Fairfield Inn & Suites to rise eight floors, feature contemporary design
Dec 13, 2012 12:14 PM
The Pinnacle at Symphony Place has achieved Gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making the SoBro building the first LEED-certified skyscraper in the state. The $105 million, 29-story tower has LEED features including a one-acre vegetated roof terrace garden, a design that maximizes day-lighting, and a 50 percent reduction in irrigation water demand through native and adaptive plants and a water harvesting system.
“Receiving Gold LEED certification is the culmination of a key goal we had for this beautiful addition to Nashville’s skyline,” said Gerald Goldman, director of Canyon Capital Realty Advisors / Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds, the Los Angeles-based investment firm behind The Pinnacle at Symphony Place development. “Commercial tenants at The Pinnacle experience an indoor environment that is healthier for their employees and customers, and certainly healthier for the environment. We are all doing our part to be good environmental stewards and support Nashville’s goal to become the ‘Greenest City in the Southeast.’”
Mar 1, 2011 10:48 AM
Vanderbilt University Medical Center's clinic complex at 100 Oaks has attained LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). It's VUMC's first facility to achieve LEED Certification. From The Reporter:
“Sustainability is important to Vanderbilt University,” said VUMC’s Director of Facility Planning Cyril Stewart. “At One Hundred Oaks we saw the opportunity for a project that repurposed an existing building that had fallen into disuse to better serve our patients, create a high quality environment for our employees, and to continue to improve this great neighborhood,” he said.VUMC is now in the early stages of planning its second outpatient medical office development. The Cool Springs project could eventually reach 500,000 square feet in size and cost $200 million.
Oct 8, 2010 11:02 AM
Real estate attorney Bryan Echols takes issue with the view of a panelist at a recent Vanderbilt-hosted event that energy-efficient construction should be a matter for states to shove down local governments' throats — er, take the lead on.
[T]he mindset of the author follows a more frequently espoused theory these days; that this whole democracy thing is way too cumbersome, and if we don't force the people to adopt our enlightened positions, they will wander in the darkness. Essentially, the author was suggesting that local governments were too slow to adopt advanced positions.
Apr 5, 2010 8:25 AM
The Fourth Annual Green Building Survey shows support for green building practices among building professionals waning during the economic downturn. The report shows 92.3 percent of respondents say its worth the time and effort to build green - an overwhelming majority, to be sure, but down 4 percent from 2007. When it comes to LEED Certification, though, respondents have become more skeptical during the past few years. From Intercon:
The trend of seeking LEED certification has not weathered the storm quite as well. The 61.7% of professionals endorsing the pursuit of the rating from the United States Green Building Council is a significant drop from the 77.4% that the survey tallied in 2007 before the recession hit. The architecture community has been divided on the merits of the LEED system for some time now, with some claiming that it serves as a checklist of values that fails to promote a creative, evolving use of sustainability in the design process. On the other hand, it provides the industry with a publicly familiar way to ratify and display a greener mission to the populace.
Mar 23, 2010 10:30 AM
SSRCx - the commissioning arm of local architecture engineering firm Smith Seckman Reid - secured a contract with Crescent Resources to facilitate the LEED certification for seven office buildings totaling more than 1 million square-feet in Cool Springs. The project will conclude in the fourth quarter of this year.
Mar 12, 2010 9:55 AM
Southeastern waste collection giant Advanced Disposal announced it's acquired the assets of Excel Wastes, including a construction and materials recycling facility in the Nashville area. Advanced, which is trying to grow its Tennessee footprint, already serves parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. The company says acquiring the recycling facility will aid local businesses in garnering LEED certification. From the presser:
"With the acquisition of this C&D recycling facility, we will give our commercial customers the ability to bid on LEED certified projects because they know that they have a waste and recycling partner in Advanced Disposal helping them reach their goals of waste reduction and sustainability throughout their business," said Advanced Disposal's Mid-South Area President Gerald Greene. "We are committed to being good stewards to the environment and are pleased to be making this commitment to our newest market."
Mar 1, 2010 3:22 AM
Michael Hayes' C.B. Ragland Co. is overhauling the former Music City Mix Factory at the corner of Korean Veterans and Second Avenue. The company gutted the 80-year-old building last fall and has now contracted with Wieck Construction to finish the renovation and add a penthouse floor. Architect Manuel Zeitlin has redesigned the building into about 40,000 square feet of Class A office space. Construction is expected to take about four months and Ragland is shooting for LEED Gold certification.
Feb 23, 2010 8:24 AM
A pair of building projects handled by Vanderbilt and Gobbell Hays Partners have been awarded LEED credentials for their energy efficiency. The certification of Benson Hall, which houses the university's English and history departments, and a new library archive facility brings VU's LEED tally to 10.
Feb 19, 2010 10:37 AM
Quick: What contains about 11 tons of construction waste, is one-quarter recycled and comes with renewable-energy certificates? It's the first LEED gold-certified branch in Regions Bank's 16-state, 1,900-office network and it's on Lebanon Road in Hermitage. Helping bring together the project were CB Richard Ellis, R.C. Mathews, BDG Architects and Architectural Energy Corp.
Dec 8, 2009 7:42 AM