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Creative Uses


4 Amazing Art Spaces made out of Shipping Containers

By August 17th, 2015 Creative Uses No Comments

The art world has long been on the forefront of innovation and design. It’s only natural that artists would recognize the unique merits and potential of using shipping containers as building materials.

Looking to open an art space or are you an artist searching for a unique and exciting way to showcase your art? Consider these four amazing art spaces made out of shipping containers.

Nomadic Museum Santa Monica, CA

1368991_index_nmuseum The flexibility and efficiency of using shipping containers is on full display at this traveling museum. Designed expressly to travel the world, the Nomadic Museum takes full advantage of shipping container’s inherent durability and mobility. The Nomadic Museum also showcases the design and aesthetic potential involved in using shipping containers as a building material.

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Miniature Traveling Movie Theaters USA Network’s Character Project

Character-Project-Container Character-Project-Container-Interior-224x300 These miniature traveling movie theaters seat up to eighteen people and are fully air-conditioned. Created for a collaboration between directors Ridley and Tony Scott and the USA Network, these repurposed shipping containers allow art to be easily accessible to the public. This creative idea is not only limited to art installations but could easily be adapted for day to day use. Ever wanted your own private movie theater? Please contact us to discuss modifying a shipping container for your own needs

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Hot Box Pop-Up Art Gallery Phoenix, AZ

hotbox_post The Hot Box Pop-Up Art Gallery is a collection of three 20-ft shipping containers used as pop-up gallery space. Artists are invited to create and show their work on a monthly basis. The blank canvas of the shipping container allows artists to create immersive experiences unlike any other.

The gallery also highlights how shipping containers are an effective and cost efficient way to create workspaces.

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GAD mobile art gallery Norway

GAD-mmw-architects-11 GAD mobile art gallery in Norway is perhaps the ultimate example of how shipping containers can be repurposed and modified to create a functional and beautiful art space.

Made out of ten shipping containers, the GAD art gallery has multiple stories, a roof-top terrace, and central courtyard. It is designed to be mobile and can be disassembled and transported to whatever location it’s owners choose.

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At Container Technology, Inc. our staff has over 75 years combined experience in the storage container industry. For more information about standard ISO containers or general container modifications please give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form.


Build a School Out of Shipping Containers

By July 25th, 2015 Creative Uses 6 Comments

Shipping containers are a superior building material due to their durability, portability, low cost, and sustainability. Due to these benefits, shipping containers have been modified and transformed into buildings used for numerous applications including residences, offices, art spaces, pop-up shops, and restaurants.

The benefits that shipping containers provide as a building material also extend to educational facilities. These four schools made out of shipping containers inspire with their high design, safety, and sustainability.

Waldorf Costa Mesa School

Waldorf-Costa-Mesa-School-2 When the Costa Mesa Waldorf School in California decided to expand, they chose to use shipping containers due to their sustainability. The school used shipping containers to create a new wing of eco-conscious buildings. The project utilized 32 shipping containers to create an additional 4 buildings on their campus. In addition to extra classroom space, the new additions include a library, 2-story auditorium, and a science lab.

Fawood Children’s Center-London

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The Fawood Children’s Center in London utilizes shipping containers to create a bright and cheerful space for children and adult learners. Created by Urban Space Management, the Fawood Children’s Center provides childcare for 3-5 year olds, autistic and special needs children, and adult learning services. The innovative mesh outer-shell of the Fawood Children’s Center conceals three three-story interconnected classroom structures made out of shipping containers in the interior space of the building.

Vissershok Container Classroom-South Africa

vissershok-3-photos-6.jpeg.650x0_q70_crop-smart This shipping container classroom is a prime example of the adaptability, durability, and low cost of shipping containers. The classroom was sponsored by three South African companies for use in an impoverished rural township outside of Cape Town. Using a shipping container allowed the firm Tsai Design Studio to maximize their limited budget and create a functional and durable space that allows for multiple uses. This shipping container classroom is designed not only to provide classroom space but also space for a garden that will supplement school meals, a play area with a swing and other equipment, and a gathering area for lunches and school assemblies.

