The Real Deal New York

Is modular building already dead?

After March, there will only be one modular manufacturer left in NYC

January 17, 2016 03:00PM

Capsys space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Capsys space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

In 2015, Carmel Place rose in Kips Bay in just four weeks. It was the city’s first all-micro-unit building and contained 55 modular units. To many, Carmel Place looks like the future of developing in NYC. Modular building has long promised to reduce construction costs and produce fast top outs. But with NYC’s main modular builder, Capsys Corp., leaving its space in Brooklyn Navy Yard, the future of modular manufacturing in NYC is looking grim.

Capsys is leaving the Navy Yard after 20 years in March due to a rent increase. That leaves just one modular manufacture in the city, Forest City Modular, according to Curbed. And Forest City Modular just announced potential layoffs.

Still, Robby Kullman, manager of Capsys, thinks there is hope in New York for modular building.

“The demand is really high,” he told Curbed, noting that 12 different companies approached him to inquire about modular construction in the past month. “The biggest challenge is that New York City is an expensive place to do business.” [Curbed]Christopher Cameron

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