One of the most dramatic re-purposing of an existing building site is the Ford Ice Center at The Commons at The Crossings. This remarkable building became LEED® Gold in 2014.
The entire Commons complex was built on the site of what was once a closed JC Penney store.
The Ford Ice Center hosts a 90,000 sq. ft. ice arena with two National Hockey League sized rinks that are utilized by both professional and amateur hockey enthusiasts.
Also located there are a yoga/dance studio, four party/meeting rooms, a 2,500 sq. ft. ice training space, concessions and a hockey pro shop.
The NHL Nashville Predators, in a unique public-private partnership with the city, manage the two rinks in the Ford Ice Center, which is available for community use and is home to the Predator's youth and adult initiatives. The Center also houses the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy as well as the Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State and University of the South club hockey teams.
The Department of General Services supervised the construction of this facility to meet criteria for LEED® Gold certification. The approach incorporated the Whole Building Design Guide and Metro’s Design Criteria and Design Guidelines.
This project met demanding criteria for integrative process, location and transportation, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, sustainable sites, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority credits.
The Ford Ice Center and The Commons at the Crossings serve as examples of General Services dedication to creating a more sustainable community for our future.