NEW YORK Structural steel
fabricator Banker Steel Co. will begin producing remotely
constructed building modules at its 50,000-square-foot
expansion in Lynchburg, Va., next week as the company sets its
sights on a growing market.
The $2-million expansion will
allow the company to produce rectangular building modules as
part of a contract for a $4.9-billion development in Brooklyn,
N.Y., a company spokesman told AMM. The modules will
be manufactured in Virginia using tubular steel and wide-flange
beams and assembled in Brooklyn into a 32-story building.
The Brooklyn building will be
the largest modularly constructed building in the world,
according to the spokesman.
The Lynchburg-based company has
added 5,000 tons of steel processing annual capacity in hope of
capturing future modular construction projects, particularly in
the New York metropolitan area. The company suggested in
January that it was looking at 14 buildings planned at New
Yorks Atlantic Yards complex, a development of
residential and commercial buildings. Banker Steel had already
contracted to provide structural steel for the projects
Barclays Center, the new home of the NBAs Brooklyn Nets
amm.com, Jan. 12, 2010).
"(We) have plans on the drawing
board for many other modular construction towers in New York
and the five boroughs," the spokesman said.
The new facility was scheduled
for completion in late March, and the company has been
preparing the building since then. Production will begin the
week of May 6.
The terms of the Brooklyn
contract signed with New York-based developer Forest City
Ratner Cos. at the end of 2012 require the company to produce
930 apartment modules within six months.
Banker Steel processes about 50,000 tons of steel for
construction projects each year and employs more than 200