BUILT TO WEATHER ANY STORM
Ida G. Israel Community Health Center

Client: Coney Island Hospital
Location: Coney Island, NY
Construction Partner: Axis Construction
Building Size: 13,000 sq. ft.
Project Timeline: 36 weeks

Never again. It’s a phrase that was on the lips of many at the ribbon cutting for the new Ida G. Israel Community Health Center, which opened on July 15, 2015. The original clinic had been destroyed when Superstorm Sandy ripped through the U.S. east coast in 2012, leaving a community of thousands to choose between a mobile van and a hospital to meet their healthcare needs. Fortunately, the new clinic was built off site by NRB to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards to withstand future storms. The standards recommend a raised floor foundation—a requirement easily developed by modular design. Installation of the buildings took less than 30 hours—a real boon to neighbors in the dense urban community surrounding the center.

"The reopening of Ida G. Israel is a major step toward improving healthcare access in Coney Island and its surrounding neighborhoods—part of the OneNYC resiliency program to prepare the city’s infrastructure to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats." Daniel Zarrilli, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency