November 26, 2014
Press Releases & News

Inova Women's Hospital & Children's Hospital Ahead of Schedule

Fairfax, Va. – Clark Construction Group has started final punchlist operations on the ground floor of the Inova Women's Hospital & Children's Hospital, a 665,000 square-foot, 12-story tower that will serve as a world-class environment for patient care, education, and research. Clark's project team began the punchlist process more than nine months prior to the project's substantial completion date.

Working in collaboration with owner Inova Health System, architect of record Wilmot Sanz, Inc., mechanical, electrical, and plumbing designer, RMF Engineering, Inc., and a number of key subcontractors, Clark developed a comprehensive punchlist, commissioning, and turnover program. Additionally, through the use of the Lean Construction practice referred to as pull planning, the firms also engaged the project's foremen in the planning and scheduling process to define activities, durations, and hand-offs between trades to complete the work in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. As a result of the team's seamless turnover processes, Inova can begin to provide care to their patients ahead of schedule.

"The first punchlist-ready space for the Women's Hospital has proven to be an opportunity for the Clark team to exceed our firm's expectations for cleanliness and readiness. Clark's whole-team approach has paid dividends towards the quality and overall success of the project," Su Kim, Interior Designer, Wilmot Sanz.

The new Women's Hospital contains 192 patient rooms on four floors, an 108-bed neonatal intensive care unit, 33 labor and delivery rooms, six C-section suites, and eight operating rooms. In addition to medical spaces, Clark is constructing support areas, a ground floor clinic, and a kitchen. The new Children’s Hospital, which features its own dedicated entrance, and contains 116 private pediatric rooms. The new facility connects to the campus’ existing South Patient Tower on the three lower levels.

The project also includes construction of a new central utility plant and a central energy plant with two 1,800-ton chillers, cooling towers, and 13 custom air handling units to provide 3,300 tons of added cooling load. The hospital will be equipped with three, two-megawatt emergency generators with paralleling gear to provide continuous electricity in the event of an emergency.

Substantial completion of the Inova Women's Hospital & Children's Hospital is expected in the summer of 2015.