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Real World Solutions: Pre-fab at Work in Student Housing

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Student housing developers continue to seek out real estate on the doorsteps of colleges and universities. However, “with diminishing site availability near campuses, developers have tailored their projects accordingly, building taller buildings,” says Student Housing Supply. The high-rise style lends itself well to prefabrication, as the approach addresses time and sustainability concerns commonly found in the multi-unit residential industry. To …

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Bathroom Pods and MEP System Tolerances

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Technical Spotlight #5: Prefab Bathroom Pods and MEP System Tolerances Interested in using modular bathroom pods, but fear of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) issues keeping you up at night? It’s SurePods to the rescue! In the fifth installment of our “Technical Spotlight” series, we’ll answer three common questions around modular bathrooms’ MEP system tolerances, proving that prefab can once …

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SurePods Close-up: On the Assembly Line

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A lot has changed since we first started producing SurePods bathroom pods back in 2004. Picture field-built bathroom building, plus a roof overhead. Over time, we’ve paired modern machines with skilled, cross-trained employees in a controlled factory environment to deliver on speed, superior quality, simplicity and safety. We invite you to come along with us for an in-depth look at …

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Pre-Fab Delivers on High Design

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Take a good look at this 5-star resort bathroom. Located in the beachfront Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, the high-end bathroom boasts a prefab design that features double sinks with clean, modern lines, a generous soaking tub and a shower stall elegantly separated from a toilet water closet by frosted glass. Now, how many of you would guess …

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Why Pre-Fab Construction? A Surefire Way to Knock Green Goals Out of the Park

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Sustainability is by no means a new concept. Dating back to the start of the 20th century, the green movement arose in response to the Industrial Revolution’s great consumption of resources. Today, going green is a global trend seen nearly everywhere, but it’s especially relevant in the building sector given the impact of material selection on the natural environment. In …

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Technical Spotlight #4: Prefab Bathroom Pod Specialized Moving Equipment

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On large commercial construction sites it is common to see cranes seamlessly carrying heavy loads. At SurePods, these cranes are an important part of our process. Building teams use them to lift and place prefabricated bathroom pods into a range of building types, from hotels to dormitories, saving critical time, labor and money on the jobsite. Since cranes and bathroom …

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Construction Market Update: Survey Shows Skilled Labor Shortage Impacting Contractors’ Bottom Line

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There’s no doubt the shortage of skilled construction labor is making it increasingly hard to find and hire craftsmen. But that’s not all it is affecting. According to a recent survey, the persisting labor squeeze is impacting contractors’ bottom line. Results from the Q1 2019 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index show that 70 percent of …

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Projects in the Works: New Element by Marriott Heads to St. Louis with SurePods

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St. Louis, Missouri, is just a year away from experiencing an influx of extended-stay guests. The city’s first Element by Marriott hotel is set to open in 2020, adding 153 spacious, nature-inspired rooms for visitors looking to stay and discover the burgeoning midtown area near St. Louis University (SLU) and the Cortex innovation district. The extended-stay Element by Marriott brand …

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Then and Now: The evolution of prefab bathroom pods

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For years, the phrase “modular construction” carried a negative connotation. It conjured up images of jobsite trailers and simple, Lego box structures cheaply put together offsite with little thought to design or style. These days, prefab is shedding its stigma. And, bathroom pods are helping lead the renaissance. No longer considered a last resort, the unitized pods have evolved to …

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Technical Spotlight #3: Prefab Bathroom Pod Delivery and Load-In

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At SurePods, we often say modular bathrooms are like a dishwasher. Once the pods are delivered to the jobsite, craned to the appropriate floor and slid into place, they’re ready to “plug and play.” A trained crew will anchor the units, and connect the electrical systems, hot and cold water hook-ups and wastewater disposal. Exterior drywall is then installed on …