Virginia State Inspection Process

Facility name: Reston Hospital Center

Project name: RESTON-Administrative Support Space Reno & Dining
Location: RESTON, VA
Project classification: Hospital – Renovation
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 0854000033
Lesson Learned number: 99
Impact: Schedule, Quality

Lesson Learned/Best Practice

VDH/CMS inspection process throughout the course of the 2 year project at Reston Hospital has varied. During construction of the vertical expansion it was indicated that a state fire marshal inspection was only required if the construction was tied to additional beds, or a CON. Toward the end of construction of the bi-plane project the facility indicated VDH/CMS would need to come in for an inspection even though it did not meet the previous criteria. While the inspector was onsite, he indicated they needed to come out for an inspection during any construction project whether clinical space or not.

Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Suggest a conference call with facility and state contacts they work with to determine what is required per project. Identifying too late in the construction process can often impact turnover to the facility and rework for construction to re open ceilings for inspector if already past that point.


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