In one year, the junction of Atlantic and Pacific Avenues has gone from “a lot” to “a ton.” For years, the area was known as a bustling little business district. However, with the opening of the Barclays Center, this one time shopping destination has become an architectural epicenter.
On Tuesday, New York City officials held a “groundbreaking” (during which no soil was actually dug up) for a 32-story, 363-apartment tower. This apartment tower, located next to the Barclays Center will be the worlds largest prefabricated “modular” building.
Constructed in parts just two miles away from the Barclays Center at a Brooklyn Navy Yard factory, this building will be comprised of 930 chassis (steel-framed boxes). Each piece will trucked to the project site from the Navy Yard, where it will be lifted into place and bolted. This method varies from conventional construction in which the building is cosntructed on site and “essentially” in one piece.
The use of modular construction saves the developer, Bruce Ratner, heaps of money in completing this building which will contain 181 low and middle income units and 182 units at market price. The design of the building has been coordinated and completed by ShoP Architects, who also designed the Barclay Center.
Construction is expected to be completed by the Spring of 2014.