Open House at the New Murfreesboro Police Department

Sunday, April 29, 2018, Murfreesboro, TN

The Murfreesboro Police Department held an open house showing off the new $55.4 million headquarters.

Thank you WGNS Radio for the coverage:

The new headquarters is over 135-thousand square feet and Bowen says the best part is all police divisions will be under one roof:

Chief Bowen says the move to the new headquarters will take several weeks:

The City acquired the former Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) and acres located at 1004 Highland Avenue in December 2013 for $4.7 million.

The relocation of the Police Department to Highland Avenue provides both interior and exterior space for expansion in a growing city and interjects new life to the area after the hospital and medical clinic relocated to the Gateway.



The list of amenities and technical capabilities featured in the public tour of the new facility include:

  • An 80-seat Community Room to the right of the main lobby with a large video screen for presentations and engaging the community.
  • An 80-seat Training Room on first floor with teleconferencing capabilities.
  • A 9-1-1 Communications Center on the second floor for emergency dispatch.
  • A state-of-the-art multi-room Crime/Forensics Lab for processing evidence.
  • An officer Roll Call Room with a large video screen for pre-shift briefings.
  • A 360-degree Training Simulator for virtual officer scenario training.

In addition to these major features, the Police Headquarters building provides contemporary office and collaboration space along with technical work stations to meet the needs of a professional police workforce.

The final building is 10,614 square feet larger than the original 125,000 square feet estimated in 2012. Including architecture and furnishings, the final Project Cost budget for the new Police Headquarters to date is $55.4 million.

In February, the Murfreesboro City Council voted to approve a contract with CBRE Heery, including a Project Management Construction Audit, to reassure residents that public funds are being spent in a cost-effective manner. CBRE Heery (formerly Pinnacle) conducted a construction audit on the police headquarters project, including a contract review of the Guaranteed Maximum Prices (GMP), more than 100 change orders, and the architect’s contract.

CBRE Heery found no contract violations and that all parties had performed consistent with their agreements with the City.

The new Police Headquarters replaces the 45-plus year-old main headquarters which has been located at 302 South Church Street since 1973. The criminal investigations division has been housed at 1734 South Rutherford Boulevard. In 1973, Murfreesboro’s population was less than 30,000 and has grown to over 128,000 people. The facility is designed to meet future growth from 260 sworn officers today to over 400 personnel in the future.

Design Team

In February 2014, the City hired a design team, led by the Kennon Calhoun Workshop (now the architect Workshop) that also included:

Architectural Services: James Kennon, the architect Workshop
Contractor: Bell & Associates Construction
Consulting Architect: McClaren, Wilson and Lawrie (MWL)
Mechanical Engineering: Envision Advantage
Structural Engineering: EMC
Cost Estimating: DF Chase
Civil Engineering: SEC
Landscape Architect: Hawkins Partners

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