Curacao’s “My Voice Matters” Travels Cross Country

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The Project:

Earlier this month Container Alliance modified a container for the retail department store chain, Curacao. We modified a 40″ High Cube Wind and Water Tight container to fit a mobile art display for our customer.

We added custom red paint and custom framing for eight 6′ clear tempered glass windows to the structure. Led lighting fixtures were added to the interior of the ceiling. An Interior mounted electrical panel and 3 breakers were also installed. A white partition was later added down the center of the container to display the art to the outside. Curacao later placed the container on their truck and outfitted it with their decals so it was ready to display.

About The Company:

Curacao has a strong background of serving the Hispanic and Latino community through its #CuracaoContigo platform. Their multiple locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada feature bilingual staff and signage while also selling merchandise on credit to over two million private label cardholders.

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The Movement:

Curacao’s newly launches campaign, “My Voice Matters” (Mi Voz Cuenta), is a social initiative that aspires to encourage and create positive action among Hispanic communities across the nation. Their reason for this project is very clear, “The daily and constant fear of losing a family member through deportation is often unbearable. We understand that our country needs security and safety. However, families should not be torn apart and human rights must be respected.”

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The Curacao truck will be traveling across the nation from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. stopping at select cities along the way. In these cities, children and families create drawings reflecting how they feel about their life and how immigration affects them. Their pictures will be carried across America for each city to see. Along the way, there will be several artists to assist the children in these workshops to making their vision a reality.

These messages of love and unity will be presented in front of the White House as a symbol for the entire country to see. To become part of this movement or find out more information about “My Voice Matters” visit their website or follow the journey on Facebook. For any other needs or questions go to Containeralliance.com or call (800) 386-2345.

 

 

Benefits of Refrigerated Containers

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What are they?

Our refrigerated containers often called “reefers” are capable of maintaining a designated temperature range between -20 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The ability to control the temperature provides precision and consistency to your perishable items. Our used refrigerated containers are dependable and in great condition. The refrigerated units come equipped with an all electric cooling system and are insulated as well. The containers are equipped with lockable double doors on one end, durable t-rail flooring, and offer a secure storage space along with easy access. These units are placed on ground level and are ready to store your cold items. The containers are durable and designed for outdoor use, but can be easily placed inside your warehouse for indoor cold storage. Refrigerated containers are a great alternative to diesel powered units!

Why would I want one?

  • Inventory Overflow Storage
  • Floral Industry
  • Commercial Kitchen Remodels
  • Restaurant Industry
  • Farming and Agriculture Storage
  • Chemical Supply and Manufacturing
  • Medical, Biomedical, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Vaccines
  • Meat Processing
  • Seafood Wholesale
  • Food and Beverage Distribution
  • Produce Storage

What kind are there?

Rentals and for Purchase
20′ Refrigerated Container
Cubic Capacity
1,010 cu. ft. (967)**
Tare Weight
6,503
Max Gross
52,800
Max Payload
46,407
40′ Refrigerated Container 2,051 cu. ft. (1959)** 9,700 67,200 57,450
40′ High Cube Refrigerated 2,380 cu. ft. (2,289)** 9,590 70,550 60,960

 

How can I get them?

Container Alliance has knowledgeable sales reps that can help you find the right storage solution that fits your needs. We can answer any questions you may have! Give us a call at (800) 386-2345 or fill out our quick quote form.

Thinking Inside the Box|Using Containers to Break Down Borders

If you were given the opportunity to have a one on one conversation with someone across the world, would you take it? Now I’m not talking about an online chat or facetime call but rather a new experience that actually lets you feel like you are in the room with another person. One company called Shared_Studio (a multidisciplinary art, design and technology collective) is using shipping containers to make this possible. 

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For the first time, people can have a fully immersive conversation with complete strangers living thousands of miles away. By outfitting gold colored 20’ shipping containers with state of the art audio and visual equipment, they have created a portal that can connect you with other containers all over the world. Countries such as The Unites States, Mexico, Afghanistan, Cuba, Syria, Rwanda, Germany, and many others can now utilize this unique experience.

