Nashville, TN – The Music City Center in Nashville was awarded LEED Gold certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The center, which opened in 2013, met all of the strict parameters for LEED certification even though the original plan was to aim a little lower and shoot for LEED Silver status.
“We are tremendously proud of this achievement,” said Marty Dickens, chair of Nashville’s Convention Center Authority. “Music City Center is proud to be part of the green building movement in Nashville.”
The center’s footprint covers about 1.2 million square feet (sf) and includes 350,000 sf of prime exhibit space, according to the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Centers (WTCC) report. The center is ranked 39th on the latest WTCC roster.
Business has been brisk since the grand opening in May 2013. More than 250 events have been held with more than 300,000 attendees.
Most of the green features of Music City Center likely went unnoticed by the crowds, including the rooftop rainwater collectors which augment the water supply that flows through the restrooms. The collectors, along with low-flush facilities and a 360,000 gallon storage tank, are part of an overall water-management system that has reduced anticipated water consumption by 40%.
The roof also features a four-acre garden, which features 14 different varieties of plants, which slow water runoff and help direct rainwater into storage. The green roof, the largest of its type in the Southeast, also helps cool and heat the building.
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