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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
 
Atlantic
 Yards/ 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
FOREST CITY RATNERCOMPANIES TO USE
 MODULARCONSTRUCTION FORFIRST ATLANTICYARDS BUILDING
 
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
 
world
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
 
“Housing
was and is at the very foundation of the Atlantic Yards
development,”
said Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City
 
Ratner Companies.
“Our 
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,
in
 the best City in the world. With our new partner, Skanska USA, we
 
arecreating a new industry for which we can say,
‘Made
in Brooklyn
.”
 
“Construction
is by definition about
 building,”
said William Flemming,
 
President and CEO at Skanska USA Building.
“With
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,
“Two
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
’ve
achieved a significant
 
 
B2 Bklyn at Atlantic Yards/PRESS RELEASE/3
 
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
 —“mod
s
”— 
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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