Nestled in the dynamic uptown neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, the new luxurious JW Marriott hotel designed by HKS Architects is a retreat for guests who want to enjoy the southern city’s urban surroundings. Grounded in regal craftsmanship inspired by Queen Charlotte, the city’s namesake, each guest room features upscale amenities and a luxurious bathroom.
To successfully bring the hotel in Charlotte’s booming corridor to life, one challenge the building team faced was reducing laydown on the tight urban site. Recognizing the repetitive nature of all 335 bathrooms in the hotel made them a candidate for off-site prefabrication, DPR Construction proposed utilizing SurePods bathroom pods.
In hospitality construction, bathrooms generate the majority of punch list issues and require complex coordination. General contractors have to sequence 10 construction trades – including electrical, plumbing and finishing work ranging from painting to mirror hanging – all working in an area of about 50 to 100 square feet. With many trades coming and going in a confined area, there’s substantial risk of damage to previously completed work. DPR was able to sideline these issues by working with SurePods. Concurrent construction enabled the team to build in a controlled warehouse environment and reduced the need for onsite skilled labor, designed laydown and staging areas.
Given that the hotel is situated on a crowded busy inner-city street and bordered on two sides by other active construction sites, the prefab approach also helped reduce coordination issues and site challenges. With just-in-time deliveries, SurePods was able to quickly supply bathroom pods and minimize traffic disruptions, in addition to maintaining a safe environment in the largely pedestrian-friendly community.
According to hospitality industry magazine, Hotel Management, the project team was able to prefabricate all customized bathroom pods complete with finishes in accordance with hotel design features and then load them level by level into the 23-story building— all over a period of just 13 weeks. The pod deliveries occurred at night. In a project overview, DPR explained their “team self-performed the loading of the pods into the building and often exceeded production targets.”
As the North American leader of factory-built bathroom pods, SurePods loves to support commercial projects in the hospitality market. Since 2005, we’ve been crafting modular bathroom units and supplying them across the country. If you’re interested in partnering with us, the longest producing pod company in the nation, reach out. We would love to support your upcoming project. Connect with us at [email protected]