Third-party management company Sightline Hospitality will operate the first of several projects from woman-owned developer Z Life Co. Affiliated with Marriott International’s Tribute Portfolio soft brand and located in Las Vegas’ Arts District, the as-yet-unnamed hotel is a rollout of Z Life’s proprietary M8trix building model, which utilizes a pre-engineered modular wall system that provides the building’s entire structural support. This semi-modular system is meant to provide a cost-effective, sustainable and time-efficient building process.
Basis of Design
The hotel’s proprietary design uses pre-engineered load-bearing walls to carry the weight of the building without additional steel or column supports. The absence of additional support allows for an open façade with glass windows, balconies, architectural elements and a variety of cladding options to match the local environment. The structural walls used can adapt to imperfect sight conditions, changes in design and challenging development schedules while adding a higher level of architectural aesthetics compared to traditional prefab.
The four-story, 38,000-square-foot nongaming hotel, funded by Capella Mortgage, will have 74 guestrooms, a private pool deck and a destination bar and restaurant with an indoor/outdoor layout and glass-enclosed chef’s table.
Price of Construction
As a result of the efficiencies of prefab, construction costs are 40 percent lower than building with a conventional model, with a cost breakdown of $240 per square foot compared to the traditional $400 per square foot. Additionally, the cost of on-site labor is cut in half because construction of the base model can be completed in eight months instead of a typical 16-month schedule. The project was able to continue construction through the pandemic and is slated to open inn the fall.
Beyond this development, Z Life is starting three additional projects this year.