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B2 Modular Press Release, Nov. 28, 2012

B2 Modular Press Release, Nov. 28, 2012

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B2 at Atlantic Yards.
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B2 Bklyn at Atlantic Yards/PRESS RELEASE/1
B2 Bklyn at
FCRC and Skanska USA
Partner to Create New
Modular Company and
Facility at Brooklyn
Navy Yard
New ModularBuilding Trades UnionMembers to Construct
Building, Along withTraditional BuildingTrades Unions
(Brooklyn, NY)
November 28, 2012
Forest City Ratner Companies(FCRC) today announced
that B2, the first residential tower that is part of the Atlantic Yards
Development in Brooklyn, will be built utilizingmodular construction.
FCRC plans to break ground on the 32-storybuilding on December 18th
and anticipates that the building will openin 2014. In addition, FCRC announced that they will partner with Skanska USA,one of the
s largest construction and development groups, tocreate a
new company called FC + Skanska Modular, LLC (FCS Modular)that will
build the modular components in a 100,000 square-foot spacelocated
in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They estimate that there will be 125
unionized workers employed at the fabrication facility beginning in late
spring, 2012 when modular production is fully under way.
 Gary LaBarbera, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Councilof Greater New York, announced as well that the modular workers would beorganized into a Division of the Building and Construction Trades Council.
While high-rise modular technology has been initially developed for
use at Atlantic Yards, this new industry has the potential to createmodular components for construction projects across New York City and
worldwide, becoming the first major manufacturing expansion in New
York City since manufacturing began its decline over a generation ago.
Modular construction is in use in various forms around the world. It israrely used however for high rise development, even though it isperfectly
suited for conditions where space is tight and land values arehigh
which is what makes its use on this project unique, andparticularly
relevant to New York.
Modular design and construction will allow the developer to produce
higher quality housing at more affordable cost. But the project is equallyabout
using technology to make a more sustainable, more economic,and higher quality product, which can produce a range of buildings
 not only affordable housing, but also soaring office towers and luxuryco-ops and condos.
B2 Bklyn at Atlantic Yards/PRESS RELEASE/2
was and is at the very foundation of the Atlantic Yards
said Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City
Ratner Companies.
commitment to affordable housing
in a way
that assists low-income New Yorkers and working families
is as strongtoday as when we announced this project nearly nine years ago. With
modular, we are also transforming how housing is built in New York City
and, potentially, around the world. And we are doing it, as we do withall of our construction, in partnership with union labor, the best labor,
 the best City in the world. With our new partner, Skanska USA, we
arecreating a new industry for which we can say,
in Brooklyn
is by definition about
said William Flemming,
President and CEO at Skanska USA Building.
this project,however, and with our partnership with FCRC and the ConstructionTrades, we are also building a new industry that has potential tobecome New York City
s newest export, a product and process that can
transform how construction is done in this century. We are proud tobring our expertise in prefabrication
which we have used extensively
on our healthcare and data center facility projects
to the residential
market for the first time in New York City
Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council
of Greater New York, said, “Today, we move forward with an innovative
approach to development that will allow us to realize the vision of the AtlanticYards project and create traditional construction jobs that may otherwise havebeen at risk. And as we bring training, skill, quality and safety to modularconstruction through a strong labor-management partnership on this project,we see the potential to have this approach improve our competitivenesselsewhere in the local market and expand into an export industry to createeven more sustainable union jobs that pay good wages and benefits.
MaryAnne Gilmartin, the Executive Vice President at FCRC who isoverseeing Atlantic Yards, explained,
years ago, due to the
financial environment and other issues, we undertook intensive
research and development to explore the feasibility of modular and
to infuse technologically modern means of construction in our design
and construction methods. We believe we
achieved a significant
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break through that will allow us to create world-class design and keepour commitment to union labor and deliver a significant amount of 
affordable housing
Designed by the award-winning architectural firm SHoP, the design
architect for Barclays Center, the building will sit at the intersectionof Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue and have 363 units, 50 percent
of which (181) will be low, moderate and middle-income homes. The
remaining 50 percent (182) will be market rate. The units will be
evenly divided throughout the building and all will have the samequality appliances and access to the same public spaces, including a
fitness center, bike storage, a resident lounge, game room, yoga/dance
studio and roof terrace. Each unit will have a washer and dryer.
Working with SHoP and internationally acclaimed engineering firm
Arup, Forest City and Skanska have developed new construction
techniques that will allow for 930 modular units
to be
assembled by workers at the Navy Yard facility and trucked to the
construction site, where they will be raised by cranes and attached to
the building
s steel frame.
Fabrication will take place in a controlled, efficient environment by
union professionals protected from the weather year-round. Workers are
trained in lean manufacturing methods and work as teams to complete
the fabrication process consistent with detailed work instructions using
precision tooling and templates. Modular construction uses the sameconstruction materials as conventionally constructed buildings. These
include steel, glass and all the finishes used in traditional buildings.
Living spaces can be completely different from one another in size,
shape, ceiling heights as well as finishes. Modules can even be set nextto one another with open walls to create large open spaces. The façadeof a modular building is not constrained by the modular fabrication and
can be identical to a conventional façade.
Given much of the work will take place off-site, there will be significant
reduction in truck traffic and other community impacts. It is also
estimated that modular construction will result in 70 to 90 percent lesswaste than traditional construction. B2 is expected to achieve LEED
Silver certification.

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