The Wilmot team analyzed the Let’s Move Nashville Transit Improvement Program in a triple bottom line framework by performing an economic impact analysis and evaluating a number of community transportation benefits against the program’s capital costs. The team analyzed the impact that transit improvements would have on population and demographics, accessibility and mobility, health, safety, air quality and emissions, and economic development.
Nashville Airport Authority
In 2016, Wilmot joined the Metro Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Sustainability team to complete a Sustainability Plan Update. Current Waste Management practices at the airport were evaluated using a 2012 MNAA sustainability study as a baseline. Wilmot found that BNA had nearly doubled their recycling rate from 2012 to 2016 and used these findings to provide recommendations for further improvement. Additionally, Wilmot applied local knowledge to identify partnerships and sustainability strategies through state and local funding sources.
Music City Solar
With familiarity of the local solar energy sector, The Wilmot team was selected to guide Nashville Electric Service through the TVA Distributed Solar Solutions application process. The Music City Solar project would allow for Davidson County rate payers to support and benefit from clean, renewable energy. After the application’s approval, Wilmot was asked to guide NES through planning the development of the solar farm and the associated financial and community solar business models.
Clean Water Nashville
Wilmot has worked alongside Metro Water Services to eliminate the flow of sewage into the Cumberland River, through the implementation of the Clean Water Nashville Project, a conglomeration of over 70 projects that began in 2012. Through green infrastructure measures that include Low Impact Development, the Wilmot team created sustainability targets for each project that private developers could be expected to follow moving forward. Wilmot also developed a program for the profitable recycling and reuse of project waste materials, and conducted site inspections to ensure their accordance with the established standards.
Community Health Systems
Wilmot’s experience in renewable technologies aided in determining the most favorable sites for solar panels on four Community Health Systems properties. The Wilmot team conducted an analysis that included system production, siting, and financing concerns.
Centennial Park Master Plan
In 2008, the Centennial Park Master Plan was created by Mayor Karl Dean to revitalize the park and showcase culture, art, and history, alongside a beautifully and sustainably designed horticultural landscape. To encourage and incorporate community collaboration, Wilmot was tasked with developing and conducting surveys, public meetings, data collection, survey analysis, and presentations to inform the design team and Committee on the desires of Davidson County residents.
Lakewood Triple Bottom Line Study
The Wilmot team conducted a triple bottom line analysis of an infrastructure renewal project for a stormwater system in Lakewood, TN that quantified its social, environmental, and economic impacts. The $13.9M infrastructure improvements were calculated to introduce $27.1M in economic activity, 159 community jobs, and support small business in Davidson County. The improvements enhanced efficiency in the system and were projected to be of great benefit to public health.
Central Waste Water Treatment Plan
With the goal of improving water treatment capacity while limiting the construction of new tankage, the Wilmot team designed a sustainability plan that incorporated public parks, a greenway, green-infrastructure, and solar power. Wilmot engineers implemented these designs and tracked the resulting efficiency improvements. These developments will not only save Metro Water Services money, they will also enhance community mobility and livability in Nashville neighborhoods.
TIGER Grant Benefit Cost Analysis
To demonstrate the offset of construction costs for the Nashville 440 Greenway trail, Wilmot conducted a benefit cost analysis study that monetized benefits to health, mobility, equity, safety, and more, resulting from the implementation of the greenway, finding the benefit:cost ratio to be 7.7:1. This analysis was submitted as part of a DOT TIGER Grant application and subsequently received TIGER’s highest rating in the review process.
Metro Water Energy Management
Nashville Metro Water Services created an Energy Management Program in 2012 to expand upon energy efficiency and savings gains made in years prior. Wilmot assisted in the planning and development of infrastructure upgrades, including a fine bubble aeration system and combined heat and power engine to generate electricity. These upgrades were projected to achieve over $2,000,000 in energy savings.
Brick Church Equalization Facility
As part of increased sustainability requirements by Metro Water Services, the Wilmot team was chosen to address design and efficiency concerns of a new equalization tank and pump station. Wilmot successfully diverted large volumes of excavated material to be reused onsite, saving MWS money and reducing associated transportation pollution. Numerous other innovative, low impact development strategies were applied to the project, including green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff, use of native/non-invasive plants, and the ability to locate a public park on the site in the future.
West Park Equalization Basin
The Wilmot team designed and tested plans for the West Park equalization tank, the first project to be completed in accordance with Clean Water Nashville requirements. The final plans produced by Wilmot allowed for the provisions of solar ready design, reforestation, rainwater collection, bio-swales, vegetated buffers, and 100% management of site storm water
Music City Center
With the Nashville ordinance requiring all Metro buildings to attain LEED Silver Status, the construction of the Music City Center called for exceptional consulting experience in sustainable large-scale construction. Representing the contractor and owner throughout the three-year project, Wilmot helped both contractor and owner attain LEED points and identify green building opportunities for the project. With attention to detail, and incorporating many efficiencies, the project was certified LEED Gold.
