visitor’s Center interior includes a lobby featuring Civil War exhibits and a reception / retail area plus offices, work areas and other facilities. The building also features a small theater for presentation of interpretive and documentary information. An outside plaza is used as an outdoor classroom; the plaza’s concrete surface features an etching of the southeastern United States

Gault Fine Arts Center

Gault Fine Arts Center

The 79-year-old gymnasium at Martin Methodist College was the oldest original building on campus. It had fallen into disrepair through the years and was used for storage. The decision was made to transform and repurpose this forgotten landmark into a facility to meet the college’s current needs.

The project called for effectively “gutting” the existing 5,000 square foot building and then constructing a two-story steel and concrete structure inside its shell. The building’s façade was kept intact and restored. Inside, the old gym’s finishes and textures were repurposed. Its metal roof trusses, arena lights and original floor were incorporated into the facility. A geothermal heating and cooling system was installed to bring long-term operational savings.

The “Old Gym” is now the Gault Fine Arts Center. It features light-filled art classrooms, a concert auditorium and art gallery. Design firm Gresham Smith and Partners, Inc. included the project in its annual Showcase. It received a 2011 Platinum Award from Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee Branch.

Ravenswood Mansion

Restoration of Ravenswood Mansion Marcella Vivrette Smith Park

This project was a historical renovation to both the interior and exterior of the Ravenswood Mansion built in 1825. Located in the center of the Smith family property purchased by the City of Brentwood, the Mansion and its surrounding buildings became the centerpiece of an extensive park improvements project for the community and citizens of Brentwood. The Mansion renovation project was a blending  of historical restoration and modern improvements to upgrade the building  to function as a place of entertainment and viewing, meet necessary Code and ADA requirements and to maintain and capture the beauty and antiquity of a Nineteenth Century mansion in its original setting.

The designers and contractors that worked on the project placed a strong emphasis on maintaining the historical fabric of the original Mansion and grounds. Every effort was used to restore items using materials from the Mansion building and using new materials that matched those from the time period. From utilizing the existing brick and stone to the restoration of wood trim and wood plank flooring, the contractors were very careful to recreate the historical accuracy of the original Mansion, while still being able to provide new electrical systems, heating and cooling systems and ADA compliant toilet rooms that allow the Mansion to be utilized as a gathering place and community activity area.

Tennessee Governors Residence

Tennessee Governor's Residence

This was an exciting project for PBG since it involved the restoration of the existing Governor’s Residence. The work included major repairs and improvements to the infrastructure. We also updated antiquated mechanical and electrical systems, which placed many pieces of Tennessee art and 18th century furnishings at risk. In addition, the facility is being brought into compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulation, since it was currently inaccessible to those with disabilities.

We hand excavated approximately 400 cubic yards of earth to make space for the new mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. The exterior masonry was cleaned and repaired to restored their original appearance and integrity. All windows were either restored or completely rebuilt to match originals. Interior finishes are being reworked, with special attention to maintaining the historical value of the building.

PBG Builders was chosen to complete the restoration and preservation of the Tennessee Governor's Residence through the state’s new Quality in Construction qualifications-based selection process, where price is a factor, but not the primary selection criteria. All renovations were conducted in accordance with LEED Gold standards.


“It’s been a pleasure working with PBG on the restorations to the Tennessee Residence.  They are always on top of things and it makes the project run smoothly.”

Johnnie Ray, Hart Freeland Roberts, Inc.


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