Shooters Hill School-London

shootershill2010 Whether you are using your shipping container for storage or modifying it for another use, a key advantage with shipping containers is their easy and efficient scalability. When Shooters Hill School in London decided to expand, this benefit was a key part of their reasoning behind choosing shipping containers. This attractive and welcoming new addition was installed on the school campus in only two days and added 7,200 sq. ft. of additional classrooms and workshop space.

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Purchasing a container for your school’s or educational facility’s needs is a practical business decision. Whether you are looking to build with shipping containers or simply need a storage container for extra storage space, look no further than Container Technology, Inc. We are your one stop for shipping containers of all sizes. Call us at (877) 670-0229 or get an online quote today.


Customer Spotlight: DraftServ Technologies

By June 16th, 2015 Creative Uses No Comments

At this year’s 141st Kentucky Derby, DraftServ Technologies debuted the first ever mobile self-serve beer container. Modified from a standard 20ft refrigerated storage container, the DraftServ station dispenses beer from 24 taps and allowed Derby-goers to choose from 6 different types of beer.

DraftServ sunnyDraftServ Technologies is an innovative Georgia based technology company that designs and builds self-serve draft beer units. You can find their mobile units on cruise line ships, sporting venues, restaurants, and more.

Portable Refrigeration Storage, Inc (a division of Container Technology, Inc.) is proud to have been able to help DraftServ Technologies to adapt their innovative product to better serve large-scale sporting and social events. After sourcing the 20ft refrigerated storage container, PRS made some minor modifications to the unit. From there, the DraftServ team worked their magic! They installed the beer taps and proprietary DraftServ monitoring software.

Refrigerated storage containers have many applications and numerous benefits. Given DraftServ Technologies’ position as a leading innovator in the draft beverage industry, it is not surprising that they would choose to modify a refrigerated storage container for their needs.

a happy DraftServ customerRefrigerated storage containers are a smart choice because of their efficiency, durability, and portability. 20 ft refrigerated units are a popular choice due to their efficient balance of storage space and size. Storage space is not limited to the inside of the container however, DraftServ creatively maximized their space by installing a DJ booth on top of their container.

Our refrigerated units also use highly efficient electric cooling systems, saving you money while maintaining a controlled environment. This is especially relevant given that DraftServ’s mobile beer station holds not only inventory but also the sophisticated electronics and software that make DraftServ Technologies product unique.

Durability and portability are other important benefits when using refrigerated storage containers. DraftServ designed their beer station to be used at large-scale events all over the nation; most recently the beer station was used at the Indy 500. Using a storage container allows for secure and easy transport. Durability is also a factor when serving large-scale events. This year the Kentucky Derby alone saw a record breaking 170k people. Thankfully, DraftServ’s choice of a refrigerated storage container means that their mobile self-serve beer station will last for years to come.

At Container Technology, Inc. our staff has over 75 years combined experience in the storage container industry. For more information about standard ISO containers, refrigerated containers, cold storage, or general container modifications please give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form.


Storage Containers: On Movie Sets

By October 29th, 2014 Creative Uses No Comments

Hollywood films and shipyards: two topics rarely associated with one another, unless the film in question depicts international shipping.

Shipping containers are some of the sturdiest and dependable storage devices out there. They’ve completed cross-ocean excursions, exposing them to all sorts of weather conditions—making it a no-brainer that people all over the United States have been utilizing them for storage and many other purposes for years. With added options of insulation, temperature control, and a handful of other modification options, they’re versatile, but can also pass the tests of both time and Mother Nature.40'-Container

Among the many irregular, but unexpectedly practical uses for containers: movie set props. With just a bit of movie magic (and the right camera angles), you get structures that can look like building but will last a lot longer than traditional set pieces. After surviving life at sea and then being primed to suit a film set, the durability of shipping containers makes them a smart choice.

Superman flick Man of Steel utilized 24 20ft shipping containers from our partner company Great Lakes Kwik Space in Illinois as regular storefronts in the series’ fictional town of Smallville. Bet you didn’t notice the shipping vestibules disguised as shops. Check out this project here.

