(Click an image below to see enlargement)
Modular Building Design
Gross Size of Project:
- Architectural Excellence
The project made history as Marriott’s first hotel (across all their brands) to be built using off-site modular construction.
The three-story Folsom Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is a 97 room, 52-module hotel. Harnessing a hybrid method, all the suites on the first floor and the entire second and third floors are made up of modules while half the first floor, including the entry way, pool, and other amenities were site-built. This created a unique challenge as half the building was built on a crawl space and the other half of the building (the site built portion) was built on a slab foundation. Each module is configured to contain two rooms and a portion of the corridor. Select modules on the second-floor jetty out over the first floor modules adding some architectural design as well as allowing for greater guest space in the upper floors. Modular construction is a perfect fit for hotel construction given the slim room profiles, double loaded corridor and duplicating room pattern.
- Technical Innovation & Sustainability
A major innovation born from this project was installing the room FF&E while at the factory. Requested by the client, the practice has now become standard for most hotels that we build. FF&E includes beds, sofas, chairs, desks, end tables, lamps, art, etc. Even operating supplies like pillows, blankets, soap, coffee makers, etc were included in the rooms, tied down for shipping. The factory installation of these items had multiple benefits; saved site crews time, reduced trade damage, eliminated storage and theft issues, and helped the housekeeping staff get the hotel open sooner. In practice, it is possible for housekeeping staff to prep and ready the rooms for guests in as little as 3 hours. Construction crews still need to make structural and MEP connections in the corridors but the finish level on the rooms allowed for suite doors to be locked and access limited through the duration of construction.
- Cost Effectiveness
Only 275 days: groundbreaking to occupancy. The developer began collecting revenues five months earlier than had they gone with site built construction. The timing is especially significant when noting the downturn of the labor market; halfway through the project, the GC experienced a difficult time sourcing subs, but the project timeline was not significantly derailed because approximately 80% of the work had already been completed out of state, in a market that was mostly unaffected by the labor shortage. Choosing modular construction helped them control costs, open sooner, and make their team more efficient.
Marriott International hosted a marketing event during the crane installation. Marriott’s top brass invited interested Hoteliers to experience the modular process first hand. The benefits from this project’s success are being felt throughout the modular industry as Marriott continues to be a strong proponent of modular, helping their developers gain an interest in the process