Architect gives behind-the-scenes look at Nashville Yards project


Work is well underway on Music City’s new billion-dollar gateway Nashville Yards.

“I don’t only think it changes the skyline — it changes your approach,” Principal Architect Joe Bucher with Gresham Smith told News 2.  “It’s going to feel very much like, ‘Oh, I’ve arrived in Nashville.”

Butcher said, given the history of the area, the name “Nashville Yards” was only fitting. 

“This was the rail yard that serviced the city,” Butcher explained. “This was the embarkation and debarkation point of people and goods as [they] arrived to and left the city. Both Broadway and Church Street will pass by this development, which will completely change the gateway into the downtown city.”

The welcoming site will feature more than 3.5 million square feet of office space, 1,000 residential units, 1,100 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space.

At the heart of the project is AEG’s multi-entertainment district, which spans just under four acres and features a bowling alley, movie theater and performance stage.

While there will no doubt be lots of development on the 15-acre site, Bucher says, they are under-developing certain sections to ensure key green space remains, including two acres of open space included in the first phase of the project.

“Nashville Yards is a story of space, so it’s a story of the spaces between things rather than the streets that connect them,” said Bucher. “Those open spaces are really critical in a town like Nashville where we are growing straight out of the street.”

Nashville Yards is designed so developers can open each phase of it as it is ready, without interfering with the next parcel.

The Hyatt Hotel is scheduled for completion by Fall 2020. The Amazon tower will be the second project to open on the site.


Information on Parcel 1 [Grand Hyatt Nashville] to date:  

  • 90,000 cubic yards of excavation completed on the hotel site.
  • 3,260,000 lbs. (1,630 tons) of rebar has been installed on the hotel site.
  • 17,500 cubic yards of concrete has been placed on site.
  • For the Grand Hyatt alone, there is an average of 170 workers per day on the site. In addition, there have been an estimated 223,352 hours worked on the Grand Hyatt site (so far).

Information on Parcel 4 [Amazon]:

  • There will be 4,000 tons of rebar on the site.
  • There will be 48,000 cubic yards of concrete.
  • There will be 4,300 tons of total structural steel.

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