It’s safe to say this past year was filled with the unexpected—like staying nimble as we adjusted to new and ongoing issues in shipping and construction logistics. It’s also been filled with good. As the construction industry regained momentum, so too has the modular sector. Not only did we see five projects that feature our products open to the public, but we also opened our own new facility, SurePods West, to better meet demand. Because the construction industry is continuing to see the benefits of modular building, we expect to be just as, if not more, active in 2022. But before we toast to the new year, we want to reflect on a few 2021 highlights.
A look-back at key projects
We were fortunate to support the opening of several building projects this past year. Our prefabricated bathroom pods helped contractors facing site challenges shave two months off the schedule for the JW Marriott in Charlotte, North Carolina. By collaborating on the Prism Apartments in the pre-construction phase, our design team made it easier for Consigli Construction to implement lean construction methods and stay on budget and on schedule. And not to be left out, one of the most unique projects to feature our products is Legoland Hotel in Goshen, New York.
Legos introduce so many people to the concept of modular building, so we were delighted to provide this hotel with modular bathroom pods. Plus, our prefabricated bathroom pods allowed the designers to have a consistent, high-quality bathroom that could be modified to fit the different room themes throughout the hotel.
Benefits of modular construction in the news
In addition to the fun projects we’ve been a part of, we’ve also enjoyed seeing the benefits of modular construction in the news. One article in commARCH explains how our bathroom pods helped Consigli Construction sideline challenges they faced in the Boston/Cambridge area, like complicated transportation logistics and a tight skilled trade labor market. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. These issues have plagued the construction industry across the country in the past couple years.
By consolidating up to 12 trades and eliminating the need for a punch list, our bathroom pods not only saved contractors from the headaches of coordinating different trades but also time throughout the building process. In fact, according to Dave Curry, Consigli Construction’s preconstruction director, our prefabricated bathrooms helped Consigli “accomplish what would traditionally require 100 hours of labor per bathroom in 10 minutes.”
Going behind the scenes
As developers increasingly turn to modular building to solve construction issues, we’ve seen more interest in our prefabrication process. Recently, the Construction Brothers stopped by SurePods to film a video about how our bathrooms are built and shipped to jobsites across the country.
This video highlights how our factory-controlled environments help ensure a quality product from start to finish and a safe work setting for our team. The video also explains how the process eliminates wastes to increase productivity. For a more in-depth discussion about prefabrication, the Construction Brothers interviewed Bill Seery, Vice President at SurePods, on their podcast.
Ending the year and beginning the next
These were just a few of the highlights from 2021. We are both grateful for what’s been accomplished and excited for what lies ahead (including more projects in healthcare and residential facilities). We could not have done any of this without our dedicated SurePods team and our innovative customers, so we’d like to end by saying thank you to everyone for helping make 2021 a year of growth and a year of change.
If you’re looking to collaborate with SurePods in 2022, connect with us at: www.surepods.com/contact