Historic Building Takes the LEED in Nashville
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
The Bridge Building, a historic Nashville structure, now holds the highest score in U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Core and Shell category with a record-breaking 99 points out of the maximum 110—a 90 percent score. Citing a press release, the Nashville Business Journal reported that both the renovated and the newly added-on part of The Bridge Building have earned the much-coveted Platinum rating, which it achieved by scoring maximum points in Energy & Atmosphere, Innovation and Regional Priority Credits and Sustainable Sites. Among its many green features, the Bridge boasts a geothermal heat pump system.
Located in downtown Nashville, on the Cumberland River’s east bank, The Bridge Building is part of Nashville’s New Riverfront Park Plan, which comprises 19 riverfront enhancement programs meant to reclaim and repurpose the city’s former industrial areas. Also known as NABRICO, due to its previous owner the Nashville Bridge Company, the property was built in 1908 as a 5,000-square-foot office building to be used as the company’s headquarters, according to energy.gov’s profile of the project, with two more additions in 1923 and 1965. Following the decline of river transportation on the Cumberland, the mid-90s brought the Tennessee Titans NFL franchise to the city which required a new stadium. With the LP Field set to be built in the riverfront area, by the time the decade was over the entire riverfront industrial area was razed, except the historic NABRICO building which was then included in the riverfront redevelopment plan, as an energy efficient project to be put back into use. Because of its strategic location at the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, a large part of the necessary funding for the Bridge’s redevelopment was covered by capital improvement funds, as well as by accessing an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Work on the project included bringing the original structures to modern safety and infrastructure standards, reconditioning original architectural features, such as a historically responsive façade renovation with associated roof, window and exterior door replacement systems, and the creation of amenities on the ground floor for the adjacent Adventure Play Park water park—such as a park office and concessions. Furthermore pedestrian connection was reestablished between the building and the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge conjunction via a vertical circulation system. New space was also added with the six-floor Bridge Building now clocking in at 21,500 square feet. The project was commissioned by the Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) and designed by Hasting Architecture Associates and its greenSTUDIO division.
The previous record-holder in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Core and Shell category was Dockside, a mixed-use building in Victoria, British Columbia which scored 94.5 points—an 86 percent score. The LEED Core and Shell standard is applied for structures where the asset’s owners control exterior and layout elements and mechanical systems, but not changes implemented by leaseholders.
Image courtesy of the Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency