The Green Alternative: a Cargo Container Jobsite Office.
Working on a jobsite? You probably need a home base to manage your office logistics and operations. Let’s say that you’re in construction and tracking the trends of the construction industry, and a commercial client has asked for help on some multi-year renovations. As a contractor, you’re responsible for managing your operations and costs.
While you may have an option to work within your customer’s office, that arrangement may not make sense. For one, you need the space to talk to your crew, without distractions. It’s also valuable to have a separate office space, where you can manage your own business.
One valuable option is to set up your own mobile office. You might already be doing this already, using a trailer. At face-value, a trailer may seem like the best option. You can buy one for $20,000-$45,000, or lease one for around $500-$1,000 per month. But how much are you paying in electricity and utilities? How reusable is your trailer once your job is done? There are hidden costs that you may not see.
Consider a Shipping Container Instead.
Over the next several years, the shipping and logistics industry will grow. That means there are more cargo containers available to buy. Steel shipping containers are valuable for transporting goods overseas. And once there’s no longer a use case for freight transport, the same cargo containers are repurposable.
You may have heard about shipping containers getting repurposed into tiny homes or extra storage space. But did you know that you can build a shipping container office, too? Steel cargo containers make great mobile job sites for the following reasons:
They have a long life span (decades) and are fully customizable.
You can get one built and delivered directly to your job site, customized for the space that you need.
You can create a great visitor and worker experience, on any budget that you have.
You can move your cargo container to any job site location, which means that you’ll reduce your overhead in the long-term.
You can use a shipping container to build any business that you want.
If you’re in the construction industry, a shipping container could be a valuable long-term investment. Buy it outright and reuse it for multiple jobs. Use one to set up a permanent office. If you’re working on multi-year projects, this approach makes sense.
Incorporating Green Infrastructure.
Did you know that you can save a lot of money by making “green” choices with your building projects? According to Forbes, the cost of renewable energy is falling so fast that it will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020. From solar to wind, there are numerous choices for energy emerging. Local governments also offer numerous tax credits for new construction with energy efficiency.
The problem is, new construction isn’t for everyone. It’s a complex process. You need to get permits, work with structural engineers, and find land for sale to build your project. But you already have this expertise. And you know that you can use a shipping container to build your vision, faster.
Why not add some financial benefits to your cargo container jobsite office.
If you’re planning on installing a bathroom, kitchen, or shower, use water-saving plumbing fixtures. Some estimates say that low-flow toilets save 20,000 gallons of water per year for a four-member family. Imagine the savings from an office at your job site.
Install solar panels on your rooftop. You may end up with a $0 energy bill, along with tax deductions for your initial investment in hardware.
Install wide windows so that you don’t need to pay for lighting.
Use energy-efficient appliances and electrical figures so that your office runs efficiently.
In other words, there are too many upfront cost-savings to ignore. Depending on your needs, you could turn your cargo container into smart-buildings. You could use these smart buildings to manage energy levels, control lighting, install cameras, and create security systems. Knowing that your structure is safe and watertight, you can sleep easier at night.
A Genius Investment.
As a contractor, you may not know where your next job is going to take you. You may need to unexpectedly create a new office. Or maybe you need a shipping container of a difference size.
Imagine putting up a steel, smart-building shipping container up for sale. Now imagine advertising this creation as having a 10+ year lifespan. Shipping containers retain their value, so you’ll be able to draw a crowd.
There are plenty of small business owners seeking creative and affordable office space. But they aren’t structural engineers or construction experts. You could easily resell or rehome your jobsite office. Or, repurpose it for a passion project.
Test Out Your Idea.
Conexwest has the best shipping container inventory in the United States. We’ve created a pipeline of high-quality, affordable cargo containers that are new and used. Our used containers have been discontinued by freight transport companies but still have plenty of life in them. We also have new shipping containers that only make one inventory run to the United States, so they are practically brand new. We also offer complete refurbishment services and can help you build anything.
The best way to get started with your idea is to start sketching. Conexwest has created a 3D builder, to help you experiment with different shapes and sizes of cargo containers. Get a head start visualizing what you want to build, so you can bring it to life faster.
Select any size or modification that you’ll like. Save, reload, and print your configurations. Get building faster, with ease. Conexwest can help you get your project off the ground.