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The Future of Modular Construction is Here

May 09, 2019

The world’s tallest modular hotel, 360-feet tall, will open in New York City in 2020. There’s a lot of amazing facts about this first of its kind modular structure. Perhaps the most amazing part is the on-site construction will take only 90 days! The new Marriott AC Hotel will feature 168 prefabricated guest rooms. Each guest room comes fully finished inside and out, and fully equipped and stocked (including bed sheets, linens and toiletries). These hotel rooms are designed to be stacked right on top of a traditionally built lobby and restaurant for a total expected cost of $65 million.
Modular construction is part of Marriott’s goal to bring down construction costs. Marriott currently has 31 different properties incorporating prefabricated guest rooms. 

Read more about Marriott’s “world’s tallest” modular AC Hotel – opening 2020 »

Because each room is constructed independently, there is a space between the walls of adjacent units typically filled with insulation materials. The buildings are surprisingly quiet from a guests’ perspective. Combined with ever-changing technologies and energy efficiencies, the hotel business and other areas of construction suitable for modular methods will grow the operations of modular manufacturing companies (see Skender, or Katerra). Office buildings, schools, apartment and condominium high rises, dormitories, hospitals, and retirement or long-term care facilities will all look to modular manufacturing for future construction.

See a short video of world’s first off-grid, sustainable, “elastic” apartment building:


And, check out this modular bathroom construction for the University of Michigan »

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