B2, slated to be the tallest prefabricated building in the world when completed, is breaking ground in Brooklyn.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was scheduled to join Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Forest City Enterprises President and Chief Executive Officer David LaRue, Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner and other business leaders at the ground-breaking ceremony at 461 Dean St.
The 32-story residential tower is the first residential tower to break ground in Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. The building is expected to be available for occupancy in summer 2014.
Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) will display one of the 930 modular chassis that will be used to create the 363 apartments.
Forest City announced last month they will partner with Skanska USA to create a new company called FC + Skanska Modular, LLC, or FCS Modular, which will build the modular components in a 100,000-square-foot space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Modular construction is in use in various forms around the world but is rarely used for high-rise development, even though it is perfectly suited for conditions where space is tight and land values are high, FCRC said.
"With modular, we are also transforming how housing is built in New York City and, potentially, around the world," Bruce Ratner said.