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Creative Uses

Using Shipping Containers to Store and Ship Cars

By May 6th, 2016 Creative Uses 5 Comments

Are you cramped on space and looking for a storage solution? Is your garage full and need extra space to store your car? Maybe your garage just isn’t cutting it anymore? Shipping container garages are a great affordable alternative because of their size and their resistant steel shell. They are a perfect permanent car storage solution because it is much cheaper to purchase a container than paying for a car storage facility for several years. The steel containers provide protection against theft and vandalism. They are wind and watertight and will protect your car from unpredictable weather conditions. Shipping containers usually have a lock box to secure your car or possessions and can be modified to better suit your needs. Shipping containers are a versatile, affordable, and durable alternative to a traditional garage.

Since shipping containers are mobile and easy to install, they can be used as a long-term solution or as a temporary fix. Shipping container can be modified to include roll-up side doors, electrical wiring, insulation, flooring, ventilation, windows, shelving, etc. Take a look at Container Tech’s modification page to learn more! The doors on the container can be modified to make it more convenient for your storage needs. Let Container Technology, Inc help design your dream garage out of a shipping container, the sky’s the limit.Photo Jan 13, 2 54 57 PM


Affordable- Costs less than building a garage.

Movable- Can easily be moved from one location to another.

Easy to install- After you have your container delivered, it is ready for immediate use.

Easy to use and maintain– Once the container is set in place, add a moveable ramp and you can easily drive in and out. Check and address any rust issues to ensure that your container will last for many years.

Security- Container garage can be placed in your own yard, no remote location.


Container Size-  A 20 ft shipping container is about the size of one parking space. The space inside a 20 ft container is almost 8 ft wide and 8 ft tall with a length of about 19’ and can hold one car.  The space inside a 40 ft shipping container is about 7’8” wide and 7’8” tall with a length of about 40’ and can hold two cars. A 45 ft high cube container is perfect for storing oversized cars because they are taller and give you extra height.

Container Condition–  A used container will cost less especially if aesthetics are not an issue. Used containers will exhibit signs of wear and tear, but that might not be a problem if you are into that rustic look. A new container will will cost more but will last longer in the long run.

Transporting a Car In a Shipping Container

  • Photo Jan 13, 2 37 47 PMBuild a barrier of some sort with plywood or timber to keep it contained and separated from other items. This process of embarkation is vital when shipping a vehicle in a container.
  • Drain all the fuel from the car and disconnect the battery and alarm system.
  • Wheels must be blocked from the front, back, and sides with wooden blocks or wheel chocks. The wheels need to be strapped securely with ratchet straps and then fit the straps to all the wheels by using the heavy lashing points located on the bottom of the container walls.

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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. Call us toll-free at (877) 670-0229 or fill out a quick quote form to get started today.

Playground Containers

By March 28th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments

Shipping containers made into playgrounds? This is now becoming a reality because of the fact that shipping containers are versatile and environmentally friendly. Shipping containers are virtually indestructible and can be stacked up like Legos. Building a playground out of shipping containers can leave you with endless options instead of a simple out of the box plastic structure that is found in most of our parks and schools. Using shipping containers is like a blank canvas because there are so many unique and innovative ways to design your dream playground. Shipping container structures enable a child’s imagination to run wild and creates a whole new world. This world of adventure created by shipping containers take an active part in building upon their imaginations. Children can take part in “risk-taking” play while being supervised. In addition, the cost is low to build these structures. These kinds of playgrounds will have long-term positive outcomes for our children. These container playgrounds are aiding in the growth and development of our youth by presenting controlled challenges and risks. In a society reluctant to take risks, such opportunities are rapidly declining. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein


Skinner’s Playground in Melbourne, Australia was designed by Melbourne-based Phooey Architects. This children’s center was created with container cut-outs that have been repositioned. There are four modified containers: two long ones clamped together at ground level and two smaller ones, also clamped together, placed at an angle on top at the south end. The stairs railing, overhangs, and balconies are all created from pieces of containers.



Container Park in Las Vegas, Nevada converted a container into a 30 foot tall tree house with three different slides.

