Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the parent company of K-LOVE and Air1 radio, announced the closure of a land purchase, continuing a three-year phased relocation of its global headquarters to Berry Farms in Franklin, Tenn.
Construction on the 170,000-square-foot space is scheduled to begin on the 11-acre property in mid-2022. The campus’ six floors will include broadcast facilities, podcast and video production studios, and a worship center.
“Middle Tennessee is the hub for Christian musicians, publishers, filmmakers and industry professionals, making it a great place for us to call ‘home,’” said EMF CEO, Bill Reeves.
“It is incredibly important to us to be somewhere that shares our values,” Reeves explains. “We’re excited to bring our headquarters here. The content we’ll be broadcasting from this community will impact people across the U.S. and around the world.”
EMF first announced its decision to relocate to the Nashville area earlier this year.
“We’ve been fortunate to work with world-class organizations on this project so far,” said Reeves. “We have terrific partners at Boyle, the City of Franklin, Williamson County, Hastings Architecture, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, and Mark Williams and his team at Strategic Development Group.”
More than 100 EMF team members are now working in Franklin in temporary office space and studios while waiting for the new campus to be constructed. Approximately 500 employees are expected to be based out of the Berry Farms location in the future as EMF continues to grow and expand in faith-focused radio, films, publishing, podcasting and more.
“We are thrilled Educational Media Foundation has chosen Berry Farms as the home of its global headquarters,” said Phil Fawcett, managing partner of Boyle.
“EMF is a leader in the Christian entertainment industry with an emphasis on serving its audiences and employees. Their goals align well with Boyle’s mission to be strategic in serving and transforming our community and establishing long-term value by building lasting relationships and quality developments.
“Berry Farms was designed to create a new, classic way of working in a vibrant, modern community, and EMF is an excellent addition to Berry Farms and the culture of Williamson County.”
Berry Farms combines state-of-the-art office space with the small-town feel of a walkable community with pedestrian-friendly streets which connect to paths and greenways. In addition, Berry Farms is rich in amenities for the working community, including park space, restaurants, retail shops and services, meeting spaces, and fitness offerings, as well as multiple hotels for out-of-town guests, employees, and corporate functions.
EMF will join more than 40 other corporate, retail, restaurant and service tenants. The 600-acre Berry Farms community is also home to Lee Company, Aetna, Ramsey Solutions, Trexis Insurance, Crestmark and Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, among others, who occupy over 1 million square feet of office space.