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Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County

Davidson County Criminal Justice Center

Project Description

The center is a five-story detention center located in Downtown Nashville. Located on the existing site of the existing facilities, after five months of demolition, the new construction features underground parking for 200 spaces and a loading dock.

Moody Nolan was the Associate Architect partnering with Design Architect / Architect of Record, HOK, on the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center. Moody Nolan worked with experts across the nation to formulate a design and plan. As a team, we worked across HOK’s network using the latest in design technology. In an effort to enhance the overall experience and result of the project, our team had to collaborate with several end users including Bell Construction, hired by the City of Nashville, the Owner, Metro Nashville General Services, and the tenants, Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.

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Design Features

The project consists of four floors of detention housing for up to 1,010 beds, administration space and warrants, bond offices, a severe and persistent mental illness unit, and kitchen. In service to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, a skybridge connects the facility to the Nashville Criminal Courthouse, and is also connected via tunnel to the Nashville City Hall and Circuit Courthouse.