Construction has begun on B2 Modular, the first of three residential towers that will make up the 15-building, 22-acre multi-use site called Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, N.Y.
B2 Modular will be the world’s tallest modular building at 32 stories, approximately 321 feet.
Virginia-based Banker Steel is currently fabricating the 930 modular steel frame components at its facility in Lynchburg. The steel chassis will then be shipped to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where sheetrock, electrical, plumbing, tile and countertops will be added before final delivery to the building site in downtown Brooklyn.
Banker Steel recently announced it would expand its Lynchburg facility by 45,000 square feet and hire 50 new employees to meet the demand.
It is estimated that 60 percent of construction will be completed off-site in a controlled environment, allowing for significant improvements in safety, efficiency, speed and ultimately costs. Off-site construction is also expected to reduce material waste and minimize the impact to the local community.
Banker Steel was selected for this project as it previously partnered with Forest City Ratner Companies, lead developer of Atlantic Yards. The company fabricated more than 10,000 tons of steel for the Barclays Center sports arena, anchor facility at Atlantic Yards and home of the NBA Brooklyn Nets.
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A rendering of B2 Modular, the world’s tallest modular building.