BUILDING: Fast Piecework

Prefabricated construction, which now accounts for 8% of all new home building, last week was making fast headway in the commercial building field as well. Among the newest developments:

¶On Manhattan's Park Avenue, a $14 million skyscraper was being fitted with 1,800 prefabricated aluminum panels, each with two window frames. The entire job of putting up outside walls on the 26-story structure was being done in the record time of 6½ working days, v. eight weeks for ordinary stone-and-brick construction. The metal panels, two stories high and 4½ ft. wide, were carted...

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