First Tennessee Park – Nashville Sounds Ballpark, Nashville, TN

Case Study Overview


Imagine being the focus of the “It City” for 13 months while working to execute a plan that usually takes four years. That’s exactly what GHP Environmental + Architecture did when it came to First Tennessee Park, the new Nashville Sounds baseball park. GHP Environmental + Architecture served as the Program Manager for the 10,000-seat, 140,000- square-foot park.


This project had multiple moving parts and issues that arose during its short 13-month construction window. Our Project Management team coordinated with everyone involved from Metro Nashville to the owners of the team to contractors and builders. On top of this, the project had yet to be designed, even though it needed to be built in such a short timeframe.

The project also ran into almost as many delays as a project can. Snow and ice, the discovery of prehistoric artifacts and issues with the infrastructure budget all arose along the way. With every step, GHP Environmental + Architecture took creative measures to keep the project moving forward and on-task. They implemented weekly meetings, running action items lists, minutes and sharing software to keep everyone on track.


With all of the strategies GHP Environmental + Architecture utilized to keep things going, the project stayed on task and was completed in time for the first pitch to be thrown in April of 2015. The stadium opened to rave reviews from the public and even won the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s Play Award for 2015.

The team’s owners had positive opinions about GHP Environmental + Architecture’s role in the project as well.

“In its role as project manager, GHP directed the successful construction of state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville. The team’s depth of experience and resources enabled this complex project to become a valuable asset to our community and a source of civic pride to the surrounding area. This was a challenging project with strict requirements and many moving parts, and the GHP Environmental + Architecture team provided the leadership, knowledge and expertise to get the job done, beginning in the early planning and design stages and lasting all the way through construction completion.”

– Frank Ward, Owner, Nashville Sounds Baseball Club | Triple-A Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.