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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.

Contact Us

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.


  1. January 16th, 2016

    Hi! I have two shipping containers (40 x 8) sitting on a lot in Guatemala.
    I want to build a wooden house above or up top of the containers.
    The containers are 13 feet apart….can they hold a wooden house that would be 40 x 32 feet.
    We realize that the weight of the house would have to sit on a solid base so that it does not sink the container….
    Thank you for your response.

  2. admin
    March 1st, 2016

    Hello Judy,
    Thanks for the inquiry. I apologize for the delayed response. We had some issues with the email address we had on file to receive notifications. Unfortunately, we do not have an engineer or an architect on staff. You would most likely need to consult with either or both, to determine if your concept can be carried out. It’s definitely a possibility. However, we would not be able to advise you on whether or not it can be done. I’m sorry we are not more help. Ray

  3. Twonia Horne
    February 24th, 2016

    Need quote for 200 capacity.

  4. admin
    March 1st, 2016

    Hello Twonia,
    Thank you for your interest in Container Technology. Looks like you are in need of a quantity of containers for building purposes. Do you need the containers in the US? If so, where do you need them? We are able to provide you with containers from most of the major port locations, as well as some inland locations. Please let me know how many containers and what size containers you require as well. We’d be happy to get back to you with pricing and availability. Thanks!

  5. glen k
    June 18th, 2016

    do you sell insulated shipping containers?

    thank you

  6. Ray
    July 12th, 2016

    Hello Glen,
    Thank you for contacting us! We do sell insulated shipping containers. Can you please let me know where you need the container (delivery city)? I’d be happy to get back to you with pricing and availability. Please send your response to Feel free to contact me by phone as well. I can be reached at (800) 266-1266. I look forward to hearing from you. Ray

  7. August 5th, 2017

    Build a School
    Im in Monterrey Mexico, and we want to build a 3 stories school. Any help?

  8. Ray
    August 7th, 2017

    Hello Fernando,
    Thanks for finding us. We posted this article in the Creative Uses section of our website. We like to highlight some of the creative ways that containers are being used. Unfortunately, we would not be able to assist you in building a school. Our conversion/modification capabilities are limited to single container projects. However, you might have some luck finding a company the Houston or San Antonio area. Check out this website – You can do a search to find companies in that area. Hope this helps! Ray

  9. January 24th, 2018

    Are you able to extend your services to UGANDA in East africa? if yes

    We want to build a school about 500sqm, kindly send me a quote.


  10. Ray
    January 29th, 2018

    Hello Patricia, Thanks for finding us. I’m sorry but we are not able to offer services in your area. This article was posted primarily for informational purposes. I’m sorry that we are not able to assist you. I wish you luck in bringing this project to fruition. Thanks, Ray

  11. Dong Un Kim
    July 23rd, 2019

    Dear Sir,

    our church need extra Sunday School Classroom but unfortunately, we do not have enough budget for that. I think the shipping container classroom will be very good for us at this moment. Could you please give us estimate for the 3 X 40ft container combined classroom. or if you have your read-made classroom design, that would be very good for us to review.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,
    Dong Kim

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