Openings are cut and fittings are being installed on 17 used shipping containers that will be assembled in Deep Deuce as part of the new OK Sea development planned along NE 2.
The project, first envisioned just east of Automobile Alley, will include offices and retail business. It is set to open with a series of outdoor dining areas by winter.
Architect Wade Scaramucci said OK Sea, being developed by Richard McKown, will take shape quickly in the next few weeks.
“We are attempting to do most of the construction work in an off-site yard,” Scaramucci said. “It’s designed to be portable. So once much of the work is done reinforcing them with steel, they will be moving them on site and putting them together.”
Scaramucci said the off-site construction also accommodates better quality control and minimizes the time needed for a construction crane.
“It will be very obvious when they’re on the site,” Scaramucci said. “You’ll see it going up very quickly. They come in sequences. It will take a good two months before they come to the site and are put together.”
Scaramucci said the project is designed to fill the site for eight to 10 years. McKown also is wrapping construction on the Mosaic apartments nearby at NE 3 and Oklahoma Avenue, and is planning to develop property at NE 3 and Walnut Avenue.
Scaramucci cautions aspiring shipping container developers to not assume such projects are cheaper than regular construction.
“The main appeal is they can be moved,” Scaramucci said. “You can build structures a lot of different ways. Containers don’t offer a lot of effectiveness in terms of cost. But they have an advantage in being moved. You still have the same costs of finishing it out.”