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Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee by tvsdesign

August 25th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: tvsdesign

An all-new landmark in Music City’s iconic downtown will open its doors May 19. At 1.2 million square feet of convention center area, Music City Center will give Nashville a bigger stage to host larger conventions and meetings and, ultimately, to make a greater impact on the economy of the city and state.

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  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Project: Music City Center
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Client: Nashville Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency
  • Project area: 1,200,000 sf
  • Project features: 370,000 sf exhibit halls, 60,000 sf ballrooms, 120,000 sf meeting rooms
  • Associated architects: Tuck Hinton Architects, Moody Nolan, Inc.
  • Project Opens: 2013
  • Services provided: Architectural and interior design services
  • Dates: 2009 – 2013
  • Team Members: Robert Svedberg, Robert Bielamowicz


  • Initial budget: $415,000,000
  • Final budget: $585,000,000

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Collaboration among architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck-Hinton and Moody Nolan, the construction team of Bell/Clark/Harmonyand the Nashville mayor’s office led to design cues that incorporate iconic scenes and sounds from Nashville and the state.

“There is a lot of love, care, heart and soul that have gone into this project from all three firms, the construction team and the mayor,” said Andy McLean with tvsdesign, one of the project’s principal architects. “We all wanted to create a landmark that would not only make Nashville proud but also reflect the unique culture of the area.”

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That culture can be found inside and out at Music City Center. The $585 million facility’s undulating roof represents the rolling hills of Tennessee and the sound waves that can be overheard by musicians playing in clubs on Broadway,at the Grand Ole Opry or Schermerhorn Center. The wood and curves around the complex draw inspiration from beautifully crafted instruments like guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and pianos. In fact, the ballroom gives guests the feeling of sitting inside an acoustic guitar.(Images available upon request.)

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The design and construction incorporates features to benefit visitors and the environment, and Music City Center is seeking LEED Silver Certification. A 175,000-square-foot green roof will insulate the building and slow rain water runoff, which will be harvested in a 360,000-gallon tank to be reused for irrigation and other needs. Baffles in the ceiling will capture the south sun. And every effort has been made to design the building for ease of recycling.

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“We wanted to not only make this a landmark structure for Nashville, but we also wanted to show a deep respect for the Tennessee environment,” said Kevin Gordon with tvsdesign, another of the principal architects.

The roof was built using an innovative “clear span” structure, which does not require columns within the halls to support it. Learned through tvsdesign’s extensive convention center work in China, clear span technology creates large, unobstructed assembly halls, a sought-after feature in convention centers.

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tvsdesign is a leading designer of convention centers, having worked on three of the largest convention centers in China, which led to many of the innovations at Music City Center. The firm also has worked on four of the United States’ top five convention centers, and others, such as McCormick Place in Chicago, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Cobo Center in Detroit, the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh and The TEE Center in Augusta, Ga.

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tvsdesignalso created a custom carpet design inspired by the influence of music to make themeeting rooms, ballroomsand concourses as unique as Nashville. This carpet design may only be used by the Nashville convention center, which has the rights to it.

“You end up with an event space that is open and quite striking,” said Robert Svedberg, another principal architect with tvsdesign. “Those special details are what make this project really stand out, and we relate the large to the small, the human scale to the city streetscapes. There really isn’t anything else like it in either convention centers or hospitality.”

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The buildingspans sixlarge city blocks with a modern exterior glass curtain wall and limestone panels. In all, the new convention center has 60 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, 32loading docks and a garage for 1,800 vehicles.

Aside from meeting the needs for conventions and meetings, the center features several performance-enhanced extras to give a nod to the region’s burgeoning entertainment industry, including additional rigging and lighting, green rooms and exceptional acoustics.Those extras will be on display during Music City Center’s opening weekend, which includes concerts by Phil Vassar, Sheryl Crow, Fisk Jubilee Singers, MikkyEkko and The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill.

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The new center anchors a 16-acre site just south of Broadway between Fifth and Eighth Avenues and Demonbreun and Korean Veterans’ Boulevard, adjacent to both the Bridgestone Arena and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s already serving as an anchor to economic development – more than 100 meetings and 800,000 hotel room nights have been booked.

For more information on Music City Center, visit

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About tvsdesign
is a global design firm whose award-winning solutions reflect more than 40 years of experience in planning, architecture and interior design. With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dubai and Shanghai, the firm’s passions for design excellence, sustainability and collaboration produce client-driven results. With projects around the globe, tvsdesign is recognized for its work in multiple market segments including convention and public assembly, cultural arts, retail and mixed-use, office, workplace and showroom, education, government and hospitality. The sustainable design experience of the tvsdesign studios encompasses 29 LEED Certified and 15 LEED registered projects. In 2002, tvsdesign was awarded the prestigious American Institute of Architects Firm Award.

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