Bridge Building lands top environmental ranking, architecture tenant

Historic East Bank structure now fully leased

Hasting Architecture Associates announced Tuesday afternoon that the company will establish its greenSTUDIO division within downtown’s The Bridge Building — a move that comes as the historic structure now boasts one of the world’s top honors in sustainability.

The building, which straddles the East Bank of the Cumberland River, has received a platinum score in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core and Shell category, which was also announced Tuesday. With the ranking, The Bridge Building becomes the world’s highest-rated building, of 4,467 structures, in that particular LEED category.

The 21,500-square-foot building is fully leased with the addition of greenSTUDIO. HAA’s division will share the space alongside the Southern Environmental Law Center and the nonprofit Cumberland River Compact.

“Hastings Architecture has deep roots in environmentally conscious design, so moving greenSTUDIO into this landmark building is a natural fit,” said David Powell, principal at the SoBro-based architecture firm.

Built in 1908, The Bridge Building was originally owned by the Nashville Bridge Company and often called the NABRICO Building. It was the most architecturally significant industrial facility to remain on the East Bank after the Tennessee Titans stadium, now LP Field, was built in the mid-1990s.

In 2011, Hastings Architecture handled renovation of the historic building as part of a riverfront redevelopment initiative that the office of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean now oversees with assistance from the Metro Development and Housing Agency and the Metro Parks Department. Approximately 60 percent of the original building was incorporated into the adaptive reuse.

“It is my hope that The Bridge Building will serve as a model for others building and renovating spaces in Nashville,” Dean said.

Before The Bridge Building earned its score, the structure with the highest ranking in the LEED category was the Dockside Building in Victoria, British Columbia.

“We collectively recognized the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the public realm as well as secure the building’s legacy on the Nashville skyline by setting a high-water mark for sustainability,” said David Bailey, Hastings Architecture principal.