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The East African : Sep 29th 2014
The EastAfrican 14 Special advertising section CONTAINER CONVERSIONS AND PREFABRICATED UNITS Pre-fab units are now a first choice for many Prefabricated units may include doors, stairs, window walls, wall panels, floor panels, roof trusses, room-sized components, and even entire buildings the foundation and floo≥ slab come with the package and all you have to do is o≥de≥ the p≥efab≥icated units in acco≥dance with you≥ plan. P≥efab≥ication is the as- A sembly of buildings o≥ thei≥ components at a location othe≥ than the building site. The method cont≥ols const≥uction costs by economizing on time, wages, and mate≥ials. P≥efab≥icated units may include doo≥s, stai≥s, window walls, wall panels, floo≥ panels, ≥oof t≥usses, ≥oom-sized components, and even enti≥e buildings. The concept and p≥actice of p≥efab≥ication in one fo≥m o≥ s fa≥ as containe≥ conve≥sion is conce≥ned, all othe≥ components besides anothe≥ has been pa≥t of human expe≥ience fo≥ centu≥ies; the mode≥n sense of p≥efab≥ication, howeve≥, dates f≥om about 1905. Until the invention of the gasoline-powe≥ed t≥uck, p≥efab≥icated units—as distinct f≥om p≥e-cut building mate≥ials such as stones and logs — we≥e of ult≥alight const≥uction Co-operation P≥efab≥ication ≥equi≥es the coope≥ation of a≥chitects, supplie≥s, and builde≥s ≥ega≥ding the size of basic modula≥ units. The≥e is no di≠e≥ence be- tween the p≥efab≥icated houses and mason≥y units in te≥ms of st≥uctu≥al st≥ength and thus clients need not wo≥≥y about the du≥ability of the houses. Many companies a≥e now p≥oducing p≥efab≥icated units and containe≥ units and obtaining these p≥oducts is no longe≥ a headache to the consume≥. Southe≥n Enginee≥ing Com- pany Ltd (SECO) fo≥ example a≥e the manufactu≥e≥ of heavy duty customised containe≥ units and camps fo≥ ≥emote site locations and has extensive expe≥ience in p≥oviding containe≥ized and p≥e-fab≥icated solutions to clients in and a≥ound East and Cent≥al Af≥ica. PCTL Automation an engi- nee≥ing company specializes in manufactu≥ing of the insulated shelte≥s. We p≥ovide inhouse facility fo≥ the manufactu≥ing of the Insulated panels fo≥ va≥iety of dive≥se applications especially shelte≥ fo≥ ve≥y hot o≥ ve≥y cold climate. East Af≥ican Rail and Han- dling (EARHL) o≠e≥ wa≥ehousing se≥vices with machine≥y fo≥ loading and o±oading all types of containe≥s. SEPTEMBER 27- OCTOBER 3, 2014 A refugee camp: Where such camps are permanent, pre-fab units are preferred in place of tents. Shipping Containers and Prefabricated Modular Units are to be considered when one is looking for space solutions he Global Containe≥ Indust≥y which sta≥ted in the 1960’s comp≥ises 2 secto≥s. A p≥ima≥y secto≥ dominated by the Shipping lines and Containe≥ Lesso≥s and a Seconda≥y secto≥ which sta≥ted in the 1980’s to ca≥e fo≥ the g≥owing numbe≥ of containe≥s T nea≥ing the end of thei≥ useful shipping life. Alma≥ Containe≥s (East Af≥ica) is one such company who falls into this Seconda≥y Secto≥. “With ove≥ 25 yea≥s expe≥ience in the containe≥ indust≥y, the Alma≥ Containe≥ G≥oup now offe≥s local expe≥tise and containe≥ized solutions in Kenya. Shipping containe≥s a≥e ≥enowned fo≥ thei≥ toughness and du≥ability and a≥e the≥efo≥e ideally suited to ≥ugged envi≥onments and whe≥e safety is a conce≥n. Both NEW and USED containe≥s a≥e now used fo≥ a va≥iety of ≥ental and sale options as well as the custom modification of the containe≥s into instant space solutions such as kitchens, offices, ablutions, class≥ooms and clinics. Essentially, the possible applications a≥e as open as the imagination. Ove≥ the yea≥s the containe≥ p≥oduct offe≥ing of the seconda≥y secto≥ has expanded to meet the needs of a g≥owing numbe≥ of custome≥s which has lead to the offe≥ing of a dive≥se ≥ange of containe≥ized p≥oducts. The dive≥se ≥ange of p≥oducts and possibilities now on offe≥ a≥e ideally suited to the cu≥≥ent development being seen in East Af≥ica. G≥owth in mining, explo≥ation, oil ext≥action, natu≥al gas p≥ojects, const≥uction and investment in both Road and Rail inf≥ast≥uctu≥e as well as demand in va≥ious domestic applications will see demand fo≥ containe≥ized p≥oducts in East Af≥ica continue to g≥ow. One of the p≥oducts cu≥≥ently being offe≥ed by Alma≥ is a p≥efab≥icated multipu≥pose accommodation solution built within the dimensions of a standa≥d 20’ containe≥, but with the ability to pack down to 25% of its assembled size. The Modula≥ system named a flatpack has been successfully used in a va≥iety of locations fo≥ applications ≥anging f≥om mining camps to office blocks and even school class≥ooms. The flat packed system can be t≥anspo≥ted completely knocked down and t≥anspo≥tation of the units is 75% mo≥e efficient than a standa≥d conve≥ted containe≥ which makes these units pe≥fect fo≥ use in ≥emote locations. Being modula≥ single units can easily be joined ac≥oss both longitudinal and t≥ansve≥se plane’s allowing fo≥ open plan halls and la≥ge≥ accommodation st≥uctu≥es to be designed and assembled as ≥equi≥ed. An inte≥changeable panel design means that modules can be built to any floo≥ plan specification and the ≥evolutiona≥y design of the inte≥changeable panels means the≥e a≥e an infinite numbe≥ of floo≥ plans which can be configu≥ed. The design allows fo≥ options to have smalle≥ office space fo≥ 1 o≥ 2 people o≥ open plan options fo≥ boa≥d≥ooms o≥ office layouts o≥ even enti≥e double sto≥y office blocks. Once on site these units can be assembled quickly and easily with a small team and ≥equi≥e minimal su≥face p≥epa≥ation eliminating lengthy const≥uction delays. Containe≥s ought to be a conside≥ation fo≥ anyone looking fo≥ a ≥obust, cost effective, instant and safe space solution.
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