At first glance, one might think that these containers seem like the perfect answer for all your shelter’s troubles. No more leaky roof, or over-crowding, or broken kennel enclosures, poor drainage, or whatever plagues your kennel. Just drop in another container and everything is well again, and they’re cheap too! Now, that really sounds great…
but, not so fast!
A Google search on the words ‘container architecture‘ quickly reveals that using containers in construction is nothing new. Homes and commercial buildings are made of containers and containers are stacking up on every port around the country. They were shipped into our country with products and goods, but they cost too much to return them empty. So the cost of containers are fairly cheap.
With a little planning, containers make a very strong, safe and watertight building. But, these ‘buildings’ must meet all the building code requirements that any commercial building would need to meet. Hence, the planning!
The inside needs to have water, both supply and drainage. It must have heating, cooling, ventilation, electric, lighting, insulation, and must meet all the requirements for the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act, too.
Outside, these ‘permanent’ buildings must meet the requirements for gravity and lateral forces; both a proper foundation to rest on, and the building must be tied to the foundation to resist lateral wind loads. The doors and pathways around the buildings must also be accessible for wheelchair access and they must meet zoning and setback requirements too.
So, the thought of just dropping a few containers in place, cutting in a few dog doors, and moving in the animals, could be not be farther from the truth.
However, with a little planning,
shipping container kennels may come in handy for short-term housing of animals after a natural disaster, or for emergency quarantine. Also, it is always a problem finding housing for animals when renovating an existing shelter. This is especially so, when taking an existing shelter building down completely, to build a new one in it’s place. Perhaps temporally housing of animals in containers may be an answer, but, it’s all a matter of proper planning.
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