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Brooklyn Heights firm gives old shipping containers a new life

July 31, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Lot Radio, on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border, is an example of a repurposed shipping container here in Brooklyn. Eagle file photo by Scott Enman
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About 20 million steel containers are used to transport cargo around the world, but what happens to old freight containers when they’re no longer needed? Well, a company in Brooklyn Heights known as SG Blocks now transforms them into homes and businesses.

The company has completed projects in all 50 states, including a Starbucks in Salt Lake City and a Bareburger on Long Island, according to CBS New York. The containers are 8 feet wide by either 20 or 40 feet long, and up to nine of them can be stacked on top of each other.

Paul Galvin, the founder of SG Blocks, pointed out that using the structures costs substantially less than traditional buildings: “Anyone involved in construction, either personally or professionally, knows the outrageous prices being charged by general contractors,” he said. 

Marc Vecchiarelli, owner of Elli Woodworking in Staten Island, is turning four containers into a cocktail bar and restaurant, and he is absolutely sure that the use of such containers will be the future of construction. A typical project takes six weeks to build and several hours to install, CBS New York said.


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