Music City Center Complex, Nashville TN

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Larry Atema, President and CEO, and Commonwealth Development Group served as Senior Project and Development Manager and Owner’s Representative for the Music City Center Complex, Nashville’s new convention center complex and the City’s largest ever capital project.

Music City Center Complex – Features and Facts:

  • Convention Center – 2.1 million square feet on a 19-acre site
  • Omni Nashville Hotel – 800 rooms
  • Country Music Hall of Fame – 300,000 square-foot expansion
  • Korean Veterans Boulevard – Extended from 4th Avenue to 8th Avenue, with interconnecting roundabout.
  • Power substation – Relocated a substation that powers a significant portion of downtown. Features urban building design and underground cables.
  • Downtown utilities upgrade – Relocated and enhanced downtown utility network with over 40 miles of pipe for water, sewer, gas, electric, storm water, communications, steam, and chilled water.
  • 5th Avenue Pedestrian Way and Street – implemented and constructed innovative pedestrian way/street from Korean Veterans Boulevard to Broadway.
  • Strategic Master Planning – South of Broadway, including flood mitigation study and comprehensive long range urban planning to accommodate future downtown Nashville growth.

    Total investment in Music City Center Complex – over $1 billion in public and private funds.

Music City Center – Convention Center:

Set on a 19-acre site that features a 65-foot grade change from downtown 8th Avenue to 5th Avenue, construction of the Music City Center posed unique challenges – not the least of which has been coordination of relocating multiple utilities, and necessitating street closures in a heavily trafficked urban area. A 36-month construction schedule for the 2.1 million square foot building added to the challenge, as did coordination of efforts between 40 consulting teams and 400 subcontractors.

Special Programs and Features:

  • The building features a 350,000 square foot exhibit hall, a 57,000 square foot ballroom, and parking for 1,800 cars. The project was on track to receive LEED Silver Certification, with environmentally sustainable features including a four-acre green roof, LED lights throughout the building, and a 200 kilowatt solar panel system on the MCC’s signature guitar-shaped roof. A 360,000-gallon rainwater collection tank stores runoff from the roof, which will be used to flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.
  • 30%, or $130,000,000 of all work on the project performed by small, minority, and worker-owned businesses.
  • Insurance for the project was covered by an extensive owner-controlled insurance program (OCIP).
  • Over two acres of landscaped plazas and green space encircles the Music City Center.
  • Design and purchase of over 65 major pieces of original artwork.
  • Completed in April, 2013, the $600 million project was finished before scheduled and under budget, as well.

Owner: The Convention Center Authority of Nashville and Davidson County

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For Further Information:

Larry A. Atema,
President & CEO

Kathy L. Coggin,
Executive Vice President

Phone: 615.628.8700