Sunday, February 18, 2018

Guerdon Building Largest Marriott Project to Date

Prefabricated hotel rooms already outfitted off-site with furniture, carpets, curtains and artwork will be hoisted onto the framework of two Marriott hotels in downtown Hawthorne beginning Monday in a project closely watched by developers across the country.

The rise of Space X and the Ram’s future pro football stadium are fueling development in Hawthorne, CA and driving the demand for Marriott’s largest modular hotel project to date.

The 354-room dual-branded Marriott is a vital piece in the city’s transformation from, as the LA Times put it, “a nose-down industrial city to something, hip and cool.”

Guerdon’s modular construction is saving time and increasing quality by building rooms in a factory controlled environment concurrent to foundations and first-floor work on-site. Modules leave the factory ready to stack; complete with carpet, beds, and artwork installed.

The $86 million development, just two miles from SpaceX, will feature a Marriott Courtyard with 221 rooms and a 133-room TownePlace Suites extended-stay hotel on an L-shape parcel at the corner of Hawthorne and El Segundo boulevards.

All the rooms and bathrooms already have been built and will simply be stacked up on the site vertically and connected to electric, plumbing and other utility lines. The project is Marriott’s largest prefabricated development yet.

“For the past four months we’ve been under production on these modular units in a factory in Boise, Idaho,” said Brad Wagstaff, owner of Mogul Capital, a Marriott and Hilton franchisee. “There is a lot of interest in this project nationally among developers looking at the big push in modular construction that Marriott is doing.

“This project is going to come out of the ground very fast.”

The whole arrangement of 354 rooms and shared, oversized amenities — including a spa, pool, meeting rooms, a fitness center, barbecue area, sports court and restaurant — is expected to be open for business by summer of 2018.

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