At one point in time, they were just old shipping containers, rusted relics down by the docks waiting to be loaded onto ocean-going freighters.
Today they are container buildings, a revolution in real estate development which is catching the attention of smart developers worldwide.
There are a number of reasons why shipping containers have found a new lease on life.
First, their time has come. As society moves more and more towards eco-consciousness, and saving the planet, it becomes less desirable to cut down trees by the millions to construct new buildings. Just to frame an average sized home it takes close to 14,000 board feet of lumber, and another 16,000 board feet for the walls, ceilings, and other building necessities. That’s just for one home! Containers offer office lease space with minimal effect on the environment.
Shipping containers are already built. There are literally millions of unused containers in the world, so why not use them instead of cutting down forests for framing of new buildings?
Secondly, container buildings offer flexibility in design no other building medium offers. They were literally designed to stack, one on top of the other. They are like Lego blocks for big kids. If your small business grows, all you do is add another container. You can grow by 320 square foot increments, or decrease space by the same size if that becomes a necessity. Adding on a container building is a simple matter of connecting to the existing container and pouring more concrete. It can be done in days as opposed to the amount of time traditional building takes to add on a new wing to a building.
Thirdly, container buildings are inexpensive, and that most definitely should appeal to most business owners. We mentioned earlier that lumber is not needed when retrofitting a used container. That means a savings on construction costs and labor; those savings are passed on to consumers in lower leasing costs.
Fourth, container buildings appeal to minimalists, a growing-cross-section of today’s society. Less is better, or so the saying goes, and a new generation of business owners and entrepreneurs are embracing the idea of container buildings because of their small size. Small businesses have found the perfect home.
Add it all up and you come to an inescapable conclusion: container buildings are a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Look no further than Box Office Warehouse Suites in North Fort Worth, Texas. There you will find the first, and only, shipping container business park, owned and developed by Ron Sturgeon, local self-made millionaire and somewhat of a real estate development legend in those parts. Sturgeon owns over one-million square feet of small-business commercial property, and he is convinced that container buildings are the way to go in the future.
“When you add up all of the advantages,” Sturgeon says, “It really becomes obvious that container buildings are the wave of the future in real estate development.”
Offices for lease, warehouse space, makerspace, shops for rent, retail space, no matter what the need, container buildings can meet it. Check out Box Office Warehouse Suites and see for yourself what a revolution looks like.