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Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM.
Plans are set to move forward for the world’s tallest modular building — a 32-story prefabricated apartment tower named B2 — the first of 15 planned modular buildings at the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards site, according to a recent New York Times article.
According to the article, a team of carpenters, electricians and engineers have secretly been working for months in a Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse on an assembly system for turning tubular steel chassis into fully equipped apartments that can be stacked and bolted together at the construction site.
The project is scheduled to break ground on December 18.
“This is more than innovation,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, executive vice president of Forest City Ratner, the project’s developer. “We’ve cracked a code that will allow us to utilize cutting-edge technology to introduce greater affordability, more sustainability and world-class architecture.”