Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Curbed: B2 = "Most Pathetic Building of the Year"

From Curbed, in From Atlantic Yards to One57, the Saddest Buildings of 2014:
Most Pathetic Building of the Year
Thanks to bickering between Forest City Ratner and Skanska, B2, the modular residential tower of Atlantic Yards wins the award for the most pathetic building. Last year, we highlighted the project as one to watch in 2014 because it was supposed to be ready for occupancy by now, but fighting over cost overruns completely derailed the schedule, delaying the building for months. Construction is starting back up, but it still won't be complete until 2016. Things got so crappy* that Forest City decided to rename the whole project Pacific Park. [*Well, they renamed it for a lot of reasons, but distancing the site from the controversy that surrounded Atlantic Yards from the start probably played a part.]
I'd note that the "bickering" includes very serious counter-charges about incompetence and design failures, and a price tag of at least $30 million and likely more.

Also note that construction can't really start back up until they recruit more than 25--the announced total in the press report--of the 150 factory workers.

(For those wondering about my 2014 round-up, it's coming.)

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