- 11:17 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
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In southern California, a cool $2-million building project repurposing 32 shipping containers is under way:
Students at the Waldorf School of Orange County will soon be going to class in steel shipping containers.
That’s the goal of an innovative, environmentally friendly expansion project at the private K-12 school in Costa Mesa that will add 10,000 square feet of classroom space, using recycled shipping containers as the primary building material.
The project, designed by S3 Advisors, includes four classrooms (using four containers apiece), administrative offices, restrooms, a science lab, art studio, virtual library, student lounge and auditorium (built with nine containers). Construction is expected to take less than five months.
Project coordinator Bill Hinchliff, who works for shipping giant ConGlobal, the source of Waldorf’s containers, said: ”Building with shipping containers is 10 to 20 percent cheaper than using traditional construction methods, and most of the construction can be done off site.”
The primary impediment to building permanent structures using recycled shipping containers is that most cities tend to shy away from such construction projects, saying they don’t comply with municipal building codes, Hinchliff said. But with patience, it is possible to work with city planners to come up with legally compliant, mutually agreeable solutions, he added.
(via The Orange County Register)
Additional information, including a brief video about the project, can be found here.
See also earlier Unconsumption container-related posts here.
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