OKLAHOMA CITY—NewcrestImage has entered into a partnership with Guerdon Modular Buildings, a manufacturer of large-scale, complex modular construction projects, to build a 142-room AC Hotel here.
This partnership represents the first NewcrestImage project, and the first Oklahoma City hotel, to be built using modular construction processes, according to the company. Located at 411 E. Sheridan Ave., the AC Hotel Bricktown resides next to the 13,000-seat Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and within a few blocks of the Cox Convention Center.
The project, along with an adjacent 134-room Hyatt Place hotel project that NewcrestImage is also developing, is part of a revival of the neighborhood. AC Hotel Bricktown is slated to open to the public in June 2017. NewcrestImage will be the owner and operator of the completed hotel.
“Many of the challenges that face hotel construction—finding skilled labor, maintaining quality, speed-to-market, risk mitigation—are addressed by modular construction technology,” said Mehul Patel, chairman and CEO, NewcrestImage. “For this first project, our team has been excited to work with Guerdon to harness the quick build cycle of the modular process, so that we can quickly provide Oklahoma City with AC Hotels’ stylish, European-inspired accommodations.”
The first floor of the five-story hotel will be built using traditional construction. The following four floors will be built from 81 modules built by Guerdon Modular Buildings. As part of the modular construction process, production of the modules will begin in June at Guerdon’s manufacturing facility based in Boise, ID. Each module will be transported to Oklahoma City using flatbed trucks, and will be craned in over the course of four days in October. All rooms and finishes will be exactly to AC Hotel specifications upon delivery, indistinguishable from any other of the Marriott brand’s other hotels, according to the company.
“Our goal has been to integrate closely with NewcrestImage in order to make every aspect of the construction process flawless and worry free, everything from the design and build to mapping out the delivery and installation process. That allows Mehul and his team focus on what they do best, managing successful hotel construction projects to completion,” said Lad Dawson, CEO, Guerdon Modular Buildings.
ADG, Inc. served as architect of record, and Duncan Miller Ullmann served as designer on the AC Hotel Bricktown project.
For more on Marriott’s approach to modular construction, see the May 7 issue of Hotel Business.