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Wed ,15/04/2015

OUT-OF-THE-BOX APPLICATIONS FOR SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Creative Building Teams use containers for a pop-up retail district and a college football hospitality club

Shipping container construction has been in vogue for nearly a decade. Heck, even Starbucks is using the building method in select locations. But two recent projects are especially noteworthy in demonstrating the possibilities of designing and building with shipping containers.

Last month, at the rivalry game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia football teams in Jacksonville, Fla., shipping container builder Boxman Studios and sports marketing company IMG College debuted the PlayMaker’s Club, a three-story, climate-controlled hospitality structure. Constructed using nine shipping containers, the club features modern furniture, multiple bars, WiFi, high-definition LED TVs throughout, and a 20-foot Jumbotron screen. Fans paid as much as $600 to gain access to the club, which offered private restrooms, a catered buffet, a private pre-game concert, celebrity appearances, and shuttle service to and from the stadium. The next stop for the PlayMaker’s Club is the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., followed by the BCS Championship Game on January 6.

Just seven months after Hurricane Sandy walloped Lower Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport riverfront district, a large portion of the popular tourist destination was open for business, just in time for the busy summer season.

To speed the recovery of the district, Howard Hughes Corp., manager and developer of the Seaport, commissioned the construction of a pop-up retail, culinary, and cultural development made of retrofitted shipping containers. Called See/Change, the contemporary installation brings more rooftop dining/entertainment and public spaces to the district.

Shipping container builder SG Blocks retrofitted 11 containers for the project, cutting openings for the windows and doors and hard-wiring the structures for electricity. The entire development was built and installed in just five weeks.