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Mayor, Public Health Open New Lentz Public Health Center


Facility Includes Features That Support Sustainability, Promote Physical Activity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Public Health, hosted the grand opening of the new Lentz Public Health Center today. The 106,000-square-foot facility replaces the original Lentz Public Health Center, which was built in the late 1950s. The new Lentz Public Health Center was developed in agreement with HCA.

“We are known as the Silicon Valley of healthcare, so it is fitting that Nashville now has a state-of-the-art public health center designed with features that support sustainability and promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles,” Mayor Dean said. “This new location will help revitalize this stretch of Charlotte Avenue and generate economic development opportunities, while also offering better accessibility with sidewalks, a bus stop and a B-cycle kiosk. I want to say a special word of thanks to HCA for their assistance in making this public-private partnership a success.”

Features at the new Lentz will improve functionality and increase access to provided services, including nearly doubling the number of exam rooms in the preventive health clinic and a demonstration kitchen conveniently located on the first level. The new dental clinic has an open bay design and an X-ray suite for more efficient patient flow.

An indoor walking track and monumental staircase encourage building users to walk. Additionally, a one-fourth mile outdoor walking track is available to employees and community members. The new Lentz building was designed and built to pursue LEED Silver Certification.

“Renovating the old Lentz building had been discussed for more than 10 years, and I appreciate Mayor Dean for recognizing the value of a new, first-class facility for our city and our citizens,” said Bill Paul, M.D., Director of Health for the Metro Public Health Department. “More than 300 Health Department employees have moved into the new building and will continue to carry on a long tradition of providing public health services for a healthier Nashville.”

The Lentz Public Health Center is located at 2500 Charlotte Avenue. Under the agreement with HCA, the company developed the new facility on its property for Metro, and Metro is giving HCA ownership of Metro’s old Lentz property, which is located at 311 23rd Avenue North.

“This partnership is a natural fit for both HCA/TriStar Health and Metro since we share a passion for keeping our communities healthy,” said Steve Corbeil, president of HCA’s TriStar Division.

The grand opening featured guided tours of the preventive health clinic, the dental clinic, indoor walking track, the WIC demonstration kitchen and public art. It also included healthy, WIC-approved refreshments prepared in the demonstration kitchen.

The building features two public art pieces funded by Metro’s One Percent for Art Fund.

  • The main public art feature is an interactive installation by Rhode Island artist and composer Erik Carlson. Circulate is integrated into the main staircase and uses dozens of LCD Smart glass “pixel” tiles to animate the ideas of flow and connection. The circular pieces emulate elements of the human circulatory system and imply molecules in motion. A specially engineered computer program and camera feed uses the motion of individuals on the stairs to change the tone of the pixels along the staircase from opaque to clear. The intent of Carlson’s work is to promote active exercise by generating a visual “reward” within the art itself.
  • Outside the main entrance, local designer and visual artist Duncan McDaniel has created Are We There Yet?, a series of steel modular legs in motion that reinforce the theme of healthy living and physical activity. The piece is one of the latest additions to Metro Arts’ art bike rack program.

The design team included Gresham Smith and Partners and Supportive Design, LLC. Bell/ICF Construction was the general contractor.

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