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LEFT: The glass curtain

wall of the lobby
extension is made
of dichroic glass, set
into a double helix
ceramic frit pattern
that represents the
"base pairs" that
join helix strands.
BELOW: The clinics are
organized by disease
type and named for
natural resources
in the region. Each
clinic is represented
with supersized
photographic
images.

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brighten up the spaces while also connecting
the building to the forested site, says Kristen
DelGandio, vice president and interior designer
at Wilmot Sanz. Additionally, designers took inspiration from the clinic names, which reference
natural resources in the region, and installed
large backlit photographs of wood, water, stone,
and plants to conceal some of the granite covering the walls and floors throughout the facility.
"We are providing cancer care in a much more
organized, patient-centric way-starting with
how a patient enters the front door to the exam
room look and feel to offering private and community infusion treatment options, all with scenic views," says Dr. John Deeken, president of
the institute.-Jennifer Salopek, freelance writer
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NOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL began laying the groundwork for a
new cancer facility in 2012, envisioning a simple medical
office building for outpatient services on a greenfield site
north of the hospital. But a year into planning, a 117-acre
wooded campus across the street from the flagship-the
former corporate headquarters of ExxonMobil-went on
the market, presenting a tremendous opportunity to the
hospital's owner, Inova Health System, to rethink everything. "We hit the reset button," says Thomas Graves, former vice president of Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Va.
The updated vision called for creating a health sciences innovation hub
with a new cancer institute as the centerpiece that would utilize a holistic
model of multidisciplinary care, offering oncology, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, physical therapy, and support services. The Inova Schar Cancer
Institute, which opened in May 2019, was the first completed portion of the
innovation hub, now known as the Inova Center for Personalized Health.
But first, the project team had to overcome several significant challenges to transform the fuel company fortress into a healing environment.
For starters, the ExxonMobil site comprised four rectangular buildings
and a conference center, flanked and joined by cylindrical towers, reminiscent of oil barrels, that contained the elevator stacks. Furthermore,
the layout of the 1.3 million-square-foot complex, designed in 1980 to
withstand a terrorist attack, emphasized security, with no access from
the street level. "It was a monolithic office complex, very dark and depressing," says Rick Sasaki, principal in charge at Wilmot Sanz (Gaithersburg, Md.), the architect of record and design architect on the project.
The first step in transforming that fortress into an open, inviting space
was figuring out how to lighten it up and improve circulation. The cancer
institute is housed in one of the existing rectangular buildings, which required visitors to enter a low-ceilinged area from the street and take elevators in one of the towers to visit the upper levels of the building, which were
joined only on the second floor. The solution, says Sasaki, was to create a
glass-enclosed lobby addition on the front of the building that pays homage
to the existing structures while providing the necessary approach space for
a new set of escalators that lead to the second-floor concourse. On the exterior walls of the addition, dichroic glass was set into a double helix ceramic
frit pattern, while the existing tower rising above was reclad in a glass curtain wall, also constructed in a DNA-inspired pattern.
Inside the building, natural elements such as wood and stone help to


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Planning and Design
Product Spotlight
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Supplement to Healthcare Design
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