Shipping Container Buildings: Think Outside the Box

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Buildings converted from shipping containers have been growing in popularity in the last decade or so, but their uses go beyond the simple tiny home, swimming pool or storage unit. There are many container-based buildings out there today that look cool but also provide an essential structure for purposes ranging from community centers to military training outposts.

Here’s a look at some interesting uses of shipping container buildings.

Sports Stadiums

You can use the versatility and mobility of shipping containers to host sporting events and festivals. Shipping containers are conducive to sports stadiums thanks to their modular construction, so much so that you could pair dozens or even hundreds of them together within a short span of time. This is a desirable option when compared with the time and cost of traditional construction.

Construction Site Workspaces

Imagine crafting a two-story observation workspace to overlook your construction, rock quarry, development or other area. In such a workspace, you can include a breakroom for drivers transporting loads, an office for real estate agents to go over pertinent home information with potential buyers, as well as the HVAC, plumbing and electricity needed to do it year round.

The top-level 20-foot container could comprise the office space with private bathroom, with the ability to watch over the construction site from an eagle-eye vantage point. The bottom level could combine two 20-foot containers into one big space that includes a bathroom, kitchenette, break room area, and locker room. The best part about shipping containers is that they can be stacked into position in just a few hours. Thanks to the durability and portability of these units, the structure can last for many years without fail.

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Training Facilities

Military training villages can be constructed out of shipping containers in a quick and effective manner. The site can be used to train soldiers in the military, complete with walls, doors and windows that simulate the homes or businesses that troops would be seeing on deployment. Such a village is easy to reconfigure and modify to cater to multiple scenarios. These structures are also much more durable than a standard stick-built structure and can stand up to the rigors of military training on the daily.

Community Spaces

Community members and officials who want to breathe new life into deteriorating neighborhoods can create a community center that includes resources for everyone who lives in the vicinity, including a police substation.

For instance, three 40-foot shipping containers can be paired to provide private office space, kitchen area and bathroom, with the ability to be relocated easily if need be with quick disassembly. Such a structure could become a source of pride within the community, bringing neighbors together with local leaders to discuss important issues surrounding the area. It can also include a space for community events to further solidify the neighborhood.

Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping Container Buildings

How long do shipping container buildings last?

Shipping container buildings, when properly maintained, can last anywhere from 25 to 40 years or even longer. The lifespan largely depends on factors such as the original condition of the container, the local climate, and the level of maintenance provided. Regularly checking for and addressing potential issues like rust, wear, and tear, as well as ensuring adequate insulation and ventilation, can extend the life of your container structure significantly.

Will a shipping container rust on the ground?

Yes, a shipping container can rust if placed directly on the ground. When containers are in direct contact with soil, moisture can accumulate underneath them, leading to accelerated corrosion. It’s advisable to elevate shipping containers slightly off the ground using blocks, piers, or a proper traditional foundation. This allows for air circulation, preventing moisture buildup and subsequent rusting.

Do you need a foundation for a shipping container?

A foundation is recommended for shipping container buildings for multiple reasons. Firstly, it ensures that the container is level, providing stability. Secondly, a foundation elevates the container, preventing moisture buildup underneath, which may cause corrosion. The type of foundation—whether pier, slab, or strip—depends on your container’s application, your local soil conditions, and specific building codes.

Can you put AC in a shipping container?

Absolutely! You can install an air conditioning (AC) unit in a shipping container. Given that metal containers can quickly become hot, adding AC makes the space more comfortable, especially if it’s being used for habitation or work. There are various AC options suitable for shipping containers, from window units to mini-split systems. When installing it, ensure proper insulation to maximize efficiency and comfort.

Contact Aaron Supreme

If any of these out-of-the box ideas sound good to you, we can set you up with the basic containers and raw materials you need to make it happen. To learn more about pricing, contact us at 800-243-0403.