Construction on the residential portion of the Atlantic Yards redevelopment project in Brooklyn, New York, is now underway with approximately 930 modular components being assembled at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The construction of the B2 residential tower, which began at the end of December, is a major step forward for the project, which will ultimately feature three residential towers on the a 22-acre site.
According to GizMag, the prefabricated building will contain 363 residential units on 32 floors. The modular sections will measure 35 ft. X 14 ft. X 10 ft. and contain prefabricated kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing, flooring and walls. Once completed offsite, a crane will set modules on the building’s steel frame.
Modular Offers Affordable Solution to NYC Housing
Ask anyone who’s ever searched for an apartment in New York City and they’ll get right into talking about how expensive it is. The Atlantic Yards redevelopment project is one attempt to provide more affordable housing in New York City’s most populous borough.
GizMag reports half of the new apartment units in the Atlantic Yards modular high-rise will be homes for low and middle-income individuals, with the other half going at market rate.
The affordable housing units — like most modular structures — will be environmentally friendly. The B2 development is seeking to obtain LEED silver certification, and the construction process is poised to eliminate up to 90 percent of waste and 67 percent of traditional energy consumption.
Such remarkable goals are relatively common among prefabricated modular construction units, as they are built in a controlled factory setting that dramatically reduces construction waste.
We’ll have more on the new, modular Atlantic Yards as the project progresses.