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Creative Containers: Architects Transform Portable Storage Units into Sustainable Structures

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.

Container Cities

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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.

Ice Cream Parlor in a Can

In San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, Smitten Ice Cream put a new spin on the traditional ice cream parlor using a 40’ storage container. Builders sliced the container in half and Read more

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Can You Fit in a Portable Storage Container?

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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Report: Marcellus Shale Larger and More Cost Effective Than Originally Projected

marcellusshaledrillsite Report: Marcellus Shale Larger and More Cost Effective Than Originally ProjectedAn article just published by the Associated Press cites two recent studies that found the Marcellus Shale natural gas field is much larger and more cost effective to drill than originally projected in government reports.

According to last week’s report from Standard & Poor’s, Marcellus Shale could contain “almost half of the current proven natural gas reserves in the U.S.”

In a separate report from ITG Investment Research, an analysis of the region’s well production data shows that production is Read more

ModSpace Introduces Program to Boost Customer Confidence When Renting Mobile Offices and Portable Storage Containers

 ModSpace Introduces Program to Boost Customer Confidence When Renting Mobile Offices and Portable Storage ContainersModSpace announced an Ultimate Confidence Pledge for customers who rent from its nationwide fleet of mobile office trailers and portable storage containers for use at construction sites, industrial settings, sports and entertainment venues.

“Customers need to act fast and make smart, confident decisions about their suppliers,” says John Lieffrig, VP of North American Sales for ModSpace. “Price is important but when it comes time to make a decision, certainty of quality and service are equally important. The Ultimate Confidence Pledge assures our customers of competitive rates and speed of response and service.”

The ModSpace Ultimate Confidence Pledge delivers on three important drivers in their customers’ decision-making process:

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4 Reasons You Need Onsite Storage

 4 Reasons You Need Onsite StoragePortable storage containers, also called ISO or Connex containers, are quickly becoming a standard item at construction sites. If you still haven’t bought into the value of storage, here are four simple reasons why you should rethink your storage strategy for your next project.

1. Protect Your Assets

Construction site theft of equipment and materials costs you money and delays your project. It’s a bad way to get customers to invite you to their next project. Portable onsite storage assures that your tools and supplies will be there for you every morning.

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4 Must-do Steps for Starting New Construction Projects

 4 Must do Steps for Starting New Construction ProjectsHere are four simple steps to get you organized before your next project begins. While they may seem fundamental and obvious, we’ve seen the inefficiencies and costly delays that ensue when these steps are overlooked.

1. Start a checklist

It’s the simplest of things. Write down everything you need to do before work can begin on the  job site, from permits and licenses to job site storage. Check them off as you go. This will make sure even the small stuff is not forgotten, which you’ll undoubtedly discover at the most inopportune time.

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Win a FREE Lease of HQ, the Ultimate Onsite Office

 Win a FREE Lease of HQ, the Ultimate Onsite OfficeEnter the HQ Sweepstakes contest now for your chance to win a FREE 12-month lease of the ultimate onsite office. We’ll announce the grand-prize winner on September 24.

Just for entering, you’ll receive a coupon for one free month off any ModSpace mobile office or storage container lease of 6 months or longer. It’s just our way of saying thanks for considering ModSpace.

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Tips for Preventing Construction Site Theft

copper cable thumbnail Tips for Preventing Construction Site TheftConstruction site theft is on the rise, and expensive delays and replacement costs are the fallout. Copper wiring, generators, and heavy equipment are some of the items at risk.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) estimates as much as $1 billion in metals and equipment is stolen from construction sites each year. And a 2009-2011 report by the NICB revealed that metal theft claims jumped 81 percent over numbers from 2006-2008, an increase driven by the economic downturn and the rising price of base metals.

Thieves are looking for more than metals. Equipment theft is also a significant threat to contractors and subs. According to the NCIB, in 2010 there were 13,374 reports of heavy equipment theft, valued at around $400 million, of which only 19 percent was recovered. This year, 43 percent of thefts were reported in just five states, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

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SpaceMax Foldable Building Breaks Assembly Speed Record

We told you in a recent blog post how SpaceMax is easily transported anywhere in the world by truck, train, boat or plane. Now you can see how the world’s most versatile foldable building can be assembled and ready to use in minutes.

Click on the video below to watch SpaceMax in action.

How Urban Development Benefits from Modular Construction

 How Urban Development Benefits from Modular Construction

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Modular building, also known as component construction, has proven ideal for urban settings. Simple delivery, fast set up, and controlled offsite construction are all benefits that may make modular the preferred option for construction in metropolitan areas. Whether used for a permanent or a temporary project, modular offers a clear advantage for developers.

This has been proven especially true for the ongoing Atlantic Yards project in New York City. Forest City Ratner is planning to build a 32-story, 350-unit residential tower at the site using modular construction. The company decided on modular due to the accelerated construction schedule and the cost savings, which can be upwards of 20 percent compared to traditional construction.

So what is it that makes modular construction so appealing to builders operating in urban areas?

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In any city, space is going to be an issue. Small city lots force developers to get creative in order to make the most out of storage and operating space. Modular projects are built in a factory and then delivered right to the construction site, minimizing excess building materials left to litter the site. For temporary projects in urban environments, the ModSpace HQ is a perfect construction office solution. This ground office can be stacked up to three stories, reducing its footprint by 67% compared to traditional onsite offices. We recently completed a 12-unit, multi-story job site office for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn using this method. Read more