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(Originally posted in April 2019. Updated February 2020). There is a different way to construct hotels that is continuing to be utilized more frequently. Modular construction is gaining steam in the US, and we will only see more businesses opt for this type of construction rather than traditional methods in the future. What makes every project unique is each has its very own customizable design. This design is available to you when you choose to build using modular construction. Here are the best modular hotel construction projects in the United States from 2018 and 2019.
With the help of AVANA Capital’s $70 million construction loan, Mogul Capital was able to develop a dual-branded Marriott Courtyard and TownePlace Suites in the bustling city of Hawthorne, California. The project brought together the on-site construction expertise of Lusardi Construction Company and the modular construction expertise of Guerdon Modular Buildings. Since Guerdon has a construction facility in Boise, Idaho, they were able to piece together fully furnished guestrooms that were constructed off-site under controlled plant conditions. What made this project so attractive to the developers is that when using modular construction, the time that it takes to build the entire hotel was reduced by approximately six months. Another huge plus is that when buildings are constructed using modular designs they have significantly higher STC ratings and reduced noise transmissions from room to room, which allows for more positive guest experiences.
In September 2018, modular construction technology was elevated to new heights with the 21-story citizenM New York Bowery located in downtown Manhattan. This is only the second hotel in New York and the United States offered by citizenM, the boutique hotel company founded in Amsterdam. Their prefabricated construction system was used for the first time in the United States with this project. Each prefabricated guest room is designed and built in a factory north of Gdansk, Poland, and then shipped by sea in containers to the port of New York. When you enter the room you will notice that the rooms are made up of steel with concrete floors covered with wood laminate. All the furniture that you see in the room except for the chair frames, bench, and decorative visual art was attached before the modules were placed on the shipping container in Poland. This allows for easy installation and easy troubleshooting due to ease of access to the rooms in the controlled plant conditions. This great new design and construction allow the hotel to offer affordable prices and a more livable space than a traditional hotel.
Located in Santa Rosa, California’s Railroad Square a new AC Hotel, one of Marriott International’s new upscale lifestyle brands, has emerged. Crews started laying the foundation for the lobby while Guerdon Modular was beginning the construction of the modules in Boise, Idaho, simultaneously. Due to the wildfires that devastated Santa Rosa in 2017, the town has turned to modular construction as a solution to rebuild efficiently and quickly. An on-site built ground floor will accompany the 142 rooms with retail space and an upscale restaurant. The 86 modules that make up the 142 rooms will all be constructed in Boise and then transported to Railroad Square in Santa Rosa.
One of the highest and most remote sites in Yellowstone National Park gets an upgrade with five multi-story lodges built using modular construction technology. Once again Guerdon Modular Buildings stepped in to tackle the largest sustainable lodging project in the Nation Park Service. In their factory in Boise, Guerdon was able to construct the lodges using prefabricated system technology. This technology was used to create the walls, ceilings, and floors of each module. Before all projects begin, Guerdon builds a prototype, which enables all trades to view their scopes. When the modules are ready to transport, they are finished with paint, carpet, tile, lighting, and fixtures. What makes this project unique is that Guerdon used recycled wood for the fixtures and recycled glass and fly ash for the countertops. Modular construction was perfect for a project like this because the winters in the park are brutal, causing work to halt.
Developed by Southern Hospitality Services and constructed by Akshar Development Inc, Home2 Suites by Hilton, created the first modular built hotel in the Bay Area and the first Home2 Suites by Hilton modular build. Unmatched efficiency and faster construction times are what attracted Home2 Suites to build using modular technologies. Home2 Suites will offer all-suite accommodations so guests can customize their suite to their style and preference. Each suite will come fully equipped with kitchens and modular furniture to make this possible. To reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint, there will also be solar panels that will produce up to 50% of the hotel’s energy and a bio-retention pond to filter water runoff.
This new AC Hotel NuLu in Lousiville is based on Marriott International’s European hotel model. This model emphasizes furnishings in a minimalist, uncluttered affordable space. The hotel will be comprised of 156 guest rooms that will be built to stand four stories tall. Each guest room will contain one or two fully furnished hotel rooms and a hallway corridor. Inside the room, you can expect to see a bed, sofa, desk, large bench, and a full bath with a stand-up shower. All of these amenities will be constructed at two large controlled modular construction sites in Pennsylvania. Additionally, each unit’s plumbing, electrical, and technology equipment are put into place. However, they are not hooked up until after the modules are stacked. Similarly, AC Hotels went with modular construction to save time and create a hotel that is more efficient than a hotel that used traditional construction methods.
842 Enterprises, Inc. decided to redevelop a parcel the family had owned since 1993. This site is located in Manhattan’s North of Madison district. After conducting a market analysis, 842 Enterprises determined that the benefits of modular hotel construction projects fit the site best. Nonetheless, the family had limited hospitality experience. So, they sought out a lender who could not only finance the project but also provide much-needed industry experience. With the assistance of AVANA Capital, 842 Enterprises was able to begin its construction of this hotel. The hotel is anticipated to be the tallest modularly-constructed hotel in the United States. Overall, the construction of this project is expected in March of 2021. The finished hotel will be approximately 103,000 square feet, with 168 guest rooms in total. In addition, the AC by Marriott hotel will have various accommodations. These include its three food and beverage facilities, fitness center, and meeting rooms.
Due to the growing number of benefits, the future of modular hotel construction projects is very promising. With technological advances in manufacturing, projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time. In fact, some of these projects can take just six months or less to complete. Elevate your hotel project today. You can enjoy cost savings, shorter timelines, quality control, and many more perks when you choose modular construction.
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