CHARLOTTESVILLE,Va. (WCAV)-- With the cutting of the ribbon the doors of the new Battle Building at the University of Virginia (UVA) Children's Hospital, were open to the public and hundreds of people gathered to see all that the new facility has to offer.
"I'm excited about the new technology, it looks awesome and super advanced from the last clinic we were at. Ladavian received his heart transplant here on March 31st and we've been here ever since and we love it," said Ava Mills, the mother of a patient.
The 200,000 square foot building will house the outpatient pediatric care for the UVA children's hospital, all in one building, which includes 75 exam rooms.
The Battle Building opened with a grand celebration that included speakers from the hospital along with musicians and performers.
After waiting since 2011 for the grand opening, families were excited to get a chance to take a look inside.
"It's beautiful! I've been doing a little bit of volunteering along the way, so it's really nice to actually see it up and running. A lot of people have really contributed to the design ideas and as we walk through you can see that it's very family centered and I think that's a really wonderful aspect of it," said Penny Holmes, the mother of a patient.
"It has all of the high tech, but with beautiful colors and nice views and you don't have to be in a cold space. It's really, really, lovely and there's a tremendous sense of wellbeing that you get from the design," said Victoria Dougherty, the mother of a patient.
There were also plenty of activities for the family inside; including face painting, storytelling, and therapy dogs.
Each floor has interactive features for kids and friendly pictures along the walls.The goal of the Battle Building's design is to put children and families at ease and to promote healing.
The building will officially be open to patients on June 23.