Lentz Public Health Center

  • Jeffrey W. Kuhnhenn

    Jeffrey W. Kuhnhenn AIA, LEED AP

    Principal Contact

Built in 1958, the Metro Public Health Department’s (MPHD) Lentz Public Health Center has successfully served the Metro Nashville community for more than 50 years. Their mission — “to protect and improve the health and well-being of all people in Metropolitan Nashville” — is evident in the dedication and energy of their employees as well as the vastness of the programs that are accessible to the community. However, due to its age, structural damage and environmental concerns, the facility had become a limitation to the continued advancement in service that MPHD seeks to provide.

GS&P was selected to provide architectural, engineering, land surveying and workplace strategy services for the new 106,000-square-foot replacement facility. The replacement facility includes a unique combination of administrative office space and health clinics, and will provide visitors and employees a safer, healthier and updated facility. Our team’s multi-disciplinary corporate and healthcare experts collaborated to develop a blended approach that includes consulting expertise in workplace design and clinic process mapping.

Designed for LEED Silver certification, significant energy conservation and reduction measures were incorporated including a building envelope design that conforms to IECC 2009 — outperforming the requirements of Metro’s current code. Additional sustainable elements include electrical vehicle charging stations to encourage alternative fuel use and the utilization of strategic water supply strategies, such as cisterns to collect rain and condensate water for irrigation.

Branding for the clinics was a key project feature. GS&P's environmental graphics team created an interior signage package to identify clinics and meeting rooms, as well as direct visitors to additional resources, such as the pharmacy and vital medical records office. The facility floor landings include super graphics noting the floor number, as well as all departments located on that floor. When visitors walk into the preventative health clinic, super graphics are included as clinic identifiers—apple graphics and toothbrush murals for preventive dental care; for children’s special services, designers utilized oversized crayons; for occupational health, a stylized Metro Nashville seal.

The new facility enhances accessibility of services and flexibility for patients, expresses a culture of compassion and caring towards a diverse community, and sets an example for healthy living.


Ann Trent, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, discusses the new 106,000-square-foot Lentz Public Health Center and how its design embodies the mission of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Health Department.

"It is clear through the design that a huge value was placed on supporting the needs of our customers and their families. This facility makes it easier for our staff to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to promoting healthy living and prevention, and it is a great example of how design professionals can create healthier places."

Dr. William S. Paul
Director, Lentz Public Health Department
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