Proposed office building to be made of shipping containers

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March 21, 2014 // UPDATED 3:26 pm - March 27, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
A rendering of the proposed North Loop office building
Ben Johnson

A new three-story office building made from 60 recycled shipping containers measuring 40 feet long may be built near Target Field.

Renderings show the shipping containers painted green and some would be cut at 30 or 60 degree angles and welded together.

Scott Petinga, owner of the digital marketing firm Akquracy, first presented his project to the North Loop Neighborhood Association last spring, but since then the building has been redesigned.

It’s located at 506 4th St. N, and Petinga had previously called it the Bickford, although it is unclear if that name is still attached to the project.

Akquracy would occupy the top two floors of the building along with smaller suites of co-shared business incubator spaces. The ground floor would have a restaurant and clothing retail.

Previously Petinga said he would seek LEED Platinum certification for the building and the latest design includes solar panels and an automated LED lighting system that dims when sunlight is detected.

Outside of the building an outdoor green plaza would be terraced into broad steps to provide seating on the western side of the lot.  

The Planning Commission Committee of the Whole will hear more about the project on March 27.

A previous rendering of the Bickford