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Design Multi-Unit Shipping Container Buildings for Future Expansion

Mar 17, 2021
Design Multi-Unit Shipping Container Buildings for Future Expansion

Despite the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, many companies still plan to build structures that will support the future of their business. Although – due to time and cost – building a large structure may not feel ideal for these companies. For some, this may present a big risk, even if the structure is needed. To reduce risk and better accommodate short-term productivity without neglecting the end goal, a pre-designed, phased installation may be the best option. Specifically, multi-unit shipping container buildings allow for proactive planning early in the design stages and the opportunity to install units in phases, so organizations can accommodate time restrictions and budget renewals.

Building with Multiple Shipping Containers


Shipping containers – even after modifications – are easily stacked and combined to form larger, multi-unit structures. Thanks to the offsite construction process, each individual container is modified in a factory setting. Production teams work in a controlled environment to transform shipping containers into workspaces, living spaces, storage structures, and more. Once the units are modified, the containers travel to their destination. A set up crew will simply stack and combine the containers to form the larger structure as planned.

The construction of multi-container buildings continues to rise in popularity. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, the choice to build with modified shipping containers comes with many benefits. Container-based construction promotes a durability that lasts for many years in harsh weather, quick on-site placement, and the opportunity to relocate in the future.

Phased Installation – Add Shipping Containers Over Time


Not only can a company or organization choose to add shipping containers to an existing container structure when needed – as we did with our own Falcon office – but owners can also plan for future container expansion from the outset of a project design.

Shipping containers allow companies to design a phased installation to accommodate schedule and budget restrictions. So, if your organization anticipates the need to scale your business in the future, the choice to build a multi-container structure will support future growth in a way traditional construction can’t.

For instance, traditional construction building expansions often becomes an inconvenience when sections of the building need to be roped off and rendered potentially unusable as construction crews work onsite for weeks. Shipping container structures allow for easy placement in a single afternoon, making the additional phases of installation a much smoother and less disruptive experience. Additionally, collaborating with a container manufacturer to create your desired final structure will help your organization stay on track with the multiple phases of installation. You can work together with the manufacturer to work toward your final design on the best fitting timeline without sacrificing productivity in your growing structure.

The Ideal Collaboration – Upfront Design and Timeline Communication


If you wish to reap the benefits of shipping container structures, knowing your organization will need future expansion, communicate that directly with your shipping container manufacturer. Together, you will be able to design the final structure from the get-go and discuss how to best install through phases that support your organization and its growth. Ultimately the design phase of this type of project is the most important phase, and communication and collaboration are big parts of project success.

If you’d like to discuss your project ideas with Falcon Structures, give us a call at  877-704-0177 or email us at Sales@FalconStructures.com. We are happy to discuss your ideas in the hopes that we can help bring your vision to life.

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