Modular Construction Ready For Big Time – A Luxury Brooklyn High Rise

A whole new group of Brooklyn  apartments are in the making!

The finishes will be of very high quality.

Ground has (finally) been broken on the residential section of the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. The first of three towers is now under construction on a 22 acre site. The high rise will be 32 stories, with 363 apartments.

What’s different about this project is that it will be the world’s tallest modular building. Approximately 930 modular sections will be constructed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, trucked to the site on Atlantic Avenue, and then lifted into place by cranes and attached to the steel frame of the building.

Fifty percent of the units will be low, moderate and middle-income homes whilst the remainder will be at the market rate, distributed evenly through the building. All apartments will be rented as no fee apartments.

Scheduled to take around 18 months to complete, environmentally the B2 development also hopes to achieve LEED silver certification: approximately 60 percent of the B2 tower will be prefabricated off-site, therefore 70-90 percent less waste and a 67 percent reduction in energy consumption will occur during the building phase.

Apartment rentals in Brooklyn will get a huge lift with the building of the B2 building at the Barclays Center.

Notice the oversized windows. Brooklyn rentals very much needs the 363 new apartments being built.



Modular construction has been used in building homes for many years. The quality and variety of designs improves every year. Once known for boxy and very plain designs, modular construction can now be used to create very varied and intricate designs, with many non-boxy features.

Modular construction has many advantages over traditional methods of construction. To mention just a few, the modules that make up a home or building are constructed in a factory. This allows the builder to control temperature and humidity.It also ensures that the builders are able to properly reach every section of the modules, above, below, and on each side.

The Harborfront Inn in Long Island. 100% modular construction.

The warm and cozy interior of the Harborfront Inn, without any “feel” of being boxy or modular.

Using an assembly line, the factory workers can create modules much faster than cutting and building onsite. The control over lighting, temperature, humidity insures that all fastening will be properly cured and set before the module is used.

In a factory setting, pieces can be pre-cut to exact dimensions, and assembled with both glue and nails, one after the other, which results in a faster project. In a factory setting, all of the wiring and plumbing can be preinstalled, for later completion on-site. The building, knowing that the modules will be transported by truck, has to make sure that each module is built to a higher standard, to survive the transportation over roads and the lifting by a crane, as the module is set in place.

In addition to the arena and towers, the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project will also provide up to 5000 more units of affordable and market-rate housing, 22,947 square meters (247,000 sq.ft) of retail units, approximately 31,215 square meters (336,000 sq.ft) of office space, and 8 acres (32,374 of publicly accessible open space.

The engineering challenges of B2’s vertical modular design are being met by Skanska and the engineers at ARUP, and to date the Atlantic Yards development has already withstood Hurricane Sandy without significant impact. The success of the development could be far reaching; the technology could be applied to vertical manufactured modular construction worldwide and, as is the case for New York, also help to regenerate local manufacturing industries.


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Written by Lorenzo

Lorenzo has been hanging around the office for the past 24 years, and, in the process, has become the president of,, and His mission is to build into New York's largest no fee apartment rental service. Before, Lorenzo was a Regional Sales Manager for Time Equities, Inc., one of New York's largest converters of rental buildings to coops and condos. Lorenzo was once a part owner of Swift & Watson Real Estate in NYC's Greenwich Village.

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