Case Study:

Grand Ole Opry House Flood Restoration

Grand Ole Opry House Flood Restoration

Restoration, Renovation, Hospitality, Entertainment | Nashville, TN | Completed in 2010

RC Mathews

It is a legendary space. It is the soul of the city. And on May 2, 2010, flood waters nearly took it away from us. As the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry House lay submerged under 46 inches of water, Nashvillians were joined in grief over this historic loss. When David Plummer received the call from Gaylord Entertainment to rescue the national treasure, he didn’t hesitate.

Together, PLAD Studio, PLLC and contractor RC Mathews partnered closely to develop a different cross-functional delivery approach for the project. For seven days a week over five months, Plummer worked closely with the owner and contractor in their job trailers to lead 200 construction workers with agility and precision. The concrete, brick, and structural steel stayed in place, but everything else was removed, rebuilt, and restored.

In the process, they improved accessibility and added 4,500 square feet of office space in a new mezzanine. They also brought new imagination to the interior design, and to the function and flow of many spaces. In partnership with Anderson Design Studio, Plummer helped Gaylord to realize their vision for a 21st century space that remained, as it always has been, timeless. 

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