The Latest Trend: Shipping Container Parks

It may come as a surprise to you, but your local mixologists, foodies and retail junkies may have found a new place to frequent:  A Container Park.  We’ve already discussed the potential benefits of Container Living, containers for urban farming, and the traditional storage benefits of industrial containers.  It’s high time we dove into the benefits and joys of using a shipping container for vendors and retail.

Case Study:  The Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas, Nevada

Perhaps one of the most well-known and adorned examples of retail shipping container parks is that of the Downtown Container Park in Vegas.  This cultural hub located on historic Freemont Street is bustling with boutiques, unique cuisine, and live entertainment virtually all the time.

Described as being an open-air shopping center, this park offers everything from upscale restaurants to food-truck style grub and everything in-between.  This 19,000-square foot area consists of a mixture of forty-three re-purposed shipping containers and forty-one Xtreme cubes to house roughly 39 shops, restaurants and bars.

This park is truly amazing, but why should someone consider something like this as an option for their business?  In 2014 alone, the area saw over 18,000 visitors per day, on average.  This adds up to about 126,300 people per week who patronized this park.  These businesses are gaining a lot of exposure, and this exposure could be attributed to the mere novelty of the concept of shipping containers as retail space.  

Where Else Do Shipping Container Parks Exist?

San Diego

In 2015 The Quartyard opened up to feature live music, libations and food trucks.  Since its inception, its grown into what’s now known as a focal point for festivals, craft beer and even well-kept dog parks.

Other Parts of Nevada

In Reno, NV, the concept of using shipping containers as housing for bars and restaurants is beginning to catch on.  In early 2017, The Eddy, an outdoor, fenced in area with shipping containers surrounding it, opened in downtown Reno, Nevada.  This beer garden and community watering hole is the first of its kind to reach the area.

Offering a mix of outdoor recreation and aesthetically pleasing outdoor seating, this container park is an exceedingly popular spot for friends and families of all ages to gather.  

These outdoor shopping and eatery centers are popping up across the country.  Who knows how long it will be before one pops up in our neighborhood or local downtown region.  Will your business be ready?  Are you considering hopping on this trend that seems to have no end in sight?  

Is a Shipping Container Park Right for Your Retail Business?

Other California cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Long Beach have already climbed aboard and are thriving.   So, are you interested in developing your own Container Park or joining a current one?  According to Entrepreneur.com, setting up shop in a refurbished shipping container may be an affordable and appealing alternative to traditional retail.

In an article that follows the story of one refurbished sunglasses retailer, The Entrepreneur describes how this sunglasses business could charge a premium for their sunglasses, control the presentation of their product, and attract their ideal consumers.

Food for Thought:  This sunglasses shop was excelling in New York City, paying only $1,400 per month including utilities for the space.  Paying that amount for retail space in New York City is unheard of.  It’s probable that shipping container park life is more affordable than traditional brick and mortar.

About Us

If you are in the least bit intrigued by the idea of developing a Container Park in your area, there’s a lot you’ll need to know.  Where portable storage containers come from, how much they cost, and what it takes to begin construction are all questions you’ll need answers to.  Instant Storage can help get you these answers, give us a call today!

Would You, Could You in a Box? Container Living 101.

If you’ve never stepped inside one, you can’t hope to understand just how inviting shipping containers are. Yes, shipping containers. The workhorses of global trade have an alluring quality about them. I know it sounds strange, but get in one and see for yourself. And that might explain why shipping containers, formerly affixed to ships, trucks and railcars are now playing such an important role in the current home building revolution.

Few things on the planet are as practically-conceived or purpose-built as the noble cargo container. Its design and construction betray qualities of expediency, ergonomics and durability. These attributes certainly lend themselves to home building and home living. We want livable homes that last a long time and are simple to build. And these are the same qualities that appeal to folks who want to minimize the impacts of home building on the environment.

Jobsite Heartache

Visited a construction site lately? Beyond the impressive hard work, have you noticed how much waste is generated by home building? Eight thousand pounds of wood, drywall, cardboard, carpet, tile, metal and paint come out of each 2,000-square foot house that’s built in this country. That’s several dump trucks per home and all of it is destined for landfills. Shipping containers boast wonderful benefits when viewed from this sad statistic. They are recycled and repurposed and they are cheap. Used containers cost approximately $2,500 – $3,500 delivered. And while homeowners inevitably modify them, they are already built.

Stack ‘em Up

For folks wishing to build a container home, they’ll be delighted about how configurable they are. Shipping containers are designed to be stacked on top of each other. Each can withstand the weight of eight more atop of it. This works in the favor of designers wanting to create multi-level living. Conventional vertical construction is typically expensive. Not so with container buildings. Units are positioned as desired on top of one another and bolted and welded down. Unique designs and increased interior space are quickly achieved using a crane and chains.

Great Lines: Thinking Inside of the Box

The rectilinear geometry of a shipping container also lends itself to contemporary architectural design. Using an acetylene torch and grinder, a craftsman can cut custom windows, sliding glass and doors into their stalwart frames. In the interior, container homes are plumbed, wired, insulated and finished with sheet rock or paneling. Conjoined containers with a removed shared wall offer impressive space when utilized for great rooms and dining/kitchen combos. From the exterior, finished container homes definitely convey something unique, but most strangers would never know that the home before them once transported toaster ovens and running shoes across the oceans from Asia.

