A giant convention center is the last structure to come to mind when thinking about green building. But if you’ve been to Nashville, TN (aka Music City, USA), you know that the norms rarely ever affect the city’s paradigm. The current Nashville Convention Center is an antiquated structure that in many ways has outlived its usefulness. Enter the new Music City Center. Nashville’s new convention center is slated to open in early 2013 and will be located just a few blocks from the current one, but the new convention center will feature a vast array of improvements — many of them making for a greener locale. While the new Music City Center is still under construction, it will include some epic eco-friendly features, such as:
- LEED Silver certification;
- a giant, 175,000-square-foot green roof, designed to mimic the rolling Tennessee hills;
- a 360,000-gallon rainwater collection tank that will store enough rainwater from the roof to irrigate the outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building;
- 50 available spaces for employees’ bicycle storage needs (a not-so-subtle endorsement for bicycle commuting); and
- 10% of all construction materials will be sourced regionally (from within roughly a 500-mile radius of Nashville).