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Hospital Built from Shipping Containers

By June 12th, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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Over the years, shipping containers have been used to build various structures.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first intensive care unit (ICU) made from a shipping container has been created. 

The coronavirus has overwhelmed the healthcare system, and created a need to quickly expand hospital capacity. Unlike hospital tents, shipping containers provide an excellent solution because they possess negative room pressure. Air does not flow out, so the virus cannot escape and spread. Also, storage containers are easily transportable so the units can be moved to fight the pandemic as the severity of the virus in a region changes. Plus, the infrastructure for transporting shipping containers with trains, trucks, and ships already exists.

Each mobile intensive care unit is a 20ft shipping container, the most common of storage container sizes in the world. Modified with two windows, they allow visitors to see family members. With room to fit two beds and the essential equipment to keep desperately ill patients alive, these units significantly relieves the pressure of hospitals. Even as countries slowly lift lockdown rules, experts predict that portable ICU’s will continue to help hospitals around the world. If you would have any questions about shipping containers for sale, shipping container price, or shipping container dimensions, please give Container Technology a call at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote request.

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Use a Shipping Container for Dry Storage

By May 19th, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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Storing goods, items, or anything of importance requires proper protection and security. Strong and durable, a shipping container has become a very popular and cost effective solution for all dry storage needs. Shipping containers are suitable for a multitude of industries/applications, as they are specifically designed to keep products dry when weather can be unpredictable.

Quality Protection

Built to travel long distances overseas, shipping containers are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Constructed of high quality steel, containers are wind and watertight.  They come standard with double doors that seal up tight.  Dependable and durable, a cargo container will ensure the stored products stay dry and maintain their condition. The most common size options are 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers.  However, Container Technology can provide storage containers for sale in various sizes/with plenty of space to accommodate any storage needs.

Strong Security

In addition to keeping stored items dry, shipping containers provide a level of security that avoids any worries. These units come equipped with lockable heavy duty double doors, keeping out any unwanted guests like rodents. Additional security locks or lock boxes can always be added as well.  These options provide an extra level of security, as they prevent bolt cutters from accessing/cutting the lock. Both new one trip containers and used shipping containers are solid options for short term or long term storage. 

Ventilation is Key

Proper ventilation is necessary to maintain the temperature of stored items. If you are storing materials that contain harmful gases or chemicals, ventilation is especially important. Shipping containers come standard with small pressure vents to allow the unit to breathe. A variety of modifications are also available to further improve ventilation. Rooftop turbine vents, exhaust fans, or full HVAC cooling/heating systems can be installed to meet any specific need.

Container Technology has storage containers for sale or rent to suit any and all of your needs. For more information on how you can keep your products dry and safe call (877) 670-0229 or get an online quote.

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New One Trip vs. Used Containers: Which is Right?

By April 7th, 2015 About Containers 1 Comment
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Congratulations! You’ve done the research and decided that a shipping container is the best option for your on-site storage. But now you need to decide whether a new one trip container or a used container is right for you.

In choosing whether to purchase or lease a new one trip container or a used container it is important to consider your shipping container needs.

New One Trip Containers

20ft-one-trip-container-web New one trip containers are ideal for those who are looking for the highest level of quality, durability, and aesthetics. New one trip containers are usually less than a year old, used only once when shipped from their overseas manufacturer. In pristine condition, new one trip containers are never exposed to the rigors of a marine environment or container depot. They are a solid one color with no shipping logos or signs of wear and are equipped with a factory lock box.

New one trip containers are the best choice for those wishing to modify a shipping container for use as residence or office. We offer a wide variety of container modifications and can convert a container to your specifications.

New one trip containers are also ideal if ensuring the condition of the container’s contents is a concern. The excellent condition of a new one trip containers ensures that important items such as medical supplies, electrical equipment, or even your prized possessions will remain in pristine condition.

Used Containers

20ft-cargo-worthy-container2 Used containers are ideal for those who are less concerned with aesthetics and are looking to bridge the gap between function and cost. Built to last, used shipping containers will last for years to come. Used containers are typically 8-12 years old and are sourced from international shipping services. Reflecting the rigors of the shipping process; used containers vary in color and often have shipping logos, superficial dents and scratches, and rust from the exposed steel of the container oxidizing. A popular option for those looking to extend the both the life and the aesthetic appeal of their container are refurbished containers.

Used containers are the best choice for those who are looking for effective storage solutions or other nonresidential uses. Some examples include file and record storage, boat and recreational vehicle storage, and construction storage. We also offer modifications for used containers to meet your unique storage needs.

Whether you have decided to purchase or lease your shipping container, let us help you with finding your perfect container. For more information give us a call at 877-670-0229 or fill out an online quote request form.

Shipping Container Pop-up Shops Pop Up Around the World

By May 30th, 2014 Creative Uses 7 Comments
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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.

Top 5 Coolest Restaurants Inside of Shipping Containers

By February 11th, 2014 Creative Uses 6 Comments
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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



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


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.