Build It Back Modular
Staten Island and Queens, NY
For New York City’s Build It Back post-Sandy Reconstruction Program, Gans and Company will have completed 83 homes that were modularly constructed in Pennsylvania factories. There was not one floor plan and system’s design that could meet homeowner needs, so we created a “playbook of variations.” We worked within the specific Build It Back standards and design constraints as charged; but we also brought innovation to them, most significantly in the hybrid structural system of a steel deck that supports a wood framed house in order to meet local fire code. This hybrid system is also novel in terms of its production, because modular factories do not typically combine wood and steel. The designs and specifications for these houses tread a careful line between considerations of future sustainability and current concerns with cost and efficiency.
SLS, LMD, Cragnolin Design Engineers, Simplex Homes, Pennkraft Building Systems, Modular Steel Systems, Swartfager Welding Inc, and Bay Crane