Oculus - Fall 2013 - (Page 34)

feature (left) Rendering of the seven-story, 28-unit The Stack, designed by GLUCK+, a recently-completed prefabricated apartment building on Broadway between Academy and 204th Streets. ©GLUCK+ (below) The Stack was literally stacked in about three weeks over the summer. The Future of Prefab ©GLUCK+ Modular construction ramps up as New York City housing demand grows B Y R I C H A R D S TA U B hen did modular design start being taken seriously in New York? For some it was earlier this year when Forest City Ratner Companies announced that its first residential building at Atlantic Yards, a striking 32-story, 360-unit tower designed by SHoP Architects, would use modular construction. For others, that project was simply the most ambitious use of an approach to design and building that has been growing in NYC since the 1980s. “Modular design has been around for decades in New York City,” says Tom O’Hara, director of business development at Capsys Corporation, a manufacturer of modular units based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “It’s just that most of it was happening out of the public eye in low-income neighborhoods.” Indeed, in the 1990s when the not-for-profit New York City Partnership planned to replace burnt-out apartment build- W 34 Oculus Fall 2013 The Stack Jeffrey Brown and Kim Frank DEVELOPER: ARCHITECTURE & GLUCK+ Shannon Bambenek, Jacob Chartoff, Marc Gee, Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, Charlie Kaplan, James Macgillivray, Brian Novello CONSTRUCTION: GLUCK+ TEAM: STRUCTURAL ENGINEER (FOUNDATIONS): Robert Silman Associates STRUCTURAL ENGINEER (MODULAR): The Harman Group MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Rodkin Cardinale Consulting Engineers PREFABRICATION CONSULTANT/ MODULAR BUILDER: Deluxe Building Systems GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER: Pillori Associates CODE EXPEDITOR: ings in the Bronx, 30% of the units produced were stick-frame, modular, single and attached family houses that gave the area a suburban feel. And in 1996, the 700 units built by Nehemiah Houses, a consortium of Brooklyn churches that promotes low-income development, were modular homes. In the last several years, however, modular housing has taken a leap in both size and image. The current crop of buildings are low- to mid-rise, multi-family structures that use steel and concrete frames and range from low-income to market-rate. And two of them are rising in Manhattan. So what’s the appeal of this kind of construction in New York? “Quality was a major attraction for my company, as well as the shorter delivery time,” says developer Jeffrey Brown, who with Kim Frank is the developer and owner of The Stack, a 28-unit, moderate-income, multi-family building created by the design-build firm GLUCK+ (formerly Peter Gluck and Partners) that recently opened in Manhattan’s Inwood section. “We want each of our projects to have a high level of quality in both the design and execution.” Just as important to investors is the savings that comes with a shortened design and construction process. While project costs are approximately the same as for a regular steel frame building, the entire design and building process takes approximately two-thirds the time. That means properties can start producing income sooner. “We don’t see offsite modular construction as a product; it is simply another way to build,” says Peter Gluck, founding principal of GLUCK+, who worked with Berwick, PA-based fabricator DeLuxe Politics = Architecture

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Fall 2013

Letter from the President
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The City More Beautiful
Affordable Housing in 2013: Communities, Not Containers
Riverfront Redesigned
The Future of Prefab
From Ports to Parks: New York’s Waterfront Wager
East River Magic
Shoring Up for the Future
FAR ROC Rocks!
Yard Work
In Print
132-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Fall 2013