With occupancy rates significantly higher than the national average and its growing role as a tourist destination, Long Island hotel construction “surges,” trumpets Newsday. Island hoteliers enjoyed a 74% occupancy rate in 2016 compared to 66% nationally, reports The Real Deal: New York Real Estate News.
Lee Browning, Sr., CEO of Browning Hotel Properties, is constructing one of the several new hotels on the Island’s eastern tip. His Marriott Residence Inn Long Island East in Riverhead, New York, will provide guests with convenient access to the region’s beaches, vineyards, and the popular Long Island Aquarium.
As planning and permitting on the island can cause building project schedules to stretch out, to help streamline construction of the 131-room extended stay property, Browning opted to install SurePods pre-fabricated bathroom pods.
SurePods consolidate more than 10 construction trades – including electrical, plumbing and finishing work – into one factory-built product. Work crews simply crane the pods into place where they easily plug into the building’s utility systems. In addition to speeding construction, the modular bathrooms provide superior bathroom quality for hotel owners and guests.
In light of such benefits, this spring Marriott International announced its Marriott Modular initiative to use prefabricated guestrooms or bathrooms in 50 hotels in 2017, which accounts for more than 10 percent of the company’s “Select Brand” developments in North America this year.
SurePods has been building bathrooms for Marriott new hotel projects since 2006 and to-date has built over 2,000 bathroom pods for Marriott branded hotels.