Metro Nashville Police Headquarters and Family Safety Center

The Metro Nashville Police Headquarters and Family Safety Center is a one-of-a-kind facility, combining victim resources for domestic violence, abuse, and other services under one roof through two connected buildings.

The 120,350-square-foot Metro Nashville Police Headquarters houses the Chief of Police, two assistant chiefs, and six deputy chiefs, along with various investigative and administrative departments. An attached 40-space parking garage and standalone, four-bay vehicle information technology garage provide protected areas for police vehicles. The Family Safety Center is a 67,000-square-foot building that provides much-needed resources to victims and advocates of trauma. TMP took great care in listening to stakeholders and advocates to design a building that supported trauma-informed care and reassured safety. A serene color palette, natural materials, and calm areas for staff to decompress were all thoughtfully incorporated. This project catalyzed revitalization along the Murfreesboro Road corridor.

Key aspects of the design include:

  • Family Safety Center central “play prism” wrapped by a monumental staircase
  • Internal courtyard for use by Family Safety Center staff and clients
  • Shared cafeteria connector between the buildings


Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County


Nashville. TN

Square Feet




Design Services

Program Validation

Space Planning

Interior Architecture

Interior Design

Key Project Staff
Jeff Earwood

Government/Civic Practice Leader

Lori Smith

Senior Project Architect

Rachel Gresham

Project Architect

Tim Yoko

Senior Project Manager