Work continues on an $8.6 million clinic for military veterans under construction on the south side of Springfield.  The 68,000 square foot Department of Veterans Affairs Gene Taylor Outpatient Clinic, near Kansas Expressway and Republic Rd., will replace the VA Clinic in Mt. Vernon once it’s up and running.  It’s expected to open in the fall.

The first thing you notice when you walk in the clinic is the abundance of natural light with plenty of windows to let in the sun.  The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas is going for LEED Silver in constructing the facility.  LEED is a national certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.