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* On-site labor. Prefab techniques have been shown to improve
productivity, housekeeping and safety at project sites. Labor
costs continue to rise in 2016 and prefab methods have been
shown to save up to 11 percent in labor costs. Additionally, prefab enhances efficiency on-site, reducing turnover and training
costs. Prefab also allows for a greater precision of work, thus
enhancing the project safety, providing quality guarantees at a
faster pace of work.
* Sustainability goals. Sustainability has become a significant
element of the construction industry. The shift toward sustainable construction and the concerns about carbon emissions
on-site have made prefab a viable solution to several problems.
Studies have shown prefab methods decrease waste at more
than 75 percent of project sites. Prefab also decreases the use of
water and operational energy on-site. In terms of limiting the
impact on surrounding quality of life, prefab can be a key element in maintaining a higher quality, environmentally-friendly construction site.
Scott Acton is the CEO
and founder of Forté
Specialty Contractors in
Las Vegas, a construction
firm specializing in the
retail, nightlife and
His ability to visualize the
unusual has propelled
the company into the
national spotlight as
the premier specialty
construction firm for
groundbreaking experiential design. He can
be reached at scott@
Currently, Forté Specialty Contractors is utilizing prefab methods on a renovation project at a local hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
Focusing on modernizing the outdated interiors to meet the needs of
today's guest, the company is employing prefab to minimize service
disruptions at the hotel, boost the property return on investment
due to the improved consumer appeal, decrease the on-site presence
of the construction workforce and reduce the overall construction
timeline and budget.
As the hotel and casino has continued its normal operation
throughout the renovation process, booking rooms in advance, the
renovation is under tight deadlines. Forté is proceeding at a pace of
fully renovating one floor per week; therefore, the venue's losses due
to the construction activity are minimal during construction.
During the renovation, "packages" of the prefab interior components are assembled in Forté's shop, including framing and precut
drywall, and are delivered to each hotel room. Once the packages
reach the room, they are assembled on-site, requiring significantly
less labor than a traditional construction project as all elements
necessary for completion are measured and precut to fit the dimensions of the room. The streamlined and standardized approach has
resulted in Forté meeting its feasibility targets week after week,
while saving time, money and peace of mind for their client.
A better grasp of the benefits of prefab, and the projects for which
it can be most beneficial, is a key ingredient in the future success
of hospitality projects. With shifts from the negative undertones
surrounding prefab, combined with its ability to help reduce overall
costs and project timelines, it will become more prevalent as contractors realize its ability to simplify projects - specifically within the
hospitality and entertainment industries.
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In addition to local tourism factors and
the impact on surrounding entertainment
or hospitality venues, there are several key
considerations to determine if prefab is the
best option for any given project.
* Budget. Prefab allows for cost reduction
and, in most cases, significantly improves
the commercial viability of low and
lower-middle-level venues. Enhanced
design ergonomics, space-saving options,
characteristic design aesthetics, simplicity
of cleaning and environmental friendliness are all ROI-enhancing factors to the
use of prefab. Additionally, prefab has
been shown to decrease overall project
costs by up to six percent or more.
* Location and timeline. While certain
product types may not directly benefit
financially from prefab, timeline reduction is always a benefit. Traditionally,
on-site building approaches get the job
done and sometimes at nearly the same
cost, but project timelines and impact
on local communities can be curbed
with a different approach. Serious
considerations about prefab should be
made for projects that would benefit
from shorter timelines.