$598M Music City Center Earns LEED Gold
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
The 1.2 million-square-foot facility boasts a 20 percent lower energy consumption than conventionally designed facilities of similar size thanks to a variety of green features, among them an 845-panel, 211-kilowatt solar array, high-efficiency HVAC system and energy-conserving LED lighting equipped with occupancy and photo sensors and dimmable ballasts. One of the most striking green features of Music City Center is the four-acre green roof that helps reduce the heat island effect as well as the center’s energy consumption by insulating the facility. It also provides a natural habitat for plants, insects and wildlife in the urban core of Nashville. At 175,000 square feet, the green roof is the Southeast’s largest. A water management system comprised of, among other features, low-flow fixtures, rainwater irrigation and a 360,000-gallon rainwater harvest and recycling system reduces the center’s water consumption by 40 percent. Other green features include using low-emitting VOC materials, 90 percent recycled glass, locally sourced building supplies and diverting at least half of the waste towards recycling. The project is also a brownfield redevelopment.
The sustainable development is the result of a collaboration between Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck-Hinton Architects and Moody Nolan, Inc. and the construction team composed of Clark Construction, Bell & Associates Construction and Harmony Construction Group. In addition, 130 local, small and/or disadvantaged businesses were involved in building Music City Center. A total of 7,800 workers were employed on the site.
Since opening in May 2013, Music City Center has hosted over 250 events with an economic impact of $125 million and has spurred over $1 billion in new developments in the SoBro neighborhood.
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