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Friday, July 3, 2015

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DETROIT--Eager for a home that withstands hurricanes and boasts walls with "a story to tell?"

In the Detroit area, you can contain your enthusiasm (and your family, pets and household goods) in a new shipping-container development.

Yes, those hulking steel boxes known officially as intermodal freight containers have come a long way from their industrial roots as giant, rusty, stackable cargo holds.



Photos: Three Squared Inc.

Patric and Leslie Horn, founders of Three Squared Inc., say their new multifamily development in Detroit will be a first for the emerging industry of shipping-container construction.

They've found new life as self-service beer containers, pools, backyard offices and lottery towers (look it up), and even have their own Pinterest page.

Home Sweet Container Home

But all of those uses are relatively modest.

Now, the giant strongbox can also be your ticket to luxe living on a large scale, according to developer Three Squared Inc. of Detroit.

The company is ready to roll out the welcome mat at its new Rosa Parks complex—billed as "the first multi-family dwelling constructed from retired shipping containers in the United States."

The $3.4 million 20-unit, four-story complex broke ground in April. The first phase of the "econ-conscious cargo container condo project," a Model Center, is slated to bow July 10.

Cookie Cutter Crumbles

Three Squared says its container construction system, called Cargolinc, offers "a new, smarter way to build ... at nearly half the cost of cookie-cutter construction."


The $3.4 million 20-unit, four-story Rosa Parks complex will be an eco-conscious cargo container condo project, says developer Three Squared Inc. of Detroit.

The company calls the container projects "eye-catching," energy efficient, green and durable, able to resist both fire and "Class 5 hurricane-strength winds."

Finally, the company says, container walls "have traveled the world and have a story to tell."

"They′ve seen the ocean, other countries, and stood the test of time."

Now, time will tell if they will also withstand the test of homebuyers.


Tagged categories: Building Envelope; Commercial Construction; Developers; Marine; North America; Residential Construction; Steel

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (7/6/2015, 8:22 AM)

Pricing seems pretty plausible. $170k per unit including land, site prep, foundation, parking, permits, construction, utilities, landscaping, et cetera.

Comment from Misha Carlson, (7/6/2015, 12:47 PM)

I'm surprised Detriot is where this is being developed. Not a city I associate with hurricanes or home shortages. A great concept though!

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