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The City is investing $40 million to reconstruct vacant office buildings on the former Tennova hospital site off Broadway in North Knoxville to serve as a combined complex for the Police and Fire Departments, E911, Pension System offices and City Court operations.

Separately, the City is investing $6.5 million to clear the northern end of the former hospital campus for private redevelopment.

Mayor Madeline Rogero announced initial plans in her April 27, 2018 State of the City budget address.

The project is currently in the design stage. Construction is already underway.  City employees are tentatively scheduled to move in by summer 2022.

New Green Space at the Center of the Public Safety Complex

LMU Rendering

LMU RenderingHere are concept renderings, courtesy of Lincoln Memorial University and Sparkman and Associates Architects, of what the public green space by the Safety Complex may look like in the near future.

LMU this semester began offering nursing programs in the Magdalen Clarke Tower (the tallest building on the site), after renovating the first two floors of the tower and the parking garage. LMU is proposing a new west-facing entrance into Clarke Tower, connecting with a public quadrangle-type green space.

These rendering offer the view looking eastward. To the left is the historic 1929 Building, the original St. Mary's, with its parapets and marble accents. To the right is the City's Public Safety Complex - three repurposed hospital buildings that will house Police, Fire, City Court, E-911 and Pension System offices and operations.

No timeline has been announced for the new Magdalen Clarke Tower entrance and quad, but the Public Safety Complex is scheduled to open in summer 2022, and the site will be at least preliminarily landscaped by then.

Aerial View of the Public Safety Complex Construction Site

Safety Complex Aerial

Below is an overall site plan presented to Mayor Indya Kincannon on February 13, 2020.

St Mary's Overall Site Plan
Click here to view the full presentation



• Safety Complex Updates - Check here for weekly updates on the project

• Knoxville Public Safety Complex Presentation by McCarty Holsaple McCarty - 02/13/20 [PDF]

• Former Safety Building - Future Clayton Science Museum


• LMU - St. Mary's Diagram - 11/25/29 [PDF]

• Preliminary Schematic Design Presentation - 08/19/19 [PDF]

• Agreement with McCarty Holsaple McCarty - 07/31/19 [PDF]

• Amendment on Agreement with Volkert - 07/30/19 [PDF]

• Purchase Sale and Agreement with Metro Knoxville HMA, LLC - 05/31/19 [PDF]

• Agreement with Quantum Environmental - 05/31/19 [PDF]

• Messer Construction RFP Submission - 05/22/19 [PDF]

• RFP for Professional Construction Manager at Risk for a New Public Safety Complex - 05/22/19 [PDF]Addendums 1-3 [PDF]Pre-Proposal Sheet [PDF]Tabulation Sheet [PDF] and General Conditions Cost Detail [XLSX]

• Resolution on Agreement with McCarty Holsaple McCarty - 05/07/19 [PDF]

• RFQ for New Public Safety Complex - Hazardous Material Survey, Geotechnical Exploration and Construction Materials Testing Services - 03/01/19 [PDF], Addendum 1 [PDF] and Tabulation Sheet [PDF]

• RFQ for New Public Safety Complex - Architectural and Engineering Design Services - 01/18/19 [PDF]Addendum 1 [PDF] and Tabulation Sheet [PDF]

• City Council Workshop 01/10/19 [PDF]

• Preliminary Facility Assessment & Master Plan Prepared by Benefield Richters - 01/08/19 [PDF]

• Preliminary Letter of Intent to Physicians Regional Medical Center (Tennova) - January 2019 [PDF]


• Agreement with Volkert - 11/10/18 [PDF]

• Agreement with Benefield Richters - 09/25/18 [PDF]


• City Pursuing New Site for Police and Fire Headquarters - 08/16/2018

• New Science Museum, Police/Fire HQ Announced in Mayor Rogero's State of the City - 04/27/2018