Swanson Development Company commissioned Wakefield Beasley & Associates in 2008 to create one of the first high-density, LEED certified mixed-use developments in Murfreesboro, TN. The Swansons sought to build a live-work-play complex well before the concept got hold in the middle Tennessee area and they did so in the best way possible.
Gateway Village is a traditional style mixed-use development with some very special features. The client wanted this complex to be LEED certified making it a benchmark for future developments and minimizing environmental impact in the city. To this end, the designers focused on a number of strategies that minimize the overall imprint of the new construction over the environment. Some of the green strategies examined included eco-swales, green roofs and other natural drainage such as pervious decorative pavers, which greatly reduce impervious areas and the necessity for additional infrastructure. To take advantage of the city’s new gray water system, planting areas are irrigated with recycled water.
The three buildings on the site, which range in height from two-stories to four-stories, have electrical and mechanical systems designed to minimize water usage, conserve energy and operate efficiently, thus limiting the consumption of natural resources. To further reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings, the majority of the materials used were sourced locally or produced from recycled products.
Gateway Village Details:
• Traditional masonry that reflects ‘Main Street USA’ character • High density, LEED certified, 5 acres • 57 residential units • 40,000 square feet of boutique style retail, offices and restaurants • Wide, tree shaded sidewalks and bike paths on the roads • Showers for joggers and bikers • Very close proximity to the city and medical centers (walking and bike distance)