Twenty-two prefabricated modules—each weighing 18 tons—were hoisted into place on Lehman College's campus with a 600-ton crane.
The steel-and-concrete modules were built in an enclosed facility in Ephrata, Pa., which kept them largely immune to the weather and normal production delays associated with the traditional construction process. Lehman estimates that, as a result, the interval from groundbreaking to occupancy will be reduced by approximately half the time, providing a significant savings in time and construction costs.
Containing not only walls but also windows, flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures and other major elements, the modules were 99 percent complete when they were trucked to the Bronx. All of the modules were lifted onto the site's concrete foundation in just three days (9/25-9/27). The contractor will make final connections between modules and to utilities, finish site work, install final interior finishes and paint unfinished walls.
Stay posted for images of the fully completed day care center!