Driving down Trumbull, you may have noticed the green and red shipping containers that Three Squared Construction have been turning into homes. The project has been in talks for years, but now the condos are almost complete. When the plan was announced seven years ago, many were skeptical, but Detroiters showed up in full force to get a sneak peek and show their support for the new construction last Friday.
More than 1,200 people were in attendance to view the two-unit model on Trumbull, just north of I-75. Condos range from $150,000 for the smallest, 640 sq. ft. unit to $350,000 for the 1,800 sq. ft. unit.
The smaller, 640 sq. ft. unit was almost completely finished. Friday’s guests could get a real feel of what it could be like to live there with a beautiful view of downtown and trendy decor.
The larger unit (which isn’t too far behind in construction) pays homage to its north Corktown neighborhood, with an eye-catching mural in the kitchen.
These condos are definitely cool, but why build new housing with shipping containers? Are there any benefits to this?
According to Diana Christensen, who handles community and media relations for Three Squared, “You can build strong, more energy efficient units, and build them faster, by using shipping containers.”
In fact, the majority of the construction was done in just six hours!
Three Squared is utilizing new technology with sustainable insulation. R-value, the measurement of a material’s ability to resist heat flow from one side to the other, was an important part of the construction, as they wanted the most effective insulation.
“Steel is a great conductor of temperature, and layering this new technology, we’re able to increase the R-value, so it doesn’t cost as much to heat in the winter or cool in the summer,” says Christensen.
So not only are the shipping containers eco-friendly and durable, they’re a cost effective means of adding housing to the already saturated greater downtown housing market.
The construction company is starting with the two-unit model; they’re referring to as Trumbull Squared, as the first phase of a three-phase project here in Detroit. The next step is an 8-unit complex on Rosa Parks Blvd. in Woodbridge, called Rosa Parks Squared. The project will culminate with a 30 to 35-unit apartment complex, also in Corktown, called Kaline Squared.
Both Rosa Parks Squared and Kaline Squared are set to break ground before the end of the year.
For more information on Trumbull Squared or to put in a reservation, contact the listing broker, The Loft Warehouse.