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January 14, 2011

Barclays Center construction time-lapse


We normally post Atlantic Yards construction videos from the like of Raul Rothblatt or Tracy Collins, but this one comes via Hunt Construction Group, the general contractor building the arena.

Ironworkers Local 361 recently posted a seven-minute video of construction at Barclays Center, including a time-lapse of recent steel erection work at the site. The 675,000-square-foot Design-Build arena will be the future home of NBA’s Brooklyn Nets upon completion in August 2012. Hunt is working closely with architects Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects on delivering a facility with a truly unique look and feel. The area is part of the major Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn, New York.


NoLandGrab: You may find this surprising, but the voiceover to the video gets a few things wrong! Here are just a few:

  • The project is not only "located over the MTA and LIRR Vanderbilt railyards," but over the former homes of quite a few former residents, displaced via eminent domain abuse.
  • 16,000 union construction jobs? Hardly. For one thing, those are job-years, and we thought the claim was 15,000. For another, there were only 325 people on the job in November.
  • 8,000 permanent jobs? Plainly speaking, that figure is pure bull.
  • Current industrial area? What industries? Homeownership?
  • Parks? You mean, like, privately owned parks that are only open when Forest City wants them open?

Also, it looks like most of the jobs for women and minority workers must come during a different phase of construction.

Posted by eric at January 14, 2011 10:00 AM