05 Apr ADAPTIVE REUSE PROJECT UNDERWAY FOR TURNIP TRUCK ON CHARLOTTE
When Crain Construction completes the adaptive reuse project in late Fall 2019, the Charlotte Avenue store will include some sustainable features. It will be the third Nashville location for the Turnip Truck, a full-service, locally owned natural foods grocer.
“The proposed building exterior is a nod to Turnip Truck’s East Nashville store, featuring pops of vibrant color juxtaposed with insulated metal panels and a neutral paint scheme,” said Chris Riley, architect with Manuel Zeitlin Architects. “The entry canopy is designed to support planting media, and solar panels will be installed over much of the existing roof.”
The new site design also includes permeable paving and bio-retention areas to control storm water runoff.
Crain Construction Project Manager Gary Doebler said the original 15,667-square-foot existing structure appeared to be built in several phases with a loading dock enclosed as part of the interior. During the demolition phase, the loading dock was eliminated to bring the floors level. Acoustical ceiling was removed to reveal a barrel-vaulted ceiling that will remain exposed in the new store design.
Crews will install new HVAC and electrical and take out part of the concrete floor to install under-slab plumbing. The concrete floor will be left exposed after it is grinded and polished.
A new loading dock will be added on the building’s south side to accommodate the Turnip Truck’s bulk deliveries of responsibly farmed, local, and sustainable produce, meat, seafood and other quality sourced products.
While this is Crain Construction’s first project for the Turnip Truck, the Nashville general contractor has worked with numerous retail clients and understands their unique needs and a timeline of delivery to accommodate stocking and store opening dates.
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