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Even Marriott International Inc. the world’s biggest hotel operator is increasingly turning to modular construction for some of its properties Also Read:Disney theme park may soon have humanoid robots to entertain kids Giant Legos To meet growing demand high-tech plants are opening and older factories that were shuttered after the last decade’s real estate crash — many in areas such as rural Pennsylvania where labor costs are cheap — are being revived Builders hire the factories to manufacture homes in sections which are transported on trucks then laid down on foundations by cranes like giant Legos Sometimes the modules are fully framed rooms complete with tile showers and gourmet kitchens “This has to be the wave of the future — I don’t know how we solve the labor shortage otherwise” said John Burns an Irvine California-based homebuilding consultant “What drives modular construction is the ability to build the house more cost-effectively” US homebuilders say the labor crunch is their biggest challenge and that it’s pushing costs up as much as 52 percent on average according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo surveys last year President Donald Trump’s proposals to crack down on undocumented workers may further squeeze the industry one heavily dependent on immigrant labor The idea of transporting homes in prefabricated sections has roots in the early 1900s when homesteaders could buy kits from a Sears Roebuck & Co catalog for assembly on their newly acquired plots of land In the 1980s and 1990s it became increasingly popular to build lower-cost homes in factories according to Gary Fleisher who runs a blog for the industry called Modularhomecoachcom Mansions Dorms Today’s plants are capable of producing bigger buildings with more elaborate designs The Blueprint factory in Baltimore is one of the first in the US to use robots Fleisher said Taller multifamily buildings dorms and hotels are increasingly being manufactured indoors And so are mansions that sell for millions “Some builders won’t even advertise they work with modular companies like us” said Myles Biggs general manager of Ritz-Craft Corp’s Pennsylvania construction facility “You could be driving past a modular home and not even know it because it looks just like one next door” Also Read: Researchers create a robot that can be controlled with your thoughts Ritz-Craft can deliver a single-family house in six to eight weeks on average Having an indoor facility means weather delays are rarely a factor Each worker is given a narrow concentration like tiling floors or sanding drywall which increases production speed People without any background in construction can become skilled laborers in two weeks according to Biggs Marriott’s Plans The idea is catching on with Marriott t which aims to have agreements with North American developers this year to produce about 50 of its Select branded hotels in factories said Karim Khalifa senior vice president of global design strategies In December Marriott opened a Fairfield Inn in Folsom California with 97 rooms — all built at a Guerdon Enterprises LLC plant in Boise Idaho Last month a collection of Marriott hotel rooms was getting wood-framed walls and ceilings at a Champion Homes factory in Liverpool Pennsylvania Even the beds and televisions will be in place before the boxes are shipped through stretches of highway and stacked in Chapel Hill North Carolina next month “What we like is how well modular is built” Khalifa said “These things have all been designed to be transported They have the integrity of a shipping container” Also Read:Now robots that ask intelligent questions when confused Apartment developers too are increasingly going with modular construction especially in fast-growing cities such as Denver and Nashville Tennessee said Rich Rozycki head of Champion Homes’ commercial division which has seen its pipeline grow 50 percent since 2014 The company also has had discussions with national homebuilders looking for a solution to their labor problems he said Cheaper Labor Labor costs are more favorable for factory construction according to David Reed vice president of Champion’s modular division Workers make about $15 to $20 an hour in rural Pennsylvania That compares with $50 to $100 an hour in the markets the manufacturers serve like New York’s Hudson Valley and the Washington DC, on an assembly line, There’s also a Rs 15 plan where local calls to the network are charged at 10 paisa per minute for a period of 27 days with no other conditions attached. The? depression, Alternative treatment strategies for Parkinson’s disease and medications that may help control ICDs.

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