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NEW YORK CITY-Ahead of a scheduled Dec. 18 groundbreaking for B2, the first residential building to go up in the $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards development in Downtown Brooklyn, Forest City Ratner Cos. said Wednesday that the tower will be built using modular construction techniques. The 32-story apartment tower reportedly will be the tallest modular structure in the US to date.

To build it, FCRC and Skanska USA have formed a new company, FC + Skanska Modular LLC, that will fabricate the modular components in a 100,000-square-foot space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, employing 125 union workers. There, 930 modular units will be assembled, then trucked to the construction site. In a release, Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, says the FCS Modular workers will be organized into a division of the council.

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