Monday, October 10, 2016

Before it disappears: a look at the FC Modular web site, declaring victory in "speed, cost control and quality"

From the FC Modular web site
When I checked this morning, the FC Modular web site was still live, but, given that Forest City Ratner has exited the modular business and the Brooklyn Navy Yard factory is being taken over by Full Stack Modular, presumably it won't last forever.

So I saved the FC Modular web site as PDF pages (below) and here offer the summary text:
Born from a vision of high-rise buildings, delivered on short timelines with deep cost-savings, FC Modular is the total solution to large-scale urban building. Questions of “How Much?” and “When?” are answered definitively. In building the tallest high-rise modular building in the world, we’re changing the way the future is built.
Delivering your high-rise with methods that engineer speed, cost control and quality in every aspect of design.
Faster: With high rise modular construction, your project can hit the market better than “on-time.” A 27-month project can be ready in just 14. Efficient, repeatable processes and highly skilled union labor enable production of between 600,000 and 900,000 square feet per year, depending on the nature of the project.
Safer: Building indoors, at ground level, in our high-tech Brooklyn Navy Yard facility, exponentially improves project safety. Safer builds mean simple risk management and powerful cost-certainty. Find out more about how we keep our workers safe
From Full Stack Modular,
with 461 Dean in the background
It all sounds fine, but the first building, 461 Dean, was not faster and cheaper at all, as we know. There's no mention, of course, of the problems that faced the building.

A tidbit from a factory tour

The FC Modular web site also links to a report from a factory tour under the auspices of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which has this interesting tidbit:
Ideally, a modular building would have mostly redundant pieces with minimal variation, but due to unique site constraints, there were a higher number than desired on this project. The factory can produce about four modules a day, which allows about one floor a week to be completed in the factory. The floors range from 36 modules at the bottom of the building to 20 at the top.
In other words, a more regular site plan would have allowed less variation, and a simpler project.

The report is quite interesting, but there's no mention, of course, of the problems that faced the building.


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