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but the small, local, and underfinanced team
could not afford mistakes or costly delays.
“We had what we called integrated design,”
Haskett says, meaning all the stakeholders
involved “were brought to the table on Day One
to find solutions at the beginning, and not at the
end, when changes are more costly.”
Each recycled container measured 40
feet long, 8 feet wide, and 9½ feet high and
was plumbed, wired, and insulated before
arriving at the site; doors were cut and win-
dows installed. Thus, it took only four days to
set them up. “The principles are simple, but
construction with containers was incredibly
challenging,” says Brandt.
Stacked three high, in two clusters connected by a bridge made from container walls,
every office has its own private entrance that
opens on to the common outdoor space, itself
protected from the weather by an awning-like roof. Each 700-square-foot module can
be grouped flexibly, and walls can be opened
up. Some of the 12 office suites occupy three
units, which spread either horizontally or vertically (with internal spiral staircases). The two
larger offices, located at each end of the complex, feature floor-to-ceiling windows as well
as balconies. The first-floor spaces were outfitted with solar tubes to bring in additional light,
and throughout, the ribbed ceilings were left
exposed to retain the container flavor.
Many new buildings claim to be greener
than Kermit the Frog, yet the Case-Haskett-Brandt team covered most of the bases, and at an
almost unheard of cost of $125 per square foot.
exposed in each unit, the ribbed metal
ceiling recalls the container that forms it.
A spiral staircase connects floors.