The Ft. Campbell U.S. Army base is home to more than 28,000 soldiers. In an effort to support the physical fitness needs of military and base personnel, their families and the Army Wounded Warrior Program, the Army desired to add a state-of-the-art physical fitness facility to the base. The new physical fitness facility needed to be modern, yet secure, durable and economical, while also complementing the architecture of the existing facilities on campus.
As part of a design-build team with Paladin-Hoar Construction LLC, GS&P provided architecture, interior design, civil and structural engineering for the 64,000-square-foot facility. The facility includes a two-court tournament gymnasium with a suspended jogging track, an additional single-court gymnasium, cardiovascular area, free-weight area, men's and women's locker facilities with saunas, classroom/training room, large fitness area with a balcony overlook as well as a climbing wall and other support areas. It also features a multi-purpose lighted athletic field, two softball fields and parking for 355 vehicles. The design integrates required Antiterrorism/Force Protection measures while providing an inviting and open environment.
The exterior of the building is designed to complement other new buildings on the base, while the interior reflects the dynamic colors and finishes that might be found in similar facilities on a college campus. The building is targeting LEED Silver certification and features high-efficiency mechanical systems and roof-mounted, solar water heaters.
The new facility provides the military and their families’ access to a conveniently located, top-quality fitness facility that competes with any private sector fitness facility in the market.