Healthcare Design - January/February 2016 - 32
Breaking ground in 2012 as a major piece
of Inova Health System's capital improvement
program, the new Inova Women's Hospital and
Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, Va., will
open to patients in January.
The two hospitals are actually housed in the
same 660,000-square-foot building attached to
the main Inova Fairfax Hospital, but each has a
distinct identity. In total, the facility includes 192
women's patient rooms, 118 pediatric patient
rooms, a 108-bed NICU, 33 labor and delivery
rooms, six C-section suites, and eight operating
Major project team members on hand for
the tours were contractor Clark Construction
Group and architect Wilmot Sanz.
With separate entrances and front desks, the
two hospitals achieve their own identities despite
the shared space thanks to the starring role interiors play throughout. The women's areas use a
neutral palette of soothing hues with splashes of
bolder blues, while the children's hospital takes
advantage of bright colors with an aqua shade
bringing notes of softness.
Patient rooms in particular offer large windows
with plentiful views and hospitality finishes that
include headwall systems that, especially in the
women's labor and delivery suites, hide medical gases and other more clinical components.
A high-risk maternity floor offers access to a
green roof chock-full of sedum and complemented by a gazebo, with ADA-accessible
For the little ones, an outdoor playground is
going up for pediatric patients, complete with a
basketball court, giant letter blocks, and a childsize helicopter and helipad-all designed atop
rubber flooring for safety. Structures within the
playground will be integrated with technology to
support nurse call systems.
The project also called for the construction
of a new central utility plant and central energy plant and is seeking LEED Silver for New
Construction.-Jennifer Kovacs Silvis