The article is written in the present tense, though construction as been stalled at Forest City Ratner's B2 site (aka 461 Dean) since August:
At the 461 Dean construction site in downtown Brooklyn, there is no barking foreman. There's no screeching chop saw or pounding jack hammer. The loudest thing you hear is a hand-driven pulley, rattling like an anchor chain through a hawsehole as a lone worker in a hard hat uses it to tension the lift cables attached to what looks like a particularly sleek trailer home.There is an interesting anecdote in the piece:
Except it's not a trailer home. It's a finished apartment. Sitting on a flatbed.
A project of 461 Dean's scale involves many people, but it was primarily the brainchild of two: Roger Krulak, a senior vice president at Forest City Ratner, a leading property developer in New York; and David Farnsworth, a principal with Arup, the famed architectural engineers. They met in 2008, when the Great Recession had put a premium on streamlined construction methods. Despite finding that modular high-rise construction was both plausible and cheaper than conventional methods, with big money for projects tight, the two had to put their idea on the shelf—until Forest City Ratner CEO Bruce Ratner saw a viral video of a Chinese company building a hotel in 15 days. He sent Krulak an email: "How do we build this here?"Skating lightly over impasse
Unfortunately they couldn't perfect the partnership, as FCS and Skanska are currently at a legal impasse, but the two men did create a system that will revolutionize construction.Are we sure? As I wrote in September, the stalled tower may be not just delayed but also defective.
"It is impossible to predict that the building when completed will perform as designed; and in particular, it is impossible to predict that the curtain wall joints will be and, over time, will remain effective barriers to the passage of air and water,” warned Skanska USA Building in a 146-page letter August 8 to estranged partner Forest City Ratner.