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4 Ideas for Modifying Shipping Containers for Your Construction Projects

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Modifying shipping containers for your construction projects creates new possibilities for your business beyond storage. For example, modified containers can improve public safety and create essential spaces for your workers, both of which aid your business.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to modifying containers. As a result, the possibilities of benefits for your construction business are endless too.

Using a modified shipping container for construction projects may include adding things like doors, windows, or shelves to a container. These are common customizations, but you can go a lot further with it by adding electricity, workbenches, HVAC and much more.

In this blog, we’ll showcase some container modification ideas you can use for your construction project.

Having a medical first aid container on site can provide quick access to bandages, band-aids, antiseptic, and first aid kits without mixing them together with other work equipment.

Another option is having an onsite workshop, which allows for easy adjustments on materials without the need to head back to a workshop office, thus saving time and money.

Container modifications aren’t a new concept, but it has since grown in popularity. While construction projects have often used storage containers, customized containers can often provide an additional opportunity to keep both workers and the public safe.

Ideas for Modifying Shipping Containers for Construction

Walkways & bridges

Not having accessible routes for the public, especially during active areas or roadwork projects, can create dangerous hazards for walkers, bikes and runners. In the case of any accidents, your company could be held liable, costing you a lot of money, time and headache.

While detours can be helpful, they can often take people out of their usual way, which can be inconvenient. So, people in a rush may choose to trespass on your construction site, creating hazards and possibly delaying your project.

Using modified shipping containers for pedestrian walkways and bridges can help direct traffic around or past construction areas without endangering the public or your project. This creates safe spaces for walkers, bikes, and joggers that keeps them away from any on-site hazards, while still providing an easy route to get to their destination.

Modifying shipping containers for break rooms

When your employees struggle with their physical or mental health, it decreases their productivity, and morale, increasing the risk for turnover, mistakes and delays, which all reflect poorly on your company and may even cost you.

Mental health issues are a growing concern in the construction industry, as many workers will often underreport or never report any mental health issues that might be affecting them, according to BC Building Trades. Having a break room gives workers a place to get out of the sun and relax for a few minutes before going back to their duties, keeping them happy, healthy and productive.

Modify a shipping container to create a breakroom with a refrigerator, HVAC unit, lighting, electricity and tables and chairs in order to provide your workers a moment of calm before getting back to work.

Locker rooms

Modified Shipping Container Locker Room

Like a break room, locker rooms can help boost employee morale, providing a place for them to store essential items, without fears of losing or damaging them.

When your construction project is located far away from your crew’s homes, they need a place to store their personal items, such as phones, clothing and medication. Locker rooms are perfect for this. Plus, they can also function as break rooms.

Modify a shipping container to create an onsite locker room for your crew so they have a convenient, secure place for their belongings.

Mobile offices

Your construction site superintendent needs a comfortable, indoor space to work from in order to keep your project organized and on track.

As you probably know, mobile offices give your construction site management an onsite office environment, allowing for greater site control and supervision. Mobile offices are the most common type of modified shipping container that construction companies use.

You can always customize a portable office so that you get specific features that would help your business the most, such as an attached tool crib, which cuts out the need for transporting both a storage and office container and keeps your tools, equipment and materials secure during transportation.

Interested in using your own customized container on-site? Learn more about modifying shipping containers for construction.

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