In 2014, the Department of Conservation & Recreation tasked Arrowstreet to assist the agency in understanding the construction options available for two new lakeside bathhouse facilities. The exercise investigated existing grades, accessibility, solar orientation, utility concerns, archeological resources, and construction technique.

The study focused on cost, schedule, and sustainability implications associated with stick-built, modular, and pre-fabricated construction. The process started by conducting a comprehensive literature review to build an understanding of each technique. We then gathered information from a diverse group of construction companies and interviewed facility managers and users of similar properties to understand cost+schedule differentials and building performance. After analyzing the data collected, we produced a report that included a series of infographics comparing the differences across categories, and a set of case studies highlighting technique strengths and areas for concern. The study provided the DCR with a clear comparison from which they could inform their project planning and budgetary decisions for these projects as well as future ones. It also laid the groundwork for Arrowstreet to design what would ultimately become a new bathhouse prototype for future DCR facilities.

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