A Prefab Metal Tower built with 1000 steel frame modules!!!
The tallest of all prefab metal buildings was built in Brooklyn by Shop Architects and the final mod for the modular tower was placed at 3:26 PM May 11th 2016 according to a post on twitter you can see below.
According to Shoparc, the tower is one of three to be erected costing an estimated $4.9 billion to build. Per Shop Architects the prefab metal buildings are to span approximately 22 acres within Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn, New York. The three-new prefab metal residential buildings will rise along the southern and eastern elevations of the arena site fronting Dean Street, Flatbush Avenue, and 6th Avenue, and will contain a total of approximately 1500 units of new prefabricated residential housing. B2 contains 350 units and at 32 stories will be the tallest prefabricated metal buildings in the world. To address the requirements of the Design Guidelines established by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), a series of setbacks were articulated and integrated into the buildings’ massing. A variety of materials, colors, and fabrication techniques create an intricate play of light, pattern, and texture over the façade of the three volumes. At street level, covered entrances to the towers are integrated with full story glass storefronts, in a structure typical of the neighborhood streetscape.
Gossip Started in 2011 on the SkyScraper.com forum about the prefab metal buildings being erected to record breaking heights…
According to the forum at skyscraper.com In November of 2011 the design for the tower at Atlantic yards was released by the developer Bruce C. Ratner for the world’s largest prefab metal buildings. To this point the largest of prefab all-metal buildings to exist is only 25 stories’ tall. The prefab building developed in Wolverhampton, England, that was built in 2010. The development for the dormitory only took 12 months to build.
1000 prefabricated steel modules will be built off site with plumbing lines, electric, kitchens and bathrooms. This will all be done while the site is being excavated. The prefab metal modules will be brought to the site and stacked and bolted together.
The pitfall will be to develop an affordable way to build a bracing system for such a tall building. The architects need a bracing system for the prefab all-metal buildings that will withstand wind shear and seismic forces. SHoP Architects, Arup Structural Engineers and XSite Modular are the companies that are helping with the developer.
Developer Bruce Ratner said he plans to use prefabricated steel to build the 15 apartment towers slated to rise at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn because the method could shave about 20% off construction costs. The first apartment house, a 32-story, 350-unit residential building at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street, will be the world’s tallest prefabricated steel structure.
– “At this point we are pursing the pre-fabricated model,” said Mr. Ratner, CEO of Forest City, adding the company has been working on this approach for over two years. “We are focused on this model.” Union officials said they hope to strike a deal with the developer. “We are in the process of attempting to reach an agreement on modular construction that will work for the building trades and Forest City in an effort to create permanent employment opportunities for our members on the residential component of the Atlantic Yards development,” said Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council, in a statement.