18 Nov '11, 5pm

World's Tallest Prefab To Be Built in Brooklyn? Fuggedaboutit.

World's Tallest Prefab To Be Built in Brooklyn? Fuggedaboutit.

It is being touted as the world's tallest prefab at 32 stories, to be built by Forest City Ratner Developments on the Atlantic Yard in Brooklyn, New York. Shop architects are designing it and engineering giant Arup are doing the engineering. The New York Times describes it: Mr. Ratner said 60 percent of the construction would take place in a factory, where an estimated 190 workers would assemble roughly 950 steel-frame modules, each 14 feet by 35 feet, and outfit them with electric and plumbing lines, as well as with kitchen and bathroom pods. At the same time, on-site workers would build the foundation. The modules would be transported to the site, lifted into place by crane and bolted together. Steel bracing would rise with the stacked modules. Reasons for choosing prefab over conventional construction are listed in Curbed: The modular option costs 15-20% less than its t...

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