Rendering of one of ROXBOX Containers healthcare shipping container units, used for ICU/exam rooms, vaccine distribution, laboratories, drive-thru covid testing, treatment rooms, and more.

Can Shipping Container Clinics Be The Solution To U.S Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution?

Rendering of one of ROXBOX Containers healthcare shipping container units, used for ICU/exam rooms, vaccine distribution, laboratories, drive-thru covid testing, treatment rooms, and more.

Is help on the way?

World health officials are increasingly optimistic that a usable vaccine is near to fight the novel coronavirus. Researchers linked to the Center for Global Development estimate with an 85% probability that a vaccine will be ready by 2021.  According to the World Health Organization 8 vaccine candidates in progress are near to achieving the final stage of testing, which will give the global economy a much-needed boost. While this news is some of the most positive we have seen in months regarding the coronavirus, the news does not come without major manufacturing challenges and issues of scale. Governments across the world are concentrated on the historic task of getting vaccines to their people effectively and quickly.

 

U.S Vaccine Distribution Scale

The U.S is currently planning the manufacture and delivery of more than 300 million safe and efficient vaccines. The two federal agencies tasked are the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD). Their distribution strategy is called Operation Warp Speed. The goal of Operation warp speed is to

“produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).”

HHS.gov

The supply, production, and distribution of the vaccine is an intra-governmental endeavor. According to recent news, distribution is one area where the project is falling behind. In a letter to governors, the Centers for Disease Controls director Dr. Robert Redfield explained distribution centers need to be up running by the first of November. With the tremendous amount of work that needs to be done, shipping container clinics are proving to be a viable solution and may help expedite the process of setting up the distribution centers.

Benefits of Shipping Container Vaccine Clinics

Storied History

There is a long global history with the use of shipping containers in; disasters, outbreaks, low patient density, severe climates, and conflict zones. Hospitals and doctors’ offices can focus on what they do best. Shipping container vaccine clinics reduce the traffic into the central facility and help maintain its space and employees from being overwhelmed.

Constructibility

To date, shipping containers are used as the primary mode of transport in global commerce because they are portable, secure, and structurally strong enough to be stacked high on top of each other. They can also be manufactured quicker than other building methods. The lean manufacturing factory-built approach provides an efficient assembly line process within a controlled environment, which can provide greater quality in a shorter time.

Shipping Container Supply

The supply of shipping containers is a valuable building asset, more than 19,000 shipping containers enter the U.S every day. The domestic stock of containers allows for container vaccine clinics to be manufactured locally with a limited need for long-distance shipping.

Reuse & Repurpose

Shipping container clinics and shipping container hospitals can be long-term solutions for future pandemics, natural disaster response, or community-wide requirements. When the vaccine distribution is complete the containers can be repurposed into; triage rooms, exam rooms, infusion rooms, treatment rooms, testing facilities, laboratories, patient rooms, quarantine rooms, isolation rooms, or surge space for non-critical care. If the containers are not repurposed they can be used for U.S medical stock for the next 40+ years. If another pandemic happens the containers can be brought out of stock and fitted with current medical technology.

Design

The shipping container clinic modular design accommodates mobile site arrangements depending on population requirements. Shipping container vaccine clinics are designed to be hospital-grade; fitted with climate control, air quality, storage, electrical wiring, plumbing, doors, security, and furnishings.

Sustainability

Shipping container clinics can be designed with LEED green building concepts specifically for the healthcare field. Clean energy power can be generated through containerized deployable solar energy which can save money compared to diesel generators, while not releasing C02 emissions. HVAC can be run off of solar panels on the roof of the container hospital, which is one of the largest energy needs in buildings. RoxBox can provide solar-powered refrigeration and/or freezer containers to keep vaccines at the necessary temperature – allowing for remote vaccine distribution hubs.

