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.
A temporary fence in place for the last two months along the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk at the site of B4 is no longer in place. The fence was a temporary chain link fence in place to compensate for the missing chain link that separates the sidewalk from the site of B4 elsewhere. It wasn't an ideal solution because it further narrowed a narrow section of the 6th Avenue sidewalk, but at least it secured the site from people passing by.
Again, they are doing something across the street that is causing my entire apartment to shake and vibrate. The floors, walls, cabinets and fridge are all shaking!!!
What is this doing to the structural safety of the building??
2012-09-06 illegally parked cars block street sweeper on Pacific St – urine bottles & trash proliferate
I watched from 11:30am until 1pm & no traffic agents!
Atlantic Yards / Arena construction workers' continue to hamper the community's efforts to control rats by having the street sweeper clean the streets of the food, trash and everything else the construction workers discard in the community after the arrive & sit in their cars in the morning, breaks, @ lunch & when they leave in the evening.
Building shaking pretty significantly from parking lot construction
Our building is shaking vigorously over the last few days from the parking lot work. It's intense and seems unsafe.
For the past 3-4 days the building has been shaking due to construction work conducted on the other side of the street (Dean st between Carlton st and Vanderbilt ave). I noticed some cracks at the top of our facade and fear for the safety and structural integrity of our building.
Since Monday, 8/27, our building has experienced severe vibrations and rattling due to heavy construction in lot 1129. THe integrity of our building is being jeopardized by the construction work. There is a disturbing level of noise too in addition to dust becoming airborne and affecting public health.