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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 early 2022.

Aerial View of the Public Safety Complex Construction Site

Aerial of Safety Complex

This photo provides a good vantage point, looking north, of the current work underway at the former St. Mary's Hospital site. But it also helps the viewer get a sense of what the site will look like once the $40 million Public Safety Complex opens in early 2022.

The Central Wing and its patient tower (center of photo) are coming down. The North Campus Annunciation Wing, Marian Wing and West Wing - the reddish-brown brick buildings (left) - also will be demolished. So will the smokestack and the St. Joseph Building and McCauley Hall, the buildings at the far top of the photo.

That's by design: The City is spending an additional $6.5 million to clear most of the north end of the campus, creating a blank canvas for future private redevelopment.

The hospital's stalwart and stately marble-accented 1929 Building (center, above the patient tower demolition) is being preserved. The 1929 Building, the original hospital building, will serve as an anchor for the redevelopment of the north end of the site.

At the far upper right of this photo is the Magdalen Clarke Tower. Lincoln Memorial University is converting the iconic high-rise into classrooms.

That leaves the former Professional Office Building (far lower right in photo), Central Wing Annex (white building, at right) and Women's Pavilion. These are being repurposed into the combined Public Safety Complex that will house Police, Fire, City Court and Pension System operations.

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