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Temporary Living: Oil Field Housing & Military Shipping Container Housing

Temporary Living: Oil Field Housing & Military Shipping Container Housing

Modified shipping containers used in a oil field man camp.

Shipping containers can provide temporary living solutions in a variety of situations, especially as work camps for various industries, including:

  • The oil and gas industry
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • The military 

These industries often require workers to live in remote locations for a short period of time; the location changes may be seasonal or based on the availability or resources. Whatever the case, shipping containers can form the base of temporary housing units in many industries.

Why Shipping Containers?

Shipping container homes are a versatile, portable solution to temporary housing. Instead of needing to get a construction crew out to the site, you can simply have the boxes shipped ready for set-up; all that's needed for set-up is level ground. In addition, shipping is a simple process because shipping containers are made in standard sizes designed for transportation using a wide variety of channels.

Once your operations have moved, you can take your industrial or military shipping containers with you, and be ready to set up camp in a new site or with new employees as soon as the containers are moved.

Shipping containers can house teams of workers comfortably even in a small space. For example, 40' shipping containers can be equipped with up to four bunk beds to house up to eight people. (If your needs are less, smaller shipping containers equipped with fewer beds are available). Falcon offers designs with private restrooms, or nearby you can place basic hygiene facilities such as showers and restrooms.

Work Camp Options

Depending on your needs, you can choose a variety of options in your work camp. You might just need housing, or you might need a full camp equipped with facilities such as offices, laundry, a mess hall, even recreational facilities; it will likely depend on just how temporary the housing is, and how close by your full facilities are located.  For example, military shipping containers might be used for more long-term training facilities, through which trainees pass relatively quickly.

In addition, the local climate will affect the choices you make; if your facilities will be used during a very cold winter, you'll want to install an HVAC system, while in more mild climates you might not need one. Other options include (but are not limited to):

  • Multiple doors
  • Windows
  • Custom flooring
  • Special furniture and fixtures – lockers, dressers, or even just foot lockers
  • Custom exterior painting, if having your temporary housing look recognizable and sharp is a priority
  • Custom interior painting, if you'd like to make the inside more homely

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