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Last week I visited our Chicago shop to meet with some customers and check on a few projects that are going on down there. The 2 projects we have currently there are both industrial projects. While the containers involved will be used for completely different purposes, there were some similarities between the projects that might apply to a wide variety of project out there.
Both projects were designed to store sensitive equipment in rugged environments. One project was going to need to brave extreme heat and cold whereas the other were multiple containers that would probably not move after they were in place, but would need to suit a wide range of temperatures. Both needed heavy duty HVAC systems and insulation to ensure that the interior temperatures stay constant. Both project also needed to have custom holes for equipment to come in and out of the container.
The also had some differences. One project had a very specific length they needed – 24’. No more, no less. The other project had very tight space requirements, so we used 10’ containers. While both are custom lengths, the 10’s are a more common “custom” length so we were able to use containers called “duo-cons”. Duo-cons are two 10’ containers that are built end to end in the factory. Both ends of the “20’” container have doors and where there should be doors to separate the containers, there are not. Instead the walls are tack-welded inside the container so when we get the container in the shop, we can cut the two containers apart and weld the ends in place. Also, the 10’ containers needed to have special flooring to work well with the equipment going in the container. The larger container needed only an epoxy floor that was applied over the existing floor.
Here are some pictures of the different projects so you can get an idea of what these projects look like.