5 Ways Shipping Container Construction Gets Your Business Open Faster


Traditional construction is not known for being expeditious. Weather can wreak havoc on a construction schedule, labor shortages are common and delayed materials impact the schedule and budget. Here are five reasons shipping container buildings save time in the overall construction process, getting products to market an average of 30-50 percent faster than bricks-and-sticks construction.

The complete manufacturing process – all under one roof

When it comes to shipping container buildings, nearly all the stages of construction and customization can take place under one (large) roof. With weather a non-factor and no worries about needing to be dried in before trade professionals can begin their work, construction moves seamlessly from welding to electrical to painting and finishing. From design concept to delivery, an average build time is 60-90 days for a temporary build and three to six months for a permanent build.

Inspections done on-site, in-process

Getting to a certificate of occupancy is turnkey in part because inspections take place on-site throughout the manufacturing process, keeping the project moving and saving time overall. Because shipping containers are considered modular structures, inspections are managed by the state rather than local municipalities, with third-party inspectors ensuring the structure meets building and safety codes; it’s a quicker process just by virtue of the inspectors’ workloads. At Boxman, inspectors come to our 70,000 square-foot facility for inspections as we are building the unit. After final inspection, the logistics team takes over and drivers load up the structure for delivery and installation.

Designed to be contained

It all begins with a good design, and architects specialized in container architecture know how to fight for every square inch of space to bring projects to life; in fact, we like to say we count in eighths of an inch. Because of the small spaces involved, every decision in container architecture is tightly related meaning that architects and designers in this line of work know how to maximize that space while accommodating client requests. The typical timeframe to develop plans and have them engineer-stamped is around 45-65 days, and most container builds can be completed in a few months, depending on the level of customization needed.

Open door policy

We can’t speak for every shipping container construction company out there, but at Boxman Studios, customers are invited to visit the facility at any time while their project is in development and be a part of the process. With client input available in real time, we can make needed adjustments on the fly to save time in the long run. Having this input while we are still in the manufacturing process speeds everything up, helping the structure get to market faster.

Built with logistics already in mind

Assumptions could be made that the transport associated with a remote build would negate the time-saving benefits of shipping container construction. Not so. Shipping container structures are built with logistics in mind, so that transportation and installation are seamless and quick.  From drivers to trailers, cranes to onsite labor, shipping container builders know what it will take to get your building in place and in business. And down the road you can pack up your container building and move it to another location or, in the case of seasonal structures like the Ice at Canalside skating rink, you can put it in storage and reactivate it quickly when the next season arrives.