With construction nearly complete, the Music City Center is on track to be very “green”.
When the Metro Council approved the building, they wanted to make sure it was environmentally sustainable, which is no small feat for a building of its size.
“Mayor Karl Dean pushed to make Nashville the leading southeast city for green initiatives,” said Patrick Holcombe, the manager of construction.
From top to bottom, the 2.1 million square foot Music City Center has made those initiatives top priority, starting with the massive four acres of green space on the roof.
“It reduces the heat island effect in downtown Nashville and it insulates the building,” said Ellis Putnam, Vice President of Operations.
“It also creates the water run off we want to go into the 360,000 gallon tank that we reuse and reclaim that water, for watering this plant material, watering the plants around the exterior of the building, for the urinals and the toilets,” she explained.
The roof's surface is also white.
“Instead of having a black roof like you see on a lot of roofs, especially older buildings, people are going more toward the white roofs,” Putnam said.
“It reduces our cost on heating and cooling a building because it's maintaining a temperature underneath the surface here,” she continued.
The Music City Center's roof is also outfitted with 845 solar panels which power the building's HVAC fans.
Inside the building, 30% of all the lights are LED and ENERGY efficient.
A lot of other material used in the construction, like plants and glues, are low-carbon emitting.
“We've reduced the number of those toxins in the building so for the end user, it's a much better experience,” Holcombe said.
Builders also plan to recycle 80% of the Music City Center's construction waste.
Once complete, the center will be only one of 18 LEED certified convention centers in the country, which means that it meets the most recognized international standard for green buildings.
The grand opening celebration is set for May 18 and 19.