Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured a $117m contract to build the B2 residential tower at the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York, US, for developer Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC).
The B2 building will be the first of 15 modular buildings to be built at the Atlantic Yard site for FCRC, at a cost of $4.9bn, and is claimed to be the tallest modular building in the US.
Designed by SHoP Architects, the 32-storey B2 building will be 98m high and feature 363 residential units.
As part of the deal, Skanska will subcontract around $56m to a company created together with FCRC, known as FC+Skanska Modular.
FC+Skanska Modular will fabricate the modular components of the B2 building in a 14,000m² factory located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
A structural steel system will house all the buildings and there will be 23 different unit types with 64 variations.
Over 60% of the construction work for the entire project will be completed off-site and will be assembled at the Brooklyn Naval Yard.
The construction of modules off site is expected to help decrease costs while providing the same reliability as traditional building methods.
Construction of the B2 building is expected to start in December 2012 and complete in 2014.
Skanska said that the contract will be included in the order bookings for Skanska USA Building for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Image: The B2 building is the first of 15 modular buildings at the Atlantic Yard site planned for FCRC and is claimed to be the tallest modular building in the US. Photo: Skanska.