Lehman College’s Child Care Center was approached with two key objectives: minimize campus disruption during and after construction, and incorporate state-of-the-art sustainability features. A narrow yard between two large academic buildings, the project site offered limited breathing room. In order to maximize efficiency, the Child Care Center was fabricated off site, and then set on campus within a single week.
The building features a combination of natural and mechanical devices to maintain comfort, integrate nature, and conserve energy. Its mechanical systems can be completely turned off in the temperate months when the building can rely on its passive ventilation system.
To further minimize the building’s footprint, we designed the Child Care Center with centralized internal circulation. This allows side-yard room for a new playground, accommodates foot traffic between the public street and a campus walkway, and creates accessible routes to the adjacent buildings and campus areas. The increased side-yard dimensions provides maximum exposure to natural daylight in the new and existing buildings alike.
First Diagram Key
Solar Heated Updraft Zone
Polycarbonate Panel Light Diffuser
Door with Ventilatio Siteline
Sliding Glass Doors
Polycarbonate Tube Light Diffuser
Second Diagram Key
Clip on Sunshade Balcony
Typical First Floor Module