SPF Enables Timely, Cost-Effective Renovation at the
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
O n May 2, 2012 floodwaters from the Cumberland River rushed through the halls, courtyards, and presidential suites of the
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. This
historic disaster forced Nashville’s most renowned
hotel to shut its doors for seven months in order to
restore the facilities.
Introduction By Kaitie Chasse
Case Study Provided by Huntsman
This is not the first time the Gaylord Opryland has
fought the river waters of the Cumberland. Just three
years earlier, in 2007, floodwaters crept into the
lower levels of the resort. Since the Gaylord Opryland
is located on the banks of the large river, it was no
shocker that the two-day torrential downpour caused
the river to once again overwhelm the levy system.
This time, water rushed into the hotel and covered
areas like the Cascades and Delta Atriums with 8-10
feet of water. Some buildings had to be demolished
during renovation, due to water damage, even though
floodwaters did not completely destroy any structures.
After seven months of mucking, demolishing, cleaning,
designing, and restoring, the Opryland reopened its
doors. Though guests have noted the many design
changes, most agree that the resort still has the same
“heart.” To protect the resort from future floodwaters, a
10-foot floodwall has been built on top of the existing
levy system. Finishing touches are still being made to
the 12 million dollar flood barrier.
Natural disasters are nothing new. Time and
time again, our material world must undergo
reconstruction when cold infrastructure fails to
withstand Mother Nature’s beatings. This time, when
the Gaylord Opryland sat helpless in the mucky
waters of the Cumberland River, polyurethane spray
foam was there to help pick up the pieces.
The following case study, provided by Huntsman
Corporation, details the recent renovations made to
the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
that included spray polyurethane foam insulation.