Monday, January 19, 2015

Forest City: new modules at B2 site won't be hoisted until late spring

The modular factory is back open, sort of. Forest City Ratner has 55 of the 157 workers back at work on components for the stalled B2 modular building, according to the Brooklyn Paper, in Back on the blocks: Forest City has reopened the modular Navy Yard factory

That doesn't mean we'll see much change at Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street just yet:
The tower stands at 10 stories so far, and Forest City expects work to resume on the site in the coming weeks, connecting electricity and plumbing. But the next modules will not be hoisted into position until sometime in the late Spring. Workers are toiling away at floors 11 and 12 on the factory floor right now.
Forest City Ratner maintains, contra its estranged ex-partner Skanska, with which it is embroiled in dueling lawsuits, that the delays were caused by implementation error, not fundamental flaws.

“We really feel that the technology works really well,” construction chief Bob Sanna said. “From a process point of view, we’re doing it the same way we were before. None of the design or production methods has changed.”

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