Edmonton unveils first apartment building made of shipping containers

Edmonton unveils first apartment building made of shipping containers

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An Alberta company is betting shipping containers can do more than transport goods. It believes they can be luxurious and affordable living spaces, too. 

Step Ahead Properties is building what it says is the city’s, and possibly Canada’s, first apartment building made from recycled shipping containers, reports Metro News.

“People are looking for (something) new, fresh, innovative…this is a slice of luxury,” owner A.J. Slivinski said. 

The shipping containers have been brought in from the West Coast, and are made from non-toxic materials, Slivinski said. Once they arrive, workers repurpose the frames and siding to make the structure of the apartment.

Unlike other structures built from shipping containers, Slivinski said he didn’t design his to be an eye-catching art form. Instead, he wants his building to blend into the neighborhood — you can’t even see the shapes of the containers.

Instead, he was attracted to shipping containers for their unique building features. 

He said they’re fire proof, due to their steel framing, and sound proof due to foam sprayed between the shipping containers. The spray foam also keeps the building insulated, even during Edmonton’s infamously cold winters, he added.

Slivinski said millennials who work in local restaurants and clothing stores could be interested in the affordability and accessibility of these new apartment buildings.

“This is part of a new trend,” Slivinski said. “People are excited about the technology … it is a new product, it’s the first rental apartment, multi-family (shipping module infill) in all of Alberta, if not Canada.”


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