Opening in early 2019, the 133,000 square foot building will house the administrative functions of the Metro Nashville Police Department as well as the Family Safety Center which will provide critical resources for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The Family Safety Center will be the largest of its kind in the entire United States, putting many agencies and departments under one roof to make coordination more efficient and less of a hassle for victims.  

The building meets criteria for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, a Metro requirement for all new and renovated Metro Nashville buildings over 5,000 square feet. Features of MNPD Headquarters and Family Safety Center include a strong building envelope, appropriate building orientation and energy efficient windows, all to reduce heating and cooling loads. The building will utilize natural light from east and west facing windows, and designers selected low-emitting materials to reduce chemical use and maintain healthy indoor air quality. The landscaping will be low impact, drought resistant and provide rain water management, beauty, and shade. 

“One of our design priorities is to reduce the heating and cooling costs while keeping the building very comfortable,” explains Mike Leonard, Managing Principal for greenSTUDIO at Hastings Architecture Associates. “Then, we can maximize the savings of the on-site renewable energy generation,” Leonard says.