The historic Nashville Bridge Company Building (NABRICO) was recently awarded LEED-Platinum Certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the foremost rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for distinguishing buildings that excel in being designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The platinum rating makes the Nashville Bridge Building the world’s highest-rated building within the Core and Shell category and the first building in the state of Tennessee to receive a platinum rating. We, at R.G. Anderson, are very proud to have played an integral part in the renovation of this building.

The Bridge Building, which straddles the East Bank of the Cumberland River, was originally built in 1908 and owned by the Nashville Bridge Company. The building renovations began in 2010 as part of the riverfront redevelopment initiative led by the offices of Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) and the Metro Parks Department. Key green features include: a geothermal heat pump mechanical system, LED lighting, solar water heating system, rainwater harvesting system and high-efficiency windows.

Prior to the Bridge Building earning its score, the structure with the highest LEED Core and Shell ranking was the Dockside Building in Victoria, British Columbia. There are 4,467 total structures within the LEED Core and Shell category. NABRICO is now regarded as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world as well as a key structure in Nashville’s expansive riverfront redevelopment plan to add green spaces, greenways, public gathering places, outdoor event venues and community health and wellness opportunities to the public.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, “LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. And LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40 percent.” This building is a great example of the City of Nashville’s commitment to pioneering sustainable development in our state.