Solar Today Spring 2016 : Page 22

Cumberland River Compact A goal of the Bridge Building is to celebrate life on the Cumberland River and the history of Nashville, a river town that grew up on the River’s banks. The Cumberland River Compact, one of the Bridge Building’s prin-cipal tenants, has been instrumental in improving water quality in the Cumberland River Basin, and in doing so, improving the quality of life in Basin communities. Beginning in 1997, the Compact has been collabo-rating with government officials, neighborhood groups, farmers, busi-nesses, and other stakeholders to ensure a clean and abundant water source for the Basin, which contains some of the most diverse freshwater plants and animals on Earth. Current Compact activities include remov-ing dams on tributaries, installing rain gardens, visiting schools, and sponsoring a variety of community events, such as weekly River Talks and the city’s popular dragon boat races. Learn more about the Cumber-land River Compact at http://cumberlandrivercompact.org. A steel deck overlook was also added during the renovation, as were native plants and a rainwater harvesting system, and an elevated walkway connects the building to the bridge, as in the old days. The site work incorporates Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks , a monumental sculpture by Alice Aycock that was completed in 2007 and rests on the base of a gantry overhead crane used by the Nashville Bridge Company. The Bridge Building’s sustainable features include a highly walkable location for community services and restaurants, access to natural daylight and views to the outdoors (reducing the need for artificial lighting), passive solar water heating, high performance windows and architectural elements that protect against unwanted heat gain, a high-efficiency geo-exchange heat pump system, and a rainwater har-vesting system that recycles rainwater for toilet flushing. PHOTO COURTESTY OF RICHARD CRUME CREDIT: JIM ROOF CREATIVE, INC. 22 SPRING 2016 SOLAR TODAY Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved. PHOTO COURTESTY OF CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT According to Mike Leonard of greenSTUDIO, the project’s sus-tainability consultant, “While it was challenging working with what were essentially three buildings connected over time, our team took great pride in preserving this historic structure—saving mate-rial from the landfill—along with its part in Nashville’s history, and providing new life with modern, efficient, and environmentally pref-erable building systems.” (Leonard is a LEED Fellow, the most presti-gious designation awarded by the Green Building Certification, Inc.)

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