(Barack Obama speaking to entrepreneurs through portals in London, Erbil, Seoul, and Mexico City)

(Barack Obama speaking to entrepreneurs through portals in London, Erbil, Seoul, and Mexico City)

These shipping containers are now responsible for facilitating global conversations, teaching various subjects such as language and history, allowing artists to design and create together, and even connecting family members. We now have the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of what it is truly like to live in another country that is not skewed by the media, stereotypes, and negative preconceptions.

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Shared_Studios’ goal is to have these modified container fixtures permanently placed around the globe. They have only begun to tap into what these portals can be used for. Since they are a global public art project, they are open to new ideas of how the world can be connected in the future through this technology. Shared_Studios has proved that there is no limit to what shipping containers can be made into. They are literally breaking down borders with containers. It seems like you can still be in the box to think outside of it. For more information go to http://www.sharedstudios.com/

The Mega Ship Documentary – A Shipping Container Vessel

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Many people know what shipping containers are, but not many know exactly how containerization transformed world trade and globalization today. The largest container transport ships today can carry 18,000 shipping containers overseas. Containerized shipping has lowered transport costs and allowed access to goods from anywhere in the world.

“Globalization as we understand it today, simply would never have existed without it [containerization].” – Financial Times

This shipping container documentary, The Mega Ship, follows one of the largest shipping container vessels, “The Atlanta” as she navigates her way through the difficult and dangerous Singapore and Malacca Straits into the vast South China Seas and beyond. In one year, this ship travels over 2/3 of the way to the moon and carries over 200,000 containers. Worth 4.5 billion dollars, the Atlanta has a crew of only 22 people. The crew must be ready to handle any emergency including weather and modern day pirates. The Atlanta is built to sail extremely fast averaging about 23 nautical miles per hour. This means the ship is burning 240 tons of gasoline a day so the crew must be ready for any sort of fire emergency. In order to prepare for the most dangerous situation, a fire in the engine, the crew undergoes an extensive fire drill each week.

We follow the Atlanta as it faces one of the most stressful times for a ship of this size, arriving at port. The busy waterways prove difficult and dangerous to navigate through for a ship the size of a 10 story building. In order to successfully get through the waters into the port, they call in a harbor export. Through a number of specific maneuvers and careful movement, the Atlanta makes it into the Singapore port.

Among the standard 20’ and 40’ cargo containers the Atlanta carries, are refrigerated containers called “reefers.” The refrigerated containers rely on electricity and the crew has to check on them twice a day. The Atlanta can carry over 700 of these units that can carry millions of dollars worth of food. The ship also contains a desalinization plant that allows the seawater to be converted for consumption. As the crew travel into Southern China waters, they must be wary of pirates looking to either take the crew hostage or steal money and valuables. They make it through only to met by a dangerous storm. The captain gambles to sail into the storm and makes it through. The journey for these giant container vessels is not an easy task, and there are many threats that emerge.

And the purpose of it all? On board the captain has precious cargo worth millions of dollars, cleverly loaded in over 8000 shipping containers, which he must deliver to their eager owners, intact and on time.

 

 

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Shipping Containers Reintroduce Bison To Banff National Park

On February 1, 2017, Parks Canada announced that bison were successfully transferred into Banff National Park after over 100 years of bison absence from the park. Parks Canada says, “The goal of this reintroduction is to restore a wild, free-roaming bison population to Banff National Park in a way that supports ecosystem integrity, enriches visitor experience, renews cultural connections, and enhances learning and stewardship opportunities.” Due to extreme overhunting, Banff National Park has not had bison roam the lands since 1885. In order to restore the species, Parks Canada will closely monitor the bison initially to ensure a smooth transition before letting them roam freely throughout the entire park.

 

For the important transfer of the bison to Banff National Park, Parks Canada chose to use shipping containers. Shipping containers are very effective for the Banff bison transfer process because of their cost efficiency, movability, durability, and ability to be customized. The shipping containers were customized in order to ensure safe and easy transport of the bison. Storage containers are an excellent choice for shipment of any item and can be altered to accommodate animals such as bison. Built for traveling across oceans, shipping containers can easily handle the trip from Elk Island National Park to Banff National Park.

