As part of Governor Cuomo’s initiative to transform New York State’s transportation infrastructure into the 21st Century, 31 subway stations were designated for fast paced modernization on a Design‐Build basis. Urbahn was the lead design entity on the Design‐Build team that was awarded two separate packages. Package 1, the program’s inaugural contract, including three subway stations on Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue Line. Package 8 included another three stations, one in Manhattan and two in the Bronx. The Governor’s Office had established an aggressive schedule for design and construction, allowing for only 12 months from the Notice to Proceed to the final turnover of the completed stations. Unlike typical subway construction projects, in this case the client permitted full station closure for a 5-month window, thereby allowing a high level of construction productivity. To meet the construction targets, our design team compressed the design timeframes of each package into a 4‐month period.