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Music City Center Wins ULI Nashville’s Excellence in Development Award


03187_000_N395_webviewThe Urban Land Institute Nashville District Council awarded the Music City Center with Excellence in Development. ULI Nashville’s Excellence in Development Awards celebrate design, creativity and vision in land use, real estate development and commitment to the middle Tennessee community.

Music City Center was a collaboration among the architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck Hinton Architects and Moody Nolan, the construction team of Bell/Clark/Harmony, and the Nashville mayor’s office. The result is a center that is more than just a place for meetings. It is a place that encompasses the spirit of Nashville and Tennessee.

There was a lot of care taken to create a place that reflects the best features of the city and brings them down to the human scale,” said Kevin Gordon, principal with tvsdesign. “We’ve designed convention centers all over the world, including three of China’s largest convention centers and four of the five most popular U.S. convention centers. There really isn’t anything else like Music City Center in the world.”

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First Look: Marriott Marquis Washington D.C.

Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. nears completion

The Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C., the city’s first convention center hotel opened it’s doors for business on last Thursday. The $520 million hotel, which has an underground connection to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is the District’s largest hotel, with 1,175 rooms and 83 meeting spaces. Below are some images of the facility via The Washington Post.

Click here to read more about the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C., or visit tvsdesign.com

Photos: Marriott Marquis opens its doorsTwo decades in the making, Washington’s first convention center hotel opens Thursday.

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tvsdesign creates new offices for Atlanta Hall Management


Atlanta Hall Management, the not-for-profit operator of the College Football Hall of Fame, has opened its new offices inside the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The offices are adjacent to the new Hall of Fame facility, which is currently under construction and slated to open its doors in August.

03452_000_N87_webviewtvsdesign created the offices to be at once nostalgic and inspiring. Elements such as the beveled entry portal, light coves and millwork are informed by collegiate typography. Large-scale custom graphics and an entry mural comprising archival photos from the museum fill a high-ceilinged space, leaving a dramatic impression. So as not to emphasize a particular team, a black and white color palette was created with accents of rustic wood and turf green.

“Our desire was to create a space that spoke of people’s love and passion for the game, while not seeming to affiliate with any particular team. That was a fun design challenge,” said Steven W. Clem, principal at tvsdesign and a 2014 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. “We also wanted to pay homage to football’s past while keeping the offices modern through updated finishes.”


tvsdesign also is the project architect for the College Football Hall of Fame, which was recently awarded Best Design from The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards as well as a Best of the Best Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association’s Georgia Chapter. When it opens this fall, the $66.5 million project will total 94,256 square feet and contain 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field that will double as a revenue-generating event space. The Hall of Fame also will feature historic and contemporary football relics, children’s activities, interactive multimedia displays, special event and activity spaces, and an interactive Game Day Theater.

The College Football Hall of Fame and Atlanta Hall Management‘s offices are located within walking distance of the Georgia Dome, site of the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game, the SEC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. It’s also in what’s fast becoming the tourism and museum district of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. Patrons also can find other world-class attractions nearby, including the Georgia Aquarium (also designed by tvsdesign), the World of Coca-Cola, and the soon-to-open National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The College Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in August in time for the 2014 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game.

For images of Atlanta Hall Management’s new offices, click here, or visit tvsdesign.com

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Music City Center Receives LEED NC v2.2 Gold!


03187_000_N323_webviewNashville’s Music City Center has been awarded LEED NC v2.2 Gold certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. The rating system is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in sustainable buildings.


Photo courtesy of Nashville’s News Channel 5

At 1.2 million square feet, Music City Center is one of the largest building to receive LEED Gold certification this year. Some of the features that led the certification include:

  • The 178,000sf vegetative roof counteracts urban “heat island” effect and helps to slow rain water runoff into enormous water tanks, resulting in an 80% reduction of water use.
  • Baffles in the ceiling capture the south sun for better natural light in the facility
  • Efforts have been made to design the building for ease of recycling
  • Deep overhangs and glazing manage sunlight and shade





“The project and design team did an incredible job making LEED certification a top priority, and I know the Music City Center staff has continued to focus on environmental stewardship in day-to-day operations,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “We set out with an original target of LEED Silver, and I am extremely proud of the team for surpassing that goal and achieving LEED Gold certification. Green buildings like this one are key to driving our city and our economy toward a more sustainable future and to helping us reach our goal of being the greenest city in the Southeast.”


