Airport authority to construct $10.4M geothermal cooling system

In a move expected to save the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority more than $430,000 annually on utility payments, the entity today broke ground on what it is billing as the largest geothermal lake plate cooling system in North America.  

Carrying a price tag of about $10.4 million, the sustainability project is expected to be completed in summer 2016, according to a release. The system will be located at the former 43-acre Hoover rock quarry east of Donelson Pike and Nashville International Airport (BNA).

Energy Systems Group, Smith Seckman Reid and Garver collaborated to design and engineer the system. Blakley Construction Services will utilize a design-build contracting method to construct it.

“This is a remarkable project for its scope, ingenuity and efficiency,” Rob Wigington (pictured), MNAA president and CEO, said in the release. “The Airport Authority is committed to making sustainability an integral part of our business model. Not because sustainability is easy — rather, it is often a complex process — but because the benefits to our airports, the region and our environment are overwhelmingly positive. This historic project will significantly reduce our electricity usage and potable water consumption, which will result in substantial annual utility savings. This is the very essence of sustainability.”

The system is expected to reduce electricity usage by 6,000 kilowatts of peak demand and result in annual savings of 1.3 million kilowatt-hours and 30 million gallons of potable water.  

Once finished, the system will take advantage of the cool temperature by circulating water through geothermal heat exchangers submerged in the quarry to the airport terminal’s central plant, providing cooling for the entire terminal. In addition to the geothermal system, the project will also allow for the use of the quarry water for landscape irrigation.

Oct 21, 2015 2:41 PM

Airport Authority names VP of communications, external affairs

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Oct 13, 2015 11:03 AM

Airport lands sushi eatery Hissho

Nashville International Airport officials announced today Hissho Sushi has opened, the 27th restaurant at the facility.

The opening of Hissho  — the name means “certain victory” in Japanese, according to the company’s website — follows Vino Volo having opened in June. Berry Field Bistro, a farm-to table and bakery concept, is scheduled to open at BNA this fall.

Operated by Bethesda, Maryland-based HMSHost, Hissho Sushi is located near the Concourse C food court. It serves appetizers, nigari, sashimi, maki rolls and specialty rolls. The restaurant’s bar serves sake, beer, spirits and wine.

“Hissho Sushi is our newest restaurant to open at BNA offering fresh, hand-rolled sushi as well as other delicious Japanese-style dishes,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said. “This is the new look of airport food, and we’re proud to offer such a diverse selection of dining options at BNA.”

Jul 9, 2015 1:15 PM

JetBlue returns to BNA

Airline to begin Boston, Fort Lauderdale service in 2016
Jun 23, 2015 9:40 AM

Airport announces nonstop flights to Atlantic City, Miami

Officials with Nashville International Airport (BNA) today announced Choice Aire will begin offering nonstop flights from Music City to Atlantic City and Miami beginning in May.

The flights to Atlantic City International Airport and Miami International Airport will take place five days a week, beginning May 21.

"We are pleased to welcome Choice Aire to Nashville and to announce new nonstop service to Atlantic City and additional nonstop service to Miami," Rob Wigington (pictured), Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said in a release. "Our aggressive and successful air service program continues to increase air service and deliver nonstop flights to new destinations, meeting the needs of our business and leisure travelers."

Mar 27, 2015 1:36 PM

Airport tops 11 million passengers in ’14

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority announced today that more than 11 million passengers were served at the Nashville International Airport in 2014.

In 2014, approximately 11,039,634 passengers traveled into and out of BNA, a 6.6 percent increase compared to the figure of the previous year.

This marks the first time during its 77-year history the airport has surpassed the 11 million passenger mark, according to a release.

“Nashville International Airport continues to ascend at a record-setting pace, reaching new heights each day, month and year,” MNAA President and CEO Rob Wigington said in the release. “This underscores Nashville’s thriving economy and vibrant tourism market making Music City the destination of choice for so many. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the new year and are excited to help Nashville and Middle Tennessee continue to soar.”

Jan 14, 2015 10:52 AM

'Continue laying the groundwork for international service'

BNA's Wigington targets key cities for future growth
Dec 29, 2014 7:00 AM

Southwest brings BNA daily non-stop service to Bay Area

Direct flights to Oakland to begin in 2015
Dec 17, 2014 11:10 AM

Airport adds free Wi-Fi

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials today announced that Nashville International Airport (BNA) passengers can now check email, post to social media and browse the Internet through the airport’s enhanced public Wi-Fi network.

The complimentary service is enabled by the airport’s longtime Wi-Fi provider, Boingo Wireless, using the company’s media platform to provide free Wi-Fi through advertising sponsorships. Nashville passengers can enjoy 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi access after watching an ad, completing a survey or downloading an app. The service will not cost the authority any extra expense.

“BNA continues to set monthly and yearly record passenger levels,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said in a release. “Our enhanced ad-supported Wi-Fi model makes it possible for us to offer high-quality free service while still investing in the network to ensure an outstanding connectivity experience.”

Los Angeles-based Boingo manages services at more than 75 airports. Founded in 2006, the company totaled revenues of $106.7 million in 2013.

Jun 3, 2014 1:25 PM

S&P lifts part of MNAA rating

Ratings group keeps airport operator's outlook at stable
May 16, 2014 2:54 PM