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  East Park Community Center


Everton Oglesby Architects PLLC
400 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201

General Description

Location: Nashville, Tennessee 
Date Bid: Dec 2005 Construction Period: Feb 2006 to Mar 2007
Total Square Feet: 33,000 Site: 10 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 31,500; second floor, 1,500; total, 33,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’; second floor, 16’8”; floor to floor, 12’; total: 28’8”. 
Basic Construction Type: Load Bearing CMU with Steel Framing/New. Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal panel, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: EMC Structural Engineers, P.C. - 4525 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
General Contractor: R.G. Anderson Company, Inc. - 1801 West End Avenue, #1800, Nashville, TN 37203
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc.
 - 2950 Kraft Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Landscape Architect: Hawkins Partners, Inc. - 105 Broadway, #100, Nashville, TN 37201

East Park Community Center

The new community center at East Park showcases the activities and spirit of an incredibly diverse community in a neighborhood in the midst of revitalization. Created as a result of the East Nashville fire in 1916, this 10-acre urban city block called “East Park” lies in the heart of an historic neighborhood adjacent to Downtown. Part of the Master Plan for Parks and Greenways, the project included a master-park-plan for the entire city block, as well as the design of a new 33,000-square-foot community center to replace the existing outdated facility. Sited at the corner of Woodland Street and 6th Street South, this dynamic new facility will serve as an urban community center and “gateway” for this diverse neighborhood. The new building houses an indoor pool, gymnasium space, community meeting rooms to serve surrounding neighborhoods, ceramics, performing and fine arts, fitness and aerobics. A second floor walking/jogging track runs through the gymnasium as well as the fitness and aerobics spaces, and offers views into the public lobby areas. 

The design includes a pedestrian entry at the corner of Woodland & Sixth and an accessible entry from the parking area at the rear of the building. The client requested a facility that could be easily monitored with limited staffing. The “control desk” is located where all entry doors to all major spaces are viewable. In addition, the corridors facing the parking area are primarily glass so staff can view the site.

A second story “tri-oval” track runs through the gym then over a bridge through the fitness and dance rooms and through the lobby to create a sense of openness and community.

The new center design includes a large iconic community window along Woodland Street with a graphic of “East Park” that serves not only as a billboard for the neighborhood, but also a sun and semi-privacy screen for visitors in the fitness and dance rooms. The sandblasted glazing is most opaque at the lower sections and becomes more clear toward the top to allow views of the jogging track running through the fitness and dance spaces.

From the exterior, the community can catch glimpses of activity, such as the runners on the jogging track. Likewise, the runners can look out into the neighborhood and into the variety of program spaces in the center as they circle the track.

The gymnasium is ringed on three sides by the jogging track. The upper windows of staggered rectangles echo the movement of the runners on the track. These windows continue into other areas around the track elevation. The windows are located at both a child’s height and adult’s, so everyone can have views of the community.


DIV. 3: Concrete Stain: Decosup, Inc.
DIV. 7: Membrane Roof: Carlisle Sure-Weld Mechanically Fastened Roof System; Metal Wall Panels: Dri-Design
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall & Windows: Vistawall. 
DIV. 9: Wood Flooring: Connor; Resilient Athletic & Track Flooring: Sports Court; Epoxy Flooring: Dur-A-Flex; Carpet: Interface.

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