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March 31, 2013

Modular construction to result in lower worker wages

By: Julie Strickland

The modular construction approach at Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards will result in slashed wages, but union workers may still look upon it favorably even so, according to a new report.read more



December 20, 2013

Modular Building Institute Commends the Start of Module Setting at B2, World’s Tallest Modular Building


Last week, the first modules were set at the B2 residential tower at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York. When complete, at 32 stories, it is expected to be the tallest modular building in the world. The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the international trade association for commercial modular construction, applauds this venture for the way it is helping to break new ground for the building industry.read more

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New York Observer

December 12, 2011

How Invested Is Bruce Ratner In Prefab? Oh, Only a Few Million

By: Matt Chaban

Last week, The Observer looked at Bruce Ratner's plans for a prefabricated Atlantic Yards project-whether he was serious about the project and whether he could achieve the steep 20 percent savings he claimed for the modular building process. A number of real estate professionals were skeptical on both counts, but they all pointed to the developers out-sized investment in prefab technology as an indicator of his seriousness... read more

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New York Observer

January, 2013


By: Al Barbarino

Two years ago, Bruce Ratner sought to ease a shrinking budget and appease swarms of critics who lambasted the original rendering for a residential tower at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn as a "Lego-like" atrocity.
Like a frustrated schoolboy, he punted the plans to erect a set of oddly arranged giant blocks, shoving designer Frank Gehry aside and bringing in a team of modular consultants who-ironically... read more

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December 19, 2012

What's the Deal With Atlantic Yards' Modular Construction?

By: Curbed Staff

This week, Forest City Ratner broke ground on the next phase of the Atlantic Yards, a 32-story residential tower known as B2, which will be the world's tallest modular building. It will have 363 residential units and 4,000 square feet of retail space, which is great and all, but what exactly does modular construction entail? To get some answers, Curbed spoke with John Dolan, a project executive at Skanska USA Inc., the general contractor on ... read more

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July 16, 2012

Developer Gambles on Modular High-Rise for Atlantic Yards Sports Village

By: Nadine M. Post

The developer of the residential towers for the $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards sports village in Brooklyn, N.Y., is hedging its bets. In case negotiations with the building trades don't work out for the first tower, planned as the world's tallest modular building, Forest City Ratner Cos. is poised to construct the 32-story high-rise the conventional way...read more

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New York Observer

December 07, 2011

The Mod Squad: Will Bruce Ratner Transform the Way New York Builds, or Is Prefab Another Project Too Far?

By: Matt Chaban

For nine years now, Bruce Ratner has talked of transforming Brooklyn with his Atlantic Yards project. Bringing professional sports back to the borough, creating a new skyline, "a neighborhood practically from scratch," as architect Frank Gehry once described it... read more

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New York Times

November 17, 2011

Design Unveiled for Tower at Atlantic Yards

By: Charles V. Bagli

A 32-story residential building proposed for the Atlantic Yards project would be the world's tallest prefabricated or modular steel structure. It is seen in the foreground of the rendering above, to the right of the Barclays Center, at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street... read more