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Shipping Container-Based Burn Buildings in Action

Posted by Paige Welsh on May 8, 2019

When we shipped out the modified containers that would later form the Travis County Fire Department’s burn building, we could only imagine what they would look like in practice–until they invited us to see them in action. The week we came out, the fire department was filling their container-based burn building with real fire and practicing rescuing long-suffering rubber mannequins over and over.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities

Why Modular Construction in the Caribbean Makes Sense

Posted by Paige Welsh on Nov 7, 2018

Lately, the container structure industry has experienced an uptick in customers from the Caribbean Islands. After listening to the building challenges these customers face, we’ve realized that offsite modular construction has a lot to offer the Caribbean. While most people imagine white sand beaches and the gentle swaying of palm trees, island life comes with hurdles for construction. There’s a real need for faster, less labor-intensive ways to build that’s being compounded by recent hurricanes and labor shortages. Modular construction in the Caribbean can help.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities, Multi-Container Buildings

The Surprising Best Use for Shipping Containers in Disaster Recovery

Posted by Paige Welsh on May 9, 2018

Whenever a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake strikes, people ask us about using shipping containers in disaster relief efforts, usually as temporary housing. After all, they are mobile, secure and quickly deployed, which is ideal when people need emergency shelter. We see the potential, too, and we want to expand the conversation. Using container structures as temporary housing can be a good option for disaster victims in specific circumstances, but shipping container structures also have versatile use as mobile water treatment plants and secure storage.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities

K-9 Conex. Local Law Enforcement Trains K-9 Recruits at Falcon’s Facility

Posted by Paige Welsh on Feb 14, 2018

It was a dark and windy evening at the Falcon Structures facility, but Tyson and his handler, David Deason, deputy for the Travis County sheriff’s department, were undeterred. Tyson, a Belgian Malinois, pulled Deason through the shipping containers with a single-minded drive to find his target: a small sample of narcotics that the officers had placed earlier. There are plenty of places to hide, but Tyson can smell people and narcotics a quarter to a half a mile away. Once Tyson catches the scent, even 16-gauge corten steel can’t keep him off the track.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities

First Responder Training Facilities in Modified Shipping Containers

Posted by Paige Welsh on Oct 11, 2017

 We count on first responders to jump headfirst into dangerous situations, but how do they gain the experience to do so without endangering themselves? Training facilities designed to mimic urban streets and buildings—called city grids—are a key part of emergency response training. By creating realistic but controlled conditions, city grid facilities prepare fire fighters and police officers for real-world emergencies.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities, Multi-Container Buildings

What the Navy Taught Me About Purpose, Teamwork and Leadership

Posted by Stephen Shang on Aug 9, 2016

Recently, Falcon’s CEO Stephen Shang shared highlights of his 24-hour visit aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson. He participated in the Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program, which aims to raise awareness about the Navy’s mission and shine a light on its talented people. Below, Stephen reflects on what he learned and how it applies to traditional businesses, like Falcon Structures.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities

Stephen Shang Shares Highlights of Touring the U.S.S. Carl Vinson

Posted by Stephen Shang on Aug 1, 2016


On Sunday, July 17, Falcon Structure’s CEO Stephen Shang embarked on a 24-hour visit aboard the Naval aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson. Stephen was invited by the Admiral of the Fleet of the U.S. Navy to participate in the Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. Stephen shares some initial insights and experience from his visit below.

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities

Temporary Living: Oil Field Housing & Military Shipping Container Housing

Posted by Stephen Shang on Nov 6, 2013

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 
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Tags: Oil & Gas, Living Space, Military & Training Facilities

Conex Container Homes: Ideal Disaster Recovery Housing Options

Posted by Stephen Shang on Oct 16, 2013

After a disaster such as a storm, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or forest fire, one of the biggest considerations is housing for people who were displaced. Even disasters with a low mortality rate can leave hundreds homeless. Finding temporary housing solutions is therefore one of the biggest challenges in disaster management; an ideal solution will feature homes that are durable, weather-resistant, easy to set up, and easy to transport. In addition, temporary housing should still have basic amenities such as electricity and HVAC systems. Conex container homes meet and exceed all of these requirements, making them the top choice for temporary disaster housing.

Transporting Conex Box Houses

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Tags: Military & Training Facilities