The Hilton Palacio de Rio was built in 1967 as part of the HemisFair downtown build up. The foundation and elevator shafts were built and the room modules were trucked from the Zachry yard over at IH35/SW Military and hoisted up to be stacked just like shoe boxes. Each room was completely finished out, even the toilet paper in the restrooms and pictures on the walls. The cranes had fans on them to help steady the lift while in progress. The utilities were hooked up and it all came together quite fast and ontime/onbudget. One of the few HemisFair construction activities to accomplish that feat.
Modular construction was a pet project of Mr. H.B.(Pat) Zachry '22 and while he was alive that Division of the company tried to do more types of projects. Never really caught on and was never a 'profit center' for the company. After he passed away in 1984 the production line/yard was quietly shutdown and sold off, to become part of the Zachry company legend.
The Palacio de Rio was the first new downtown hotel built going back to before WWII and is truly a 'one of kind' part of San Antonio's downtown legacy and definitely a historic treasure.IMG >
[This message has been edited by WBBQ74 (edited 4/16/2011 12:07p).]