Preliminary Site Plan Approval to Design Development of Shipping Container Homes inc. Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing Engineering
We are a one-stop-shop for steel shipping container homes - including as apartment blocks - with a strong 2 step design process to ensure your project moves through our 5 design phases in a timely manner and allows for great service even with scale.
Step I: Design it: Pre-Development Through Preliminary Site Plan Approval
Phase I - Pre-Design - Prior to Phase I, we work with you to determine the scope of the project and initial estimates. Once those are in place and a preliminary contract has been signed, we set up a site visit and perform general code review on your land in anticipation of a shipping container home being built.
Phase 2 - Schematic Design - During this Phase, we will create your schematic design and layout, and provide experienced consulting and value engineering to ensure that these plans are best suited for Cargo Architecture as shipping container homes. We typically provide four elevations of the proposed project, proposed floor plan, and two exterior perspective renderings to be formatted for printing to be used for public input, City approval, and financing. We also revise the budget and timeline projections based on your needs. In addition, we identify and contract any additional architecture and engineering teams necessary to augment our internal talent.
Step II: Draw It: Design Development through Construction Documentation
Phase 3 - Design Development - Once you sign off on the initial Step 1 documents, the project is passed to Step 2. During the design development of your shipping container home, we provide value engineering for design and construction concepts. You'll continue to meet with the architectural team (architect of record and/or interior design architect)/design team to refine design for scaled sketches and site elevations. We will also provide ongoing quotes for further development of project, including architect of record, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering.
Phase 4 - Construction Documents - Once you've approved the design development documents, we'll create architectural overlays and assemblies on all construction and container connections to meet code compliance for permit submission for your shipping container home. Construction Documents are based on approved Design Development drawings providing detailed requirements for construction and will be prepared according to prevailing construction codes. At the completion of the construction document phase you will have the following drawings: cover sheet, overall site plan and detailed site plan, existing condition floor plan / selective demolition, foundation plan and details, framing plans and details, floor and roof plan, exterior elevations, window, door and room finish schedules, building section and wall details, mechanical plans, electrical power and lighting plans and panel and riser diagram.
Phase 5 - Shop Drawings and Bids - Once permitting is completed, the documents will be finalized and shop drawings created. We will also develop a standard bid sheet to collect a minimum of 3 competitive and qualified bidders, and help manage the bidding process to create a final budget for your shipping container home for approval.