Exterior of Gotham Health from Axis Contruction & NRB, Inc.
MBI: Tell me a little bit about your company – how long
have you been in business? Have you always been a
“modular contractor?” How many modular healthcare
projects have you done?
Axis Construction Corp. was founded in June 1993 and has
been widely recognized as an innovator in construction,
design and management services, consistently raising the
industry standard for the building community.
Axis’ primary focus has been and remains in healthcare
construction, with a team approach that encompasses
pre-design consultation, on-site project management, and
In 1999, Axis established a division dedicated to modular
construction which enhanced the method of delivery
options available to clients. Since then Axis has completed
well over 25 healthcare modular projects.
Some completed projects include MRI and CT scan suites,
a stand-alone linear accelerator clinic, an emergency room
addition, a 13,000 sq. ft. health care clinic, a 22,000 sq.
ft. health care clinic for special needs patients, and the
company is currently completing a 19,000 sq. ft. healthcare
clinic in NYC.
MBI: What do you see as the biggest advantage for using
modular construction for healthcare projects?
By far the greatest advantage of “modular/off-site”
construction is its speed to market. Most of the facilities we
construct are revenue producing properties for our clients,
meaning earlier occupancy translates directly to earlier
cash flow. Additionally, the speed allows our clients to be
able to provide new technologies before the competition,
and that makes modular construction incredibly attractive
MBI: Are the owners/developers generally receptive to
the idea of modular construction?
We have found that once the potential client has a full
understanding that this method of delivery is no different
than conventional construction in terms of codes, finishes,
MEP systems, etc. they quickly embrace the concept
and proceed with it. Also, with our portfolio of completed
projects, seeing is believing and that makes our job that
MBI: One of the most common questions we get at MBI
is about the cost of a modular project compared to a
similar site-built structure. How would you answer that
We get asked that question all the time as well and it is a
difficult one for sure. The bottom line is this— for the type of
projects that we focus on and deliver, modular construction
is “cost neutral” when comparing only a square foot cost to
Working harder, not smarter – The reality is actually the
opposite of the old saying we’ve all heard 1,000 times.
When it comes to construction, the answer always
seems to be “we need more people.” The construction
industry is one of the few remaining industries so
heavily reliant on physical labor, embracing the “next
man up” mentality. No time for training, gotta get the
job done on time.
However, while the cost per sq. ft. is approximately the
same, “modular/off-site” constructions allows the client to
provide and bill for services 33 – 50% sooner because
of the shortened construction schedule and quicker
MBI: Do you see healthcare as a growing market for the
modular construction industry?
We do see the opportunity for expansion in the healthcare
market for modular construction. More and more, we
are seeing the services being moved away from the
mainstream hospital system to more neighborhood-based
options. What we are looking at, and have been successful
with, are full-service health clinics that are able to provide a
multitude of services.
MBI: Thank you, John and best of luck in 2018!
This article originally appeared in the Modular Advantage Magazine - First Quarter 2018 released in February 2018.