Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Poland's Polcom Modular Sends Another Project to the US

CitizenM hotels with locations around the world is adding another a the site at 185 Bowery,NYC, near Little Italy. This hotel owes its building’s unusual place among its hotel siblings because of the status of being a modular building.

Now the installation of the 210 pods that will make up the hotel is on, and is expected to wrap up in the next few months.


CitizenM chose Polish company Polcom Modular to manufacture the units, which are being trucked in finished and stacked on-site. When its complete around February or March, the hotel will stand 20 stories tall and hold 300 compact rooms, making it the largest modular construction hotel project in New York City.

Modular construction isn’t seen all that often here, but if this project goes smoothly, look for more developers to begin at least allowing modular factories to bid on projects. It allows for a certain quality control—think of it as the Big Mac of hotel rooms—while also speeding up construction versus traditional methods by two to five months.

It will also reduce the number of truck trips to the site versus traditional building methods by 1,200. This, of course, does not account for the extra heft of shipping the pods from Poland as opposed to fabricating them in New York—something the developers said they wouldn’t be opposed to in the future.

I can think of several modular construction factories in PA that should be able to match both Polcom’s price and lead time.

“That is the beauty of modular construction,” the chief executive of Rinaldi Group, the project’s construction manager said. “It really minimizes disruption to the neighborhood, to the community, to the traffic flow.”

CitizenM is co-developing the site with Brack Capital, who scooped up the four adjacent properties that comprise the site prior to 2008. CitizenM Bowery is slated to open its doors in mid-2017.

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