The Tennessee Concrete Association turned its Nashville headquarters into a showcase for creative and sustainable uses of concrete.

Tennessee Concrete Association (TCA) officials wanted their new campus to do more than provide office space—they wanted to make a statement about concrete as the most creative and sustainable building material for the new century. This desire drove them to develop the campus as a concrete showcase.

The project used several Low Impact Development strategies, and emphasized energy efficiency, durability, and safe concrete construction methods. The 1.88 acre campus includes an 1800-square-foot concrete uninsulated block building and a 10,000-square-foot fire-damaged steel warehouse.

The association decided to use the concrete block building as an office and training center, and developed the remainder of the site as a living museum highlighting concrete's many uses and applications.

They began by removing an existing asphalt parking lot and installing pervious and conventional concrete. A concrete perimeter fence of retaining wall blocks made from returned concrete added security to the site. Attractive demonstration areas for concrete flatwork provided a major aesthetic upgrade. Footings were installed for three small buildings intended to showcase concrete's ability to provide safe shelter from inclement weather. Rainwater harvesting cisterns were added, as well as a rain garden and infiltration bioswale.

The office building's new façade includes 2 inches of insulation, and features manufactured stone and cement-based siding. A dual-fuel (gas/electric) HVAC system provides further energy savings.

TCA hosts tours for designers, owners, regulators, and members to showcase concrete's ability to make projects better now and in the decades to come.

Project Participants

Owner: Tennessee Concrete Association, Nashville
Architect/Designer: Bauer/Askew Architecture PLLC, Nashville
Concrete Producers: IMI-Tenn., Metro Ready Mix, Williamson Co., Ready Mix, Nashville

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