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Marriott Will Build A 26 Story Hotel In Just 90 Days

The world’s largest hotel chain will soon hold the title of having the world’s tallest modular hotel when the “AC Hotel New York NoMad” opens next year. This hotel will be different than well, any other hotel ever built. It wont take years to build, it will only take 90 days according to Marriott International.

“In North America, the construction process hasn’t changed significantly in 150 years and it’s ripe for innovation,” Eric Jacobs, Marriott International’s chief development officer of North American select and extended stay-brands, said in a statement. “The world’s tallest modular hotel, in one of the world’s greatest destinations, will act as a game-changing symbol to ignite even greater interest in modular among the real estate and lending industries.”

The property’s 168 rooms will be prefabricated in a factory in Poland. It will be complete with painted walls, flooring, beds, sheets, pillows, and even bath products. The finished modules will be shipped to New York where they will be trucked in during the night so it does not disturb traffic. The lobby and restaurant will be built with normal construction methods, but the rooftop bar will be built prefab, just like the rooms. The property will be located on 30th Street and 6th Avenue. Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take ONLY three months!

I was literally out of my seat and dancing out of excitement when I heard of this amazing news. I can’t wait to watch the hotel rooms being put into place. Modular construction is not new in New York City, but it is still not the norm. Brands like Pod and CitizenM used this construction design in their properties that are located in Manhattan(CitizenM) and Brooklyn(Pod).


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68 comments on “Marriott Will Build A 26 Story Hotel In Just 90 Days

  1. John Dwyer says:

    Fantastic article Seth, modular construction is the new frontier, you hit the bullseye, Marriott is on a winner

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    1. Thank you John for commenting! Marriott is starting the revolution of hotels.

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      1. Paulina says:

        It is an amazing moment for the modular construction industry. #DMDmodular is proud to be part of this project! http://www.dmdmodular.com

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    2. Susana Dutra says:

      Modular construction is indeed the new frontier. They are on average 20% less expensive in some jurisdictions and up to 50% in others. Added benefits of quality control, lowered construction accidents, and of course, increased speed of delivery all contribute to this game-changing way of building. It not only benefits the hotel building industry but the housing industry as well, helping to counter the rising housing costs. Check out the article below:

      https://www.sightline.org/2018/08/02/modular-construction-a-housing-affordability-game-changer/

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      1. Brian VINCENT says:

        How do you confirm your 20% saving? Most projects we have priced out put modular at 25% premium

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    3. Tamas Vendel Budai Dipl. Kfm. says:

      How would it be possible to realize this in Hungary?

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  2. Kevin says:

    Great to see! The headline is a bit of a misnomer though. Should say “Placed in 90 days” Wonder how many manhours were spent in Poland and shipping…;) Wave of the future is hitting our shores.

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    1. Hey, I agree! Thanks for commenting

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Which company did the modular structures?

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  4. Dave Morris says:

    The future…good

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  5. Satnam Bains says:

    Promising future, huge opportunity to lead the way with renewable, sustainable construction and renewable energy capture and consumption technologies.

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  6. Paul McKenna says:

    Skystone Group LLC are completing all works on this AC Marriott Hotel as General Contractor, installing the traditional basement to podium works and all the modular units..#skystone #macskystone

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    1. Anonymous says:

      DMDmodular – polish based company is the manufacturer of the modular guest rooms. http://www.dmdmodular.com; #dmdmodular.

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  7. James says:

    How does cost compare to traditional building?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Not the first modular high-rise hotel.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilton_Palacio_del_Rio

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  9. Jay Seggie says:

    Hey Sean – Very interesting. Do you know if they built it to metric, or imperial sizes? Curious about the plumbing fittings specifically.

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    1. Jay Seggie says:

      …Seth.

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    2. Hey, imperial system. How did you find this post out of curiosity! Thanks for commenting

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      1. Jay Seggie says:

        Thanks Seth. It showed up on my Linked-In feed. Lots of people in fabrication in my connections and my current company, 3form, supplies the hotel industry. I was curious about the fixtures because we have ferries here (Vancouver, BC) that were built in Europe to metric sizing. Makes repair/maintenance a little trickier.

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      2. Very interesting. Is there anyway you can send me a screen shot of where my post came up? My email is Seth@thehotelfanatic.com

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      3. Is this a prevailing wage job who is doing the mechanicals is the sub responsible for the last mile to the grid a lot of unanswered questions in fire safety too. Is the pre fab sprayed for flame retardants or smoke abatement is the structural I tgrity the same USA Poland building codes and what is the insulation material made of I live in a modular and am thrilled but it was built in the USA under our strict building codes

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  10. Jonner Kerr says:

    How are these rated for earth quake zones? They look fab by the way. Well done!

