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Published on : Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The largest hotel brand in the world, Marriott International has announced that it is geared up to embrace the concept of modular construction with an aim to promote growth in the region of North America.
It is waiting to sign 50 hotel deals this year, that is believed to incorporate predesigned guestrooms and/ or bathrooms.
It is believed that this would comprise about 13% of all signings for North America in 2017. The guestrooms and bathrooms are being planned to be created quite away from the hotel that would possess a climate-controlled factory. Once it is completed, the units would all be moved to the site wherein the frame and base of the property would be constructed.
The units would get stacked into place by crane.
Thereafter, the workers would complete the plumbing and electrical systems and also finish the other important details associated with the hotel construction.
Marriott has meanwhile opened another hotel utilizing this unique process, that is the Folsom Fairfield Inn and Suites in Folsom, Calif that flaunts 97 rooms.
Tom Hardiman, executive director, Modular Building Institute that is a non-profit trade association stated that Marriott and others are adopting the process of modular construction especially because it is capable of shortening the overall construction schedule that results in a swifter return on investment.
Some of the challenges hotels might avert in embracing this process include skilled labor shortages and poor weather conditions.
However, the hotel industry in the USA has been slower to welcome this approach than it has in the region of Europe. About 3% of all the hotel construction in North America adheres to modular construction, according to Hardiman and he feels that Marriott is ready to experiment with this concept. Marriott has started researching this technique in the year 2014 and had chosen Oldcastle SurePods and Champion Commercial Structures to start working with.