Construction sites vary in size from multiple large new homes to minor house remodeling to road construction. All construction sites have tools, equipment, machinery, and lumber and other raw materials to get the job done. Usually, there aren’t any facilities already on-site for safe storage, rest rooms or break rooms.
Often times, these areas are the responsibility of foremen or company owners. That’s where versatile shipping containers come in. They can be used for job site storage, locker rooms and so much more.
Benefits of Using Shipping Containers
Shipping containers bring construction sites many advantages, such as:
- Affordability: Containers are a cost-effective option when compared with building from the ground up.
- Versatility: Containers are great for on-site offices for logistics managers, project managers, architects, contractors and store managers. Plus, they can be easily stacked or connected side by side to form large office spaces, points out GlobalTrade.
- Portability: When done with one on-site project, you can take your container with you to the next one.
- Durability: Made from Corten steel, shipping containers are long-lasting, corrosion-resistant and weatherproof.
- Security: With the right locks, containers are very hard to break into.
- Rapid Deployment: With little to no ground preparation, containers can be delivered on the same day of request in many cases.
- Compact: Your shipping containers take up less of a footprint on your site than a traditional building.
Uses For Shipping Containers
There are many uses for shipping containers on a construction site, from mobile offices to repair shops.
You can use them for:
- Overnight storage: Store your expensive tools for protection against theft.
- Safe storage for flammable or hazardous liquids.
- Protection for fragile goods such as windows or bathroom fittings.
- Climate-controlled storage for materials that are sensitive to heat, cold and rain.
- Repair centers where you can make fixes to on-site equipment as needed without having to send it out for expensive and time consuming repairs.
You can make further adaptations through the addition of climate control systems, shelving, or extra doors.
They’re also very durable. Use storage containers for palleted goods such as tiles, cement, blocks, and other bulk deliveries. On top of that, you can add extra security features, such as alarms, lights, cameras, and special locks. And if you are concerned about environmentally-safe storage of fuel, oils, and lubricants, you can add vents and drip trays.
While most work takes place on location, you may want to designate a workshop for cutting timber, putting together components, or recharging equipment. This weatherproofed and well-equipped workshop space is ideal in many trades to boost workflow and reduce accidents. You can also use these spaces for preparing materials for use on your site to prevent work stoppages and delays. An extra bonus: you can move these workshops around the site as needed.
A construction site must be able to accommodate administrative work too, which is why you need a container for:
- Blueprints and plans
- Computers and printers
- Planning documents, permits, compliance paperwork, etc.
- Health and safety paperwork
- Employee and subcontractor paperwork
- Delivery notes
- Accounting books
These containers keep all important documentation in one place, safe from the wind and rain. In addition, you can use mobile space as:
- Sales offices
- Security offices
- Conference rooms
Medical Attention Station
Construction sites are dangerous places. Even the most safety-conscious construction sites will run into minor accidents here and there, such as falls, slips and trips. Even with rigorous safety rules put in place, major accidents are still a possibility, not to mention other health risks such as dehydration and allergic reactions to bug bites.
This is why it’s wise to use a shipping container as a mobile first-aid station. This will ensure fast, focused treatment of minor incidents, as well as for first response stabilization when it comes to more serious incidents. You will want to stock this unit with anything from bandages and medication to defibrillators and other life-saving equipment.
From break rooms to mobile offices, the benefits of shipping containers are far-reaching on a construction site.
Contact Transocean Equipment Management
Call us for a free quote on any of our container sizes and modifications you may want when creating a mobile office for your construction site. Get started when you call us at (910) 483-7828. We would be happy to suggest the ideal modifications to meet your needs.