Clayton builds $14M training lodge, donates old structures for safe houses

5/1/2017

Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway homebuilding company, is constructing a $14 million training lodge at its corporate headquarters in Maryville.

The three-story, log cabin-style lodge will replace the old lodge currently on the company’s campus.

“This is part of improving the team member experience throughout Clayton,” said Chris Martin, a spokesman for Clayton. “It represents an investment the company is making in its team for years to come.”

Clayton is working with a Dayton nonprofit called Blazing Hope Ranch to repurpose some of its old structures. The organization aids survivors of human trafficking and will use some of the old buildings on the lodge site to house survivors.

The lodge will include cabins and amenities for off-site team members to stay in when they visit Maryville for training, retreats or conferences.

Clayton has made several site improvements to engage their employees, including a wellness center, a cafe and a disc golf course.

“We have several other projects in the works to make sure our team members have a great place to work,” CEO Kevin Clayton said.

Clayton estimates the new building will be complete in June 2018.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, by Brittany Crocker

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