In the construction of LP Field, Wilmot created a C&D debris reuse, recycling and disposal program from scratch that impacted all 850 members of the on-site crew. Wilmot saved the project approximately $500,000 through efficient waste-handling methods and managed a $1 million-dollar waste stream.
Facing a unique public-private partnership to develop market rate housing city-owned land and a city mandate to achieve LEED Silver certification, SWH Residential hired Wilmot Inc to lead the green building effort at Terra House, a mixed-use project in Nashville's Rolling Mill Hill area.
Housing units were modeled and designed to save residents at least 20% on their monthly energy and water bills compared to conventional construction. Commercial spaces will be leased to local retailers to attract neighbors either walking or driving to the location. Wilmot recommended several high performance solutions including high efficiency lighting and a “green screen” on the garage façade. Terra House returned some of its development footprint for community green space. Lastly, Wilmot encouraged design elements and a marketing effort targeting the livability concerns of both families with young children and the Baby Boomer “renter by choice” market. Terra House achieved LEED Gold Certification in 2016 at no additional cost over the LEED Silver budget.
Fort Campbell Army Base
The Wilmot team transformed Fort Campbell’s single waste stream into a sustainable, profitable, and effective recycling program by locating markets for materials, designing custom recommendations and protocols, and creating an 80-page Contractor Training Program that teaches contractors how to profit from construction debris.
Lipscomb University School of Nursing
Background Lipscomb University’s School of Nursing is its latest example of local leadership in sustainable design and construction. As part of a multiple-building master plan, the School of Nursing is pre-plumbed and pre-wired to use a district ground source heat pump refrigerant loop being developed below the building cluster. When all buildings in the cluster are constructed they will begin using the district loop.
Results Wilmot was hired to provide both Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning to satisfy LEED prerequisites and credits and ensure proper operation of the building’s energy systems. Commissioning, the process of insuring equipment is installed and operates as designed, is a LEED requirement, but is a valuable step for any building. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has repeatedly documented the value of commissioning and retro-commissioning for improved building performance and rapid financial payback.
Chattanooga Housing Authority
Background Chattanooga Housing Authority initiated two LEED for Homes projects to replace dilapidated multi-family housing. The first project received 50% of its funding as an incentive grant to pursue Platinum certification. The second was developed by a for-profit affordable housing developer/operator with no incentive funding. Wilmot Inc.’s competitively priced proposal was chosen to facilitate achievement of basic LEED certification of this second project, Maple Hills Apartments.
Results Wilmot led an integrated project team through a design charrette, showing that LEED Silver was within easy reach. Wilmot was later asked to identify measures to reach Gold certification, all of which was achieved with less funding than budgeted. Wilmot’s most critical contribution was the discovery of critical design flaws that would have caused premature equipment failure, wasted energy, and negative impacts on resident health. Correction of the error not only prevented ongoing equipment performance issues and complaints, it also saved the project 80% of Wilmot’s fee in the form of reduced construction costs, not counting millions of kilowatts and equipment repairs saved over the life of the buildings.
5th & Main
As the sustainability expert on the project team, Wilmot was responsible for ensuring the sustainable construction of the condo in accordance with LEED standards as well as designing the project’s residential recycling program. Consequently, 5th & Main became one of Nashville’s first registered LEED high-rise living developments.
Habitat for Humanity
Background Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville’s mission is to provide quality, affordable homes. One way Habitat achieves this mission is by using the LEED for Homes certification to provide healthy, durable homes with lower utility bills. Wilmot Inc was select to help reach higher levels of energy efficiency and LEED certification.
Results Wilmot’s team initially identified 11 LEED points that were not being claimed, facilitated Habitat’s early adoption of ENERGY STAR version 3.0, and made recommendations resulting in an additional 10% energy savings over the prior year's LEED homes (with the additional measures having a 7-year simple payback). Wilmot returned a Silver certification in record time to qualify Habitat for a Spring 2012 grant-funding deadline.
Wilmot was specifically hired to help the affiliate achieve Gold certification at minimal cost and to lead the development of the “next generation” of all-electric homes: those consuming 50% less energy than the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code requirement, without the use of photovoltaic panels. To this end, the Wilmot-led team has identified another 7 LEED points, available at no additional cost, to achieve Gold, and is writing a grant to pursue Passive House energy efficiency levels.
Highland Heights School
Background Built in the 1930’s, the historic Highland Heights School had fallen into disrepair. The school, current home of KIPP Academy, is undergoing a renovation that will result in a high performing, healthy learning environment, giving over 1,000 Nashville students the opportunity to attend a green school.
Results Wilmot was selected to help the General and Mechanical contractors achieve LEED Silver certification. Notable features include a geothermal heating and cooling system and natural daylight. Other LEED requirements include no VOC materials, high acoustic performance, and stringent mold prevention strategies. When complete the building will act as a teaching tool to instruct students on the benefits of high performance building. Additionally, it will reduce operating costs for the Metro Schools system.
