LIS Joins Archer Western, Hoar Construction, MTI in Construction of the Finery 

Another shot of a wall being built for the garage.

LIS Joins Archer Western, Hoar Construction, MTI in Construction of the Finery 

LIS has subcontracted with Archer Western, Hoar Construction, and Middle Tennesse Infrastructure (MTI) on a new development located in Nashville, Tenn. The Finery is located in Wedgewood-Houston, which is described as “Nashville’s hub for creative commerce”. The development consists of a series of three buildings comprised of office lots, retail sites, and residential areas.  

Archer Western, the prime contractor on the project, contacted LIS in June of 2021. LIS began its involvement the following August along with other companies such as Hoar Construction and MTI. 

Chris Conrad, LIS Vice President, stated, “Working with established professionals such as Archer Western, MTI, and Hoar Construction elevates our skill and expertise in the construction industry.” 

As a sub to Archer Western, the LIS team has supplied horizontal and vertical Control for the project as well as quality control and quality assurance by providing as-built survey data to confirm the elevations and positions of the structure. LIS also performed construction staking and as-built surveys of the more critical areas such as the bioretention pond and baseline grid control. LIS continues to work closely with Archer Western to ensure that the project runs smoothly and that the requirements are met. 

In addition, LIS is currently working with both Hoar Construction and MTI to provide a construction layout of lines and grades to construct concrete foundations, retaining walls, and elevators for the office building located in the Finery, which is a vital asset to the rest of the project as it is the base at which the rest of the development will be built.  

A date of completion for the project has not been set at this time, however once open,  the development is sure to provide the community with a unique and beneficial experience. 

“This development will enhance the Wedgewood-Houston area. With office and retail space within walking distance of the new residential development and overall neighborhood, it will be a hub of activity and fit in with the creative vibe of the area,” commented Conrad.  

In the retail sector, there will be a 17,000 square-foot space which will include restaurants and retail stores. There will also be a hospitality plaza which will include public art for the Finery’s patrons. 

The residential area will provide a unique environment for its residents to reside in. There will be various activities such as a club-quality fitness center, a makerspace, a speakeasy lounge, and a sky lounge pool deck that overlooks downtown.  

The office building, entitled T3 for talent, technology, and timber, will pair a premium office space with mass timber construction. The design of the timber constructed building is to attract talent by using leading technology systems. The office has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and WELL Certified. There is also access to outdoor seating on every floor. 

Henry County Local Caleb Grissom Joins LIS as Executive Assistant

Henry County Local Caleb Grissom Joins LIS as Executive Assistant

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is excited to welcome Caleb Grissom to the new position of Executive Assistant. By incorporating his analytical, organizational, and communication skills, Grissom will join the administrative staff in their efforts to build the company and reach objectives. 

Grissom stated, “I am looking forward to learning new things about what goes on within LIS and the services we provide. I look forward to the many opportunities provided here.” 

In this role, Grissom will work directly with LIS President Patrick Smith, while using his strategic planning abilities to manage much of Smith’s day-to-day activities, including correspondence, scheduling, strategic planning, and research. He will help build the company and make improvements, while working with all members of the leadership team, professionals, field personnel, and support staff  

Smith commented, “I have deliberated over this position for some time. I felt like this position was going to require finding the right person. My wife and I were talking about the position as we drove by Caleb’s house one day and she said, here’s your assistant, and I immediately knew that he was the right person!”

Grissom is a Henry County native, having grown up in Whitlock. He is active in the community and takes great interest in the history of Henry County. So much so, he is currently compiling information for a book about the Whitlock area. 

He is a member, musician, and the church historian at the First Christian Church in Downtown Paris. In addition, Grissom is also a pianist at Bethesda United Methodist Church. He works at the Iron Place, a unique gift store located in Downtown Paris, on Saturdays. 

Prior to joining LIS, Grissom worked at Commercial Bank and Trust for more than 9 years, holding several positions including Teller, Call Center Agent, Bank Secrecy Act Assistant, and, most recently, Customer Service Specialist with Volunteer Lenders 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University (2019).  

LIS Monthly Staff Photo Competition – September 2022

Staff Photo Competition - September 2022

 The L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) Staff Photo Competition is a unique opportunity for staff members to share the interesting, behind the scenes aspects of their roles, while also getting creative! Our workforce is comprised of professional surveyors, field crews, professional engineers, and administrative personnel. Our field personnel travel throughout the Central and Southeast regions of the country, while our office staff commute to three separate office locations. Each staff member’s role is different. No two workdays are alike. 

In order to showcase the unique experiences of our staff, we challenged them to submit images that reflect their day in the workplace- wherever that may be. 

Each month, one photo is chosen as the winner. Additional photo(s) are also highlighted as honorable mentions. A grand prize winner will be selected at the end of the year. This month’s winning image and honorable mentions are featured below along with submission descriptions and the photographer’s name. Congratulations to all of our staff members for their incredible, creative images.

Submission Winner: Tanner Boley

Pictured above is John Snow on a morning boat ride to go stake out a barge tie up wall at the Smyrna Ready Mix Site.


Tanner currently serves as a Party Chief and is located at the Nashville office. 

Submission Winner: Blake Alexander

Blake captured this picture of Kyle Maxwell doing a survey of a creek on a 130 acre parcel in Mount Juliet, Tenn. 

Blake is a Survey Technician and has worked at LIS for six years.

Honorable Mentions: Caleb Grssom and Derek Claybrooks

The left photo, submitted by Caleb Grissom, shows Larry Smith and Drew Smith doing a survey at a new truck stop site. 

Derek Claybrooks (right picture) was at Century Farms in Antioch, Tenn. where LIS is assisting the Nashville Soccer Club for their new practice facility.

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