A small-world connection helped spark a relationship that eventually led to a portfolio of work for Crain Construction.

Lizabeth Theiss, Crain Construction’s vice president of business development, met an owner rep for Loden iVision Centers. Over the course of several conversations, they discovered they had something in common. They both attended Texas A&M. So, he connected Theiss with his client.

A few years later with the relationship established, Loden iVision Centers set its sights on expanding in middle Tennessee with a world-class vision center and two new clinics. Loden iVision had a comfort level with Crain Construction and enlisted the general contractor to build them.

“The Aggies connection was common ground and helped build a comfort level that eventually led to discussions with Loden about their expansion plans,” said Theiss. “When pitching for the business we introduced them to architect David Johnson with STG Design, bringing another Texas connection. The client had a good comfort level knowing the architecture firm was based in Austin with offices in Nashville.  And, then we developed the relationship by doing good work.”

The first project was building a 44,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and medical facility for Loden iVision Centers. Located on Rivergate Parkway in Goodlettsville, the new corporate headquarters united 115 employees in one location. It also brought new optical services to the area north of Nashville and established a new brand look for Loden iVision Centers.

Crain Construction tapped industry veteran Chad Thomas to manage the project and nurture the relationship between the two companies. A great communicator, Thomas knows how to drive a project while looking out for the client’s best interests.

“The facility is extremely electrical heavy, with at least eight outlets per office, building automation system controls, and the LASIK suite is on its own service,” said Thomas. “But, we finished two months early so the clinic and headquarters opened before Christmas.”

The two-story building houses an ophthalmology clinic, a LASIK suite, an optical dispensary and other services with state-of-the art equipment on the main floor. Corporate offices, a break room and two tenant spaces are located on the second floor.

An additional land parcel on the site is earmarked for a two-story, 20,000-square-foot office and retail building.

“Throughout the process, we found Crain easy to work with and they had good rapport with the City of Goodlettsville and Metro Nashville, resulting in an efficient permitting process,” said James C. Loden, MD, president of Loden iVision Centers. “We’re so confident in the product provided by Crain Construction that we awarded two more projects to the company.”

Before the grand opening ribbon was cut on the new Loden iVision Centers corporate headquarters, Crain was breaking ground for two new Loden iVision clinics in Smyrna and Gallatin and renovating an existing clinic in Green Hills and a newly acquired eye clinic in Hermitage.

The new 11,000-square-foot clinic at 101 Movie Drive in Smyrna is being constructed between two existing retail businesses. The new Gallatin vision center at 1198 Nashville Pike is 9,000 square feet.

According to Thomas, both facilities are one story and are expected to be completed by June, giving the growing Loden iVision Centers nine locations this summer.

“We got things done the right way and kept Loden’s best interests in mind throughout the construction of its corporate headquarters,” said Thomas. “That is our goal with all client projects and the mindset that aids us in developing longstanding relationships and repeat customers.”

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