Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daily News claims Forest City Ratner is "quickly" finishing first Atlantic Yards building (nah)

From the New York Daily News, Forest City Ratner's (undisclosed) parter on Future of residential construction being built in a factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Forest City Ratner's plant is cranking out pre-fabricated modules that will be snapped together to create the first building at Atlantic Yards.:
The corner of Dean St. and Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn is actually being built two miles away.
In a building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Forest City Ratner is creating the building blocks for the tallest pre-fabricated residence in the world, the 322-foot tower whose frame is already rising next to the Barclays Center.
“We really think this will change everything about the way we build,” said Bob Sanna, executive vice-president for construction at Forest City Ratner.
Sanna is not the only one who thinks modular construction is a game-changer, thanks to 25% savings over traditional construction methods, greater speed and efficiency, and even better conditions for workers.
...And the building goes up faster because work at the construction site and the factory happen at the same time... Ratner’s company is earning kudos as a modular pioneer as it quickly finishes its first Atlantic Yards building.
I missed the part about how the first building has actually been delayed six months, to the end of 2014

Now the changes at the factory might mean that future buildings do go up faster, but it's irresponsible to claim it's "quickly" finishing the first tower.

There's also nothing about the lawsuit alleging the Department of Buildings bent the rules to allow such construction. Or about the union workers who say their expertise--and compensation--is being undercut.

I also missed the disclosure about how Forest City Ratner and the Daily News are business partners, as the Daily News sponsors the Barclays Center plaza.

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