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Educare Center in Long Beach uses modular construction to cut costs without sacrificing space or amenities

Dougherty was the Architect-of-Record.

August 02, 2018 |
Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach modular building

Courtesy AMS

Constructed next to the Clara Barton Elementary School, the 31,483-sf Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach’s campus includes four prefabricated buildings that offer research-based, year-round child care and early education programs.

The center includes 16 large, open-concept classrooms, a play therapy room, and a playground. A two-story administrative building features a double-height lobby and gross motor/multipurpose room (each with 25-foot ceilings), a kitchen, conference room, nurse’s office, and parent resource and training center. The spaces are all designed specifically to foster social, physical, and emotional growth.

Originally designed as conventional construction, rising costs and a tight schedule prompted the campus’s switch to modular construction. American Modular Systems (AMS) was chosen to modularize the design.


PLayground at Educare Los AngelesCourtesy AMS.


The Center’s design features high ceilings with skylights, walls of stacked windows, and colorful finishes. THe spaces are lit via a combination of natural light and automated LED lighting. The LED lighting combines with automated climate control to reduce energy usage by up to 60%.


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AMS mixed three-dimensional module sizes to create the two-story administrative building’s modern aesthetic. The modules were installed on a concrete foundation and have the same permanence as a traditional building.

"Customizing factory-built buildings allowed us to deliver the same amenities and high-end aesthetic at a lower cost," said Brian Dougherty, the project’s Architect-of-Record, in a release. “"If you compare the original drawings to the finished campus, we built exactly what we set out to build, and we did it in half the time."

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