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Steel Shots: World’s Tallest Modular Building Breaks Ground
Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM.

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A steel-framed modular unit for one of the two B2 high-rise residential towers during groundbreaking in December 2012. Photo: Jacinda Collins, AISC

 

Following the successful completion of the Barclays Center — home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets — Banker Steel (an AISC member/AISC certified fabricator) is partnering with Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Skanska on the construction of the B2 prefabricated steel tower at the Atlantic Yards development site in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

At 32 stories, B2 will be the world’s tallest modular high-rise building and is one of 15 planned at the $4.9 billion, 22-acre Atlantic Yards site. The structure will be comprised of 4,000 sq. ft of retail space as well as 362 residential units, of which almost 50% will be priced as affordable housing for low-to-middle income residents.

 

“The modular construction that will be used for B2 has the potential to really change the way cities are built,” said New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.

 

With approximately 60% of construction being completed off-site and under-roof, it is estimated that B2 will weigh almost half as much as a traditional steel building, cost 30% less to build and take significantly less time to complete, according to Banker Steel. In addition to requiring less labor, material and erection time, this process will be safer, cause minimal disruption to the surrounding neighborhoods during construction and be environmentally friendly — estimated to reduce construction-site waste by as much as 90%.

 

“The immense precision and detail that we’ve put into engineering and building these modules has created a universal concept that will allow high-rise buildings to be completed in a time frame unrealized by conventional methods,” said Don Banker, chief executive officer and owner of Banker Steel. “This design concept, exemplified by the B2 Towers, will ultimately change how we view and build residential and commercial buildings.”

 

Banker Steel has expanded one if its Lynchburg, Va. facilities by an additional 45,000 sq. ft to create a purpose built workshop that is solely dedicated to the fabrication of these modules. With full production set to begin in early 2013, Banker Steel is also looking to hire 50 new employees to meet initial demand, with the possibility of further hires later in the year.

 

B2 is expected to be available for occupancy in the summer of 2014.


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