Hilton Des Moines Downtown | Bathroom

Weitz Completes Iowa Hilton Early

New convention center hotel in Des Moines opens 10 days before planned thanks to prefabricated bathrooms

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The 330-key Hilton Des Moines Downtown has opened ahead of schedule in Iowa’s capital city. Developer and design-builder The Weitz Co. says it was able to complete the $101 million project 10 days early in part by prefabricating 300 of the convention center hotel’s 330 bathrooms.

“It boiled down to creating a lean workflow that would positively shape the construction experience for project stakeholders,” says Weitz y project manager Ben Bunge. “There were 12 modular building components on this project, but it all revolved around the prefabricated bathrooms. They were the focal point of the entire strategy because they represented the path most integrated and critical to the project’s tower schedule.”

Hilton Des Moines Downtown | Bathroom Installation

The installation of prefabricated bathrooms at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown. Photo: Courtesy of The Weitz Co. 

The company says its purpose-built approach saves time, reduces construction waste and improves safety and quality. This created a series of modular build strategies that local subcontractors such as The Waldinger Corp. and Baker Electric utilized in creating the hotel’s bathrooms, which were manufactured by Pivotek in West Chester, Ohio.

Hilton Des Moines Downtown | Guest Room

A guest room at the newly opened convention center hotel. Photo: Courtesy of The Weitz Co.