Seattle Hotel Project Stacks Up With Structural Modular Design Construction

By Tim Newcomb

Shipped from Europe and stacked like Lego blocks, the modular units that make up citizenM hotel offer a unique construction method in Seattle’s South Lake Union.

General contractor Mortenson is currently assembling the citizenM hotel designed by Gensler’s Seattle office by stacking hotel modular units atop a traditionally constructed concrete podium. The design and delivery method — structural modular design— has been widely adopted in Europe, Asia and Australia and now makes its way to Seattle with citizen as the first full modular hotel in North America.

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