Four years ago WED Enterprises, the engineering and master planning division of Walt Disney Productions, was seeking a new and unconventional method for constructing five luxury hotels at the new Walt Disney World complex. WED and architect Welton Becket & Associates developed specifications for a modular hotel room. Selected industrial firms were invited to develop a modular hotel room construction system. U.S. Steel responded by forming a task force with people from USS Realty Development, American Bridge Division, U.S. Steel Homes Division, Construction Marketing and Applied Research Laboratory. The USS task force established several objectives. Among them:
- Weight of the room unit had to be kept to a practical minimum for ease of handling and transportation.
- Construction materials had to facilitate the assembly line process and make for easy handling by shop craftsmen.
- Modules had to be economical.