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Most of the properties mentioned in our main story focus on taking a prefabricated modular approach to complete hotel rooms.
But Marriott International Inc., has also built properties using just prefabricated bathrooms.
For example, the two-in-one Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. Live project near the Los Angeles Convention Center opened two months ahead of schedule in 2014.
The dual branded development includes 218 rooms for the Residence Inn and another 175 rooms for the Courtyard.
The contractor on the project, SODO Builders, based in Seattle, wanted to find a way to create guest bathrooms that could be rapidly constructed, but would also be cost-effective. When analyzing its last similar project, traditional bathroom construction and installation took about 10-12 weeks to complete.
Within that timeframe, the punch list consumed approximately three to four weeks. To cut down on time, SODO contacted Oldcastle SurePods to provide bathroom pods.
“The use of pods resulted in a streamlined punch list and faster vertical process through the building,” says Steve Foley, senior superintendent. “As a commercial contractor, we report a time-savings of eight weeks by incorporating the SurePods.”
The mechanical team was also surprised at the time-savings.
“An unexpected benefit of using pods was that the flow of the job went faster and smoother,” says Dan Medeiros, designer/detailer, Pan Pacific Mechanical based in Fountain Valley, California. “We moved to the next floor level much quicker and fewer RFIs were written.”
The prefabricated bathrooms were assembled in Oldcastle SurePods’ Madera, California, facility, delivered to the jobsite and slid into the structure from the side of the exterior, prior to the erection of the 23-story building’s facade.
Each bathroom was constructed using Marriott-approved and specified products per the client’s request. There is a hot and cold-water hookup on top of the unit, and there’s also an electrical connection. The pods were delivered to the jobsite with all the finishes and fixtures preinstalled.
Pan Pacific Mechanical said its crews could install up to 30 units per day.