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Modular and Precast Solutions Expedite Construction for Award-Winning Prospect Plaza

Working closely with city leaders, former residents, and the community, the Prospect Plaza project redeveloped a former New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex into a mixed-use community. Located in Brooklyn’s Ocean Hill–Brownsville neighborhood, the project includes public housing and affordable rental apartments, retail space, and community and recreational facilities.

Blue Sea Development Company was challenged to modernize the area with a leaner and greener housing development, which was done under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), a multibillion-dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of the 2014 fiscal year.

Phase 1 (Prospect Plaza South) of the three-phase project included 148 units; 42 NYCHA public housing units and 106 low-income affordable housing units.

Environmentally-friendly Time Saver

From their Albany, NY, plant, Oldcastle Infrastructure, A CRH Company, manufactured a prefabricated building system for Phase 1 of the project that included:

  • 125,220 square feet of 8” x 4’ hollowcore prestressed slabs
  • 1,737 square feet of solid slabs
  • 30,178 square feet of solid precast concrete interior wall panels
  • 30,727 square feet of solid precast concrete exterior wall panels with Metro Thin Brick finish
  • 23,611 square feet of solid precast concrete exterior wall panels with reveals
  • 23 pieces of 12” x 16” rectangular beams (467 linear feet)
  • 68 precast concrete stairs
  • 3,071 square feet of solid precast concrete landings

Additionally, they supplied a prefabricated composite metal panelized wall system for the exterior of the building which included shop installation of windows within the prefabricated system.

Benefits of using a prefabricated building system include time and labor savings, factory-controlled quality, weather-independent fabrication, greater control over scheduling, reduced construction site disruption, and reduced procurement risks.

Oldcastle SurePods modular, fully out-fitted bathroom pod.

Oldcastle SurePods, also a CRH Company, supplied 117 modular, fully outfitted bathroom pods for the new housing facilities. These custom, ready-to-install modular bathroom pods can help a general contractor meet tight deadlines as they are built off-site and delivered to the project ready to be installed.

It took just 90 minutes at the project site to unload the first delivery of 8 bathroom pods from trucks and crane them into the precast structure. SurePods is certified as an offsite fabricator by the New York City Department of Buildings, Office of Technical Certification, and Research (OTCR).

“The Prospect Plaza project gave us the opportunity to combine our environmentally conscious manufacturing process with common sense engineering decisions and material selections such as low flow plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints and adhesives to provide a bathroom that met or exceeded the criteria of several prestigious green building programs.” 

– Bill Seery, Oldcastle SurePods

Award-Winning Solutions

Oldcastle Infrastructure and Blue Sea Development Company were awarded the 2016 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Pillars of Industry Award for Best Green Building Concepts for the project. Prospect Plaza also achieved a LEED Platinum certification, National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Gold certification, and Energy Star certification.

“The benefits of using these modular technologies together accelerates the construction schedule, provides a safer job site, as well as providing a sustainable quality building.”

 David Wan, Oldcastle Infrastructure

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