Thursday, December 24, 2020

CitizenM's Latest Modular Hotel Built in China

Citizen M chose a Chinese factory to build the modules for its latest hotel in Los Angeles. I wonder if any North American modular manufacturers were even given a chance to bid. And were the Chinese modules subjected to the same regulatory scrutiny as ones built in the US are?

Work is nearly finished in downtown Los Angeles on CitizenM, a hip hotel for international travelers made of prefabricated rooms that were craned into place like a child’s building blocks.

The Dutch developers who launched the project before the pandemic are not rushing to open its doors, but they have carried on building in anticipation of a time when people will again venture from city to city for fun, to try new restaurants and strike up conversations in hotel lobbies with friendly strangers.

CitizenM points to its modular construction approach — like high-stakes Lego — as one reason the company is able to keep costs low and charge less for rooms than its rivals as it looks ahead to a post-pandemic world.

The 11-story CitizenM rose more quickly than most buildings because it was built by stacking pre-made modules on top of one another, an evolving construction method promising efficiency that is still a rarity in Los Angeles.

Modular hotel construction can shave several months off construction, the developers said, which reduces overall costs. The CitizenM will be finished between July and January, a speedy delivery for a new 315-room hotel.

Work began in Jiangmen, an industrial city in the Guangdong province of China near the South China Sea. In a factory owned by CIMC, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of shipping containers, workers assembled modules about the same size as standard freight containers — 54 feet long and 8 feet wide.

1 comment:

Scott Peterson said...

Are the materials used to complete the modules compatible with the Referenced Standards in the California Building Code? Were the MEP systems tested prior to their shipment and again when they were installed? How did the modules get a CA FBH Insignia and a 3rd-party Label certifying that they were compliant with the requirements? Was the engineering done to satisfy the seismic requirements of LA County?

Let's not forget that CIMC "used to" supply only containers to the Chinese factories that build the modules. CIMC cut out the middleman and kept the profits. How's that for capitalism in a communist country?