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  11. Vincenz Saccento says:

    What are they used is it regular type built? Stick building? If so it’s the same old shit!!!!

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  12. T Euwer says:

    It won’t be long until this come to a city near you and this type of construction won’t be limited to hotels. Forward thinking contractors need to lean in before our customers decide to start importing buildings instead of hiring us to build them.

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  13. Diane O'Brien says:

    There are companies in the U.S. that do this modular hotel construction – better to buy USA! Seems like freight from Poland would be pretty costly. Guerdon Modular building has done many modular hotels for Marriott and Hilton. Not sure how long all of these have been in existence to see how the long term durability is… interesting concept.

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  14. Meli M says:

    I’m interested to know how they will tie in the utilities. Also, there’s a lot of prework that is not mentioned, like the design, and obtaining permits. And I wonder if they will insulate it as a whole when the whole thing is up.

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  15. Kaya says:

    The Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World was built in a similar way I believe.

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  16. Wiseass says:

    It’s about time, get rid of the onni group, the bosa’s and all the other lame ass construction companies…

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  17. Afonso Monteiro says:

    Great News. I beleive that soon Will be a normal thing.
    I Love hotel construction and i managed quite a few.
    Hotel Project Management is my thing.

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  18. Seth – how much of this construction is utilizing sustainable forest products? Lots of new construction nowadays using cross-laminated timber (CLT). Thanks for posting this.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    This is becoming a popular topic when constructing hospitality and apartment complexes. A 400000 SF factory is being constructed for Autovol in Nampa, ID that uses robotic construction will soon be manufacturing modular hotels.

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    1. That is amazing! One of the brands that are in this the most is Citizen M Hotels

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  20. Anonymous says:

    What is the name of the polish constructor…

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  21. arkiteko says:

    That’s awesome. However….It will be interested finding out how standard and lengthy inspections procedures would take place as mandatory order per applicable states and local building codes in place. Perhaps New York building inspectors are allowed traveling often to Poland and be authorized by local government to do so? That will be a real change for building departments means and methodology currently in place and will give back to our family of AEC more control of its own efficiency and productivity.

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  22. Rick Fennema says:

    I Love Modular, I’ve fabricated and assembled industrial modals over the years, it’s a great building method. I’ve even done final assembly it in NYC. My top questions are:
    1) how did Marriott solve the off site code inspection for imbedded MEPs
    2) will union labor be used for assembly, if so, how did Marriott resolve the union claims for modular imbedded MEPs
    3) in more forward thinking locations I’ve seen electrical plug connections used for power, low voltage, fire alarm and flexible plumbing connections used at modular interfaces, did Marriott get NYC to accept such a solution.

    Best of luck to Marriott, I’m only disappointed in Marriott choosing an oversees location for fabrication. Shipping from port to port is much less size limiting then rail or road transport. I’m thinking that the future solution is modularized wall and floor sections with final modular assembly at or near the site.

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    1. Paula says:

      The point is that oversee transport is more effcient then rail or road trucks (when you consider long distance). I assume that it might be surprising but it is a fact. Regarding the comment on „modularized walls” instead of „volumetric modular solution”: the volumetric solution brings all benefits for the hospitality industry: quality control of fully finished & furnished mods which is runs the facility (instead of the site)!, time reduction and cost reduction. Modularized walls do not solve the main challange: finishing and quality control. Anyway you have to spent months on site. Volumetric modular system is the future, indeed.

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  23. Peter Collins says:

    What about the wooden water tank???

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  24. Chris Martin Jr says:

    How was it financed?

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  25. Anonymous says:

    What was the structural material of the mods its my understanding that wood structures over podium or foundation are restricted to 5 stories and steel stud mods at I believe 13 stories 26 stories that’s an awesome modular build I love how much our industry grows and develops. I definitely agree marriot should look to fill their needs with local modular companies. Autovol is a company that will begin production soon and there is a multitude of other manufacturers marriot has already done work with guerdon zmodular is also another amazing choice just saying U.S. is always the best choice

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  26. Anthony Rimore says:

    What an Innovation!!! This has NEVER been done before (except of course Disney 50+ years ago for the Contemporary in Orlando)

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    1. Anonymous says:

      It is really amazing that the project (168 guestrooms) is transported from DMDmodular in Poland to NYC! Looking forward to seeing this building! It is so increadible movement for the industry. Seems that you csn export everything nowadays!

