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Retrofitted shipping containers arriving fully equipped and furnished.

Ready (In Stock)


6 residents / 1 container

$5,833 / resident

Medium Term (1-10 years)

30 days offsite 1 days onsite

As the coronavirus adds to the mounting pressure of our community’s housing needs, many states, counties and cities are looking for instantaneous solutions, hard to come by in these days of constrained land use. Cities, churches and shelters are partnering up to institute retrofitted shipping containers that quickly add housing solutions, complete with beds, bathrooms and showers. With many of our stakeholders struggling to find land, these slim 8’x20′, 8’x40′, and 8’x45’ configurations can fit narrow spaces and can be stacked vertically with corresponding bolt-assembly modular stair systems. Arriving fully equipped and furnished, multiple dwellings reduce site construction costs because they’re built off site and do not require footings. Easily dropped into place and connected to a utility system, their use is either permanent or temporary with use of generators and water tanks. Fire rated applications allow the containers to be adjacent to existing facilities without additional building upgrades.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $35,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 6 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $5,833
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 360 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Yes, examples in the U.S.
  • Readiness: Ready (In Stock)
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: Yes
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Overall Setup Speed: 33 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Low skill (RV, tent)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Medium Term (1-10 years)


Manufacturer Identified? Yes
Used for shelter before? Yes
If so, list examples City of Sacramento and Kern County
Prior use comments
Building experience comments
Intended use cases This system has been used for bunk dormitories, bathrooms, showers, laundry, kitchens, Covid-19 isolation, ICU rooms, intake, administrative offices.
R-value (insulation) 21-30
Risk Category II
Roof Load (PSF) 40
Indoor Clearance Height (ft) 8
Waterproof? Yes
Professional Engineer Stamp? In house PE stamps all 50 states and internationally.
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses Code Yes.
Other Structural / Safety Comments Fully code compliant for temporary and permanent uses.
Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used / Made of: New or Used Shipping Containers.
Disassembly / Assembly Comments:
Ideal Mounting Surfaces Soil (Dirt/Grass), Asphalt / Parking Lot, Other
Anchoring Process Dropped or bolt-in.
Item Cost ($) Notes
Materials $30,000
Labor $5,000
Delivery $ Included
Budget Total $35,000
Total Per Bed $5,833
Total Per Unit $35,000
Add-on Items
Check all items that are not included in your quote (i.e. would need to be quoted by outside party)
List outside vendors needed to execute (including any architects and engineers) This is a design, procure, install application.
Possible Delivery Method(s) Regular-sized trailer


Design (days) 10
Production (days) 20
Site Prep (days) 0
Delivery (days) 1
Total (days) 33
Amount in Inventory (#) Unlimited
Production Capacity Unlimited
Production Location CA/NV/AZ

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