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The livable qualities of shipping containers make them prime for office-like rooms that work particularly well for a film set with spread-apart workspaces. Our containers are portable, meaning that they can be transported by truck to your next set location if it moves. They’ll also last for years, giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

Our containers are perfect for making the set a lot more comfortable for all involved. They can be converted into crew lounge areas, dressing rooms for cast members or office spaces for administrative tasks and executive occupants. You can also use our storage containers the old-fashioned way—for storage. They’re reliable and secure sources of storage for camera equipment, important props, etc. Your items will be safe inside, especially with one of our locking mechanisms.

Our sales representatives here at Container Technology, Inc. understand that each project is unique with specific needs, and we’ll take the time to work with you to deliver the containers that suit those needs best—whether you’re a movie producer or building contractor. Call us toll-free at (877) 670-0229 to get started today.


Shipping Container Pop-up Shops Pop Up Around the World

By May 30th, 2014 Creative Uses 4 Comments

As modern innovative venues for setting up shop, shipping containers are attractive to retailers around the world. Why not advertise your personal principles from the bottom up by working out of a sustainable and unique structure? The inherent convenient aspects that come along with working out of a shipping container provide you further perks.

If you’re a small business owner (or aspiring one) on the lookout for a fresh way to market yourself, consider a shipping container pop-up shop.

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Above is MuvBox®‘s shipping container pop-up café in Paris, under the Eiffel Tower. MuvBox® has also created pop-up cafés in Montréal, New York City and Toronto and aims to “create a network of unique mobile concepts based on a recycled steel container”, selling MuvBoxes equipped with solar panels, sound systems, ovens, refrigerators and more.

Why a pop-up shop?

A pop-up shop is a retail store that exists only temporarily in certain locations, oftentimes to spread a trend or take advantage of a seasonal product. Once the shop exists in one location for, say, several weeks, it moves on to entice new customers with a different zip code. These shops are supposed to be temporary, because things are more exciting that way. The sense of urgency inspires customers to act faster, allowing you to make sales to people who might not have bought anything otherwise. Customers are encouraged to strike while the iron is hot.

This business model lines up perfectly with the advantages that shipping containers provide. Nearly as reliable as buildings created with traditional methods, shipping containers capitalize on versatility, portability, and durability. They give you the option to pick up and move whenever you want. Shipping containers can go anywhere—usually without requiring the removal of their contents—because they are so easily transported by truck, train or ship.

When you buy a new or refurbished storage container, you’re looking at years of future use. This box was created to ship cargo overseas, so it’s equipped to handle even the most brutal weather conditions. The shipping container is ready for anything. Its strength and resilience is what makes the shipping container so applicable to many different situations.

So why else should you use a shipping container?

Working out of a shipping container also means that you’re acting with sustainability, and your customers will notice. Every shipping container we sell was once used to ship cargo overseas. If you buy a used (or refurbished used) container, then you are saving a box from potentially wasting away in a storage yard.

The shipping container revolutionized the trade world, making the transportation of goods from overseas much cheaper and much more efficient. This has led to thousands of shipping containers arriving in major ports on a daily basis. You can imagine that for many of these boxes, their life stops there because of the overflow of boxes in these ports; however, by repurposing one to house your small business, you’re contributing to a waste-reducing cycle.

Shipping container pop-up shops are more than just a novelty; they’re a smart business strategy. Contact Container Technology, Inc toll-free at (877) 670-0229 to talk about your container needs today.


Containerizing Electrical Equipment: How-to and Benefits

By April 3rd, 2014 Creative Uses No Comments

Electrical Room Interior

The nitty-gritty work of conducting electricity has to get done somewhere. Instead of forcing heavy electrical equipment into a room where it doesn’t belong, consider the advantages of using a shipping container for the job.

Containerized electrical rooms provide a secure space for the necessary components of electricity production, including frequency converters, switchgears, and control systems. Electrical rooms may simply serve to control the electricity of a larger structure, or they can come together to control something larger.

Why Use a Shipping Container?

Many buildings that require such equipment simply devote one of the rooms of their structure to the electrical components. Before launching into the pricey construction endeavor of converting a pre-existing space to accommodate this equipment, explore the benefits of purchasing a shipping container for sale for conversion into an electric room.

