Prospect Plaza (Modular Bathroom Pods)

A total-precast concrete structural system will help kick off a three –phase construction program for the Prospect Plaza in the Oceanhill-Brownsville community of Brooklyn. The project, owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), is being developed under the city’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, a multibillion-dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers.

“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., which is committed to building green and sustainable communities and homes,” says David Wan, chief engineer at Oldcastle Precast Building Systems, which is fabricating the precast concrete components.

The structures will comprise hollowcore prestressed concrete slabs and precast concrete slabs, beams, interior and exterior wall panels, solid slabs, and stairs and landing. Many of the exterior panels will feature embedded thin brick to add visual appeal and texture.

The precast concrete components will be used to construct four-story walkup apartment buildings, townhouse-style buildings, and a 5½-story elevator building. Oldcastle also will be supplying a prefabricated composite-metal panelized wall system for the building’s exterior. It includes shop installation of windows within the prefabricated system.

The $140-million redevelopment plan for Prospect Plaza contains three phases of construction, comprising construction of new housing facilities, development of open spaces and community facilities, and creation of retail space. It will create 148 units in all, totaling 42 NYCHA public-housing units and 106 low-income affordable-housing residences. The program replaces the remaining vacant towers in the existing Prospect Plaza development. The development team include Blue Sea plus Pennrose Properties, Duvernay + Brooks, and Rosenberg Housing Group (Blue Sea & Partners).

In all, Oldcastle is producing 125,220 square feet of components. “Oldcastle 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 them on Phase 1 of the project.”

Construction Expedited with Modular Bathroom Pods

As part of that scope, Oldcastle’s Modular division was certified as an off-site fabricator to supply 117 modular, fully outfitted bathroom pods for the housing facility. The pods are manufactured and outfitted in the company’s Orlando, Florida, facility. (continued on page 2)


Project Details








New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY


Dattner Architects, New York, NY

Structural Engineer:

(foundation) T.Y. Lin International, New York, NY
(precast) Oldcastle BSD Engineering, Albany, NY, &
Devita Associates, Greenville, SC


Blue Sea Development Co., New York, NY

Project Scope:

• Phase 1 of three-phase development, creating 148 residential units (out of 364 in total).
• Three types: four-story walkup building, townhouse-style homes, and 5½-story elevator building.

Structural Precast Elements:

Total-precast concrete structural system, comprising:
• 125,220 square feet of 8-inch-deep hollowcore prestressed slabs 4 feet wide.
• 1,737 square feet of 8-inch solid slabs.
• 30,178 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid interior wall panels.
• 30,727 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid exterior wall panels with Metro Thin Brick finish.
• 23,611 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid exterior wall panels with reveals.
• 23 pieces (467 linear feet) of 12- by 16-inch rectangular beams.
• 3,071 square feet of solid landings.
• 68 stairs.

Modular Bathroom Pod Elements:

• Vanity
• Bathtub/shower
• Toilet
• Lighting
• Towel racks
• Tiled walls with a body style and contrasting accent
• Painted walls
• Tiled floors


• 30,727 square feet of 8-inch-thick solid exterior wall panels with Metro Thin Brick finish.


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