By mackenzie akins
March 29th, 2017
Why Shipping Containers Should be Your Next Garage
When thinking about building your garage, many thoughts come to mind: space, durability, affordability, and safety just to name a few. You want to make sure your vehicles and valued items are stored safely and effectively. When you build a garage out of shipping containers, you’re getting just that. Shipping containers are constructed of corten steel panels. The exterior coating on the panels allows them to withstand the elements. They are easily movable, so if you want to add more space or change your garage layout, you can conveniently do so. Depending on how large you want to go, you can utilize multiple containers to build your garage heaven! Check out the above shipping container garage from the movie Tron: Legacy.
Now, here’s a few things you want think about before starting your Tron shipping container dream garage.
- What kind of style are you going to build?
There are a few different ways people build container garages. Typically, you’ll place two containers as the outer beams, and build a roof over the two shipping containers. Or, just go straight Tron and place a shipping container as the roof as well. The two containers will provide lockable storage as well as a possible office/work space. The space below the roof will act as storage space for vehicles, tractors, machinery, etc.
If you don’t have or don’t need that much space, you can downsize and go a little more traditional and compact like the garage below.
- What size containers will you use?
There are many different size containers you can use to build your container garage. First you need to decide what size you will purchase. They range in size from smaller 10’ containers to 45’ High Cube containers. The most standard size would either be a 20’ or a 40’ container. These containers are 20’ or 40’ long, 8’ wide, and 8.5’ high (click here for container specs). The 20’ container provides 1,165 cubic ft. of storage space and the 40’ provides 2,350 cubic ft. of interior space. Depending on how much space you have available, this decision will be very important in determining the overall size of your garage.
- What Type of Containers Will You Use?
Next you will need to decide on the type of container. You can build with a new (one trip) container or a used container. New or “one trip” containers are the newest containers you can get. They are not used for international shipping service. They are loaded with cargo (one time) and shipped from the factory in China into the US. One trip containers are the way to go if you are concerned with aesthetics. If you want to cut down on the cost of the project a bit, we recommend going with used shipping containers. Used containers are abundant in supply and range in condition. Used containers will vary in color and typically show signs of wear and tear with some rust, dents and dings.
- Will you add any custom modifications?
One of the best parts about constructing a garage with durable shipping containers is the ability to modify them to your exact needs and specifications.
Container modifications can include:
- Increased security and lock boxes
- Roll up and personnel doors
- Insulation and flooring
- Lighting and electrical packages
- Heat/AC Units
- Interior/Exterior paint
- Exhaust fans and side vents
Let us help you get started on your dream garage, call us today or request an online quote!
By mackenzie akins
February 9th, 2017
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Science in a Box: Shipping Container Labs
Photo Courtesy of: GermFree
Mobile Container Laboratories:
Germfree Labs are leading the pack in their complete mobile laboratories. Already famous and internationally known for their medical and biological equipment, these mobile units are one of the most high-tech medical and biological labs around. Germfree is globally recognized and their concept is quickly picking up steam. Technology shells are one of the fastest growing uses of recycled shipping containers. This means that recycled shipping containers are widely being used to “house” technology equipment. The versatility and durability of the shipping container are to thank for this growing and popular trend. They are easily moveable and can be shipped by air, sea, or a truck. These medical and biological labs are used at high-profile events such as the Olympics and G8 international meetings. Everything in the mobile labs is state-of-the-art equipment, the best of the best, including digital surveillance and communication. Germfree has created an inspiring concept and innovative design that holds the key to the future of medical and biological labs. DropBox Inc. created a portable chem lab, that allows lab technicians to have the ability to perform their work duties and quality protocols in a remote area. These portable chemical labs are site ready, for connection to power, water, and sewer, and almost instantaneously ready for operation. These mobile solutions are perfect for permanent and temporary use. Shipping containers are the perfect solution for chemistry and research, they can easily be shipped, they come in multiple sizes, and are durable when it comes to unpredictable weather conditions.
Photo Courtesy of: GermFree
These mobile labs are built to meet a variety of applications in the biotech, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, military, and aerospace industries. These shipping containers are modified, including their own mechanical system for basic comfort cooling or for precise temperature and humidity control, emergency power, lighting, water, ancillary support systems and a filtration system to meet the specified cleanliness levels. Shipping containers offer high durability, are waterproof, and can handle extreme outdoor conditions. The versatility of shipping container designs allows for easy transportation and installation almost anywhere. The environments inside the lab are controlled, protecting the lab technicians inside from external conditions. Not to mention, shipping containers are a cost-effective and timely solution that offer high quality and user-friendly labs in developing parts of the world. Improving healthcare services around the developing world is going to require state-of-the-art labs. Being able to convert shipping containers into fully-functioning labs provides a fast, durable, and a highly affordable solution.
Reason to have a mobile lab:
- Cost Effective
- Energy Efficient
At Container Technology Inc., we work with customers on a daily basis to find the perfect storage solution for their needs and budget. With over 75 years of combined experience in the storage industry, we can meet almost any need. We can also modify your container with a number of different flooring, door, window, ventilation, and lighting options. Contact us today at (877) 670-0229 to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly service representatives or get an online quote now.