Repurposing a container for your electrical work provides unbeatable mobility that rivals all similar structures. The shipping container can be easily transported anywhere by truck or shipping cargo load, with a weather and waterproof structure made to withstand essentially any climate changes thrown its way. Because shipping containers are made to ship cargo around the high seas, durability is paramount in their construction.

Considering the heavy weight of the electric gear, the strength of the shipping container is not only helpful—it’s necessary. Such equipment may be so heavy that a traditional building would have to undergo expensive reconstruction to accommodate the new features, from top to bottom. The floor may need to hold up transformers and switchgear, while its walls and ceiling might need to support hefty cables or busbars.

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The shipping container’s versatile nature makes it the perfect solution for hosting control centers geared towards disaster relief.  It the very reason why the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chose to make their control centers mobile by utilizing several 40ft shipping containers. The transportability of the containers enables FEMA to travel with the hefty equipment necessary to access their technology. While a governmental disaster relief agency may require more mobility than other organizations needing control centers, simply having the ability to move if the need arises can be beneficial to anyone.

Preparing Your Container

Container Technology, Inc can provide different-sized containers with the necessary modifications to install the electrical components to either an electric room or control center.

Unlike traditional substations, electrical rooms present an environment cohesive to lengthening the lifetime of your electrical equipment. Container Technology, Inc can deliver you a container that has essentially been turned into a sanctuary for electrical equipment via the proper ventilation and cooling systems.

By default, shipping containers come with standard cargo doors. The doors provide basic functional access, but a number of different door options may better suit your personal needs for accessing your electrical equipment. A practical option is the standard roll-up door or heavy-duty roll-up door; both offer more convenient access, and the latter offers increased security. Personnel doors may also be smart options for those whose work requires interior access.

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Here at Container Technology, Inc, we recognize that your modification needs may extend beyond what we have done in the past, as every product is different. However, we are up to the challenge of accommodating said needs by working with you to produce the perfect container.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (678) 829-5901 to discuss your electrical container needs, or contact us online to get a quote today.


Top 5 Coolest Restaurants Inside of Shipping Containers

By February 11th, 2014 Creative Uses No Comments

With principles of sustainability infiltrating businesses around the world, budding restaurateurs everywhere are looking for ways to recycle and reduce waste. What better way to show how much you care about the Earth than by forgoing traditional building methods to set up shop in a repurposed shipping container?

Not only will the inherent uniqueness of a shipping container structure give your restaurant a one-up on your neighboring competitors; the benefits of working with a portable, durable shipping container make the choice of structure ideal for anyone unable to commit long-term to their location.

5. The Container Restaurant

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The Container Restaurant works out of repurposed shipping containers to serve food next to a brewery, pairing up brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches and other snacks with Ska Brewing’s beer offerings.

For a brewery in need of food but short on space, this restaurant’s container structure provided the brewers a perfect solution.  It also provided a more sustainable structure than creating a permanent building.

Taking great pride in their craft beer, the founders wanted the food served to maintain the same standard of high local quality. Knowing that food would enhance their customers’ beer-tasting experiences, they integrate their beer throughout the menu by using it either as an ingredient or to cook with.

The Container and Ska Brewing are located in Durango, Colorado.

4. El Rey Taqueria

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While many restaurants and retail spaces are catching on to the usefulness of using shipping containers as their main structure, one destination for tacos and margaritas is going all out. El Rey, a restaurant that just opened in Washington, D.C. in December 2013, made “anything that’s under cover” out of containers, as one of the creators told the Washington Post. So this doesn’t just include the building’s structure; it encompasses items inside as well.

The restaurant is using its container look to maintain a “rustic Mexican feel,” made entirely of recycled materials and even featuring a huge retractable roof covering 1,200 of its 3,600 total square feet.  This allows for a large area of the space to turn into a pleasant summertime patio; that can morph back into a warm haven come winter months.

Although winters in the nation’s capital can become brutal, shipping containers are well-equipped for the job of protecting people from harsh conditions. They’re made to withstand anything life on the ocean might throw at them…so rough weather conditions on land are a piece of cake. The protection the steel shipping container walls provide—with gas heaters to bring up the temperature—make for comfortable dining and drinking no matter what it’s like outside.

