As the Middle Tennessee’s first full-service hotel built in nearly a decade, the eight-story, 244-room Hilton Franklin Cool Springs offers a stylish lobby, contemporary guest rooms with Tubelite thermal entrance systems and floor-to-ceiling window wall, and one of the only roof-level patios in town.

The 163,500-square-foot property is a prototype for Hilton’s Southeastern full-service facilities and one of the largest hotels in the fast-growing Williamson County. Hilton Franklin Cool Springs includes an upscale restaurant and bar, 5,600 square feet of meeting space, a 1,300-square-foot club lounge with an outside seating area and a second-floor heated pool, creating a high-end, comfortable experience for business travelers.

Rabun Architects designed the prototype hotel with a modern aesthetic. The rectangular structure is crowned with a flying roof that remains open above the club lounge terrace. The building’s mass is defined and visually distributed with intention, contrasting solid precast concrete with transparent glazing. The aluminum-framed window wall system balances vertical orientation with clean, horizontal lines. At the street level, a cantilevered canopy covers the porte de’coche shading guests from the sun and protecting them from the weather.

Helping keep guests comfortable in Tennessee’s warm climate, Tubelite Thermal=Block®

TerraPorte Doors and 900RW Series Thermal Window Wall provide interior comfort and energy efficiency for this high-profile, high-end hotel. Window wall is ideal for between-slab “strip window” applications and TerraPorte Doors are well-suited for main or side entrances, and balcony and terrace doors.

The aluminum entrances and window wall framing members have poured-and-debridged ultra-thermal barriers. This thermal break separates and insulates the framing to reduce conduction, while meeting the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance’s AAMA standards for air, water, structural and condensation resistance. This window wall system design has been tested to deliver as low as 0.32 U-Factors for thermal performance. The doors also are verified for security, accessibility, egress and dependable operation with continuous use.

All the aluminum doors and framing systems for Hilton Franklin Cool Springs were finished by Linetec in a Light Seawolf Beige color. The 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating meets AAMA 2605 performance requirements, the most stringent industry standard. As an environmentally responsible finishing provider, Linetec uses a 100% air capture system and regenerative thermal oxidizer to safely destroy the VOCs in liquid paints’ solvents. By managing this in its quality-controlled facility, there is no adverse environmental impact at Linetec, on the jobsite or in the hotel. The finished aluminum doors and window systems require only basic care and cleaning to maintain the hotel’s desired impression.

Presenting consistent performance and a unified appearance, the window wall also was thermally broken and finished to match the doors’ paint color on the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs. Tubelite window wall and entrances are engineered for easy integration and installation, saving time, labor and associated costs.

Glazing contractor, McInerney and Associates, worked closely with Crain Construction to stay in budget and on schedule. “Since the hotel was a prototype with unique finishes, the design team was constantly modifying. Subcontractors did modeling and close coordination with the design team to expedite the shop drawing review process and allow materials to get to production quicker,” explained Crain Construction.

The jobsite was located within close proximity to occupied offices. This tight footprint required innovative and detailed scheduling including just-in-time delivery for most materials. With limited storage space, large shipments were staged off-site and delivered to the worksite during low traffic. The entire project was completed in three phases over 20 months. To minimize disruption to the area’s office tenants, construction crews worked early mornings, nights and weekends, while adhering to noise restrictions.

Crain Construction noted the project’s success was a collaborative effort with the “developer, the design team and subcontractors, to meet stringent requirements and build a full-service hotel for developer Chartwell Hospitality that now serves as a prototype for full-service Hilton hotels.”

Associated Builders and Contractors of Tennessee recognized the Hilton prototype and its team with an Excellence in Construction Award. In addition, the property and Chartwell Hospitality were honored with a Hilton Legacy Award for North America New Build of the Year. Hilton Franklin Cool Springs also earned AAA Four-Diamond status in 2019, an achievement that ranks the hotel among the top 6% of the more than 27,000 AAA-Inspected & Approved lodgings in North America.

The hotel is strategically positioned between two Class A office towers in Franklin’s Meridian Cool Springs Business District, a vibrant 60-acre mixed-use development. Nearby destinations include Historic Downtown Franklin, CoolSprings Galleria, the Charter House and Lotz House museums, and FirstBank Amphitheater presents concerts at Graystone Quarry. Approximately 20 miles from Nashville, Hilton Franklin Cool Springs is close enough to enjoy the city’s sights and sounds, while providing a productive workspace or relaxing retreat.

Hilton Franklin Cool Springs, 601 Corporate Centre Drive, Franklin, Tennessee 37067