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Learning Excursion

Modern Construction Methods: Pre-Cast and Modular Hotel Construction

Date SEPT. 27, 2019
Time 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fee$55 USD

The reality of an expedited schedule and lower costs has made offsite construction a valued building solution for decades. With curiosity about this process at an all-time high, developers are turning to this method with growing enthusiasm. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is currently under construction, with Surfside Inn & Suites and Dockside Inn & Suites set to open in May 2020. The two buildings of the Endless Summer Resort will house a total of 2,800 rooms — Surfside with 750 and Dockside with 2,050 — and is located at the intersection of Main and Main in the central Orlando tourist corridor--Universal Boulevard and International Drive. The property that the new resort sits on was formerly home to the Wet ‘n Wild water park, a true urban infill redevelopment.

The tour will start with a visit to the Finfrock assembly facility in Apopka (about 35 minutes northwest of the project site) where the modular hotel rooms are being manufactured and assembled. The tour will proceed to a hard hat tour of Endless Summer Dockside Inn & Suites, scheduled to open in May 2020 and end across the street with a tour of Endless Summer Surfside Inn & Suites. It is extremely rare that the assembly facility and project site are in such close proximity and the ability to tour both sites presents attendees with a unique educational experience. During the tours, representatives of the project team and design-build contractor will discuss the reasons modular construction was chosen for this project and the benefits and opportunities that can be achieved using this method.

Russ Dagon, Universal Studios
Bill Finfrock, FINFROCK


This tour is not ADA accessible.

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