Cracker Barrel – California

Congratulations to our Nashville Division and the team of Kathy H. (Project Manager), Steve E. (Superintendent) and Bruce W. (Area Supervisor) for completion of Cracker Barrel’s first project in the state of California.

This 10,000 SF restaurant, located in Victorville, is scheduled to open on February 5, 2018.  This is Cracker Barrel’s 649TH store in 45 states across the nation. 

Our Nashville Division is expecting plans on seven more Cracker Barrel stores in California, all scheduled to bid in early 2018.



Keith S. – Zoe’s 2017 MVP Award Recipient

Congratulations to our very own Keith S. for all of his hard work with Zoe’s.  As with any client, Keith goes over and beyond to provide Zoe’s with the very best service.

 Keith attended Zoe’s 2017 Vendor’s Conference in South Beach, Miami and was presented with their 2017 MVP Award! 

 It is people like Keith that make Venture the very best GC in the business.

Congratulations, Keith!

-submitted by Walt N./VP, Branch Manager – Venture/Memphis

Venture Completes Flagship Branch for FirstBank – Nashville

First Bank Nashville exterior
1817 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203

This job consisted of complete site and building construction of a new branch office for FirstBank.

The site was an old gas/service station in a downtown metro area.  There was very limited onsite storage and parking, so materials would have to be stored off site and brought on site only when ready to be installed.  We first had to over excavate the old fuel tank locations in order to provide properly compacted fill dirt.  Due to complications involving the water and sewer pipes, we worked with FirstBank, their engineers and the city to move the sewer connection, which required adding a sewer lift station and force main to the existing sewer tap.

The building consisted of a complete steel frame structure and metal stud framed walls with a vapor mitigation system installed under the building slab due to the fact the building is sitting over the top of the old gas station with possible contamination in the soil.  We engineered the connection methods for the 6” thick granite and 4 ½” thick limestone that the exterior façade consisted of.  The windows consisted of an aluminum curtain wall system, and all of the interior drywall had to be finished to a level 5 finish.  The millwork and wood trim was all custom built on site.  Many of the light fixtures were custom fixtures that required unique methods to install.  We had to work closely with FirstBank’s security personnel to install all of their security measures, ATM and drive thru systems. The History Wall–shown above–that we installed behind the teller area is a mural supplied by FirstBank containing a collage of photos of the local history and of FirstBank.

This job had many challenges, including a very limited space in a downtown area, soil remediation, many unique interior finishes and a marble and granite façade. Venture and FirstBank worked together very closely to overcome these challenges to provide a unique bank branch and corporate office space.