3. High-rise Subway Sandwiches

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During the construction of the new World Trade Center in New York City, a Subway consisting of three stacked containers moved higher and higher up the building as the building grew. The sandwich franchise provided sandwiches to the building’s construction workers—and no one else. Since the slow construction elevator made getting to the ground a huge hassle for the workers, a restaurant at their level made things easy and convenient. It was a necessity, as the workers were only given a 30-minute lunch break, and the construction elevator could take as long as 45 minutes to get to the ground.

Subway didn’t have to make any sacrifices to make this restaurant fit inside of a sky-high construction site—a site for the new tallest building in New York.  In fact, its shipping container base made the necessary task of moving it up when the work moved up painless. The restaurant consisted of a full kitchen, lounge space and storage…just like any other Subway.

This Subway in the sky actually offered more food options than the other Subways around town, adding hot dogs, hamburgers and pretzels to the menu. Also, the restaurant did not charge escalated prices despite its unique position and ability to do so without losing business. Additionally, this Subway even bakes its own sandwich bread daily like all of the other Subways around town.

2. Les Grandes Tables du 104

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Les Grande Tables is a shipping-container-constructed restaurant in Paris, France with a menu inspired by street food around the world.  The menu is created with locally grown produce, some from the on-site greenhouse, with a focus on fish and other organic foods.

Shipping containers do not make up the entire structure, but they do seem like somewhat of a centerpiece to the greater design. The minimalist architecture and décor demonstrate an example of the marvelous design that can be spun from simple container concepts.  This is seen widely with container homes but less so with restaurant and retail space.

Container architecture isn’t the only way this restaurant’s creator went environmentally-friendly; as mentioned, much of the food is grown in the greenhouse attached to the restaurant. Also, the seating for the eating area is made of a scrapped shipping container.

1. London’s Movement Café

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An innovatively designed pop-up café occupied space in London for several months as part of the city-wide renovations for the London Olympics in summer 2012. The restaurant’s playful, colorful vision seems inspired by the eccentricity of its shipping container base.

The distinguishing factors of the café’s design are its bright and cheery decorative choices. The design is sprinkled with fun and quirky typography to complement its light pop-up feel. The container it is made from allows for the shop to easily open or close up and revert back to its container state—and was a big part of why the entire shop took only 16 days to fully construct.

This café stands out because of how its overall design springboards off of the shipping container base to form a place to enjoy some food and relax under the sun. Unfortunately it closed up shop on Christmas 2012, but its presence served to further expand the shipping container shop trend that is sweeping the nation.

Learn more about how purchasing a container for your food service or retail needs is a practical business decision. Look no further than Container Technology, Inc…Your one stop for shipping containers of all sizes.  For a container built to suit your particular needs…Get a quote today.


How to Use Shipping Containers for Obstacle Courses

By January 31st, 2014 Creative Uses No Comments

Whether you’re working for a large-scale commercial obstacle course company or just looking for a fun and adventurous weekend with the buddies, variety is key in the art of the obstacle course. Shipping containers can bring this to your obstacle course, in addition to the strength and versatility you need. The containers can be something to climb up, through or over.

Unlike other traditional obstacle course materials that constantly wear out—such as hay bales, rope courses, or truck tires—shipping containers are made to withstand the test of time and natural elements. In fact, they’re built to last for months in the high seas, which should give a basic idea to their unstoppable resistance. Containers do not have to be constantly replaced like many other obstacles, so purchasing one (or several) can end up paying for itself several times over.

Not only do these all-weather-ready containers have the durability demanded by the most hardcore obstacle courses; their many functions make them great to have around for both storage and lounge space.

Additional Benefits

Shipping containers are ideal to have on standby for the storage of large materials and props. They provide the ability to double as obstacles by day and storage space by night. Pack away the rest of your course inside of your shipping container to make everything painlessly transferrable; then turn the container back into an obstacle when you set up shop the next day.