 

The Bison Relocation Process:

  1. Parks Canada chose 16 healthy bison from Elk Island National Park.
  2. The bison were loaded into shipping containers, custom modified to safely transport bison. They were transported overnight by truck near the border of Banff National Park.
  3. The bison remained in the containers overnight where they were closely monitored by Parks Canada staff.
  4. The shipping containers were airlifted by helicopter to an enclosed pasture in Banff’s Panther Valley. Once released in the pasture, Parks Canada staff will continue to monitor the health of the herd and ensure the new arrivals have access to food and water.
  5. The bison will be kept in the soft release pasture for approximately 16 months before being released in 2018 to roam freely in the reintroduction zone within Banff National Park.

“Brojects” – Shipping Container Workshop

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Cottage Life DIY take on a workshop “Broject” using a shipping container

by Mackenzie Akins on February 02

Cottage Life DIY’s Andrew and Kevin add shipping containers to their list of materials for their next “Broject.” Always finding new and innovative DIY ideas, Andrew and Kevin have decided to build a workshop out of a repurposed shipping container in the woods. Shipping containers are excellent resources for repurposing and are perfect for outdoor storage projects like a workshop. From the plan outline to the execution of the wooden deck, they’ve really outdone themselves this time.

“We took an empty shipping container and turned it into the ultimate cottage workshop.”

To start planning, they come up with their wishlist for their ideal shipping container workshop. Next, they plan to open up the container with two large doors, plenty of space for storage on the inside, and a deck out front for a level building platform. Due to the sturdiness of the container, Andrew and Kevin also plan to build a rooftop deck to relax in. They’ve decided to build with a used container that already has some rust and wear on it, so they need to clean it up a little before starting reconstruction. After using some rust paint to extend the lifespan of the shipping container, they can start cutting out the doors.

They decide to paint the container black to contrast with the natural environment and implement the wooden doors. Once the doors are finished, all that is left is trimming the deck. The finished DIY shipping container features a beautiful outdoor space with a safe and durable storage area.  In their next video, Kevin and Andrew show how they make the rooftop deck to top off this dream shipping container workshop.

 

If building your own shipping container workshop sounds like your kind of Broject, let us help you! Contact us for a quote and we’ll get you started with everything you need for your DIY shipping container project.

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Vertical Shipping Containers

What better way to enjoy a sunny afternoon than with a glass of wine and a beautiful view. This winery’s tasting room experience just became elevated. Cumulus Studio designed the shipping container building for Brown Brothers wine company to amplify the experience of the of scenery and to help lure tourists to east coast of Tasmania. The structure was constructed primarily using recycled shipping containers including the eye catching lookout tower, the Devil’s Corner Cellar Door. The tower invites guests to visually explore the landscape around the vineyard through thoughtfully curated framed views and interpreting the landscape. The guests will learn to appreciate the land where the wine originates in the same way they appreciate the wine that they sip on. There are three distinct openings, all with unique framed views- sky, horizon, and tower.

Shipping containers were used because of their flexibility, durability, affordability, and ability to be constructed quickly. The steel shipping containers are both structurally sound and can easily be modified. A total of 10 recycled shipping containers were used.

The shipping containers were modified off-site, easily transported to the site, and erected quickly. The sky lookout was cut from two parts a container and then put back together; the horizon bridge lookout is between the sky and tower lookouts and  the tower is constructed from two containers, end to end. The timber cladding on outside of the tower mixes the agricultural qualities with the raw industrial nature of the steel and the production process.

This vertical shipping container building utilized the small limited space and created an elegant 3 floor custom build pop-up shop. The project is the Streamer X Espresso Parts Barista Pro Shop is made from recycled shipping containers and positioned on a small island of real estate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the Netherlands, architects have a developed structure made out of shipping containers at a bus station and is designed to enhance the waiting experience. The campaign called “prettig wachten” (pleasant waiting) is trying to make the time spent waiting more comfortable and less stressful for travelers. A 40ft shipping container is vertically placed and three 20ft shipping container were horizontally placed on the side. The horizontal containers are suspended together and form a roof.

 

A Georgia based architect Dachi Papuashvili shared his plan of constructing a tiny home with two recycled shipping containers. One shipping container stands vertically and the sits perpendicular like a cross. The plan was named The Skit, plans to utilize the recycled shipping containers but will also be very sustainable. The roof will be fitted with a solar panel and will make the home independent of any outside energy sources. The Skit will also feature a rainwater collection system and the heating of the home will be done by a small wood-burning stove. The outside of The Skit will be clad in wood and will feature two balconies.

