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Creative Architects Turn 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

5 Big Benefits of In-factory Construction

DSC 0056 300x199 5 Big Benefits of In factory ConstructionMost 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

Prefabricated Construction: A Closer Look at 6 Prefab Building Methods

DSC 0056 300x199 Prefabricated Construction: A Closer Look at 6 Prefab Building MethodsThe term prefabricated construction leads many to think about complete structures built in a factory which are then transported to the site and set on a foundation. While this building method is becoming increasingly popular, there are other ways builders are using factory precision and efficiencies to create quality structures.

In the book Prefab Prototypes: Site-Specific Design for Offsite Construction, Mark and Peter Anderson detail six different types of prefabricated systems. We thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at each.

1. Panelized Wood Framing

Typically used in roofing, these frames are built from long pieces of laminated timber, covered by a plywood or other board roof deck. The frames can be up to 72 Read more

Could the Tech Industry Save Office Construction?

amazon Rufus 20 campus seattle 300x171 Could the Tech Industry Save Office Construction?Across the country, office construction has seen a recent boom, thanks to technology companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. These multi-billion dollar firms are expanding rapidly, and looking for more space for offices and data storage.

A recent article, titled Demand from Tech Sector Helps to Reboot Office Market, from Engineering News Record (ENR.com), took an in-depth look into the recent “reboot” of office construction, highlighting cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and even Read more

Top 50 Tech Firms for Construction

technology 298256 1920 300x160 Top 50 Tech Firms for ConstructionThe secret’s out; construction is going high-tech. From mobile apps that empower project managers to cloud-based collaboration tools to the widely used BIM, there’s no shortage of new technology for architects, engineers and construction professionals.

This increasing adoption of new technologies has spurned a bevy of both new and tenured tech firms to develop the next generation of intelligent tools for construction. Yesterday, the editors at Constructech.com released their list of the top 50 most influential construction technology providers. It’s a powerful statement about where construction is headed. Here’s a peek at the top 10.

  1. AboutTime Technologies, Payson, UT – Product: Mobile resource management
  2. Aconex, San Bruno, CA – Product: Online project collaboration Read more

Excellence in Construction: The 2014 Global Best Projects Awarded

¬ Sam Burrell Halley VI winter view 300x194 Excellence in Construction: The 2014 Global Best Projects AwardedWhat does it take to be considered the Global Best Project of the year? According to a panel of expert judges from across the industry, the best construction projects are leaders in innovation, safety performance, global teamwork, quality and success in overcoming challenges.

The 2014 Global Best Projects Awards were recently announced at the ENR+Dodge 2014 Global Construction Summit in New York City. The winners represent the best of what modern architecture, engineering and construction can do to make our world a better place for everyone. Here are a few of the winners that caught our attention: Read more

How to Build Better Mobile Offices Part 3: Finishes, Testing and Inspection

Watch the last chapter in this series as ModSpace VP of Construction Services Sam Tikriti walks you through the installation of interior and exterior finishes followed by thorough testing and an end-to-end inspection. They’re the final steps in building a better mobile office. Click the video below to see for yourself.

Make sure to watch part 1 and part 2 of this video series to see everything that goes into building better mobile offices.

How to Build Better Mobile Offices Part 1: The Foundation

Not all mobile offices are created equal. Precision in-factory construction can produce high-quality mobile offices with all the amenities and comforts of a conventional full-service office building.

Click on the video below to watch ModSpace VP of Construction Services Sam Tikriti walk you through the first of our three-part series on how to build a better mobile office.

Be sure to check back later this week as we post the next video in this series.

14 Construction Apps for Project Managers in 2014

iphone tool belt 300x286 14 Construction Apps for Project Managers in 2014Apple’s App Store recently topped 1 million apps, with approximately 25,000 new apps being added every day, or one every 3.5 seconds. For construction, the store has more than 10,000 good and not-so-good tools available to help project managers be more effective and efficient on the job. With so many options, finding the right one for you can be a task in itself. To help you get a jump on your app search, here are 14 you should consider downloading in 2014.

1. Archipad Lite

A version of Archipad software made for the iPad, this free app allows project managers to create and send punch lists, reports, and drawings with specific locations for items. It also “learns” to autocomplete entries based on familiar phrases you use. Archipad Lite automatically formats information, eliminating time-consuming steps to ensure your information is conveyed in a neat, concise way. 

2. iAuditor: Safety Audit and Checklist

Do paperless safety checks and inspections for free. Edit, sign-off and approve,  then email completed audits in PDF or Microsoft Word formats. The iAuditor has more than Read more

Sustainable Architecture Takes On Urban Agriculture

nyc dragonfly night 300x196 Sustainable Architecture Takes On Urban AgricultureArchitects are coming up with some innovative ways to make sustainable buildings. Many of these sustainable projects are still in the concept phase. Among them, two proposed projects recently caught our eye as both aspire to integrate large areas for farming in urban settings.

Here’s how these proposed projects may take urban architecture and agriculture to new heights… Literally.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut designed a 132-floor urban farm concept for Roosevelt Island in New York City. The proposed “Dragonfly” development would rely on Read more