Portable storage containers are commonly used by construction firms and retail stores to keep materials, equipment and inventory safe from the elements and theft. But around the world, architects, community planners and entrepreneurs are finding new, inventive ways to use portable storage units to create visually stunning places for people to work, eat and live.
Here are some great examples of how storage containers have been reinvented around the world.
In 2001, Container City I was built in London’s Trinity Buoy Wharf by Urban Space Management. The project transformed 40’ storage containers into affordable housing and office space in just four days.
The following year, the firm expanded the development with the creatively named Container City II, adding more offices and several colorful bridges that connect it to Container City I.
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Apple’s iPhone 5s was recently named the best smart phone for construction industry professionals by Equipment World.com. It’s not the biggest, the most rugged, or the cheapest. Despite its faults, the iPhone still has far more readily available apps that make construction pros smarter, more efficient and more effective on the job. Add a beefy case and the right app and you have a powerful tool that goes wherever you do, including the jobsite.
Construction apps can provide the developer, project manager, and even site foreman a wealth of real-time resources that make every job easier. From apps that monitor project bids to finger-assisted CAD drawing to calculating architectural formulas, the number of available construction-specific apps is currently in the thousands and growing.
Best Apps for Construction
The best app for you depends on your job responsibilities, personal preferences and technical aptitude. Here are a few of our favorite free apps you may find useful: Read more
Most people know that in-factory construction is faster than traditional, site-built construction. But there are several more advantages to in-factory building. Here are a few that may impact your decision on where to build.
1. Precision Assembly
The repeatable nature of in-factory construction allows builders to continuously improve equipment and processes that cannot be reproduced onsite. Cuts and connections are practiced and confirmed accurate.
As the building proceeds through the assembly line, frequent checks confirm strict adherence to specifications. Components that fail to meet specifications are corrected Read more
We’ve seen our modular buildings used in some pretty innovative ways. But one of our latest mobile offices to hit the street in Downtown Las Vegas is showing far more character, and color, than usual.
The owner of Zappos.com is investing $350 million in the revitalization of the area through a project called the Downtown Project.
The ModSpace mobile office is a dramatic visual and place where developers can show their vision to prospective clients, businesses and investors. When completed the Downtown Project should give a huge boost to the local economy, including one of our favorite parts, Container Park, where colorful, repurposed steel storage containers are the backdrop for a cool new urban scene.
Some of the most innovative young minds in architecture are finding inspiration in modular construction. That’s one lesson learned from U.S. and China Solar Decathalons, where the winners used the power of modular to bring their projects to life.
Two Competitions, One Solution
In China’s first-ever Solar Decathlon, Asia-Pacific teams placed first and second over 19 competitors by applying modular construction to solar applications. The first-place team (from Australia’s University of Wollongong) used off-the-shelf solutions for the exterior of their solar-powered home. The second-place students (from South China University of Technology) used native materials like sugar cane and bamboo to create insulated wall panels. Read more
We know that modular construction is a greener solution for building or expanding. Some architects are building on the benefits of modular with a more literal approach to green building. Their answer: incorporating plants into modular designs.
Plants and trees produce oxygen and humidity, reduce pollution and radiation, absorb harmful carbon dioxide, and help with cooling. Incorporating self-contained ecosystems into new buildings also creates a sense of peace and relaxation for occupants.
Here are three examples of modular projects that give “green building” new meaning. Read more
Portable storage containers can be placed almost anywhere on a construction site, behind a retail store, at a factory or wherever additional storage is needed. But for a go-anywhere store-all, a portable storage container can hold a lot more than you might think.
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How Much Can You Fit in a Portable Storage Container? – An infographic by ModSpace.
The ModSpace Sports and Entertainment Team recently completed work on the New York Red Bull’s slick new training facility. In this video, star player Dax McCarty gives you a behind the scenes look at where the team works between every MLS game.
For more information on ModSpace Sports and Entertainment capabilities, please contact William Mann at 704-719-0509.
The traditional construction worker is here to stay. Hands on experience and practical know-how make these workers invaluable to the industry. At the same time, the construction industry is evolving and its workforce along with it. A new type of construction pro is emerging from reputable national programs focused on the latest in project management and technology.
Columbia University provides proof of construction’s development. The Ivy League Read more