Members of the Modular Building Institute (MBI) recently attended The American Institute of Architects (AIA) show in San Antonio. Representing the modular building industry to architects that traveled from all over the United States to that locale presented a particularly interesting opportunity to champion the merits of the accelerated building process. Just one short block from the convention center stands a 21-story example of modular construction that has become a part of the historical landscape of San Antonio, as well as an early and ever-present example of the engineering feats modular construction can undertake.
The Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel is proudly pointed out to visitors as a 'modular' hotel with a history worthy of landing it on the famed Riverwalk boat tour for review and discussion. The hotel was highlighted in AIA's guidebook to local architecture, prompting MBI to speak to the construction company that undertook this engineering feat in 1968. Zachry Construction Corporation (Zachry), also located in the heart of San Antonio and actual owner of the hotel, provided this original story written in 1968 about the project upon its construction. Interestingly, the piece is timeless in that the application could happen just as easily today.
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