Music City Center
Nashville’s new Music City Center will add to the area’s draw as a premier tourist destination. MCC is designed to be an architectural masterwork, complementing the city’s character and adding to its unique style. MCC is also one of the largest high performance LEED facilities in the country.
Facing growing demand for convention space, Metro Nashville began planning for a new 1.2M sq ft convention facility, that can accommodate 75% of the nation’s conventions. Nashville’s 2007 ordinance requires all new Metro buildings to attain LEED Silver or above. This exceptional project demonstrates how high performance building in large scale construction offers health benefits, client satisfaction, energy savings and a more comfortable building, not to mention cost savings.
Representing the contractor and owner throughout the 3-year project, Wilmot helped with LEED coordination and identified green building opportunities for the project. The new convention center incorporated 30% recycled content and used 27% of the resources from within a 500-mile radius. The project also recycled 80% of job site debris. Some of the many high performance features include a green roof, gray water collection, solar panels, abundant natural light and bio-retention rain gardens with permeable pavement on adjacent Korean Veteran’s Boulevard. The project was targeting LEED Silver certification. Thanks to the work of Wilmot and other team members, it achieved LEED Gold.
With over 2 million sq. ft. of convention space, MCC will have double the space available in Nashville’s current convention center. MCC sets a new standard for large-scale green construction. It’s hoped that the new convention center will help educate visitors from all over the world about green buildings and give them the opportunity to take those ideas home with them.