Hollowcore plank manufactured by Oldcastle Precast Building Systems is erected at Prospect Plaza.
Credit: Oldcastle Hollowcore plank manufactured by Oldcastle Precast Building Systems is erected at Prospect Plaza.

New York-based Oldcastle Precast Building Systems is the primary precast concrete contractor for phase one of the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) new facilities in Brooklyn.

Olcastle will supply the precast concrete building system for the first phase of Prospect Plaza’s Redevelopment Project. This includes hollowcore prestressed concrete slabs, precast concrete beams, interior and exterior wall panels, solid slabs, and precast stairs and landings which will be used to construct four-story walk up, townhouse-style buildings and a five-and-a-half story elevator building. The precast producer will also supply a prefabricated composite metal panelized wall system for the exterior of the building, which includes shop installation of windows within the prefabricated system.

Prospect Plaza is being developed under New York City’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), a multibillion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers.

NYCHA’s Prospect Plaza redevelopment plan includes several phases: construction of new housing, open space, community facilities, and retail space to replace the remaining vacant Prospect Plaza towers.

Oldcastle Precast Building Systems was chosen by general contractor New York-based Blue Sea Development Co., for the first phase of the $140 million redevelopment plan. Prospect Plaza South (Phase I) includes 42 public housing units and 106 low-income affordable housing units.

In all, Oldcastle Precast Building Systems is manufacturing 125,220 square feet of 8-inch-deep by 4-foot hollowcore prestressed slabs; 1,737 square feet of 8-inch solid slabs; 30,178 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid precast concrete interior wall panels; 30,727 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid precast concrete exterior wall panels with Metro Thin Brick finish; 23,611 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid precast concrete exterior wall panels with reveals; 23 pieces of 12- by 16-inch rectangular beams (467 linear feet); 68 precast concrete stairs; and 3,071 square feet of solid precast concrete landings at its Albany, N.Y., plant for this project.

Bathroom pods from Oldcastle Modular are lifted into the building.
Oldcastle Bathroom pods from Oldcastle Modular are lifted into the building.

“Oldcastle Precast Building Systems has been a reliable partner supplying high-quality products to Blue Sea Development for many years,” says Les Bluestone, co-owner of Blue Sea Development. “We look forward to working with Oldcastle Precast on phase one of the project.”

“We are excited and very proud to be a part of this important New York community project and partnering again with Blue Sea Development Co., who are committed to building green and sustainable communities and homes,” says David Wan, regional manager of Engineering at Oldcastle Precast Building Systems. “The benefits of using these modular technologies together accelerates the construction schedule, provides a safer jobsite, as well as providing a sustainable quality product.”

Oldcastle Modular also will supply 117 modular, fully outfitted bathroom pods for the new housing. They are manufacturing these in Orlando, Fla.

Prospect Plaza will transform a 4.5-acre scattered site into 364 housing units, including 80 units of NYCHA public housing and 284 affordable housing apartments, and supporting amenities. Phase II, Prospect Plaza North, will have 111 units in a combination of townhouse-style walk-ups and taller elevator buildings. The final phase, the Saratoga Site, will be a four-and-a-half story elevator building organized around a central courtyard with 105 units.

For more on the precast producer, visit www.oldcastleprecast.com.