Electrical Fitouts: 7 Reasons to Use Modified Shipping Containers
You’ve spent ten’s of thousands of dollars on sensitive electrical equipment such as computer servers, power generators, switch rooms or control systems for your business and you will need somewhere to safely store and operate it.
Many businesses will have custom rooms built into their facilities, but what happens if you don’t have the space available to expand the building or inability to knock down interior walls (such as with leased or rented premises)? What happens if you are in the outback and need something relocatable? The solution is a custom modified shipping container.
Modified shipping containers are the perfect solution for storage of electrical equipment. Containers can be modified to include industrial quality power supplies, access doors, air conditioning units and virtually anything else you require.
7 Reasons Why You Should House Your Electrical Equipment in Modified Shipping Containers
Modified shipping containers are built to be transported anywhere in the world – on the back of transport trucks, trains, boats and even helicopters. Whether it’s a commercial site in the CBD or a remote installation in the middle of the outback, a shipping container can be transported to your location quickly and easily.
2. Durability: they’re built tough
Modified shipping containers are built tough, tough enough to withstand being shipped around the world in the harshest climates the world has to offer. Shipping containers are strong enough to hold heavy loads and stack on top of each other. They can hold virtually any heavy electrical equipment you can think of, and keep it safe from the elements.When using Shipping containers for storage, you won’t need the expensive strengthening modifications that your building might require for that heavy generator or UPS install.
3. Customisation: you can modify it to your own unique needs
Modified shipping containers are versatile and easy to modify to your requirements, regardless of what sort of equipment is being installed. An electrical supply can be added, along with ventilation, air conditioning, access doors and mode. Building a data-centre? Custom racking can be fitted, as well as installing a generator – exhaust vents can be installed outside when there is fuel stored inside. There is virtually no limit to what can be done to the humble shipping container, allowing them to accommodate almost any electrical fit-out you can imagine.
Shipping containers are designed to be stacked on top of each other making their use incredibly scalable as your operation grows in size. Need to add an extra data centre? Simply build exactly the same modified container and stack them on top of each other or side by side. This modular nature of shipping containers future proofs your installation, allowing you to add or remove additional units as required by workload.
5. Space Saving: they will fit where you have space
Shipping containers come in a wide variety of sizes from the smallest 10 foot container, to 40 foot containers designed for shipping large quantities of product across the oceans. You don’t need a lot of space for a container which can be placed anywhere outside with a spare bit of space. Need more units but don’t have additional space? The containers can be stacked on top of each other saving even more space.
6. Security: from locks to alarms, a modified container is very secure
Shipping containers are designed with front opening doors which can easily be locked with padlocks and a lock box and are constructed from high strength steel, ideal for securing most standard fit outs. If you are in a situation where security is paramount, there are a wide variety of options, such as replacing the external doors or installation of a security cage or internal access doors. Bars can be added to any windows that are installed and alarms can be fitted. A shipping container, properly modified is as secure, or even more secure than conventional storage rooms.
It can take an extremely long time to construct a traditional room for your electrical equipment, once you factor in the time to arrange architects to design it, builders and subcontractors – and that’s without even considering red tape and compliance costs. Using a shipping container can drastically slash the time required to construct, as generally all that is required is the interior fit out and some basic modifications. Red tape and planning permission is generally less of an issue (depending on your location), as a shipping container is not a permanent structure.
Do you require a modified shipping container for an electrical fit out?
Gateway Container Sales & Hire are container modification experts. Our team will modify a container to your specifications at our specially equipped workshop. We can install electrical supplies, air conditioners, ventilation, insulated interior panelling, cable management, security access doors, outdoor waterproof electrical sockets and security before having the container delivered to your site and ready to use.
Contact our team now to discuss your specific needs for shipping container storage and modification requirements. We’ll have your custom built container ready to store your electrical equipment in no time!