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  1. Soccer in Nashville

    I don't necessarily disagree with you on this, but I think that MLS francises having their own stadiums will go a long way in increasing populatiry and making MLS look More "big time". Sharing stadiums that are obviously the primary tenants gives MLS sort of a second rate feel, at least for me. Yes, there are professional franchises that share stadiums with college or other pro teams, but for a league that isn't extremely popular, I think anything to make the experience truly unique is needed.
  2. Soccer in Nashville

    Just my two cents... As a graduate of Memphis, I've been to campus once since I graduated and that was only to show my girlfriend. I've been back to Memphis for 4 football games since I've moved to San Antonio (3 years ago)...if Memphis had an on campus stadium, that would be 4 trips back to campus which would probably better direct my donations for things that I visually see need improving. I currently donate to the general scholarship fund (not to one of the programs from which I graduated). If Vandy isn't worried about alumni returning to campus or having say so on stadium operations, then full steam ahead, but I can tell you that I seriously think the UofM would be in a better place both financially and in regards to alumni participation if there were a reason for 35 to 50 thousand people to go to campus 7 times a year. Obviously Vandy is recognized by a majority of people for things not related to sports so it might not impact them in a way it would a public state school, but it's an option worth weighing. Typically, for state schools at least, when teams are playing well, donations and applications for admission go up. School pride goes up and for me, my wallet typically opens up. I'd probably better direct my donations if I knew of a specific academic department or college that needed money for an investment on improving their standing...that typically doesn't happen unless you return to campus, at least from what I've experienced. A major issue is who operates the stadium. There's nothing worse than being a special need tenant in a stadium where you don't have the final word on game day operations. Help me out, would Metro operate this stadium? Then again, I guess that all hinges on whether or not Nashville is selected and who the owners are.
  3. This is why local preservation ordinances are so important. In many cases, an owner must provide evidence to an economic hardship (can't sell the property over a specific period of time, can't develop an adaptive re-use project and and can't produce a reasonable rate of return on a redevelopment...all of those together, not an either or) in combination with the design of the new construction. After that comes specific demolition fees based on the square footage of the new construction. This more than usually requires a developer to preserve the historic structure. Codes written like that are written to make demolition nearly impossible. Has the State of Tennessee passed the state level tax credit for historic preservation? National Register properties here in Texas are eligible for both state and federal tax credits that often equal up to 40 to 50% of the rehabilitation cost. This often times makes it financially feasible to rehabilitate the structure rather than demolish.
  4. Marriott Tri-Brand, 21 Stories, 486 Rooms, $137 million

    Sorry for including the photo in the quote (especially for y'all viewing on your phones), but the profile of those windows looks terrible. I'm sure there will be a recess once the EIFS or stucco is applied, but that facade will look incredibly flat.
  5. Soccer in Nashville

    I typically would agree and could agree with this if it were a Retro Classic baseball stadium located in an industrial neighborhood, but a soccer specific stadium (especially at this location), IMO, doesn't need to be reserved or classic. Nothing about the idea of soccer in Tennessee (or the US) should relate to a "classic" design. It's more or less a "dropped form space idea". Architecture alone influences people's idea of a product and a bland, brick facade isn't going to spark additional attention to the stadium and eventually franchise. The fairgrounds provides a blank slate for a design; nothing needs to necessarily coexist or complement existing, historic structures in the design. Outside of budget, the design shouldn't be restricted to what exists in other parts of the city. It's hard to admit at times, but many people go to games not simply for the on field/court/ice talent, but the overall atmosphere/environment/venue. I don't like soccer at all, but best believe I attended a Portland Timbers game just to check out Providence Park.
  6. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I hear you on that (garage design is almost always an afterthought), but at a price of $20,000 - $30,000 per parking spot to build structured parking, most can't afford to do anything that looks better.
  7. Soccer in Nashville

    St. Louis', IMO opinion favors a soccer specific stadium that one might find in Europe; doesn't matter now, for them anyways. Regarding Tampa's, that design is straight from the book of "Let's turn this baseball stadium into a venue for a Tuesday afternoon bowl game in December." It just looks forced. I think one thing that is influencing our opinion of the proposal for Nashville is the sheer lack in quality of the renderings. A fine line is drawn from architects when trying to convey a certain amount of unknown or undecided information when developing presentation documents. You don't want show too much because that's not what's going to really be there, but show enough to get the point across. Often times this is what happens and it gives a bad idea of the proposed product. I personally wouldn't have put forward those rendered elevations that are straight from Revit with little attention paid to the scale of materials that are rendered, but that's getting nitpicky on things that typically only architects or those who are familiar with Revit want to notice/criticize.
  8. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    These are my usual go to lines since I live in Texas and am from Tennessee. Someone hit me back with the "And they were all running from something." which if you dig deep enough, it's sometimes true. Sidebar, but I met a man in his 70's originally from Mexico whose great grandfather ran from Hardeman County, TN to San Antonio and then eventually across the Rio Grande. Philip mentioned it above, but there are so many Tennesseans' names in the Alamo. My old roommate from college came to visit a few years back and I took him to the Alamo...before entering he was like "I wonder how many names of Tennessee counties are on the wall in there."
  9. Soccer in Nashville

    There's too much money involved in college and professional football for that to happen. No university that makes 30+ million a year from TV contract money is going to idly sit by and let that happen. The NFL divided 7.2 billion in revenue from tv contracts in 2015.
  10. Soccer in Nashville

    True, but given the amount of time this has been produced in, every aspect of the design will change in some form; however, typically things don't change for the better. I personally think in the coming months we'll see more refined design elements. I don't particularly care for the brick, though. Obviously, we should take what we see now with a huge grain of salt. Those straight from Revit elevations that were rendered in Revit shows the level of actual detail that was paid to the presentation documents (the "just get them out" documents).
  11. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    This is the case with many historic buildings in every city and they have preservation ordinances in place that developers constantly work within. Obviously every city has its vacant, historic structures that no one feasibly can restore and adaptively reuse, but in most cases (Nashville probably being one), the money will be/is spent by private developers for the rehab and adaptive reuse. Regarding bringing historic structures up to code, many cities also waive current fire and energy codes for historic structures; I'm not sure about Nashville, however.
  12. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    Goodness, someone tried their best to ruin this facade by installing that stupid picture window.
  13. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    They're also responsible for the William Snodgrass Tower (sorry, I had to).
  14. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Nah, we remember what happened last time two Preds went to a bar before a playoff game...
  15. Bridgestone HQ 30 stories - 460' | Retail.U/C

    I'm not sure, but probably a combination of things. There's probably a bit of lateral structural support to strengthen the connection of the steel members that make up the fins. They also look to maybe double as maintenance platforms.