Music City Center was a design collaboration with tvsdesign/Tuck-Hinton Architects/Moody Nolan, Inc. Since it opened in May 2013, the Music City Center has hosted more than 250 events with over 300,000 attendees.


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LEED Gold for Hyatt Regency McCormick Place


We would like to send a very special congratulations to Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, in Chicago, for obtaining LEED Gold certification!

03739_000_N147_webviewOur continuing collaborative relationship with McCormick Place and Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) lead to the completion of a $110 million, three-part project to expand and renovate the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. The project includes a new guest room tower, as well as renovations to the existing guest rooms, health club, conference rooms, service areas and public spaces.


03739_000_N148_webviewtvsdesign created interior and exterior designs for the new 460-room tower and led renovations of the existing 800-room tower, including new furniture and finishes. The firm has worked with the MPEA team over two decades to interpret the long-term vision for the campus, including the design and construction process on the current hotel expansion and the design of Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in 1998.



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USA TODAY Travel ranks ‘Best Convention Cities’ in the United States

Music City Center, Nashville, TN

USA TODAY Travel asked convention attendees and exhibitors across the country to vote on their choice for Best Convention Cities in the United States.

tvsdesign has provided design services for the convention centers in 7 of the 10 Best Convention Cities, including:

(2nd) Boston Convention and Exhibition Center – Boston, Massachusetts

(3rd) Music City Center – Nashville, TN

(4th) Salt Palace Convention Center – Salt Lake City, Utah

(5th) Georgia World Congress Center – Atlanta, Georgia

(7th) Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – New Orleans, Louisiana

(8th) Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, D.C.

(10th) McCormick Place – Chicago, Illinois

What we love about convention center projects is that they are designed with a focus on the human impact,” says Robert Svedberg, Principal at tvsdesign, “We are honored that our award-winning designs and innovative solutions contribute to the overall success and stability of these communities”.

For the complete list of destinations, click here.

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Putting Regal Design Influences into Atlanta’s Hyatt Midtown

Hyatt Midtown Atlanta

The Award-winning renovated hotel is the newest Hyatt flag in Atlanta.


tvsdesign had a vision for the new Hyatt Midtown in Atlanta to have interiors that reflected the dynamism of the surrounding community. The hotel, a renovation of a property that had long ceased to express the neighborhood’s sophistication, needed a retrofit that would be inviting, energetic and beautiful.

Due to the project’s successful incorporation of smart design elements and local materials and themes, tvsdesign recently won the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Rehab-Renovation Deal of the Year Award.

tvsdesign was hired by Noble Investment Group as the interior designers to give the renovated hotel, just steps from Piedmont Park and Peachtree Street, the look and feel of an upscale, modern Hyatt property. The project’s architect was DLR Group of Overland Park, Kansas.

For our team, it was the perfect fit because of the firm’s extensive portfolio of hospitality projects as well as a long relationship with Hyatt Hotels that includes work on Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Hyatt Regency Denver.

04082_000_N6The design team went to work designing the guest rooms and public spaces. The 153,000-square-foot hotel underwent a massive renovation of the lobby, lounge, bar, restaurant and rooms, in addition to other major changes to the building and its surroundings that included new outdoor sculpture and a brighter facade.

At just under 200 rooms on a relatively tiny urban footprint, the hotel has small scale that created exciting design challenges.


“The hotel’s intimate scale created a great opportunity for our team to show how big design ideas can flourish in smaller spaces,” said tvsdesign Principal Liz Neiswander. “We were inspired to imagine more possibilities for the space, such as moving the restaurant to the North side so it has views of Midtown. Through our long collaboration with Hyatt, we feel like we’ve come to understand their brand and have successfully captured that here.”