Harpeth Square Apartments
Background In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development issued a long-awaited incentive program to encourage developers to incorporate energy efficiency and other sustainable measures in their projects. HUD now offers a 40 basis point reduction on their monthly Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) to owners who commit to a high standard of efficiency and green building certification. Harpeth Associates hired Wilmot to lead their effort to qualify, while simultaneously earning their first LEED certification.
Results Wilmot led the design team and consultants to achieve an estimated Energy Star score (SEDI) in the 79th percentile of energy efficient buildings nationwide. The building upgrades required to achieve this threshold are estimated at $600,000 while the owner will save an estimated $6,000,000 over the next 40 years. On a present value basis (5%) this amounts to $2.6M in today’s dollars, a 330% return on investment. Wilmot further led the team to choose between multiple green building programs to achieve the MIP savings with the owner eventually choosing LEED Gold to convey their commitment to their expected clientele.
Davidson Branch Equalization Tank
Wilmot worked alongside Metro Water Services to ensure the construction of the Davidson Branch equalization tank would be sustainably constructed using the Envision Rating System. The team focused on cost savings through waste management and maximized opportunities for community involvement throughout the planning process.
Al Gore Residence
The Wilmot team took on the challenge of retrofitting Al Gore’s Nashville residence, a large home built in the 1920s. The improvements to the home resulted in a 50% energy reduction beyond current building codes, becoming the first LEED for Homes Retrofit in the US. The Gore residence achieved LEED Gold and was EarthCraft certified through the Southface Energy Institute.
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
The Wilmot team designed, tested, and implemented a large-scale C&D debris-recycling program for the project, resulting in significantly improved efficiency and savings. Wilmot’s successful intervention measures helped make the David L. Lawrence Center the first convention center in the world to attain a Gold LEED rating.
U.S. Armed Services
Balfour Beatty contacted Wilmot when they realized they had no reliable energy use data for the hundreds of U.S. military facilities they managed. Through the Wilmot team’s engineering knowledge, they conducted an analysis of energy usage and opportunities for improvement in the reporting process. This analysis resulted in significantly improved reporting when Balfour Beatty faced an ISO audit shortly thereafter.
1420 Shelby Avenue
The Wilmot team facilitated multiple LEED Platinum certifications for Shelby Ave homes that had been restricted by stormwater and public easements. Focusing on sustainability while keeping appearance in mind, the team maximized efficiency through insulation and durable, locally sourced materials.
Metro Water Services Solar
By taking an inventory of MWS facilities and evaluating them for energy use and renewable energy savings potential, the Wilmot Team provided MWS with a concrete action plan that incorporates costs and benefits of different location and system options for onsite solar installations.
Old Dominion Freight Lines
Old Dominion, a leading U.S. logistics provider, chose Wilmot to analyze their energy usage and locate opportunities for optimization and efficiency across their nationwide portfolio of distribution centers. The Wilmot team constructed a protocol to streamline energy management and reporting for the company. The team also successfully located opportunities for solar in nationwide locations.
Centennial Park SITES Certification
Wilmot worked with the design and construction team in the ecological restoration of Centennial Park, to focus on sourcing materials locally and reclaiming and recycling construction materials. With the sustainable restoration of Lake Watauga and Cockrill Spring in Centennial Park, Metro Nashville Parks was among the first 50 projects in the nation to achieve SITES certification.
Al Gore Office
When Al Gore was building out his Green Hills office, he wanted to set a high standard for a green office. Wilmot was chosen to work with the General Contractor to ensure that the project achieved LEED Platinum (Commercial Interiors).
The project team set a goal of 95% construction recycling, so Wilmot wrote a detailed plan for how to manage every anticipated material. Wilmot helped train the contracting team and on-site subcontractors to reach maximum recycling rates. Containers for each material type were put in the work area so that the contractors could separate the materials at the source. Acceptance was so high that when the on-site workers found a material that had not been accounted for, they created their own container for that material. In the end, the project achieved a remarkable 97% recycling rate, earning 3 LEED points. Along with recycled and regional materials, the office is equipped with state of the art technologies to control natural light and glare. All of these efforts led to a LEED Platinum certification, and the highest number of LEED points earned on a project at the time.
Advisory Board Company
The Advisory Board Company is a research, technology and consulting firm specializing in improving performance in healthcare and higher education. When they built out a new office in Nashville, they knew it needed to be a place that would be healthy and productive for employees, so they chose to pursue LEED CI certification.
Wilmot Inc. assisted General Contractor DWC in documenting compliance with LEED procedures. The project team excelled in selecting building materials that are regionally sourced, and have low toxins. These material selections, along with DWC’s construction practices, produced an office space that will have clean air and a healthy, productive environment for employees.
Columbia State Community College
Through staff and student interviews, Wilmot was able to identify campus leaders for a recycling assessment. Through this integrated analysis, over 75% of Columbia State’s material stream was found to be recyclable. This waste audit and analysis conducted by Wilmot was utilized to create an effective recycling program on campus.