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  27. Tyler J Depew, AIA says:

    What starts the 90 day clock? You can’t even dig a hole and place foundations in NYC in 90 days. How is this sustainable? Build the pods in Poland and float them across the Atlantic? #NotBuyingIt.

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  28. They got there head up there ass think it trough……

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  29. Rohit Patel says:

    Can we have small share in this project

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  30. With our Clicwall material, they probably make it happen even faster !!! http://www.readywall.ee http://www.unilinpanels.com

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  31. Rohit Patel says:

    Can we invest money in this project Rohit Patel

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Just another way to eliminate high construction costs and bypass unions

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  33. A huge support for modular idea, we assembled industrial & comercial refrigeration. Great job DMDmodular.

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  34. Edu Camarena says:

    This is very exciting! However…produced in Poland and shipped to the US? This is globalization finally arriving in the construction industry and it comes with a dark side. Probably with the current prices of things and regulation, it is actually cheaper to pay the super low polish wages and pay for the shipment than employing American workers. This system will clearly maximize the profits but surely it will reduce the number of jobs in construction for american workers and will increase CO2 levels as the construction components will need to be shipped really long distances. I think is sensible to consider this too.

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    1. Aaron McEwin says:

      Agree, look at what Hilton did in 1968 with the Palacio del Rio.

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  35. Brad Mayer says:

    Is there more than one modular fabricator involved in the entire project? Did local building inspectors go to plant for inspections? How are the unions reacting to this development?

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  37. Brian Gilmore says:

    This is a good idea, but why Poland, why didn’t they build these locally. There are plenty of companies in the US. There is a company right in NY.

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    1. That is a good question.

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    2. Sonu says:

      Whats the name of the company in NYC?

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  38. trimirti says:

    We are waiting for reply can we invest in this project

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    1. I don’t know the answer to that question I am sorry.

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  39. Aaron McEwin says:

    Hilton did a similar structure back in 1968 for the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio with the Palcio del Rio. It is 500 rooms and 21 stories assembled in 46 days and completed in 202 days. The modular units were also constructed only 8 miles from the site, saving on shipping cost (fuel and time) instead of being shipped from oversees. Energy efficient and fast.

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  40. Michael Jeffas says:

    Hadn’t the time to read all other comments. CONCEPT is NOT the wuestion. OK, it wasn’t less expendive to manufacture in U.S. with U.S. labor and materials ? Cost of shipping from Poland to U.S. Cost of transportation from Polish manufacture site to docks ? It WILL be U.S. labor that assembles in NYC. SO much for the PROGRESSIVE, anti-U.S. labor…or anything measures of DiBlasio.in N
    Y. !

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  41. This would be really exciting if it were being manufactured in the USA. Although it will be erected by a US firm, it will pay only 3 months of labor wages and no fabrication or material costs to US firms, regarding the tower portion of the building. It will result in more over seas jobs, which do not benefit the US economy. It is also difficult to compete with other countries who have lower wages and fabrication costs. A 3 month erection schedule is still very impressive. I think this was first accomplished in China. Are the firms backed by China? Regardless, this will be an impressive project!

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  42. Robert Bevilacqua says:

    OK. So it really is not being built in 90 days. It is being built in warehouses and being shipped. It is being assembled in 90 days. Note also that all the normal inspections are being done in Poland for the modules. As a New Yorker I might be nervous about that.

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  43. KEVIN H WOOLLEY says:

    I am excited to see a big name like Marrott get involved with the modular building sector. Marriott is one of the world’s largest real estate investors, right? Hopefully, there will be international standardization for design and construction processes that will lower economic risks and encourage “better” buildings of all shapes and sizes. Just think what this will mean for the adaptability, longevity, and repurposing of structures! Maybe not as simple as playing with Lego’s, but definitely better in many cases than traditional ways of doing things. But this industry needs to be accepted by society and this project is a significant step in this direction.

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  44. Hendra Winardi - consulting engineer for Mariott in Brazil says:

    Nice progress in the contructions method with e prefabricated will be faster , but amizing can be done in 90 days,know that BROAD in China did in the last 2 years also in a very short time , congratulations

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  45. Jim butler local union #3 ibew says:

    Just another way to ship good paying jobs overseas. Why not build it here in America. Less American jobs so the CEO can get a bigger bonus. When is it ever going to end. SMH

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  46. Nishan Singh says:

    Dear Sir I am gantry crane operator and Rigger I have a construction experience 10 years.
    Kareena electrical no problem any filed job.

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