The RoxBox Promise

RoxBox has teamed up with RK Mission Critical, TreanorHL, Martin/Martin Inc, and Cator Ruma & Associates to build Offsite-Manufactured Health Care Facilities out of shipping containers. This multi-organizational endeavor extends assistance in building the infrastructure required to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our crisis management team has specialized knowledge in the container construction and modular construction industry and we are willing to allocate our many resources to assist in this crisis!

 

Rendering of the inside of one of ROXBOX Containers healthcare shipping container units, used for ICU/exam rooms, vaccine distribution, laboratories, drive-thru covid testing, treatment rooms, and more.
Rendering of one of ROXBOX Containers healthcare shipping container units, used for ICU/exam rooms, vaccine distribution, laboratories, drive-thru covid testing, treatment rooms, and more.

ROXBOX Containers shipping container patio built for Odell Brewing Co. in the RiNo Art District of Denver, Colorado.

Outdoor Patios Made Out of Shipping Containers for a COVID-19 Winter

RoxBox Containers introduces a new and innovative way to ensure restaurants and events can operate through the pandemic winter with shipping container outdoor patios. 

Based in Denver, CO, RoxBox has been creating beautiful and innovative spaces out of shipping containers for years. Having worked with numerous food and beverage concepts with our other containerized solutions for kitchens and bars, we wanted to help our restaurateur and event friends with a better solution than Chinese-made plastic tents.

Per a recent 9News article & video:

In July, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) asked 170 restaurants if they think they will still be open in six months. 65% said they were not sure.

“We’re extremely worried about what winter looks like,” CRA’s President and CEO Sonia Riggs said. “Some restaurants are going to do whatever they can to take advantage of that outdoor seating as long as possible, and others just say they don’t know whether it’s worth it or not.”

Sonia Riggs

Let’s try and make sure more restaurant shutdowns don’t happen here in Colorado!
Introducing the PatioBox:

PatioBox comes in 4 different models with numerous upgrade options like roof-top decks:

  • X-Large  – 2×40’HC double-door containers modified & combined to create maximum space with multiple openings, lights + electrical, heaters, and 3 glass roll-up doors
  • Large – 2×40’HC containers combined w/ openings, lights + electrical, and heaters
  • Medium – 1×40’HC double-door container w/ lights + electrical and heaters
  • Small – 1×20’HC container w/ two openings, lights + electrical and heaters

PatioBox allows for a heated and rad space with circulation to allow for continued revenue through the winter even with COVID-19 restrictions. By adhering to CDPHE guidelines, we’ve created multiple different temporary outdoor patio models with heaters that will fit in innumerable spaces and allow for continued operation through winter – plus they look way cooler than a tent. These structures can ultimately be integrated into a more long-term development plan and have optional roof-top decks.

We also have other Food & Beverage shipping container units to combat COVID-19 barriers:

  • Bars
  • Kitchens
  • Pick-Up/Delivery Kiosks

Certain PatioBox models are available for rent/lease and we also offer financing for those interested in purchasing. For a limited time, we will be supporting local organizations by offering discounts/ lowering prices – the struggle is real and we’re trying to help.

There will only be a limited number of PatioBox units available. 

Winter is coming…

 

The Block Distilling Company custom shipping container patio seating area built by ROXBOX Containers.
The Block Distilling Company custom shipping container patio seating area built by ROXBOX Containers.
The Block Distilling Company custom shipping container patio seating area built by ROXBOX Containers.
ROXBOX Containers shipping container patio built for Odell Brewing Co. in the RiNo Art District of Denver, Colorado.
ROXBOX Containers shipping container patio built for Odell Brewing Co. in the RiNo Art District of Denver, Colorado.
Inside Odell Brewing Co.'s custom shipping container patio in the RiNo Art District of Denver, Colorado, built by ROXBOX Containers.
Custom mural on Odell Brewing Co.'s custom shipping container patio in the RiNo Art District of Denver, Colorado, built by ROXBOX Containers.

