New York high-rise hotel to have prefab guestrooms

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The AC Hotel New York NoMad's prefabricated modules will contain a fully outfitted guestroom.
The AC Hotel New York NoMad's prefabricated modules will contain a fully outfitted guestroom.

Marriott International said it plans to open "the world's tallest modular hotel" in New York late next year.

Set to break ground this fall, the AC Hotel New York NoMad will be located at 842 Sixth Ave. and top out at 26 stories. The 168-room development will be built using prefabricated guestroom modules, which will arrive at the project site fully constructed and outfitted, with walls painted and beds, sheets, pillows, flooring and toiletries already in place. The property's roof and rooftop bar will also be built using modular construction, while the lobby and restaurant are expected to be built using more traditional methods.

Design of the AC Hotel New York NoMad is being led by Danny Forster & Architecture.

A rendering of the AC Hotel New York NoMad.
A rendering of the AC Hotel New York NoMad.

Marriott has been experimenting with prefabrication and modular building since 2014, in response to lengthening hotel construction times and an ongoing labor shortage. According to the company, the modular building process "reduces the construction timeline, curbs site waste and noise and results in a higher-quality product produced with factory level precision." 

More than 30 Marriott Intrnational hotels have already been built using prefabricated guestrooms and/or bathrooms, though those properties have all been low-rise. 

Most recently, the company has unveiled modular versions of its prototypes for four high-volume brands, including Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. It also announced the upcoming development of a modular-built Moxy hotel in Oakland, Calif.

Marriott is offering incentives this year to developers that utilize prefabrication for guestroom construction. 

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