Modular Building Institute

United Shores Professional Baseball League (USPBL) Merchandise Kiosk

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Pac-Van, Inc.
Utica, MI
Building Use:
Merchandise Sales Kiosk
Gross Size of Project:
340 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    This 40’ container kiosk was designed for customers to be able to walk in, browse through merchandise and to make their purchases. The concept allows for the four 4’ container doors to remain open, making the interior appear more spacious while allowing the client’s merchandise to be displayed on both the interior and exterior of the container. The interior walls have shelving and wire racks for product display. The side doors can fold flat against the container or can be connected to one another to create a triangular display. A point-of-sale window was installed and is located directly behind the sale counter. Lighting, electrical outlets and two attic vents were added. The vents allow air to circulate through the container, which helps keep the interior cool without the need for air conditioning. The interior walls were painted white, and the floors were painted with a non-slip epoxy coating. The exterior was painted black to match the primary colors of the ballpark.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Due to limited space for container placement within the ballpark, we had to improvise with delivery and installation. We utilized container casters to move the module into place. As we were unloading the container, we connected the casters into the four corner fittings. Once the truck moved out of the way- and with the help of 8 people- we rolled the container into its final resting place. Pushing it on a slight decline towards a fence and turning it 90° at the same time proved to be a daunting task. Once it was in place, two stacked 4x4’s were placed under the edge of the container. A floor jack was then used to raise the container enough to remove the caster wheels. The container was then lowered onto the stacked 4x4s and a container jack (which hooked into the corner castings) was used along with the floor jack to remove the 4x4s. This was repeated on all 4 corners and took about 10 minutes to complete.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Repurposing a shipping container was an ideal and cost-effective solution for the client, because it allowed them to upgrade their retail space, giving their customers access to their product, allowing for easy relocation in the case of ballpark modifications and secureing their merchandise when the container is not in use. Choosing to use a shipping container allowed them to eliminate costs like site planning, construction permits, site development, and construction labor. By utilizing the floor and container jack to set the container flush to the ground, the need for a crane or forklift was eliminated which saved the customer on setup costs. Overall, this project gave our client the space they needed, provided some additional benefits that they didn’t anticipate upfront, all the while keeping the cost minimal.
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