City of Murfreesboro Police Headquarters


Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Completed Summer 2018


135,000 SF


City of Murfreesboro

Shop Team:

James Kennon
Daniel Alderman
John Hadley
Daley Smith
Matthew Edwards

Project Collaborators:

General Contractor:
Bell & Associates Construction
Law Enforcement Facilities Architect:
McClaren Wilson & Lawrie
Civil Engineer:
Site Engineering Consultants
Landscape Architect: Hawkins Partners
Structural Engineer:
EMC Structural Engineers
MPE Engineering:
Envision Advantage Engineers
Envision Advantage Engineers
Acoustic Consultant:
Roland, Woolworth + Assoc.
Interior Consultant:
Brand Interiors
Tolleson McCoy


2018 AIA Middle Tennessee Design Award

2018 ABC Construction Award of Excellence


A former medical clinic building was renovated and transformed to be the City of Murfreesboro Police Headquarters. The conversion of the building to this new use required the extensive renovation of multiple aspects of the existing building both exterior and interior.  The changes addressed the new functional requirements, updated code requirements and to create the image of the new use.

To the overall structure, the renovation involved the demolition of existing exterior walls and significant structural upgrades including additional bracing to bring the structure up to current codes and requirements for the level of stability and resilience required for an essential service facility. The interior of the building was reorganized and reconfigured to house the department’s multiple units and divisions. Environmental characteristics of the building (HVAC, electrical, lighting and interiors) and technological updates (data, communication and security) were required to provide an appropriate level of security, comfort and ease of workflow for the various departments.  This project included the development of various types of interior spaces including offices, meeting spaces, community and training rooms, fitness room, labs and support functions. This project which included a 911 center, also required a high level of data, electrical and information technology to be integrated into the architecture and the building systems. 

For the new use as a police department there were over 8 different types of lab spaces. Each lab addressed different types of research and scientific investigation including biological, chemical and physics. The space planning and services had to accommodate various types of testing equipment including photographic, digital media processing, powder, chemical, electrical, various analytical testing, and equipment requiring fume hood ventilation. Appropriate interior finishes were selected for durability and utility as well as creating pleasant work areas. These finishes were chosen based on their ability to prevent contamination of test materials or absorption of liquids, resistance to corrosion by chemicals, as well as other physical and visual characteristics.

Site security walls screen staff from street activity while the use of metal, brick and landscaping buffer the visual appearance of the security to the surrounding neighborhood.  A glass two story lobby serves as a welcoming presence to the community and is the main interaction space between the public and the police.