Architects: Heidi Hefferlin, Principal; Wilson Kessel, Designer; Jennfier Cole, Designer
Partners: P & C Construction, Inc
Photography: Sarah Dorio
Located on the edge of Chattanooga’s Southside, along the Dinner Train Rail Line, the Wheelhouse was once a Standard Oil vehicle repair shop, then a textile mill, then a printing company. It’s now a 30,000-square-foot creative village. We reused existing materials—including steel, brick and concrete—to create individual offices, a communal conference room, corridors and artist’s lofts. Tenants include local firms and creative agencies. It’s a model of a new way to work, with companies sharing space, services and projects. The Wheelhouse now has a waiting list of tenants, and it’s often cited as one of Chattanooga’s great success stories.