Architect's Newspaper has finally pinned down the architects at SHoP for a
definite answer on Atlantic Yards tower B2, the megaproject's 32-story first residential tower. And it will be modular construction, a possibility that had been in doubt because it would take away union jobs at the project. And not only will it be modular construction, but B2 will be the largest prefabricated building in the world, with 363 rental apartments (mostly studios and 1BRs, with 48 2BRs, and half of the building will be affordable for low-, moderate-, and middle-income households). The most similar existing modular building is a 25-story prefab dorm in England. UPDATE: SHoP tells us that, actually, Forest City is still undecided about whether to use modular construction for B2.
As for how exactly it will be built, the Architect's Newspaper explains that 900 modular components will be built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and brought to the site. A foundation and podium will be built at the B2 site itself, and a steel frame will be added floor-by-floor as the modular units are installed. Construction for two other planned residential buildings in Atlantic Yards' first phase, B3 and B4, should begin six or nine months after B2 breaks ground in December.
· Going Mod [Archpaper via Brownstoner]
· 32-Story Atlantic Yards Tower Will Break Ground in December [Curbed]
· Atlantic Yards coverage [Curbed]