ROXBOX Containers Shipping Container Bar at Smuttynose Brewing Company Beer Garden at Tuscan Village

Now on Tap: RoxBox BeerCan Brings the Container Bar Trend to Life

Meet The BeerCan Container Bar

RoxBox is reimagining the classic bar and beer garden to create an immersive drinking experience. Today’s crowd wants unique brews and they want their drinking experiences to be just that: experiences. How do you get the edge you need to pull in customers? How do you address COVID concerns and create an outdoor bar experience?

Sometimes the best way to think outside the box is to transform the box itself. That’s what BeerCan is all about: a pioneering shipping container bar that’s been refined over the past 3 years to create a badass and efficient bar.

The Benefits of an Awesome Container Bar

No matter what event you have on the horizon – or if you’re looking for a turn-key beer garden solution for your brewery, bar, or restaurant – a great CONEX bar has everything you need to make it a success, starting with a few top benefits.

1. Options Galore

It doesn’t get much more customizable than the BeerCan. You can take the container bar anywhere. You can install it in almost any location. Its cooling system will work with either grid-connected power, solar power, or a generator.

From multiple serving windows, sinks, multiple containers for a custom layout, speakers, TVs, different bar tops and barbacks, and painted or branded to your preference  – there are numerous options that RoxBox can build to create your own custom shipping container bar.

No container bar is complete without the optional rooftop deck for a VIP area or to set up a socially distant DJ or band.

You can also easily add in the ability to serve liquor to create a full-service shipping container bar. And with multiple serving windows, this container bar creates efficiencies to allow you to serve hundreds of guests per hour. 

2. Attention-Grabbing Designs

If you’re heading to a festival or another big event, chances are that you’ll be one of the dozens of beer options for customers to choose from. Gone are the days of warm beer with copious foam out of a jockey box. The BeerCan is the perfect way to stand out among all the lowly tents and coolers. Customers will happily pass up a foamy beer from a tub of ice for your tap-fresh brews. 

3. Built-in Walk-in Cooler

If you’re selling beer out of a tent, ice is just about your only way to keep it cool. It’s heavy and messy and it takes up way too much space.

BeerCan’s proprietary self-cooling capabilities let you skip all that hassle. No more ice or jockey boxes. Just perfectly chilled beer on tap in your own shipping container taproom w/ your preferred size walk-in cooler keeping your beer and booze at whatever temperature you desire.

Combine the sustainable methodology of the upcycled shipping container with our patent-pending solar-powered refrigeration system to create an off-grid and fully sustainable bar like no one has ever seen or experienced.

4. Proven ROI

With enough thirsty patrons, the BeerCan generates sales within days that cover the cost of the unit. Social distancing orders have forced many to reimagine the guest experience and move them outside so take advantage of this change and create significant revenue in your parking lot, unused land, or backlot.

An experience in and of itself, this shipping container bar creates engaged guests that will make your brand the talk of the town (and social media). Set up Beer Pong on your roof-top deck and watch as guests create viral content around your custom shipping container bar. 

Case Study

Joyride Brewing Company was able to sell through over 60 kegs for a whopping $55,000 worth of beer in only 6 hours with nearly zero waste using the extremely efficient BeerCan container bar. They paid for the cost of their bar with one event! 

Taking the Container Bar Trend to Your Customers

If you’re looking for a new way to make your next event easier and more successful, it doesn’t get better than the BeerCan container bar. For breweries, bars, and restaurants looking at establishing an outdoor drinking area or beer garden, there’s no better solution than an innovative and sustainable shipping container bar from RoxBox Containers. To get the details for yourself, get a free quote for a BeerCan of your own or check out our rental options.

We hope the BeerCan can help you move more booze and make you more revenue in these tough times.

Custom shipping container bar built by ROXBOX Containers for Two Parts Denver.
:eft Hand Brewing Company custom shipping container bar built by ROXBOX Containers.
ROXBOX Containers Shipping Container Bar built or Two Parts Denver
ROXBOX Containers Shipping Container Bar at Smuttynose Brewing Company Beer Garden at Tuscan Village
ROXBOX Containers custom shipping container bar with walk-in cooler and tap system built for Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Rendering of one of ROXBOX Containers healthcare shipping container units, used for ICU/exam rooms, vaccine distribution, laboratories, drive-thru covid testing, treatment rooms, and more.