No obstacle course is complete without a place to cool down afterwards. Shipping containers have been used for lounge purposes for quite some time now. Choose from various customizations to turn a shipping container into a portable relaxation space with all the hook-ups you need (windows, doors, lighting, heat or AC units). If your course is more on the commercial side, consider having a container converted into an office space. Doing so would give you the ability to go anywhere your course does.

As obstacle courses generally have a rough and tough image anyway, get the most for your buck by opting to buy a used container. You’ll get the steel resilience that our containers promise at a more affordable price.

Look no further for this indispensable piece to your obstacle course. Discover for yourself the multitude of options of a sturdy shipping container today.

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Outdoor Solutions: Hunting Camp Storage

By February 12th, 2013 Creative Uses No Comments

Having a secure place to keep all of your hunting equipment is a must for all hunters.  A storage container offers durability and security that you would not get from other types of storage methods. A storage container will not only protect your gear from the elements but intruders as well. The portability is also an excellent advantage to using a storage container.  They can be delivered directly to the site of your choosing and placed on the ground (with minimal to no set up required).  You can also move the container to a new location or remove it seasonally.

A cargo container will allow you to store all of your seasonal hunting gear in one place!  Cargo containers are an excellent alternative for storage as opposed to your garage or basement. We can also add a lock box on the doors of the container for added security.  A shipping container will help give you peace of mind…knowing your valuable hunting gear is safe and secure!

A shipping container can also be modified and utilized as a bunk house.  Who says you need to be sleeping out in the open just because you’re hunting. We can insulate the container and add bunk beds inside to provide a sleeping area.  A modified shipping container converted into a bunk house is a great way to protect you from the elements!

There are endless possibilities when it comes to the uses for a shipping container.  We offer different sizes which are: 10’ storage containers, 20’ storage containers, or 40’ storage containers and even larger. The 40’ and larger containers are also available in the high cube variety.  High cube containers are 1’ taller than standard height storage containers.  Any of these can be modified to fit your unique requirements.

Container Technology is the leading provider of dry storage containers and modified storage containers throughout the Southeast.  Call Container Technology today or complete an online quote request.


Creative Uses – 20ft Storage Containers – Superman Movie Set-Plano, IL

By December 9th, 2011 Creative Uses No Comments

The new Superman movie, The Man of Steel, will be released in December of 2012. The town of Plano, Illinois has gone through a dramatic change.

Hollywood and the Warner Brothers mega million-dollar production has come to a normally very quiet rural down – In the Superman comic, the town of Smallville is an important piece of the puzzle. To the producer and director of Superman, Plano, IL represents the perfect Smallville.

Filming for a portion of the movie was recently completed in Plano. This small but growing rural community 50 miles west of downtown Chicago was transformed into a Metropolis for a couple of weeks in August. The historical downtown district was closed to business while the movie was being filmed.

Sections of the town were temporarily changed to incorporate a barbershop, bank, fake 7-11 and other stores. As you can see from the pictures, they are just “storefronts” built in front of a structure that consisted of 20′ storage containers stacked and lashed in place three high.

So you may ask yourself why shipping containers? And what do they have to do with Superman? Well shipping containers are as strong as superman himself. They are made to be stacked 8 or 9 tall loaded with cargo. The structure of the container when lashed down is capable of withstanding category 5 hurricanes with ease. It has been reported even that during very powerful tornados, storage containers if secured to the ground are the only structures that survive. Storage containers have been used on countless movie and television sets for many different reasons. Often the shipping containers serve as a backdrop to create an industrial setting. They can easily be arranged like building blocks to create the ideal setting. They can also be used as portable structures, such as in Superman. The portability gives a non-permanent structure that can be setup quickly and efficiently. In addition to being convenient, they are also affordable.

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The twenty four (24) 20ft storage containers were supplied by Great Lakes Kwik Space, Aurora, IL. Great Lakes Kwik Space was happy to provide a solution for the Superman set and are pleased to hear that the movie created a positive economic impact for the local community in Plano, IL.   By the way, the fake 7-11 store gets blown up, (the shipping containers remain safe) and half the “town” gets destroyed… but we think Superman will prevail. Feel free to contact us for more information and a free quote.


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