Construction Trends 2016-2017

According to the American Institute of Architects’ Consensus Construction Forecast Panel expects the overall construction spending to grow about 6 percent in 2016 and stay in that range for 2017. With the 6% growth, the value of construction is predicted to reach an estimate of $712 billion. Commercial and institutional sectors are leading the growth trend in 2016. Both single-family residential and the institutional building sectors have the greatest potential for further expansion in 2017. Construction Dive came out with a great article highlighting the 10 construction trends to watch out for in 2016. This article talks about the trends of 2016 that contributed to the booming construction business. Container Alliance can help contribute to the strong demand of the construction industry and offer our level of expertise in these trends:

  • Prefab/offsite construction methods will become more popular

20-office-conversion-ca-9Offsite, also refers to modular or prefabricated, construction has been gaining momentum as an alternative building method to cut down construction time, waste, and cost. The goal is to leave less of a carbon footprint on our planet. Construction companies with unpredictable schedules or staff at various job sites can benefit from the convenience of having on-site facilities because it offers more certainty.

Container Alliance has office units for rent, along with a plethora modifications available to customize your shipping container construction vision. Our office units can be delivered right to a job site and are ready to go. The flexibility and mobility of containers make them great for any project, rather it is needed temporarily or as a long term solution. Speed up the time and save money!

  • Green building will grow in commercial and residential sectors            

Going green is a growing trend that has gained some momentum in the past few years, leading the residential sector to play catch up. “The growing trend in both sectors is driven not just by a desire to produce environmentally friendly structures, but by consumer demand, higher-quality results and lifecycle cost savings,” according to experts at Greenbuild 2015.

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  • Jobsite accidents and criminal indictments on the rise         

At a job site, there are two main concerns are security and theft. On-site storage is vital to the construction industry to keep expensive equipment, tools, and materials safe. Container Alliance offers a safe and secure solution with our shipping containers. Our One Trip containers come with standard with a lockbox to prevent your lock from being cut. Our containers come in various sizes and can be customized according to your needs. Contractors can rest easy with the peace of mind that their valuables are kept safe.

  • Remodeling will have a strong year, especially in the luxury market

The economy is picking up again, so are renovations. Data has shown that more people are willing to invest more money in their homes. Home improvement spending has doubled since 2012, increasing the opportunity for contractors to take advantage of this trend. Renovations are happening everywhere, sports stadiums, hotels, schools, hospitals, and residential homes. Container Alliance can provide on-site storage and offices while shipping container construction and/or renovations are happening. We have an array of sizes and a variety of modifications available, including enhanced security, shelving, custom paint, and electrical packages. Shipping containers will keep your items safe while renovations are happening.

Shipping Containers Are Great For The Holiday Season

Now that everyone is full from all the turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, and pumpkin pie, it is time to start planning your Black Friday extravaganza. With the holidays just around the corner, consumers are looking for all the best deals on Black Friday, it is the biggest sale day of the year. Having shipping containers can help your business grow, stay organized, and create a great branding opportunity. Here are four ways shipping containers can benefit your business:

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Extra Storage Space – Extra storage space during the holiday season is especially valuable to the retail environment because of all the extra stock stores have during the peak season. In most cities, affordable inventory storage space is limited and using shipping containers is a cost effective alternative. The sky’s the limit on the design possibilities, they can be stacked or cleverly arranged to maximize as much space as possible. Not to mention, containers are eco-friendly and prevent the use of bricks and cement. Tons of shipping containers are just sitting idle in ports, so why not reuse them? Help the environment by taking objects that would normally be thrown away and turn them into something productive. Do you only need storage for a few months? Container Alliance has long-term and short-term rental options available. Don’t feel tied down with purchasing a container, rent one first! 

container-shelvingInventory Control – By having extra storage on site, businesses can have access to their stock at all times and can manage it better. Shipping containers for business is a great way to stay organized, especially if you add shelving to your unit. Shelving systems are a simple, cost-effective method of utilizing the space inside your container.

