The Hardwick’s renovation has begun, right on the Rotary Trail

The Hardwick
Scaffolding’s up at The Hardwick. (Bayer Properties)

We were just asking ourselves the other day when construction would begin on The Hardwick. We’ve been writing about this old steel plant for two years now, and can’t wait to see its transformation. Good news: construction has now begun, and we can’t wait to see the results when the building’s finished in early 2024.

A little backstory on The Hardwick, ICYMI

The Hardwick on the Rotary Trail
Can’t wait to walk down the Rotary Trail one day and pop in to The Hardwick for a drink or a bite to eat. (Bayer Properties)

The Hardwick is a 111-year-old steel processing plant located on the eastern end of the Rotary Trail downtown, just across from the most colorful warehouse in town, which is home to the Good Dog Park & Bar

Location, location, location

Screen Shot 2018 03 27 at 6.03.00 AM The Hardwick's renovation has begun, right on the Rotary Trail
Screenshot of the Freshwater Land Trust interactive map of the Red Rock Trail System

The Hardwick’s located in a prime spot to serve as a community hub. It’s right on the ever-expanding Red Rock Trail System, which will eventually connect to Pepper Place

From The Hardwick, people will be able to walk or ride to trails, parks, bike lanes and sidewalks throughout Jefferson County. 

The multi-million dollar makeover—what to expect

The Hardwick
This street view of The Hardwick is gonna look sooo good. (Rendering / Williams Blackstock Architects)

Here’s some of what we can expect to see: 

  • 61,000 SF mixed-use community hub featuring office + restaurant space (including Nashville-based Epice)
  • Environmentally sustainable features, including:
    • Parking bioswale (this is a beautiful, vegetation-rich area that captures water runoff)
    • Indigenous plant life 
    • State-of-the-art low energy consumption HVAC 
    • Repurposed raw materials from the historic building
  • Unbeatable views of the downtown skyline
  • Access to downtown’s amenities

“What’s really unique about The Hardwick is we are giving second life to this former steel manufacturing plant and revamping it into some really dynamic office space along with ground-level restaurants and retail.

It’s going to tie into the Rotary Trail and become an anchor at the end of the block. It’s going to celebrate the history of this downtown area while turning it into a community asset.”

Brittany Foley, Principal, Williams Blackstock Architects

Meet the team behind The Hardwick’s renovation

The Pizitz now + then
The Pizitz now (l) and then (r). Times sure have changed. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Anticipated completion date is set for early 2024.

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Sharron Swain
Sharron Swain

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