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“Sidecar” is a 5-star success

In June, diners in Fort Wayne got their first taste of “container dining” as popular downtown restaurant Wine Down Tastings and Tapas unveiled “The Sidecar,” a new outdoor bar and grill built from a 40-foot shipping container purchased from and finished by Advantage Structures. Produced in collaboration with local construction management firm Mosaic Building Solutions, the Sidecar boasts a full service bar and kitchen, counter seating for 30, and as you’ll see, one very cool addition to the city’s downtown streetscape.

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Water Filtration Plant In-a-Box


A large water filtration company in North America was looking to develop an easily transportable and portable water filtration plant – one that could be deployed quickly and efficiently on a global scale. In this particular case, this portable filtration plant was destined for South America.


Storage containers because of their durability, adaptability, affordability (compared to traditional in place construction) and ability to pretty much ship anywhere – was identified as the optimal solution.


From start-to-completion the project’s total build time was 28 days. To kick-off the process the customer supplied our custom container team with detailed working/mechanical drawings for the project. The first step involved a comprehensive review of the project objectives and preliminary project plans with the client’s engineering team, quality control department and our internal implementation experts. The reasoning: Our shipping container customization team, because of our deep experience in complex container modifications will typically identify additional cost savings and mechanical improvement opportunities. Once the final work plan is establish container modifications began immediately.

During the build process, we typically maintain active dialogue with the customer regarding the schedule and also providing photos documenting the progress. This project was no different. Several photos of the finished project are also included below.

Water Filtration Container: Man Door

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Water Filtration Container:   Custom Hose Hook-Up

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Water Filtration Container:  Floor Drain on Custom Finished Floors

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Water Filtration Container:  Custom Interior

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Water Filtration Container:  Full View of 45′ Hi-Cube Unit

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Water Filtration Container:  HVAC/BARD Unit

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Uncontained genius

Popular Mechanics takes a look at the wide, and wild, world of shipping container architecture, in this exclusive online feature profiling 45 amazing shipping container homes and offices from across the country and around the globe.

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A cool new place to shop

As metro areas across the U.S. struggle to revitalize their aging downtown business districts, one major Midwestern city has found a solution as ingenious as it is economical. Read about Cleveland’s retail store shipping container revolution at

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