Queens Hospital Center Heal 11 – New Modular Building
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Modular Building Design
Axis Construction Corp.
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
Located in New York City, the Queens Hospital Center modular building is strategically placed at the center of New York City’s Health & Hospital Corporations Queens campus and therefore the use of permanent modular construction was ideal to keep site disruption to a bare minimum while meeting the stringent New York City building codes and Department of Health regulations. The location of the building provides direct access to the main street, parking lots and the surrounding campus. Used in the administration of the employee wellness programs this building blended the right mix of architectural, structural and mechanical and electrical features while maintaining strict adherence to budget requirements, which was critical to the success of the project. The building features a storefront entry system allowing natural light to fill the entryway, factory applied thin-brick exterior with full parapet, ceramic tiled toilet rooms and clean, smooth interior finishes of the offices and clinic
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
Due to the amount of disruption on-site construction would generate, Queens Hospital chose off-site construction as a solution to mitigating those interruptions and reducing construction traffic and related risks. NRB’s unique “build-together” process ensured shorter site installation time as all the modules had been built together to ensure precision fit and finish at the plant before being deconstructed for transport. Further, this process allowed the building to arrive with all the exterior brick installed as well as a high level of completion on the interior, reducing site completion time significantly. The building was designed with minimal interior columns to allow for maximum flexibility in use. It was designed using high-efficiency, energy saving interior light fixtures with occupancy sensor controls in all rooms, low VOC paints, high-efficiency natural gas HVAC units, a reflective white EPDM roofing and large windows for natural daylighting with insulated glazing.
- Cost Effectiveness
Building this facility in a controlled environment and away from the site helped reduce time and costs in project management and general conditions. The Queens Health Center Clinic meets the critical HVAC requirements of a health care facility by utilizing roof top air handlers, VAV boxes and supplemental cooling systems for IT/Data, all of which are tied into the existing hospital central plant and is controlled by a state-of-the-art building management system. Interior lighting consists of high efficiency, energy saving light fixtures and occupancy sensors. Other energy efficient properties include rigid insulation on the exterior walls and roof and sprayed insulation under the floor providing for a superior building envelope. All of which keeps operating costs to a minimum. Due to unstable grounds and in an effort to minimize cost, a floating structural slab was utilized to set the foundation and building on in lieu of expensive drilled piles, saving QHC over $300,000.