Los Angeles Based Company Turns Shipping Containers To Sustainable Housing
During Concrete Hero I ran across a dude who actually volunteered the shipping containers that were part of the Hollywood Sign obstacle. A charitable action for sure, and I got to speak to him a bit after the race as we were both sporting GoPro cameras. It turns out Bill Hinchcliff and his company Kat 5 Homes is in the business of actually converting shipping containers into survival shelters, sustainable housing, etc. His greatest venture thus far is the Waldorf School located in Costa Mesa, California. Bill and his team were in charge of modifying 32 containers to turn into an innovative learning center that was fully sustainable. Aside from the general length and height of the rooms, you could barely tell they were containers before the building process. A few details on the construction from the school’s website:
Our innovative, eco-conscious Waldorf education, deserves architecture that mirrors those principles. Utilizing an innovative building method that we have named, “Eco-classroom architecture,” recycled shipping containers are being converted into our future classrooms. WSOC is proud to be the first school in the country to use these types of buildings.
Eco-Friendly Construction Facts
- 80% of the building is made from recycled materials, using shipping containers
- Virtually no construction waste
- Dry-drain system reduces water run-off
- Recycled materials on boardwalk and landscaping
- Drought-tolerant landscaping
While maybe a bit small on space, these containers can be used to fortify homes, create underground housing, or even cut down on building costs for new schools and housing across the globe. The only real limit is the imagination. What’s even more crazy is that the effort to put Waldorf School together took 48 hours. The building fabrication happened off site, and within two days, students had a groundbreaking sustainable school to learn in. Incredible. In the near future, you can look to Bill and his company to make major strides in the construction business. With lower construction costs and durability to spare, shipping containers turned shelter should be considered since this is earthquake country for us. Salute to Mr. Hinchcliff!
More info at: Kat 5 Homes