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Shipping Containers to Become Condos in Detroit
ABC News ^ | Fri, Nov 23, 2012 | By Karin Halperin

Posted on 11/24/2012 6:28:34 PM PST by haffast

The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year.

Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children's toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters.

But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That's when architects and designers, especially those with a "green" bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists' studios, emergency shelters, health clinics, office buildings.

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Exceptional Green Living on Rosa Parks, Detroit: Container to Condo

This 20-unit, four-story condo complex consisting of 93 stacked cargo containers - the first U.S. multi-family residence to be built from these discarded vessels - has been in the works for four years. Tabled when the national real estate market shattered, the project is now scheduled to break ground early next year in midtown Detroit. The units will come rigged with ductless heating and air systems, tankless water heaters and other energy-saving systems. "We're putting money into these energy efficiencies so that the tenant has reduced energy costs," says Leslie Horn, CEO of Three Squared, the project's developer. "And we can build in less than half the time."

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Motor Less n Less City gone prepping.
1 posted on 11/24/2012 6:28:37 PM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

I’m sure they’re bulletproof.


2 posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:11 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: haffast

Gonna need a lot of firewood. Those puppies get pretty cold in the winter.


3 posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:16 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Criminal defense lawyers won't have the Twinkie to kick around anymore.)
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To: haffast

4 posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:22 PM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. ~Abraham Linco)
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To: haffast

Old Railroad box cars were used as chicken houses. Read it in a letter circa 1890.


5 posted on 11/24/2012 6:31:41 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: haffast
Detroit? I was thinking more along these lines:


6 posted on 11/24/2012 6:33:33 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: haffast

Why won’t refurbish vacant offices and housing?
Waiting for shacks, oxes and carts in former Motown.


7 posted on 11/24/2012 6:33:56 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: haffast

Sounds like Camp Vance, Afghanistan.


8 posted on 11/24/2012 6:34:06 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: haffast
New Public Housing....

we'll be living like the cast out robots of "I, Robot"


9 posted on 11/24/2012 6:35:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Ya, I was wondering, where exactly in Detroit these will be built. Depending on the neighborhood, being bullet proof could be more important than all the energy saving items they talk about.


10 posted on 11/24/2012 6:35:16 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: haffast
About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S.

More like 7.5 by 40.

11 posted on 11/24/2012 6:36:00 PM PST by Liberal Bob (looneyleft.com)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

“I’m sure they’re bulletproof.”

ISO containers are constructed of thin Corten type steel with corrugations to give strength. Typical container walls will stop a .22 Long Rifle, and perhaps weaker pistol bullets. Most rifle bullets will easily penetrate the sheet metal of a container. Even the corner posts are just 1/4 inch thick square or rectangular steel tubing, which a decent rifle will penetrate.


12 posted on 11/24/2012 6:40:51 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: haffast

Looks like the Clintoon Liebrary

13 posted on 11/24/2012 6:40:51 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: haffast
20 by 40? Bigger than Manhattan studios, that's for sure.

Wonder what a duplex will go for...

14 posted on 11/24/2012 6:44:34 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: haffast

Ah, the American Dream! A shipping container ...


15 posted on 11/24/2012 6:45:32 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: haffast

A little creative welding and some stucco and who knows.

16 posted on 11/24/2012 6:52:13 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: carriage_hill

You found me. >grin<


17 posted on 11/24/2012 6:53:34 PM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: GeronL

Can you say AGENDA 21?

These are made to order for UN Agenda 21 specifications.


18 posted on 11/24/2012 6:56:11 PM PST by agondonter
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To: haffast
About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S.

20 feet wide? I don't think so.

19 posted on 11/24/2012 6:58:02 PM PST by Ditto
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To: tumblindice

Baraq’s “new normal” for those who aren’t lucky enough for “Section 8”


20 posted on 11/24/2012 6:58:59 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: GeronL
Be "Progressive", Go "Green". (Thanks!)
21 posted on 11/24/2012 7:01:01 PM PST by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast

it works for Odungo’s brother


22 posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:25 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: haffast

http://asspos.blogspot.com/2012/11/detroit-urban-renewal-impossible.html


23 posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Ditto

Not even close to 20 feet wide


24 posted on 11/24/2012 7:12:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: haffast

That looks exactly like one of the stages in Modern Warfare 3, the video game


25 posted on 11/24/2012 7:13:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

26 posted on 11/24/2012 7:14:55 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

THAT might be 20 feet wide!

We’ll have to wait for the satellite photographs to be sure.


27 posted on 11/24/2012 7:17:14 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: haffast

Well, they’ll be harder to destruct.


28 posted on 11/24/2012 7:25:17 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: haffast
Frankly, the only way I would live in Detroit is in a shipping container house. While I am there, they are pretty fireproof and are more damage proof than wood houses. But most importantly, they are shipping containers. Which means that at the first opportunity, I can get the heck out of Detroit and take everything with me. Who would want to get stuck buying an unsellable, unmoveable house in Detroit?

