Great Glazing: Omni Nashville

Photos by Tom Kessler
















The basics: When tasked with designing the Omni Nashville Convention Center Hotel, a 21-story, 825,000-square-foot tower,  the architectural team from HKS Inc. faced two primary challenges: integrating the building, functionally and aesthetically, into the city’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; and making the building highly sustainable and energy efficient, as requested by the building owner. Both challenges were met in part with the help of energy-efficient glass.

Because architects elected to use glass on about 90 percent of the building façade, they specified a high-performance, solar control, low-E glass that would help mitigate the effects of Nashville’s warm, sunny climate. The firm also wanted a neutral-colored glass with low reflectivity that would harmonize with other exterior features, such as exposed steel and regionally sourced limestone.

The players: Architect, HKS Inc.; general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie; contract glazier, Gardner Glass & Glazing Inc.; glass manufacturer, PPG Industries; glass fabricator, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

The glass and systems: Because of its visible light transmittance and solar control performance, Solarban R100 glass became an integral part of the comprehensive energy management system HKS designed for the hotel, which is expected to help it use 20 percent less energy than a standard hotel of comparable size, HKS officials report. Solarban R100 glass offers VLT of 42 percent and SHGC of 0.23. The Omni Nashville received LEED Silver certification in February 2014.