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Marriott International bets on modular constructions

Marriott announces it will strengthen development through modular construction in North America. In 2017, the group expects to sign 50 hotels of this kind.

Since 2014, the American hotel group has been working to launch this construction process. In 2015, a pilot project was presented at the Connect conference. The concept is based on the creation of room and bathroom block units at a factory outside the hotel construction site. When rooms are ready, they are transported to the site and stacked, workers then complete the construction with the electrical and plumbing works required. This process reduces the costs and construction time necessary for hotel development.

Karim Khalifa, Senior Vice President Global Design Strategies at Marriott International, said: "We believe the modular process will be a game changer for our valued development partners, especially during a time when labor shortages can be a challenge to timely openings. As modular construction gains popularity and acceptance in the hotel industry, costs can also decrease over time."

Currently, one hotel built with this construction type has already opened its doors in California: the Folsom Fairfield Inn & Suites in Folsom. This project was realized in partnership with the company Guerdon, whose plant is situated in Boise, Idaho. Four projects are currently under construction such as Courtyard in Pullman (Washington) and the AC Hotel in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma).

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