TH31 - Cooler, Faster, Smaller: A Modular Dutch Hotel Disruptor

Thursday, November 29 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

citizenM was born in the Netherlands, the creation of a global fashion company owner imagining a different kind of hotel. This session will highlight the unique aspects of a hotel brand seeking to re-invent the typical hotel experience by understanding the basic needs of a traveler who wants affordable luxury and great design. With major projects in Boston and six other urban centers in the US, citizenM is disrupting traditional hotel brands with speed to market and just a little bit of irreverence. Case studies will highlight construction projects in Europe and the US, where an entire guest room package is transported on a single cargo ship and assembled on site. We will demystify the modular construction method and its issues regarding union labor, seismic codes, building systems integration, acoustics, on-site greenhouse gas emissions and construction waste.

Learning Objectives:

Understand unique challenges of designing and constructing pre-fabricated components of structural hotel modules

Identify building codes issues and approval strategies for pre-fabricated hotel components

Identify strategies for integrating building systems (e.g. mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection) in prefabricated hotel modules

Understand environmental impact of traditional vs. modular construction, with regard to shipping method, construction duration, trade vehicles on site, deliveries and other greenhouse gas sources


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU

Education Tracks: Project Types and Processes

Event Type: Workshops > Session