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Music City Center - Convention Center

  • History: From:<br /><br />In 2004, Metro Nashville released a study recommending the construction of additional convention space, either through expansion of the existing Nashville Convention Center or development of a new downtown convention center.<br /><br />The Music City Center Committee was formed to study both possibilities, and in February 2006, presented a report demonstrating the best option would be to build a new convention center – one large enough to accommodate 75 percent of the nation’s convention and visitor market.<br /><br />The project gained momentum after Karl Dean was elected Mayor in September 2007. Dean announced, early in his tenure, one of his priorities was seeing the construction of a new downtown convention center come to fruition.<br /><br />Dean, with the support of the Music City Center Coalition, a broad coalition including business leaders, grassroots community activists, and many, many Nashville residents, presented the case to the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County.<br /><br />In January 2010, the Council overwhelmingly voted to approve construction of the Music City Center.<br /><br />The official groundbreaking for the Music City Center was held March 22, 2010, and the new building is slated to open in early 2013.

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    Construction Start: March 22, 2010

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    • The total land area of the site is 16 acres and features a 65-foot difference in elevation from the northwest corner of the site to the southeast corner
    • The Music City Center is working to achieve LEED Silver – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – status, and a prominent feature of this will be the four acre “rolling hills” green roof.
    • A 360,000 gallon rainwater collection tank will store rainwater from the roof which will then be used to irrigate outdoor landscaping and flush the hundreds of toilets in the building.

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