FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2015
Contact: Liz Burnett
liz@modular.org, 434-296-3288

The Modular Building Institute Announces April 2015 Building of the Month

Modular Genius' VA hosptial addition.

Modular Building Institutes’ Modular Building of the Month for March recognizes Champion Commercial Structures’ Brooks Hotel, also the recipient of the prestigious Judges’ Choice award in MBI’s 2015 Awards of Distinction.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Modular Building Institute is pleased to announce the April 2015 Building of the Month recognition goes to Champion Commercial Structures’ Brooks Hotel project in Williston, North Dakota.  This project won the prestigious Judges’ Choice award in MBI’s 2015 Awards of Distinction, presented at World of Modular this past March in Las Vegas. 

The Brooks Hotel is a 102-room full-service hotel designed for the business traveler. Amenities include a modern gym and an aquatic fitness center. A hybridized construction process was used on this project: Common areas were site-constructed, while guest rooms were built offsite using modular with a center corridor concept. The center corridor concept allowed Champion to maximize the size of each module while minimizing the shipping and set costs associated with the project. Because Champion was also the general contractor, site costs were controlled and scopes of work were clearly articulated to subcontractors. This, more than anything, let to cost savings for the project and brought the building in on time and on budget.

In addition to cost and time savings, the modular building process was used for this hotel due to the remote location. Williston, North Dakota’s harsh winters mean a short building season. Affordable local labor is also hard to find, due to the high wages paid by the oil companies in the area. Using offsite modular construction, the customer was able to save considerable time and money and ensure their project opened as scheduled, which is critical given the housing and hospitality shortage in the area. 

Modular construction has been increasingly recognized for its ability to shave off time and cost for developers of hospitality, franchise, and multifamily projects.  The Modular Building Institute expects to see this trend continue to grow in the next 12 months, as more developers and general contractors join the organization. 

 View the Brooks Hotel Awards of Distinction information.

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The Modular Building Institute is the international nonprofit trade association that has served the modular construction industry for 30+ years. Members are suppliers, manufacturers and contractors involved in all aspects of modular projects -- from complex multistory solutions to temporary accommodations. As the voice of commercial modular construction, MBI expands the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach, education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high-quality modular designs and facilities. For more information on modular construction, visit www.modular.org.