DropBox Inc. Why We Love Shipping Containers (And Why You Should Too)

Posted on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

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At DropBox Inc. we LOVE shipping containers. In this week’s Shipping Container Mods Blog we'd like to take a look at the ISO shipping container and discuss the many reasons why we find the shipping container such a perfectly lovable building block for our business. For the past decade, DropBox Inc. Inc. has built ISO shipping containers into a variety of products for customers around the world. Regardless of the customer’s needs, engineering, design, and modification concerns DropBox Inc. has provided the portable solution.

Reason # 1 that we love shipping containers:

They're portable! Because of their standardized design and dimensions, shipping containers are easily transported via truck, train, or ship. The shipping container has been purposely engineered to be portable through a number of transportation means. (They come in 20' and 40' lengths, are 8' wide, and are 8' 6" in height.)

Reason # 2 that we love shipping containers:

They're the perfect building block for anything. Because they are designed and engineered to be standard sizes, they make the perfect building block. They can be used in combination with one another to make "multi-box" units or single box structures.  

Reason # 3 that we love shipping containers:

They’re strong. Shipping containers are built from 16 gauge Corten steel with corrugated walls and ceilings, and a steel frame floor with marine-grade plywood. They are built to last 50-60 years, handle the rigors of overseas transportation, be stacked 10-high, and hold 60,000 pounds. Shipping containers are tough!

Reason # 4 that we love shipping containers:

They're recyclable. Over 7 million shipping containers enter our ports every year but only about 3 million get shipped back out. Because of this, millions of shipping containers go unused and are left in storage at ports and harbors. DropBox Inc. is able to purchase these containers and modify them to become both standard and customized jobsite solutions for customers across the U.S. and abroad.


DropBox
, Inc. is a shipping container modification specialist company. We provide both standard containerized products as well as custom shipping container modification solutions for delivery to customers worldwide. Standard products from DropBox Inc. include but are not limited to:

  • Sanitation Stations (Commercial Quality Running Water Restrooms)
  • Shower Trailers,DropOffice™ (Mobile Office)
  • Mobile Tool Cribs, Decontamination Stations
  • Chemical Storage Units
  • High-Security Storage
  • Wet & DryCHU's
  • Laundry Units
  • Welding Stations

The DropBox Design Team can modify any of our current products or start from scratch to meet your specific requirements. The custom options are limited only by your imagination and the total interior square footage of your chosen layout.

For more information on DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modification capabilities CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

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DropBox Inc. Shipping Container Modification Climate Control for any Climate

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 15:05 PM

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DropBox Inc. has built a wide range of shipping container modifications for customers around the world. Knowing that climate control needs vary widely from location to location, DropBox Inc. has put an emphasis on creating custom portable solutions with insulation and climate control packages for every climate known to man. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning options are always available for your shipping container modification regardless of the desired location for its delivery. We have many options to choose from, and the size of the area you wish to climate-control helps us determine the option that’s best for you.

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Window Air Conditioners/Heaters

The most popular application for climate control in our shipping container modifications is the Window Air Conditioner. Window air conditioners are an excellent way to regulate the temperature inside your shipping container modification. Depending on your needs, we offer units with cooling as well as cooling/heating capabilities. Primarily, we install units manufactured by Amana, but we can install any brand suited to meet your climate control needs. Contact us for details and our recommendations to meet your climate control shipping container modification requirements.

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Commercial Through-Wall HVAC 

Commercial Through-Wall HVAC systems are available in sizes ranging from 1.5 to 5 tons. DropBox Inc. installs units that are manufactured by Bard. These units are equipped for both heating and cooling and include digital thermostats. Primarily used in harsher climates or for specific applications when climate control and building codes are of the utmost importance. These Bard units are commonly utilized in shipping container modifications where the integration of customers’ systems (such as battery, inverter, and water filtration systems) is needed. 

 

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Ductless Split Air Systems

When site-specific modular building codes need to be met, DropBox Inc. can install split systems that allow for the intake of outside air and require no ductwork to control the climate inside the shipping container modification. Primarily installed in offices and multiple box units with multiple sections, these units can act as the perfect solution to heat and cool the entire shipping container modification. While these installations are more expensive than traditional through-wall or Bard units, they are highly effective and give an added level of energy efficiency – and do not require space for duct work.  


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Fixed Louver Vent

Intake louver vents are available in sizes ranging from 12” to 36”. They are typically installed in conjunction with exhaust fans or other climate control solutions. Especially valuable in restrooms, showers, and mini storage shipping container modifications, these louver vents can also be installed independently, allowing the box to “breathe" and allowing air to pass through the container naturally.

Exhaust Fan 

Exhaust fans are available in many different sizes. These units are typically installed in conjunction with fixed louver vents to allow for forced air to be pulled through the shipping container modification. Standard with fan guards and gravity shutters, these units keep fresh air flowing while keeping the rain out.

For more information on how DropBox Inc. can save you time and money by providing portable ISO shipping containers and custom container modifications, CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888-388-7768.

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DropBox Inc. Shipping Container Modifications Made Easy

Posted on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 13:04 PM

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With DropBox Inc., shipping container modifications are easy, affordable, and turn-key.

Taking customers’ site-specific needs into consideration, we modify shipping containers into everything from ground-level offices, break rooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, and self-contained running water restrooms to portable battery/inverter storage systems, water filtration housing units, blast-resistant modules, and much more. Although these portable jobsite solutions may sometimes look like shipping containers with corner castings, corrugated walls, and double doors on one end, they are built from the ground up to meet our customers’ specifications.

Think Inside the Box!

Our motto here at DropBox Inc. is “Think Inside the Box.” What we can build inside of these shipping containers to provide the right jobsite solution for our customers is what sets us apart from the competition.

“We think inside the box, knowing all along that the sky is the limit when it comes to shipping container modifications and what what we have been able to do with them,” says Robert Slagel, President of DropBox Inc. "In recent years, we’ve been able to modify containers for a much wider variety of uses – including battery storage systems that were on location and in use at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Mount Sochi, Russia, and perimeter security solutions that were used for secure entrance and egress units at the construction site of the new Freedom Tower in New York City, New York," he added.

“They’re turn-key and easily delivered, installed, and portable from one job to the next,” Slagel said of the growing popularity of shipping containers being modified for purposes other than storage and international shipping.

The price for containers and container modificationsvaries. A new "one-trip" container may cost from $4,500 to $6,000, depending on its size and the characteristics needed for certain modifications. DropBox Inc. can, however, "stick-build" containers to meet any spatial demands. "The largest unit we've built to-date was for a nuclear facility in Arizona. It’s a security portal which was built from 15 shipping containers pulled together and installed with everything security-oriented you can imagine. From x-ray to bomb detection to ballistics-rated glass in the office area – it has it all," Slagel said.

At DropBox Inc. we can sell it all – everything from simple used shipping containers for $3000, up to and beyond multi-box shipping container modifications in the millions of dollars.

At the end of the day, DropBox Inc. has built a reputation by “thinking inside the box” and building custom shipping container modifications to meet our customers’ needs.

For more information on DropBox Inc. and all of our shipping container modification engineering, designing, and manufacturing abilities, CONTACT US HERE or call us toll free at 888.388.7768.

 

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