2016 Grand Award Winners - I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. & K. S. Ware & Associates, LLC

I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.

(Vanderbilt Powerhouse Gas Conversion, Nashville, TN – Energy)

I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. was responsible for the programming, planning and design of the Powerhouse Gas Conversion project at Vanderbilt University, which replaced the aging coal-fired energy systems with a new energy efficient, environmentally responsible, and economically beneficial natural gas fired combined heat and power system, and allowed the University to cease burning coal.

The new combined heat and power system will save the University in excess of $2.5 million in annual energy cost and will reduce air pollutant emissions from the Powerhouse by over 34,500 tons per year.

K. S. Ware & Associates, LLC

(West Riverfront Park & Ascend Amphitheater - Brownfield Redevelopment,  Nashville, TN – Environmental)

By the year 2000, the Nashville Thermal Transfer plant had become inefficient and was an unsightly eyesore in Nashville’s urban core.  The plant was demolished in 2004 and what was left behind was an 11-acre field in a prime location with significant environmental concerns including contamination from heavy metals, petroleum, PCBs, and dioxin.  In 2013, a team of design consultants led by Hawkins Partners was engaged by the city of Nashville to redevelop the site into a park and amphitheater.  K.S. Ware and Associates was the environmental consultant challenged with mitigating the environmental concerns.  Two years later, the site had successfully evolved from a smelly, ugly garbage incinerator to an iconic recreational facility and economic driver for the city.