B2 Bklyn at Atlantic Yards/PRESS RELEASE/1
B2 Bklyn at
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
New ModularBuilding Trades UnionMembers to Construct
Building, Along withTraditional BuildingTrades Unions
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.