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This New Sustainable Building Brings the Community Together

West Police Precinct, Nashville, Tennessee, General Services

In May 2010, Nashville was ravaged by a devastating flood, with the highest amount of rainfall in the city’s 140 years of recorded history. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce reported more than 2,700 businesses were impacted by the flood, including a Ford dealership located on Charlotte Pike.

At the same time, Nashville’s West Police Precinct was in need of a new home. The current facility was small, cramped and outdated. Yet out of tragedy arose an unexpected solution. General Services was challenged with finding a cost-effective solution to the West Precinct’s building needs, and they found it in the former car dealership building. “We gave them our requirements on space and the layout, and they followed those plans and gave us a very nice building,” said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson.

The 23,000-square-foot building gives officers enough elbow room to serve the citizens of their area, including offering a large community room to host neighborhood meetings and events.

Like other new buildings being erected in Nashville, General Services was charged with making the new precinct a LEED-certified building. Some of the sustainable features included in the new building are a white roof to reflect heat away from the building, pervious surfaces in the parking area to help keep stormwater out of the sewer system, energy-efficient light fixtures controlled by motion sensors and Energy Star appliances and equipment.

The facility also includes a 20,000-square-foot garage with an electric car charging station. Additionally, during the building’s renovations, the precinct was built two feet higher than the original to prevent another disastrous flood.

“It’s great. Officers visiting from other precincts are very envious of the new West Precinct facility,” said Chief Anderson.

The mission of the Department of General Services is to provide facilities management and maintenance, design and construction, fleet management and maintenance, public-safety radio communications management and maintenance, excess and surplus property management and auction, postal, photographic and printing services to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.


See a video about the precinct project and its LEED Gold certification from The Socket, Nashville