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    So much for being faster than conventional building methods. This is slower than molasses.

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    It looks stalled.

    Actually, not a bad idea.

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    New Name, better looking buildings so far. Good job by COOKFOX from what I can see.

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...t_building.php

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    Pacific though? How does that name make sense?

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    Pacific Street runs along the site:

    http://goo.gl/maps/zmYJG

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    Absolutely stunning.

    However, the plan for Pacific street makes no sense. It's literally divided into three segments.

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    Are they allowed to build residential on site 5 or does it have to be commercial...hotel maybe?


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    Residential development is permitted in all commercial districts except C-7 and C-8. Site 5 is C-6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BStyles View Post
    However, the plan for Pacific street makes no sense. It's literally divided into three segments.
    Pacific St has already been split by Barclay Center. It would have become a detour to the arena, piling up traffic on 6th Ave. Not good for a narrow street. Cutting it off at Vanderbilt discourages that.

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    Thanks Zippy.

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    Apparently there's some squabbling behind B2's delays:




    Article can be found at http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...alls-out-again

    NYC's tallest modular tower stalls out, again

    The long, slow assembly of the first residential tower in the project formerly known as Atlantic Yards has ground to a total halt amid a dispute between the developer and Skanska, the contractor.


    Joe Anuta
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    A rendering of the Pacific Park, formerly known as Atlantic Yards, which has stalled again.
    Published: August 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm
    A contractor at the long-delayed Atlantic Yards project, recently rebranded as Pacific Park, has stopped work on the first residential tower, which is being built from modular units.
    Skanska USA Building, which is the contractor for the modular tower known as B2, ordered work to come to a halt after a long-running dispute with developers Greenland Forest City Partners, a partnership between Brooklyn's Forest City Ratner and Shanghai-based Greenland Holding Group.
    "We have run into some significant commercial disputes that we have been working hard to resolve, but have been unable to do so," said Richard Kennedy, co-chief operating officer for Skanska USA. "As consequence, we issued a stop work notice [Tuesday]."
    Workers at FCS Modular, the company formed by Forest City and Skanska to churn out the units from a factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, received a notice Wednesday that they were being furloughed until further notice.
    The partnership, however, placed the blame for the dispute on Skanska USA and issued a statement accusing the firm of mismanagement of the site and vowing legal action.
    "This is a dispute over the costs of delays resulting from Skanska’s own failures and missteps as the construction manager for B2 modular," a spokesman said in a statement. "Skanska entered into a construction management agreement based on a fixed price which they guaranteed. Now faced with overruns, they are employing a typical strategy to try to weasel out of that obligation."


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    Am I the only one tired of this project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tectonic View Post
    Am I the only one tired of this project?
    As the story goes, this is a "fixed price" construction contract to build a using modular construction methods that have been rarely attempted in NYC building construction trades; this is a fascinating story on many levels - not "tired" of this project in the least. So now - no surprise - there are major cost overages and Skanska want to renegotiate the deal, this story involving a major new modular construction project is something everyone can take an interest in; not just industry insiders.

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    Seems like an old dog trying to adapt to new tricks. I think a new construction firm with a focus on modular from the outset would do much better in executing such a project at the expected cost levels

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    Now it's really dead in the water. The contractor is walking away.

    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...ct#article_tab

    Skanska cancels Atlantic Yards contract

    The construction company said it could no longer incur millions of dollars in extra costs while developer Forest City Ratner worked out issues it had with a modular apartment building in Brooklyn.

    Skanska USA Building canceled its contract Tuesday for the much-anticipated yet long-delayed modular apartment building at Forest City Ratner Cos.' 22-acre Atlantic Yards project, which was recently rebranded Pacific Park—though the long-running legal dispute is far from over.
    "We could not continue to incur millions of dollars in extra costs with little hope that Forest City would take responsibility for fixing the significant commercial and design issues on the project,” Richard Kennedy, co-chief operating officer at Skanska USA Building, a subsidiary of Swedish construction company Skanska, said in a statement.
    The decision means that Skanska is technically no longer the contractor on the project, and that Forest City is free to hire another company to complete. But complicating matters is the fact that the Swedish firm still partially controls the modular facility making the units in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
    The contract cancellation came on the same day the two sides headed to state Supreme Court over longstanding allegations of who was at fault for delays and cost overruns at the 363-unit building known as B2 BKLYN.
    There, a state court judge denied a request by Forest City to re-open the shuttered factory. The judge ordered board members of the modular company, known as FC+Skanska Modular or simply FCS Modular, to reconvene and try to hash out how the facility will now be run.
    The conflict between Skanska and Forest City had been simmering for months behind the scenes but came to a head Aug. 26, when Skanska stopped work on the project. The next day it furloughed more than 150 workers who were building the modular units at a Brooklyn Navy Yard facility under a company created jointly by the two parties.
    Both sides have accused one another of breach of contract, which means depending on who you ask, either Forest City or Skanska is responsible for cost overruns, which Skanska estimated in a recent lawsuit hovered around $50 million.
    “These are deplorable and disappointing tactics that show remarkable indifference to the well-being of these workers and the project,” MaryAnne Gilmartin, chief executive of Forest City Ratner, said in a statement.
    Forest City pledged to pursue legal options to continue construction at B2. Modular construction has been hailed as a more efficient approach to building. And while both sides professed their belief in modular construction as a viable construction technique, it has not yet proved to be so at the Atlantic Yards site.

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