Because of the smaller spaces available for the common areas, Neiswander said, tvsdesign made the seating in the bar, restaurant, lounge and lobby areas multi-functional and flexible so they could be used seamlessly throughout the day. When the restaurant, Fork & Juniper, is busy or Bar Juniper is full, the space can flex for one use or the other. Moving the restaurant to another part of the hotel allows natural light and views to flood through new 13-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows.

“Our design team was inspired by the idea that this hotel, which hadn’t been renovated in years, was a diamond in the rough and that we were turning it into the ‘Jewel of Midtown,’” added tvsdesign Senior Designer Lucinda Aron.




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How Software Fundamentally Changed Design


tvsdesign’s Danielle Trost, Senior Associate, talked with Interior Design magazine to discuss how manipulating software resources lead to an efficient new way of designing custom carpet with a special interactive quality for the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. The new ballroom is a repeat pattern that’s 270 by 240 feet, something Trost says they have never done—or seen—before.

Atlanta-based TVS Design was one of three architects hired t | Interior DesignAtlanta-based TVS Design was one of three architects hired to design Nashville’s 1.2-million-square-foot Music City Center , the stunning convention center that opened this May. Danielle Trost, senior associate interior designer, headed up the interior design, which included custom carpet inspired by music. “Music is in constant motion,” says Trost.

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Construction Update: Ningxia Conference Center

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Construction continues on the Ningxia International Conference Center, located in the heart of the Yinchuan Yuehai Bay Central District of Business (CDB) Center.

The Conference Center will be the new home to the China-Arab National Economic Trade Forum held each year in Yinchuan.

Kevin concept sketch

The design concept is inspired by both Chinese and Arabic cultural elements. The primary feature is the use of the circle and the square. In both cultures, pure geometries have had significant influence throughout history.

In China, the ancient coin, for example, is a strong metaphor for harmony between heaven (the circle) and earth (the square).

In the Muslim culture, the combination of the circle and the square is called the Mandala Motif, and is recognized as the unifying intermediary between the material and the spiritual world.






“The architecture of the Ningxia Conference Center was inspired by ancient Chinese metaphors and strong Islamic artistic patterns, harmoniously merging elements of both cultures,” says tvsdesign Senior Project Architect Rob O’Keefe. “We designed the facility around a central outdoor courtyard, an element that becomes the nucleus of the center, where people will meet, share knowledge and develop new ideas.”

Click here to read more about the Ningxia International Conference Center, or visit tvsdesign.com

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Music City Center in Nashville Drives Economic Success


New convention center generated $26.4 million economic impact in first quarter of operation.

Since opening its doors in May, Nashville’s $585 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Music City Center has given the city a beacon for development and anchored a renaissance in downtown Nashville.

In its first quarter since opening, Music City Center‘s 100 events led to more than 18,000 hotel room nights and generated $26.4 million in economic impact. It is also the catalyst for more than $1 billion in new development in Nashville’s burgeoning SoBro neighborhood, located South of Broadway.
Music City Center was a collaboration among the architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck Hinton Architects and Moody Nolan; the construction team of Bell/Clark/Harmony; and the Nashville mayor’s office.

The result is a center that is more than just a place for meetings. It is a place that encompasses the spirit of Nashville and Tennessee.

There was a lot of care taken to create a place that reflects the best features of the city and brings them down to the human scale,” said Kevin Gordon, principal with tvsdesign. “We’ve designed convention centers all over the world, including three of China’s largest convention centers and four of the five most popular U.S. convention centers. There really isn’t anything else like Music City Center in the world.”

And developers have taken notice. Two new hotels have already opened near the convention center. Another hotel, several restaurants and a 41-story mixed-use tower also are under development.

Even before opening last May, Music City Center reached an event booking goal that yielded 1 million hotel room nights at downtown hotels. It hopes to reach that same mark this year, too. The center’s more than 100 events already hosted have included the Nashville International Auto Show and the fan experience for the 2013 CMA Music Festival.


Click here for more information on Music City Center, or visit nashvillemusiccitycenter.com.