Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When truck delivering sheetrock blocks Dean Street, it also signals flaws in modular plan (incomplete components installed)

The main point of the Instagram posting below from yesterday is to show how a delivery truck for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park construction blocks a turning lane (and bicycle lane), next to a closed sidewalk along the B3 (aka 38 Sixth Avenue) site on Dean Street between Flatbush and Sixth avenues.

From November 2012 presentation
But note that the truck is delivering sheetrock to the site of adjacent B2 (aka 461 Dean Street), the only tower being built via experimental--and, we now know, flawed--modular construction.

They're not supposed to have to deliver sheetrock. That's the whole point of modular construction.

As developer Forest City Ratner (which owns this building outright, as it's not part of the joint venture with Greenland USA) explained in 2012 most building components--sections of apartments--are supposed to be delivered finished from the factory, with workers on site placing the modules and connecting building systems.

However, after leaks and mold plagued the lower floors, as I reported last August for City Limits, a state inspector reported that the builders exercised caution, for example installing the ninth and tenth floors with some drywall (same as sheetrock) sections omitted.

So the current work looks like catch-up for a deeply flawed, if not failed, modular effort. It wasn't supposed to happen. And because of that, it wasn't supposed to block public streets and endanger pedestrians.

Another hazard: blocked street crossing light

A photo posted by Carlton Ave Bk (@carltonavebk) on

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