Help to enrich the lives of children by building a playground out of shipping containers. You can make a difference in a child’s life! Contact Container Technology, Inc toll-free at (877) 670-0229 to talk about your container needs today.

On-Demand Training Where Sailors Need it: At the Shipyard, Naval Station, or Pier

By March 23rd, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments


Long gone are the days when expert sailors relied upon experience and knowledge of the stars to guide their ships to shore. Today’s sailors combine their seamanship with the advanced technical expertise necessary to command and maintain the complex systems that protect modern navies. Until today, there were few options for sailors to remain current on rapidly evolving technologies on the waterfront, especially at shipyards and smaller fleet concentration areas.

Enter Lockheed Martin’s on-demand training solution: a “trainer in a container”—the go-anywhere full-spectrum surface navy training solution   Lockheed Martin outfitted a standard (8-feet by 40-feet) cargo container with its world-class naval training systems to demonstrate how training simulators could be available to sailors when they need it, where they need it and how they need it. The engineers who designed and built the system at our Moorestown, New Jersey campus fondly dubbed it “The ConTrainer”.

The ConTrainer can be configured to use standard shore-power connections or to run on a portable generator and can be put on a flatbed truck or shipping vessel for transport. There is space within the container for four watchstanders and a training facilitator, flat-screen displays for group learning and a server room for electrical/computing equipment along with additional storage.

“The on-demand trainer means that sailors can be trained wherever they are: at a naval station, pier or shipyard,” said Lee Peterson, Lockheed Martin Training Products Technical Director. “Sailors can stay current on the latest advances on their equipment without having to go to a traditional classroom.”

The Lockheed Martin on-demand trainer concept for the surface navy will be featured at the Surface Navy Association’s (SNA) annual meeting Jan. 12-14 in Crystal City, Virginia. Attendees are invited to step inside and learn about these training solutions while trying the live-training simulators. Not attending SNA? Contact us to set up a demonstration.


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Creative Uses: Temperature Controlled Mobile Workshop

By February 27th, 2016 Creative Uses 1 Comment

Shipping containers aren’t only for the storage and transportation of goods! With a little imagination, a shipping container can be the building block for any number of things– a house, a restaurant, a shop, or even an electrical room.

10-conversion-5At Container Technology, Inc., one of our specialties is custom container modifications. Give us a raw shipping container and an idea and we will make it happen! Our custom container modification packages run the gamut from insulation, electrical wiring and lighting, windows, man doors,custom flooring. Take a look at our modifications page to learn more!

10-conversion-1One of our most recent projects at CTI is a temperature-controlled portable workshop. Why buy a flimsy composite work shed or spend large amounts of money on rent on an industrial space when you can have a strong, secure, and portable workspace that is custom designed to meet all your needs?

10-conversion-3CTI created this portable workshop from a standard 10ft shipping container. We modified it from top to bottom and created a fully finished work space that is temperature controlled and wired for electricity. The interior of the shipping container was framed, insulated, and finished with 5/16” paneling. CTI installed a man door opposite the shipping container’s original set of double cargo doors, put a steel overlay over the original floor, gave the exterior a new coat of paint, and added a shelving system and a custom workbench. CTI also installed a full electric package—including lighting, electrical outlets, and a window AC unit.

10-conversion-6Shipping container modifications take the best qualities of the shipping container— durability, portability, and strength— and uses them for new applications. This shipping container conversion can now be placed anywhere the client needs it and be ready for use as a workshop in minutes. When the job ends or the client needs to move, it can be easily repositioned. The mobile shipping container workshop also closes up tight in seconds and the few access points to the container workshop’s contents are easily secured. If you would like to learn more about the specifics of this project visit this modification page.


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. In addition to modifying shipping containers with different flooring, door configurations, windows, ventilation, and lighting options we also sellshipping containers in sizes ranging from 10ft to 53ft. Contact us today at (877) 670-0229 to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly service representatives or get an online quote now.

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


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.


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 11 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


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.

Not to mention…

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 7 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 1 Comment

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.

Electrical Room

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.

Electrical Room Ceiling Wires

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.

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