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Press Release 7 June 2021

Z Life Company Partners With Sightline Hospitality To Roll Out Efficiently Engineered Hotel Design

Sightline Hospitality and Z Life Company debut a proprietary modular design for cost efficient and rapid hotel construction

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SAN FRANCISCO – Established third-party management company Sightline Hospitality has joined forces with woman-owned developer, Z Life Company, to debut the first of many efficiently designed and constructed hotel developments in Las Vegas, Nevada this fall. Affiliated with Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio soft brand and located in the vibrant Arts District, the 74-room hotel with destination bar and restaurant is a rollout of Z Life’s proprietary M8TRIX building model, utilizing a pre-engineered modular wall system that provides the building’s entire structural support. This state-of-the-art, semi-modular system is a cost-effective, sustainable, and time-efficient building process with a clean, luxury finish. Serving as an innovator in their industry, Z Life’s low-cost model allowed them to continue through 2020’s market of disruption, proving this proprietary modular design to be both recession-proof and pandemic-proof. Z Life is starting three additional projects this year, scaling their development model quickly across the US.


Basis of Design

Inspired by the efficiency of prefab assembly with the flexibility of modern construction, the hotel’s proprietary design uses pre-engineered load-bearing walls to carry the weight of the building without additional steel or column supports. The absence of additional support allows for an open façade with beautiful glass windows, balconies, architectural elements, and a variety of cladding options to match the local environment.

The Z Life model takes the best efficiencies of prefab – including cost savings, sustainability, and schedule – and makes it workable in real-life construction. The structural walls used can adapt to imperfect sight conditions, changes in design, and challenging development schedules, plus add a higher level of architectural aesthetics compared to traditional prefab.

With plans to debut three hotel projects this year, The Z Life Company’s proprietary modular design allows for quick and reliable construction on a budget. With the advent of each new year, the production target will increase and because of its efficiency, the ability to expand is almost limitless.

Price of Construction

As a result of the efficiencies of prefab, construction costs are 40% lower than building with a conventional model, with a cost breakdown of $240/square foot as compared to the traditional $400/square foot. Additionally, the cost of on-site labor is cut in half, as construction of the base model can be completed in eight months, compared to a typical 16-month schedule. Considering the challenges of the last year and the pandemic’s toll on the financial markets, Z Life’s cost efficiency – along with creative financial solutions by the project’s financial sponsor, Capella Mortgage – allowed the project to continue construction through 2020 with an opening date this fall.

Accommodations and Amenities

Influenced by the wide variety of people, cultures, and experiences of Las Vegas, the non-gaming hotel serves as a nuanced environment where guests and locals are encouraged to intermix while working, relaxing, or enjoying the amenities. The four-story, 38,000 square foot lifestyle hotel offers 74 sexy guestrooms, a private luxury pool deck, and a destination bar and restaurant with a unique indoor/outdoor layout and iconic glass-enclosed chef’s table. The Las Vegas hotel provides guests with a unique, off-strip hotel option in stark contrast to the usual mega-resorts and grandeur of the Las Vegas strip.

About Z Life Company

Z Life is a creative development team shaped by Weina Zhang and Anna Olin. As a procurement specialist, Weina was the first to bring unitized curtainwall from China to the US market, later building her company as a full-service design, supply, and installation contractor on substantial high-rise projects across the US including Salesforce in San Francisco and The Freedom Tower in NYC. After 15 years as a subcontractor, Weina and Anna started Z Life in 2018 as a construction-forward developer/builder focused on properties in emerging markets where they could deliver high-end construction that would be otherwise outpriced. The company now develops full community plans anchored with hotel and residential offerings. This development plan delivers a full brand of lean luxury community assets designed for a new generation of user focused on sustainable, eco-friendly, efficient yet modern, lifestyles. Z Life’s boutique Las Vegas Arts District Hotel, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio hotel, is the first of its kind to use the proprietary M8TRIX system and a model for a new age of real estate development. Discover more about Z Life at

About Sightline Hospitality

Launched in September 2019, Sightline is a hospitality management company fortified by local connections and collaborations while fully meeting the needs of the most discerning current and future stakeholders in the hospitality industry. Through an auspicious merger between experiential travel visionaries Kokua Hospitality and Filament Hospitality, Sightline aligns each company"s strengths to become the preferred management company for independent, soft-branded, and unique-branded hotels. Entrusted to manage over $8 billion in hotel assets over the last 15 years, the San Francisco-based company"s executive team and creative trailblazers push the limits of possibility to deliver individualized solutions that embody the true culture of each property while serving the needs and earnest curiosity of guests. From wine tastings in Napa Valley to guests descending down Jackson Hole or surfing in Waikiki, Sightline"s diverse portfolio of hotels and resorts nationwide focus on the essential experiences that welcome guests not just to their room, but into the fabric of the local community and culture. For more information on Sightline Hospitality, please visit

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