Mayor Announces LEED Silver Certification for Ballpark

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Green Roof, Greenway, Water and Energy Efficiency Cited as Environmentally-Friendly Features of First Tennessee Park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean, joined by the Metro Sports Authority, announced today that First Tennessee Park has been awarded LEED Silver certification. First Tennessee Park will open on Friday, April 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m., followed by an on-field ceremony at 6:45 p.m. and first pitch at 7:05 p.m. The game is sold out. 

“LEED certification for new Metro construction is a top priority, and I know that the Nashville Sounds will continue to focus on environmental stewardship in day-to-day operations,” Mayor Dean said. “I am proud of all the sustainable features integrated in this project, including a new greenway, a green roof and the repurposing of an underused site that now links downtown to thriving neighborhoods to the north. Green facilities like First Tennessee Park are key to driving our city and our economy toward a more sustainable future and to helping us reach our goal of being the greenest city in the Southeast.”

The 2,800-square-foot green roof is located on a concessions building along right field. The new greenway, which will be completed in 2016, will connect the Cumberland River Greenway to the Bicentennial Mall Greenway. The 93,590-square-foot ballpark was built to maximize water and energy efficiency. The project team was able to divert or recycle 90 percent of construction waste from landfills, and nearly a third of building materials was sourced regionally.

“The Metro Sports Authority applauds the design and construction team for all of their hard work on the ballpark, and we are happy that the project achieved LEED Silver status and represents another environmentally sustainable building for our community” said J.D Elliott, chairman of the Metro Sports Authority. “First Tennessee Park returns professional baseball to its historic home in Sulphur Dell, and this location makes it easy for fans to walk, bike or ride mass transit to attend a game – which are environmentally-friendly modes of transportation.”

First Tennessee Park achieved LEED Silver certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“We commend the City of Nashville and the Nashville Sounds for their leadership in pushing sustainability forward in the professional sports industry,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “This project efficiently uses our natural resources and addresses sustainability through local solutions -- making an immediate, positive impact on our planet.”

The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. More than 70,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 12.4 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

“First Tennessee Park realized great success implementing project-specific green building strategies emblematic of holistic design solutions that address local issues, such as rainwater management and water use efficiency,” said Mike Leonard, director of greenSTUDIO, the LEED consultant on the project. “The entire project team had a role in this achievement of LEED Silver certification, resulting in a facility the Middle Tennessee community can be proud of for many playing seasons to come.”

Key statistics and features implemented at the facility include the following:

Sustainable Site

First Tennessee Park is located in a developed neighborhood with community services and residential uses within walking distance and within close proximity to public transportation, including multiple bus lines and bicycle paths.

In partnership with the State of Tennessee, a parking plan will allow the shared use of an adjacent State-owned parking structure to be completed later, resulting in reduced impervious surface area.

First Tennessee Park is located on portions of a former brownfield site, which the redevelopment remediated.

With assistance from Metro Water Services, First Tennessee Park incorporated rain gardens, pervious pavers, a collection cistern, and a green roof in order to reduce rainwater runoff.

First Tennessee Park includes a Nashville B-cycle station for guests to use to and from games.

Water Efficiency

Water efficient plumbing fixtures will reduce potable water use by 41 percent.

First Tennessee Park was designed with a high efficiency irrigation system, which will lower water consumption for irrigation by 58 percent.

A 10,000 gallon above-ground tank located in the outfield will collect rainwater from the roof at First Tennessee Park for use as irrigation for the vegetation along the greenway.

Energy  and Atmosphere

Through the thoughtful design of the building envelope, as well efficient mechanical, electrical, lighting, heating and cooling systems, First Tennessee Park achieved a 19 percent (by cost) energy use reduction.

Materials & Resources

Through the combined efforts of Barton Malow, Bell, and Harmony Construction groups, the project team was able to divert or recycle 90 percent of construction waste from the landfill.

Building materials used in the construction of First Tennessee Park contain a total of 22 percent (by cost) recycled content, and 31 percent (by cost) were sourced regionally.

Indoor Environmental Quality

The interior thermal and lighting systems were designed to allow adjustment to suit individual or space needs.

First Tennessee Park is a smoke-free-environment, with smoking prohibited within the ball park.

Through the incorporation of low-emitting interior finish materials (including paints, coatings, sealants, adhesives, and carpet systems), First Tennessee Park provides a healthy indoor environment for employees and visitors.

Innovation in Design

First Tennessee Park specified, tracked, and documented more than 20 materials and products that have released public reports regarding raw material sources, material content and make-up, and have published Environmental Product Declarations. These efforts on behalf of manufacturers lead to a more transparent building industry.

Notable statistics

Potable water use reduction, Indoor: 41 percent

Potable water use reduction, Irrigation: 58 percent

Energy Reduction (by cost): 19 percent

Construction Waste Diverted from the Landfill (by weight):  90 percent

Recycled Content in Materials (by cost):  22 percent

Regional Materials (by cost):  31 percent regionally manufactured with raw materials regionally sourced

Use of low-emitting materials for adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, flooring products