How Shipping Containers Can Help COVID-19 Patients Receive Faster Care

TreanorHL’s Health studio has teamed up with RK Mission Critical in Colorado to design modular health spaces in response to the pandemic COVID-19. TreanorHL Principal Steve Carr led the design of containerized isolation and exam room modules in less than a week that can be manufactured in about six weeks. These modules are designed to be fitted out of shipping containers.

What health systems need:

Currently, the spaces in most immediate need include:

  • Triage rooms
  • Exam rooms
  • Infusion rooms
  • Treatment rooms
  • Testing facilities / laboratories
  • Patient rooms
  • Quarantine rooms
  • Isolation rooms
  • Surge space for non-critical care

Short- to medium-term needs include ICU rooms and supplemental care facilities, and longer-term needs include ICU patient rooms, non-critical care facilities and permanent housing, in addition to existing needs to address supply chain shortages.

“Health systems are looking for very quick and temporary solutions for COVID-19 needs on the immediate horizon,” says Carr. Banner Health, for example, has hospital locations in Colorado, Arizona, and California. They have found that indoor solutions in spaces such as convention centers, schools, and hotels are beneficial because they are already weather-proof and can pull power and utilities from the existing facilities.

These modular health units are currently designed to run off of generators for speed of use and cost, but also have an alternative for solar power that could be easily implemented. They can also be manufactured quickly. A factory-built method allows an efficient assembly line process within a controlled environment, which has proven to provide higher quality in less time.

UCHealth and SCL Health in Colorado have also expressed interest in using this modular solution to increase available treatment space, as it is manufactured locally and would not require shipping long distances. Its availability not only benefits healthcare systems during peak times in patient numbers, but also provides a potential long-term solution for a future pandemic or community-wide needs.

The challenge of COVID-19—and any pandemic

Particularly important for COVID-19 patients are isolation and decentralization. Similar to an approach used in South Korea to combat hospital bed shortages, this modular solution can push facilities into urban or rural hotspots, allowing patients to be treated and discharged or isolated closer to their homes.

These units are also designed to help fill another need—provider access. In a large convention center, for example, the concentration of several of these modular units can allow limited healthcare providers to see more patients in one place. And when they do need to cover broader areas, technology integration can help.

“There just aren’t enough medical staff to spread around,” says Carr. “This is why we also included the potential for telehealth components.”

The modular design allows variable site placement depending on community needs. Units are designed with the ability to be grouped together in container “farms.” These farms can include pods of six or eight containers facing each other with a fabric structure between them to create a large outdoor covered area for staging, triage, and drive-through testing. Each pod can be configured with a laboratory, exam room, and isolation rooms depending on need.

 “These units are safe, accessible, and give patients the most direct path to understanding their condition and care,” says Carr. Special considerations for those within and around units include air quality, power and structural design, each of which is solved by considering a community’s specific needs.

Air quality to maintain negative pressure and exhaust of potentially contaminate air is another unique challenge to COVID-19. HEPA filters are typically used to capture contaminants, but the virus is so small that HEPA filtration is not effective. TreanorHL designed the units to have a vent stack that can be added after transport that will move the air up and away from the facility.

The standard 8-foot-wide unit size of the containers is tight for functional caregiving, so the team took length into consideration. Containers can be 20, 40, or 60 feet in length. 20-foot containers are best used when portability is a high priority, such as if they were to be shipped and trucked to a remote location in a developing country. The design team focused on a 40-foot container length to accommodate two patient rooms per container for a study within a targeted regional area where moving the containers on a long flat-bed truck is typical.

 


View of a shipping container office in Eldorado Climbing Walls shipping container office space built by ROXBOX Containers.

