Project Background

Our “Rat Rod” custom container patio bar for Price Development Group (PDG) was an exciting and unique project for our team and showcases the possibilities for a container amenity at a residential or commercial development. PDG is a privately owned real estate company that specializes in acquisition and development opportunities with an emphasis on residential, retail and mixed-use projects. PDG approached our team to help create a functional, durable and eye-catching patio bar for the open-air beer garden at their new apartment complex development in downtown Denver. Enter the “Rat Rod” patio bar, a “rusted”, open-air 20’ container bar that fits perfectly into the modern, industrial aesthetic of the complex and serves as a focal point to the entire development.

We took this project from “napkin-sketch” through our four Phase Process (click here to see a detailed infographic of our Phase Process) – design and analysis in Phase 1, fully stamped and approved plans through the AHJ in Phase 2 (including ADA compliance and integration with the site development team), complete build-out at our Denver facility in Phase 3, and delivery + install on-site in Phase 4. The delivery and install of this unit was quite the task – we utilized a large crane to “fly” this unit up and over the apartment complex and into the 4th story courtyard!

Price Development Group custom shipping container patio bar built by ROXBOX Containers.

Specs & Modifications

  • 20’ high-cube double-door one-trip shipping container
  • Electric, lighting and plumbing
  • Kegerator with dual tap system
  • Back bar equipment including mini-fridge, ice-maker, and hand sink
  • Custom granite bar countertop, subway tile, and foot rails
  • Double-sided awning
  • ADA compliant space
  • Custom “rat rod” rusted finish – we utilized a special technique to activate the rusting process to the desired point, arrested the rusting process, and put a clear coat to protect and maintain the desired “Rat Rod” look forever.

Location

The custom patio bar can be found at the PDG Design District, a 354-unit Class A multifamily development, located in Denver, Colorado. The patio bar is located on a fourth-floor open air beer garden at the complex along-side cornhole, bocci ball and other amenities for this luxury apartment building. The private beer garden is open year round, with the patio bar serving as the centerpiece of the two acre space. With free beer always on tap, an ice-machine for making drinks, and a built-in TV – this beer garden is sure to be a popular spot for residents.

Timeline

PDG approached us in May of 2020 to bring this concept to their development. We spent several months in pre-construction Phases 1 & 2 to get the exact plan and design dialed in and ensure the unit met all requirements of the Denver Building Department. With approved plans and a green light to proceed from PDG, in the Fall of 2020 we modified the container in weeks and craned the unit into place partially built. Due to the design, structural modifications, and high-end finishes, we coordinated with PDG  to complete the unit on-site. As PDG finalized the development, we spent a few final days wrapping up the details on the unit, giving PDG the ability to showcase the patio bar for their Grand Opening in 2021.

Project Development

Rendering of Price Development Group's custom shipping container patio bar built by ROXBOX Containers.
Rendering of Price Development Group's custom shipping container patio bar built by ROXBOX Containers.
Price Development Group custom shipping container patio bar built by ROXBOX Containers.
Finished “Rat Rod” container patio bar for PDG’s Design District apartment complex in Denver, CO.
Price Development Group custom shipping container patio bar built by ROXBOX Containers.
Back view of finished “Rat Rod” container patio bar for PDG’s Design District apartment complex in Denver, CO.

If you are interested in learning more about the PDG patio bar, our bar & taproom line of shipping containers modifications, or any of our other products and builds, click here to contact our team or visit our website (www.roxboxcontainers.com).