According to an article in today's New York Times, Forest City Ratner Companies has chosen to build the first residential building at Atlantic Yards using modular construction. At 32 stories, B2 will be the tallest modular building in the world. Groundbreaking for B2 has been scheduled for December 18.
The use of modular construction has been chosen as a means to reduce costs not only on B2, but throughout the remaining Atlantic Yards buildings. The project's approval in 2006, as well as its revised plan of 2009, anticipated conventional construction techniques would be used when considering Atlantic Yards' use of public subsidies and overall feasibility. In the Times article Thomas Hanrahan, dean of Pratt Institute's architecture school states, "The question is: Will the savings be passed on to the public in some form?"
With a presentation on the design of B2 scheduled for Thursday of this week, other outstanding questions about the building may finally be answered a short three weeks before the building's groundbreaking.
What are the construction plans for B2?
The 2009 Modified General Project Plan (MGPP) left B2 without publicly-disclosed construction plans. The original arena block plans anticipated office and residential towers integrated with the arena and built in quick succession. B2 was to be complete one month after the arena, with the entire block complete about a year after the arena opening. Now to construct B2 FCRC must contend with traffic and pedestrian demands generated by an operating arena next door. And because of the use of much of the remaining area FCRC controls for arena patron and broadcast uplink surface parking, there are fewer locations available for construction staging than anticipated when the plans for construction were originally approved in 2006. This may mean sidewalk and lane closures are more likely at the same time that demands on local streets and sidewalks have increased.
Two community meetings related to Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards have been scheduled for the next few weeks:
1). PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF THE B2 DESIGN
Empire State Development, along with Community Boards 2, 6, & 8 are co-hosting a public meeting on the evening of Thursday, November 29 to share with the Brooklyn community the plans for the first residential building at the Atlantic Yards site. Representatives of the developer will make a presentation and answer questions.
WHERE: Courtroom at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street
WHEN: Thursday November 28, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
2). ATLANTIC YARDS QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE
This meeting is a forum for representatives from the community and civic groups to engage elected officials, Empire State Development, FCRC and arena operators regarding issues affecting the quality of life for residents and businesses in close proximity to Barclays Center.
Each civic group can designate only 1 representative to directly participate. That civic group should RSVP that individual’s name and contact information to Derek Lynch at Dlynch@esd.ny.gov. Email suggestions for the agenda by Friday, November 30th.
WHERE: 78th Precinct, 65 Sixth Avenue between Dean & Bergen Streets
WHEN: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM
A large crowd walked from Barclays to the parking lot on Dean Street. There were some tight passages along the sidewalk due to the crowd density. Some on the crowd sang even though they were passing residences. A freelancer sold Bieber t-shirts on the street, (before and after the event). Illegally parked black limos and Moms in cars picked up concert-goers in the fire lane across the street from the station. A fire truck had just exited minutes before.
Two trucks queued on Dean Street waiting for entry to the loading dock for at least half an hour. The second truck turned off its engine, but the first idled for up to half an hour. Only when NYPD asked the driver to turn off its engine did he turn it off. The first driver did confirm that he came from the Navy Yard. He wasn't happy he had to wait at the arena. The trucks finally entered the elevators when two other trucks in the loading dock emerged.
Hundreds of fans gathered near the loading dock and on the public sidewalks on Dean Street near Barclays Center chased a tour bus they believed had Justin Bieber in it down residential Dean Street. The bus eventually came to a stop near Dean Playground. From my vantage point I could not tell if the bus stopped because fans got in front of it or because the bus stopped to let fans catch up to it.
Disturbed by bass sound from SEnsation show at arena up to and including 1:45AM through CLOSED storm and inner windows in 2nd floor bedroom.
311 operator thought this had to be reported to "88th" precinct, and I tried to correct her unsuccessfully.
Can hear and feel bass from Sensation show at corner of St. Marks and 5th, and can hear it inside our home with window closed.
Totally unacceptable, annoying, upsetting.
Loud, wall shaking noise from event at arena.
incredibly disturbing dance music that was so loud my noise machine and pillow on my head couldn't block it out. Even more disturbing was the stop/start nature of the noise. I couldn't believe how late this was going on. This was the first event that could be heard in our building, 212 S. Oxford St (at Atlantic.) This building has over 100 kids in it. This cannot be repeated...worse than the 24 hour work permit that we suffered through.
Bass was worst yet from Sensation show. 311 did take the report and someone from the 88th called at 1:30 to say it was the Arena, and it was really shaking the precinct house, but there was nothing they could do about it. The officer did tell me that there was another show tonight.