Benefits of Building an Office Space Out of Shipping Containers

Searching for office space can be disheartening due to high rents, poor availability and the typical hassle that goes with trying to find a place where you can get your work done. But when you choose a shipping container office from RoxBox, you avoid all the headaches that usually come with acquiring excellent office space. Plus, shipping containers are an environmentally sound choice because they’re recycled, durable and part of a sustainable ecosystem.

Multiple Benefits

Two of the key benefits of a container office are price and mobility. With the commercial real estate market in the midst of yet another series of price rises, shipping containers are the ideal alternative when it comes to price and many other important factors, like durability, safety, efficiency, and adaptability.

That’s right, unlike a traditional office space, a shipping container office is fully customizable from the start. Later, you can add to space and enhance it as you wish with extras like additional doors or windows, HVAC systems, unique lighting and more.

RoxBox containers are the most price-efficient way to take ownership of your office. Of course, the search isn’t only about price. There’s also safety, convenience, asthetics, functionality, comfort and much more. Here’s a brief listing of the multiple advantages you get when you choose a RoxBox shipping container office:

 

 

  • Simple, fast transportation: After your container arrives, you can move it easily to wherever you want. Plus, the smaller units don’t take up more than a standard parking space, so there’s never any worry about finding enough room to put down your new container office. Even the larger containers are simple to move to whatever location you prefer.
  • Spacious interiors: People are routinely shocked when they see how spacious container offices are. If you have ever shopped for traditional office space and walked through some of the “slivers” on the market today, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you view a customized container from the inside out. They’re roomy enough to accommodate any kind of work team.
  • The choice of temporary or permanent office space: One of the unique advantages of repurposed shipping containers is versatility. You can make them into permanent, semi-permanent or on-the-fly offices based on your changing needs, marketing strategies and customer preferences.
  • 100 percent customization before and after purchase: You make the space you want. Are you a “window person,” who prefers abundant sunlight and an open-air feel? Add as many windows and sky-lights as you desire. Likewise, if security and safety is your topmost concern, opt for a single door and no windows at all. The point is that you call the shots when it comes to design features. After all, it’s your office.
  • Environmental responsibility: Containers are the quintessential recycled items. There’s no better way to up-cycle a shipping container than to make it into an office. When you select a RoxBox container and create your own workspace with it, you put zero stress on the environment and make a clear statement about your overall business model with a sleek, eye-catching, customized container as your new office.
  • Low-cost options for new or small businesses: For budget-conscious entrepreneurs or micro-size firms who just need a space to get their company off the ground, recycled containers are the smart way to go. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save compared to traditional offices. Compare prices in your area and see why so many people are turning to containerized solutions for their companies’ space needs.
  • An attractive place to get your work done: The entire atmosphere is different in an office like this. The size and general design offer your clients and your team an attractive, efficient-looking structure that speaks volumes about the “no waste” philosophy. Customized containers are true works of art and can be as unique or conventional as you want them to be. Remember, you might be starting with a standard shipping container but you create your ideal office from the original unit. The possibilities are infinite.
Making the Decision

When you decide to move into your perfect office space, check out all the options available at RoxBox. We offer the industry’s only “no leak” guarantee on every container we sell, and units come in several sizes based on your needs: 20-by-8 and 40-by-8, both with 8.5-foot ceilings, and 40-by-8 units with a spacious 9.5-foot ceiling for a whopping 3,040 cubic feet of interior space.

Feel free to contact us at any time. You can email us at legacy.roxboxcontainers.com, or call us directly at 720-735-8402. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you have about your office space challenges.

Full view of Eldorado Climbing Walls shipping container office space built by ROXBOX Containers.
View of a shipping container office in Eldorado Climbing Walls shipping container office space built by ROXBOX Containers.
View of the conference room in Eldorado Climbing Walls shipping container office space built by ROXBOX Containers.
Inside view of a shipping container office in Eldorado Climbing Walls shipping container office space built by ROXBOX Containers.
View of a shipping container office in Eldorado Climbing Walls shipping container office space built by ROXBOX Containers.