Ireland Army Health Clinic
Fort Knox, Kentucky
The Ireland Army Health Clinic replaces the functions of the former, aging Ireland Army Community Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals to serve the armed forces. Built in the mid-1950s, the facility served more than 40,000 service members, army civilians, and military families. Fort Knox eventually transitioned from an active duty base to a training base, which led to a smaller population that no longer required a facility as large as the Ireland Army Community Hospital. The replacement clinic is smaller in size to comply with the needs of patients and offers a modern facility to the training base. The new facility hosts physical therapy, primary and specialty care clinics, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and mental health outpatient services.
The main design goals for the clinic included creating a patient and family-centered environment to improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery; support the care of the whole person enhanced by contact with nature and positive distractions; develop a positive work environment; and designed for maximum standardization, future flexibility and growth. This complex design-build project included the release of three design packages at overlapping intervals, requiring an extensive level of coordination.
In addition to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and technology design, SSR provided design assistance energy modeling and LEED MEP credit documentation. The project is on track to achieve LEED Silver® under the LEED v2009 for New Construction rating system.