Arup's Modular High Rise at Atlantic Yards Breaks Ground

           Arup's Modular High Rise at Atlantic Yards Breaks Ground

The tallest modular construction project of its type in the world built
entirely within a controlled environment saves money and time, preserves
safety, and reduces impacts to the community

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec.21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering
and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and
sustainable designs, announced today that its client Forest City Ratner
Companies has started construction for a 32-story, 340,000 SF modular
residential tower on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street. The
groundbreaking ceremony held Tuesday, December 18^th included executives and
the project team from Forest City Ratner Companies, project partners, Mayor
Michael Bloomberg, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The
building known as B2 will be the tallest modular building of its type in the
world, and is the first residential building at the 22 acre Atlantic Yards

"B2 is really a remarkable building. Designed by SHoP Architects and with Arup
as the engineers, this will be the tallest building in the world using modular
technology, and I must tell you that it will also be beautiful," said Bruce
Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. "You do not have to
compromise on design when you build modular, and this building will prove
that. This type of construction is very exciting, but what is most important,
and what I care most about, is that it's affordable – that is the most
important thing."

Arup provided structural engineering, mechanical engineering, building
services, acoustic consulting, fire and life consulting, and advanced building
information modeling (BIM) services for this high-rise modular housing tower.
The project started off as a research study to determine how modular
construction techniques could be optimized for a high-rise application in New
York City. The local construction market drove the team to find innovative
engineering solutions that would maximize the extent to which the modules
could be completed in the factory. By creating these units off-site in a
controlled environment, the manufacturer can ensure construction safety,
efficiency and speed. Every unit will be a fully-equipped apartment to be
stacked and bolted together at the construction site. Through an intense
collaborative process, the team developed a design process and modular system
that can be built at a savings to conventional construction and shave 10
months off of the 28-month construction schedule.

Thomas Hanrahan, dean of Pratt's Institute's architecture school in Brooklyn
said, "Modular promises higher quality, greener construction, faster delivery
time and lower costs."

Through the use of BIM, all participants were able to collaborate in a way
that addressed design issues as they arose, allowing decisions to be made
instantaneously and enabling tight construction sequencing. BIM 3D and 4D
increased the ability for all project partners to be on the same page in real

"Arup's multidisciplinary approach and 4D BIM capabilities have supported
innovative engineering that incorporates construction-process-driven design to
bring incredible value to this project in a difficult market," said David
Farnsworth, principal with Arup.

Forest City and Skanska have set up a joint venture FC + Skanska Modular LLC
to assemble the modules, which will be fully fitted-out in the factory,
complete with interior finishes, MEP and facade systems. They will be
delivered to the site on a flat-bed truck where they will be stacked and
connected. Construction completion is expected in 2014.

The full team includes:
* Owner:                                   Forest City Ratner Companies
* Architect: SHoP Architects
* Contractor:               Skanska USA Building
* Modular Manufacturer:          FC + Skanska Modular
* BIM Integrator:   SHoP Construction
* Structural Engineer:     Arup
* Mechanical Engineer:        Arup
* Acoustical Engineer:      Arup
* MEP Engineer:   Arup
* Fire/Life Safety Consultant:        Arup
* Geotechnical Engineer          Langan
* LEED Consultant     YR&G

About Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent
projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and
consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. The firm was founded
in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture,
intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are
driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients.

Media Contacts
Susan Shelby, FSMPS, CPSM           Rebecca Maloney, LEED
                                                                             AP, CPSM
Rhino Public Relations       Arup
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