Lease some land, put a container house on it, and when you are done, put Detroit in the rear view mirror and don't look back.

29 posted on 11/24/2012 7:26:18 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: haffast

Aah, look of the future.
Not to mention the noise.


30 posted on 11/24/2012 7:27:45 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: nascarnation

Is that “intermodal?”


31 posted on 11/24/2012 7:35:02 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Liberal Bob

i thought they were 10 by 20 or so, as they fit onto trailer frames for semis to haul. must have multiple sizes.


32 posted on 11/24/2012 7:37:48 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: haffast

Container City II at Trinity Buoy Wharf,
London in September 2012

33 posted on 11/24/2012 7:38:43 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: nascarnation

That’s got some really weird bumps and bulges. Sort of a hang down over the panty line.


34 posted on 11/24/2012 8:12:51 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: haffast

I don’t see any advantage to these things
other than that they are stackable.


35 posted on 11/24/2012 8:21:11 PM PST by RockyTx
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To: haffast
Native villages (such as Bethel) in west Alaska have been using shipping containers as living quarters for years.

I remember quite well a shipping container living quarter area of town behind the home I lived in with 30gal plastic garbage cans filled with potable water and 5 gal "honey" buckets, both located inside so they would not freeze and both serviced by city trucks once or twice a week.

Bootleggers and drunks for the most part.

36 posted on 11/24/2012 8:55:18 PM PST by gettinolder (Pursue the enemy relentlessly to the limit of every man's endurance.)
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To: haffast
Now THIS is living!


37 posted on 11/24/2012 9:00:24 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
They are usually just under 8 ft wide and are 20, 40 or 45 ft long
38 posted on 11/24/2012 11:15:03 PM PST by Liberal Bob (looneyleft.com)
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To: RockyTx
I agree with you!

In fact I remember a show a few years back that discovered the price to convert a storage container was not cost efficient at all and ended up being 2 to 3 times the price per square foot of regular construction. There was also so some nasty problem with the paint they use to keep the shipping containers from rusting while traveling over seas. It caused cancer or something. This looks like more feel good hopey changey Solendra bologna.

39 posted on 11/24/2012 11:32:04 PM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: Liberal Bob

the reason these steel boxes win the prize is simple: They are dirt cheap. Construction works out to $8/sq ft. Find something cheaper. You won’t.

The economy of scale was acheived on these a long time ago.

I’ll be an optimist here. Once installed, people’s sense of design will take over. The low cost leaves lots of room for expense on landscaping to break up their angular and ugly appearance. Give this time, I think this could be a winner in the struggle over low income housing. So long as they can fight the rust, too, maintenance costs should be very low for these metal boxes.


40 posted on 11/24/2012 11:36:52 PM PST by bioqubit
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Yep the good old days and Dems cry about how hard life is. What a joke. I have pics like this of my family living in a mud underground hut in West Texas so my gggrandpa could claim the land. No cell phone, TV, purple drank, no luxury but they made it without gov’t assistance.


41 posted on 11/25/2012 12:13:38 AM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: bioqubit

Another reason is that we do not produce enough stuff to ship back containers full of goods.

We buy stuff from the new manufacturing powerhouse that is China, and send back NOTHING. What we do sell there, is often produced there.

So rather than send back empty containers, it becomes cheaper to sell them in the USA for the difference in the price of sending them back empty and convincing the rats of Detroit that they make lovely ‘homes’.


42 posted on 11/25/2012 2:51:53 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: haffast

I guess they took notes from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.


43 posted on 11/25/2012 4:37:48 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"Gonna need a lot of firewood. Those puppies get pretty cold in the winter."

Insulation is cheap. And then there are the already-insulated containers used to ship produce. I've been thinking about getting one of these to make into a workshop.

44 posted on 11/25/2012 5:57:40 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: haffast

Detroit shipping container city


45 posted on 11/25/2012 6:59:32 AM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: TNoldman

This is at least thirty year old architecture at last reaching Detroit.
I visited transient quarters made from stacked 40 foot containers in Jubail in 1977


46 posted on 11/25/2012 7:02:27 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Liberal Bob

The correct dimension 92 inches...... two 46” pallets side by side

89 inches is the door height


47 posted on 11/25/2012 7:05:06 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: GeronL; nascarnation

It’s got its own zipcode.


48 posted on 11/25/2012 7:08:47 AM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Liberal Bob

I’m certain the author meant 20 to 40 instead of 20 by 40. Containers come in 20 foot and 40 foot lengths in standard height and high cube varieties. I ship approximately 500 of them weekly.


49 posted on 11/25/2012 7:37:19 AM PST by RobertClark (Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?)
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