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Nashville City Center

Nashville City CenterThe Nashville City Center is a 27-story office tower and is one of the more than 40 buildings that DES cools in downtown Nashville. The building, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Union Street, was designed by Hugh Stubbins, the architect for the Citicorp Center in New York City, and local architect Gresham, Smith and Partners.

NCC has relied on DES for cooling since the new energy-generation facility opened in 2003. Before that, NCC had been a customer of the old Nashville Thermal Transfer Corporation since 1988, when the building opened.

Richard Fletcher, the NCC’s owner, has been very pleased with the service DES has provided.

“We’ve had a great experience working with them,” Fletcher said. “Since the new plant opened, we’ve have almost no service interruptions, which has been a big help to our tenants.”

David Duke, the chief engineer for NCC, added that the staff at NCC has never really considered installing standalone cooling units.

“We have had talks about using a self-contained unit to serve as a backup, but the costs always outweigh the benefits,” Duke said. “It is much simpler and more affordable for us to just rely on DES.”

In addition, Duke noted that Chuck Tucker, DES customer service representative, has been helpful with the new metering panels.

“Chuck has been great to work with,” Duke said. “When the new metering panels were installed, he came over and set up our computers and showed us how to monitor our building’s energy usage. We’re happy with our experience with him and the entire DES team.”