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If you’re intrigued and have never seen a container home, get online. There’s a wealth of information out there about the phenomenon. People are building gorgeous, spacious and affordable homes while limiting their impact on the environment and getting something truly unique, not to mention bullet-proof in the process.

Why Construction Companies and Contractors Choose Instant Storage

Pemberton Building Inc. is a general contractor and construction company located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pemberton Building Inc. specializes in constructing and renovating restaurants, gas stations, shopping malls, hotels, and more.

During restaurant renovation projects, Pemberton Building Inc. often struggled to find space to store the furniture inside the restaurant, like tables and chairs. Pemberton Building Inc. felt responsible for keeping their client’s furniture and belongings safe throughout the duration of the project, but lacked a place to store so many large items.

In 2008, Pemberton Building Inc. started looking for construction storage containers that they could store furniture, tools, and supplies in during renovation projects. They ultimately chose to work with Instant Storage as their on-site storage provider due to their reasonable prices and fast service. Instant Storage also has a great reputation in Southern Florida, an area that they’ve served since 1988. After trying various sizes of portable storage containers, Pemberton Building found that Instant Storage’s 8×20 containers and 8×40 containers were the right perfect size for their storage needs.

Pemberton Building Inc. prides themselves on their ability to complete projects on time, or ahead of schedule. Partnering with a portable storage provider that promptly drops off and picks up storage containers allows Pemberton to adhere to their deadlines and maintain high client satisfaction.

Christina Wold, the Office Manager at Pemberton Building Inc. also appreciates how easy Instant Storage is to work, sharing that “I just wanted to take a moment and say what a pleasure it is to work with Instant Storage of Florida. Everyone I have spoken with has given our company, Pemberton Building, the best service. We have been doing business with them since 2008 that should say a lot… You guys rock!”

Do you own or work for a contractor or construction company that could use additional storage space for an upcoming project? Request a quote from Instant Storage today to start renting affordable construction storage containers.

5 Benefits of Construction Trailers

Construction companies are legally responsible for providing a clean and safe workplace for their employees. However, constructions sites are often inherently dangerous. This is because employees are working on and around unfinished structures that are not yet “up to code,” and may include dangerous elements like exposed wiring and uneven floors. To add to this challenge, workers may have to transport tools and supplies away from the job site at the end of the work day if there are no secure structures to store supplies in.

Safe and comfortable shelter can also be difficult to find at the job site. Shelter is a basic human need, and is important for protecting workers from harsh weather during long shifts. Shelter is also necessary for people like supervisors and architects who need a desk and quiet place to work in order to get their job done.

Creating a safe and comfortable work environment at outdoor construction sites is a constant challenge for the people who own and run construction and land development companies. Here’s how construction trailers can ease most of the safety, security, and comfort challenges related to construction job sites:

1. Eliminate the Theft of Tools and Equipment

The theft of tools and equipment from jobs sites is a major concern for all construction companies. In fact, an entire black market exists for the sale of tools and equipment stolen from construction job sites. Unfortunately, 62% of equipment stolen from job sites is never recovered. Construction site theft results in monetary loss and even project delays if new equipment can’t be procured quickly enough.

Portable storage containers from Instant Storage save construction companies money by providing a safe and secure place to store mission critical tools and equipment. Heavy duty locking mechanisms on every door keep thieves away from your equipment. Keeping certain types of supplies and equipment locked and out of harm’s way also assists compliance with OSHA regulations.

2. Provide an Office for the Foreman

Although construction is a hands-on industry, paperwork must be completed at every step of the development process. The digital age has also made the use of computers and email impossible to avoid. This means that job site supervisors and foreman need a desk, computer, and quiet place to do their work, even if spend their entire work day at the job site. Since job sites are typically outdoors, dusty, and noisy, mobile container offices are a perfect way to provide foreman with a safe, comfortable, and quiet place to work. Providing job site supervisors and “white collar” workers with a construction trailer improves workplace productivity and worker satisfaction.

3. Secure Storage for Important Documents

Document security is a concern for every business, but for construction companies working at outdoor job sites, it is often difficult to find a secure place to store documents. That’s why all of our mobile container offices are equipped with a steel lockbox that can be used to store your most valuable documents and equipment.

4. Provide Shelter for Workers

Construction workers are subject to long hours and heavy labor in sometimes inclement weather conditions. Hot sun, cold snow, and whipping winds are just some of the weather conditions that construction workers are expected to work through without complaint. However, bad weather can still have a negative impact on worker morale, and can also cause illness like heat stroke or the common cold that may cause workers to miss work.

Construction trailers give your workers a safe and comfortable place to take a break from the elements. Although most of their day may be spent outside, they can use a construction trailer to take their lunch break, or shelter themselves from dangerous weather conditions like lightening, high winds, and hail.

5. Reduce Time Spent Transporting Materials to and from the Job Site

57% of a construction worker’s time is wasted traveling to retrieve, waiting to receive, or trying to find equipment. Travel time that could be better spent working at the job site is a major inefficiency that detracts from the bottom line, and can even extend the deadline of a construction project. Having a safe and secure place to store tools and equipment on-site eliminates the need for daily travel to deliver tools and equipment to and from the job site. Having secure on-site storage also eliminates the possibility of losing tools and equipment while travelling to or from the job site.

Learn more about construction storage containers by contacting Instant Storage. If you know that your company needs storage containers for upcoming construction projects in Florida or California, you can generate a quote now!