While modular construction methods are gaining in popularity and becoming more main stream than ever before, it is certainly not a new concept.
In 1968, Zachry Construction Corporation built the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas for the Texas World Fair. According to the Modular Building Institute, the 21 storey, 500 room deluxe hotel was designed, completed and occupied in 202 working days. 496 rooms were placed by crane in 46 days.
Today, modular construction has become more sophisticated, in a growing number of market segments. Companies such as Conoco Phillips, Petro-Can, Red Arrow, Shell, Sobeys and Starbucks are turning to modular construction for their retail installations. It is a time sensitive and financially viable alternative to conventional, site built construction methods.