ISBU Shopping – Mall Style!

Many of you know that I grew up in Southern California.

In fact, it was all that chrome and glass that made me head for the hills and pick up that first torch to “butcher a box or two”…  ;)

I have to tell you that when I lived there (lo, those many years ago) there was an industrial park on every block, or at least it seemed like it.

I know there were, as I had relatives that made millions of dollars building them and then leasing them out. And every time a lease turned over, I got stuck cleaning them out. I can’t tell you how many weekends I spent being used as slave labor, knocking down office partitions and dismantling old cubicle systems that we eventually threw away.

If we’d only known then, what we know now…

It’s not exactly a secret that ISBUs (shipping containers) can be turned into almost anything that you can image.

The list includes spaces like offices, lounges, meeting rooms, employee dining rooms, you name it. Just head for any large scale construction project and you’ll probably find a good example of what I’m talking about.

One of our readers recently reminded me that in Santa Ana, CA (just a stone’s throw from where I grew up) there is a company called Marketing via Postal Group who put a “Corten Twist” on their office requirements, by using ISBUs to create office spaces INSIDE a huge warehouse. I literally grew up “right down the street” from this place.

It’s just off the Santa Ana River Trail where I used to train for triathlons…

(Man, that seems like such a long time ago!  Oy!) 😉

Say “ta-ta” to renovation costs, haggling over remodeling credits and spending big bucks for stuff that you’re gonna have to leave behind when you move to better digs. They just bought a handful of 20′ ISBU’s and then turned them into the spaces they needed, for a fraction of the costs of a warehouse rework.

Using ISBUs in a warehouse allows you to put space exactly where you need it. And, it gets better. Because each ISBU can be enclosed, you get the opportunity to create a micro-climate in each one, to suit the use. No more employee whining about their office being too hot or too cold. They simply adjust the conditioning to suit THEIR needs via thermostat. And if they aren’t smart enough to work a thermostat, they probably shouldn’t be working for you, anyway. right? ;)

You can see where I’m going with this. You don’t need to heat or cool the entire warehouse. You just condition the ISBU spaces individually. This saves energy, and ultimately, it make your bean-counters very happy.

And, when you start making the big bucks and head for greener pastures, you just load those ISBU cubicles onto a truck and take them with you. No packing and unpacking. No hassle, no muss, no fuss! Just haul that ISBU to the new site, drop it in it’s new spot, attach the power, “PEX” (i.e. water and drains), and Internet connection cables, and voila! You’re up and running again in almost NO time!!

Were you paying attention?

Now take this a step further. Warehouse space is usually a LOT cheaper than office space. Why not START out your company with this kind of versatile configuration in mind? Not only can you get really creative and “uber-urban”, you can make huge strides that will affect your bottom line.

Now… imagine a place where you could just walk in and choose your new office or workspace, for delivery a few weeks later, turnkey!

I dream about a place like that.

My thanks to Rick Johnson for making this post possible! Good lookin’ out, bud!

If you’re in Calgary Alberta and you’re looking to buy a container or two for your build, you might want to look Rick up!


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