Friday, February 26, 2021

St Louis Hotel Project Uses Prefab Components and BIM

Off-Site Construction made it easier for this AC Hotel to be completed on time even in the face of material and labor shortages due to COVID-19. Components and modular construction methods will soon become the first option many developers and Architects turn to for large projects.

The intersection of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and prefabrication is proving an effective strategy for Midas Construction as it advances the construction of the $26.4 million AC Hotel St. Louis-Central West End in St. Louis, Missouri.

Like many hospitality projects, the 192-room hotel faced material supply and schedule challenges caused by the year-long pandemic. Midas’ solution entails orchestrating a highly coordinated off-site prefabrication of building components among several subcontractors, architects and engineers with BIM technology.

With the pandemic causing supply chain delays and challenges to labor safety, prefabricating building components in controlled environments adapt well to material shortages while delivering greater precision and safety. 

In developing the collaborative BIM/Prefab strategy, Midas is partnering with ENGWorks and the project design team, which includes HDA Architects, Alper Audi, DeLuca Plumbing, McClure Engineering, Eisen Group, and DLR Group. Midas Construction has been able to optimize the fabrication and installation for the nearly 95,000-square-foot hotel.

Eisen Group’s panel and truss system allow for mechanical, electric, plumbing, and fire protection trades to accelerate their schedule with prefabricated materials. DeLuca Plumbing has prefabricated all guestroom plumbing walls off-site while Streib Electric has organized its prefabrication of all guestroom components.

Located at 215 York Ave., the AC Hotel is being developed by Concord Hospitality, Koplar Properties and Homebase Partners. The seven-story, European-inspired hotel will be one of the Central West End’s first hospitality projects in nearly 20 years. It is on track for completion in the fall of 2021.

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Gary Fleisher, the Modcoach, writes Modcoach News and Modular Home Coach blogs as well as the best site for off-site consultants, Modcoach Connects

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