These projects in Canada are in the northern part of Saskatchewan Province and were designed for 3Twenty Solutions. 3 Twenty Solutions provides prefabricated buildings for remote sites that are used by oil companies and mining companies. These sites are inaccessible most of the year except by plane, and the only way to haul supplies up is during the winter over ice roads for many of the sites. Since it is hard to get construction equipment to these sites, and the weather is far from perfect, as much as possible must be assembled prior to transport. So, modified shipping containers fit the bill perfectly in most cases.
Inside a Typical Bedroom
Lifting Modules Into Place
In the Kitchen – This was more difficult to design because of the open area.
End View of Completed Building
Another View of the Containers Being Lifted Into Place
Here’s some pictures taken by the client for the shipping container house in New Haven, CT. This house was built from six containers, and features a more traditional architecture for the front. This project was built by Marengo Structures, and the designer was Christian Salvati. We worked closely with him to produce the structural design, and the intent of the project was to build an attractive house at an affordable price. The house was built on a vacant lot in an older neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut. The builder wanted to make the house fit well into the architecture of the neighborhood, which consisted of houses built in the 1920’s. To make a container house do this, you have to cover the containers up to a certain extent, which was done in the front of the structure. Please see the video to get the best feel for scope and intent of the Project:
The front is being furred out to allow a more traditional siding to be placed over it.
The house is finally starting to take shape!
The Final Product
The final product is above.
The video below provides a very good explanation of the house and shows some interesting views of it while it was under construction:
This house was designed in the winter of 2010-2011, and is currently under construction. The containers have been fabricated and will be erected shortly. Here is a video showing where we are at:
The house will be two stories, each story will have 3 – 45′ containers. The containers were modified to have large openings between them and to have a stairway. The foundation is actually a deep crawl space, which we had to do because of site conditions. The site is a vacant lot where a house was demolished, and there is poor soil to a depth of 5′, so the easiest way was to build an uninhabited basement under the house.
These are the first two shipping container houses in Atlanta, the one on the left was the first. We performed the structural design of both.
The second house built of shipping containers in Atlanta was built next to the first one. The builder was g a d Design, the architect was Francis Kirkpatrick, and we were the structural engineers. This one was a little bit different from the first in that a balcony was put on the top floor, and there is a completely open floor plan on the top floor.
This project is composed of a number of shipping containers that have been modified to contain equipment for processing contaminated ground water. The containers are stacked side by side to make a one story facility.
"Hotel" Building, Muscatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana
This structure is a five and a half story building that is a simulated hotel for urban warfare and law enforcement training at Muscatutk Urban Training Center, Indiana. It was built for the Indiana National Guard by GroupVTI, we performed the structural design. The primary issues with this building were the foundations, at this kind of height it wants to roll over in a wind storm, so massive concrete foundations were required. We originally had the design for 7 stories, but we reconfigured because additional bracing issues appeared at that height that were easily eliminated by widening the building and lowering it one and a half stories.
Architect: Francis Kirkpatrick Structural Engineer: Runkle Consulting, Inc.
These are photos of the house being constructed
This is the first house in Atlanta, GA built with shipping containers. It was built in 2007, we did the structural design. It is fabricated of 6 containers and sets on top of a four car garage. Since then, an additional house has been placed on the lot next door.
These are the two houses we’ve worked on in Atlanta. The one on the left was completed in 2007, the one on the right should be complete early in 2011. It will have drywall put in later in December 2010.