Not even the possibility of a calamitous costume snafu will prevent the new Barclays Center arena in Prospect Heights from making its scheduled debut at the start of the 2012-13 NBA season. Or so says Forest City Ratner, after subcontractor ASI Limited shut its doors and went out of businesses in late December. ASI Ltd. is fabricating the specialized steel panels that enclose the facade and the canopy of the Barclays Center. The panels, which protect the building and its interior from the elements, are only 57% completed.
One problem with replacing ASI Limited quickly as a subcontractor is that it was doing fairly specialized work on the panels. Facade architects SHoP explained that ASI Limited custom built a 2500-foot conveyor system specifically to weather the panels being produced for the Barclays Center exterior. ASI Limited's work on the Barclays Center was supposed to extend through May, according to Atlantic Yards Report. Forest City Ratner says that it has developed several ongoing but unspecified alternatives for the fabrication of the necessary steel panels.
· Company fabricating metal arena facade shuts down [AYR]
· Barclays Center developer says show will go on [Crain's]
· Weathering...In-Progress [SHoP]
· Barclays Center: Then, Now and In-Between [ProspectHeightsPatch]
· Barclays Center coverage at Curbed [Curbed]