Office Space – Office space can be limited especially in the retail environment. Affordable office space is a whole another issue. Since renting a traditional office may not be in the budget, shipping containers provide a way to create an office space without breaking the bank. This will benefit businesses who want to make a profit without spending the majority of their money on rent and various other expense that goes along with owning a business. Office conversions are an extremely functional modification that can allow for various applications in the re-purposing of cargo containers for an onsite office space. Container Alliance has a variety of office containers to suit your needs including, 20ft office conversions, 40ft office conversions, and 40ft office / storage conversion combinations. Although we can customize your office to your exact specifications, we do have a few popular office packages and pre-built offices that may suit your needs.  We have a variety of door, window, flooring, insulation and electrical options that can be tailored to your specific use.

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Branding/Marketing – With so many holiday sales going on, you need to stand out from the crowd. Using shipping containers for business is a  a unique and innovative way to draw attention to your brand or products. Pop-up shops are becoming a growing trend. Shipping container pop-up shops give the retailers more flexibility than having a brick-and-mortar store. Shipping containers are affordable and can be relocated if necessary. Opening a temporary store is great for marketing purposes or if you want to test the waters of a new store or product. It is a powerful tool for creating brand awareness. Shipping containers for business purposes can even be custom painted to match your brand’s color scheme!

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Shipping containers are a sustainable and inexpensive way to expand and grow your business. Don’t wait for customers to come to you, make the customers want to come to you. Shipping containers pop-ups will mesmerize their customers with their attention grabbing and unique display. Shipping containers are completely customizable and can be modified according to the needs of an individual or business.

Let Container Alliance help you grow your business. We have various container sizes and conditions in stock, as well as rental options available. Our knowledgeable sales reps can answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today at (800) 386-2345 or fill out a quick quote form.

 

What Is The Cost Of Shipping Containers?

TowerofcontainersRentalsThe cost of shipping containers varies depending on the geographical location, the condition of the container, modifications, size, and the cost of delivery. Used shipping container prices vary and are usually in the range of $1000-$5000. New or one trip shipping containers are usually more expensive and are usually in the range of $2000-$5000. For example, a basic bare-bones used container is much cheaper than a modified, custom-designed new container. If you hire a contractor to complete all the technical work, you are looking to spend $50-$150 an hour. The total cost of completing your project through a contractor could be up to $15,000 or more. If you are handy and have experience with construction then you could probably do it for $10,000 or less. Containers are made out of corrugated steel, commonly known as COR-TEN. Depending on the cost of steel prices, availability of containers fluctuates, along with pricing. Right now, steel is widely available at a relatively low cost so there are more new shipping containers being made. The high demand of shipping containers makes the price drop, creating an affordable building alternative.

Price Factors

Condition – At Container Alliance, a used container that needs some TLC or needs to be fixed can be as low as $1300 for a 20ft container. A 20ft one-trip container which is in new condition will usually go for around $2200.

Size – Shipping container prices increase with size and vary state-to-state.  The 40ft container is about 20%-30% more than a standard 20ft container. At Container Alliance, a used 40ft shipping container is about $1400 and a new or one trip 40ft container is about $3500. For only about $50-$100 more you can get a 40ft or 45ft High Cube. That is double the size for about a 70% price increase.

Modifications and Customization – Adding additional options such as a skylight, windows, a locking system, doors, ventilation, insulation, etc. are all going to cost you more. The more modifications you are looking for, the higher the price tag will be. 

Quantity – If you are buying more than one container, many shipping container companies will often offer a bulk discount rate so the cost per unit will be less.

Delivery – The prices vary depending on how many containers are being delivered and how far they have to travel. The further you are from a port location, the container will cost more.

Overall, the cost of shipping containers for your residential or business needs is drastically less than a finished structure such as brick and mortar buildings or building a home from scratch.  These buildings need larger and more expensive foundation, along with more intensive labor. Building with a shipping container will save you on the cost of human labor. If aesthetics are not of importance, buying a new container may not be necessary, a used container can save you money. However, a new container may be desired, especially if you are building a home and want to save money on refurbishing a used container.

Contact Us

At Container Alliance, we can help answer any questions about your container needs. We understand that every customer needs are different and our knowledgeable representatives can help figure out which container works best for your specific needs. Fluctuations in the container market can be confusing, give Container Alliance a call at (800) 386-2345 or fill out a quick quote form and let’s get the process started!