Modular Building Institute

The Ida G. Israel Community Health Center

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Axis Construction Corp.
NRB (USA), Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
Building Use:
Dental, Mental & Health Clinic
Gross Size of Project:
13325 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The Ida G. Israel Health Center is a replacement clinic for one lost in Hurricane Sandy. Strategically placed in the same neighborhood as the original clinic with close proximity to Coney Island Hospital. The objective was to get a replacement facility up and running quickly for the community and the use of permanent modular construction was ideal. The building incorporates dental, behavioral health and substance abuse clinics all meeting the stringent NYC building codes and Dept. of Health regulations. The building blended the right mix of architectural, structural, mechanical/electrical features while maintaining strict adherence to budget requirements, critical to the success of the project, as it was funded by FEMA. 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 spaces for ease of maintenance.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    In order to get the replacement clinic operational as quickly as possible, Coney Island Hospital chose off-site construction as the solution. The “off -site” construction 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 modified Bit roofing and large windows for natural day lighting with insulated glazing.
  3. 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 Ida G. Israel replacement 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 and is controlled by a state-of-the-art building controls 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 existing soil conditions, driven piles were utilized to support the foundation system.
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