Nashville community leaders recently joined Police Chief Steve Anderson and the Metro Police Department to celebrate the grand opening of the new Midtown Hills Police Precinct – built by Messer – the city’s eighth full-service police facility. The precinct sits just south of downtown (1443 12th Avenue South), less than a mile from the campuses of both Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who was on hand at the ceremony, said the new precinct will result in an array of benefits to the community.

“This new precinct means our police officers have less area to cover and more time to spend in the community, working with neighbors and business owners,” Dean said. “The area covered by this precinct includes three of our city’s major universities, Belmont, Lipscomb and Vanderbilt, which are an essential part of our city’s economic success. Beyond the clear public safety benefits, this new police precinct has also enhanced this neighborhood – and new development is starting to follow.”

The Midtown Hills Precinct is home to 125 police personnel and serves a 47.2-square-mile area that includes the communities of Edgehill, Green Hills, Forest Hills, Oak Hill and Crieve Hall, in addition to Vanderbilt, Lipscomb and Belmont.

The Midtown Hills Precinct is the third Nashville precinct Messer has completed in the last three years. In the winter of 2012, Messer completed work on the West Police Precinct (5500 Charlotte Pike), a renovation project that transformed what was previously a vacant used car dealership. Last winter, the company completed the Madison Police Precinct and Crime Lab (400 Myatt Drive), Tennessee’s only police precinct with its own crime lab. That renovation turned a manufacturing plant into a 25,000-square-foot police precinct and 40,000-square-foot crime lab. The project won a 2014 Build Tennessee Award in the $10-plus million renovation category.

Among Messer’s other recent work for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County are the Bellevue Library, Howard Office Building, and six Nashville and Davidson County fire stations (Stations 3, 11, 21, 30, 31 and 33).