Child Care Center Wins International Recognition for Design and Construction

Lehman College Child Day Care Center (Exterior Rendering from Goulden Avenue)










The design and construction of Lehman College’s new Child Care Center is winning international recognition.

Axis Construction, construction manager and contractor for the center, was honored with the Modular Building Institute’s (MBI) first place Award of Distinction in the permanent modular education category for buildings over 10,000 square feet. Axis was recognized at MBI’s annual convention last month in San Antonio, Texas. The state-of-the-art project was judged against entries from around the world in a highly competitive international contest.

The 12,000 square foot center, designed by Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects, was assembled from 22 prefabricated modules—each weighing 18 tons—and hoisted into place with a 600-ton crane. Learn more about the center’s unique modular construction.

“Modular design is innovative, it’s creative, and is hitting its strides in New York City,” said Iris Weinshall, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management. “This process truly exemplifies CUNY’s mission in action – to create beautiful and sustainable architecture that serves the interests of our students and our communities.”

For the Child Care Center, Axis partnered with NRB, Inc., an off-site modular building design and manufacturing specialist with locations in the U.S. and Canada. The building was produced at NRB’s facility in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. NRB is well known in the industry for its cutting-edge research and development, and for applying enhanced building science principles to their off-site construction.

“The Axis team is extremely proud to have been honored with this highly-acclaimed industry award. We strive for excellence and innovation in every project we undertake and it’s very gratifying for our efforts to be recognized by the Modular Building Institute,” said Axis President and CEO Ralph Lambert.

The new Child Care Center opened in September 2013 and accommodates 120 children of Lehman College students, twice the capacity of the previous center. The Center gives more students the opportunity to attend college—by providing convenient child care facilities.

“This building is much more than a classroom,” said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. “These children have the unique opportunity to benefit from the physical beauty of the Lehman campus while receiving outstanding educational enrichment. Similarly, their parents have the chance to explore all that Lehman College has to offer academically, socially, and culturally.”

The facility has six classrooms, a multipurpose room, terraces designed to grow greenery, an atrium with an open stairway, skylights offering a natural ventilation system, and other features.

The $6.3 million structure was built with funding from New York State capital funds. Watch the Lehman College Child Care Center constructed one section at a time: