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HOW A REDEVELOPMENT IS EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CONSTRUCTION BY SHERYL JACKSON THE $49 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT of Nashville's West Riverfront Park was a unique, complex project. The urban renewal of the 13-acre site of a former thermal plant is the first phase of the city's plan to redevelop the riverfront. Major components of the first phase included: a 1.5-acre Ascend Amphitheater that holds up to 6,800 people, redevelopment of an adjacent street, over one mile of multi-use greenway trails, the city's first downtown dog park, and ornamental gardens. "Overall construction challenges included a 17-month schedule that was impacted by the worst ice storm in middle Tennessee in 20 years, says Skanska Vice President Dennis Georgatos. "We knew that this public park and amphitheater were going to have a huge impact on downtown Nashville and schedule delays were not an option. The entire construction team not only completed the project on time but also exceeded the original goal of LEED Silver Certification by achieving LEED Gold." A few of the reasons the project is considered an excellent example of sustainable, environmentally friendly construction are: * Energy Savings: The park uses 22 percent less energy than the LEED energy baseline on average, with approximately six percent of its energy needs met by onsite renewable energy generation systems. * Ongoing renewable energy : Approximately six percent of the park's total energy needs are met by renewable energy generated onsite with a geothermal heating and cooling system. The park also has an outdoor public solar @Constr uctor Ma g mobile device charging station that is equipped with three 20-watt solar panels and can charge a range of personal devices such as phones, tablets and mp3 players. * Walking and cycling support: Design features encourage more sustainable modes of transport by creating an important link in Nashville's walking and cycling greenway network. * Construction waste reduction: The project had ambitious waste management objectives and diverted 88 percent of construction waste from landfills. The team held a preconstruction meeting with the waste contractor to identify the major sources of construction waste that would be produced by the project and how to minimize waste sent to landfills. * Water efficiency: The park is designed to use around 30 percent less potable water than the LEED baseline for the site. The amphitheater building is equipped with water-efficient and low-flow bathroom fixtures. A rainwater harvesting system ensures that no potable water is used for irrigation. * Biodiversity: To promote biodiversity and a varied habitat for urban wildlife, 36 different species of trees were planted, with a total of 225 trees planted in the park. The park is in the process of achieving the status as an arboretum, which requires an exhibit of at least 30 different tree species, according to the Tennessee arboretum standard. Because the project is adjacent to the Cumberland River, additional steps were taken to minimize soil erosion and the possible sedimentation of waterway. Biweekly soil erosion inspections were carried out at least 72 hours apart, and rainfall was monitored daily. Other measures included a wheel wash at the construction entrance/exit, temporary sediment basins and dust control measures. Risks associated with oil spills were mitigated by using designated refueling stations situated away from drains and watercourses, not storing bulk fuel on site and conducting regular equipment inspections and maintenance. A master chemical inventory list specific to the project was kept and updated regularly. The team also worked to reduce the energy used onsite during construction. For example, energy-efficient project lighting was used throughout the site, and programmable thermostats were installed in the Skanska office along with a power-down function, which allowed lighting, office equipment and heating to be switched off at night and over the weekend when possible. Transforming the former thermal energy plant site into a park and outdoor amphitheater was a longtime desire of both city leaders and the community. "This site is the last great vestige of open space in downtown Nashville," says former mayor Karl Dean. "I can't think of a better use for such a beautiful green space than a world class park, coupled with a spectacular performance venue to showcase all that Music City has to offer." "At Skanska, we like to say we are 'building what matters,' " says Georgatos. "West Riverfront Park project is a terrific example of why we do what we do in this industry." ◆ S E P T E MB E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 | www.constructormagazine.com 37 http://www.constructormagazine.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2016

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Cybercrime: Why You’re Almost Certainly at Risk
Building the Economy: The True Value of Measuring Economic Impact
All Eyes on November
Constructing an Experience: New Demands in Retail Design
Simonson Says
Knocking Green Standards Out of the Park
Managing the Risks of Green Building
Construction Leadership Council: A Launch Pad for Careers and Industry Leadership
AGC in Action
Member and Chapter News
Legislative and Regulatory News
Technology Toolbox
2016 Professional Services Guide
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 8
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 10
Constructor - September/October 2016 - President’s Message
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 12
Constructor - September/October 2016 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Cybercrime: Why You’re Almost Certainly at Risk
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 17
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 18
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Building the Economy: The True Value of Measuring Economic Impact
Constructor - September/October 2016 - All Eyes on November
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 21
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 22
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 24
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 25
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Constructing an Experience: New Demands in Retail Design
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Simonson Says
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Knocking Green Standards Out of the Park
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Managing the Risks of Green Building
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Construction Leadership Council: A Launch Pad for Careers and Industry Leadership
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 46
Constructor - September/October 2016 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Member and Chapter News
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 56
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 58
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 60
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 2016 Professional Services Guide
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Products & Services Marketplace
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 73
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Index to Advertisers
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 77
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Final Inspection
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