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Shipping Containers vs. Design to Build

NIX EC Buildings can be fabricated from scratch to your specifications or we can take existing steel containers and modify them to fit your needs. Our engineering team will work to understand your needs and specifications as well as your budget and will come up with a proposal and determine the most economical direction for your build.

Get More From EC Buildings

  • Standard or Custom Floor Plans
  • Single and Multi-Story Construction
  • Engineering Available
  • Customized to Customer Specifications
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Walls
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Steps
  • Decks
  • Rails

General Info

  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build)
Size Limitations Per Unit (Inside Dimensions) 8'W x 9'T x 39'6"L 12'W x 9'5"T x 48'L
Fork Pockets Standard Option
Crane Lifting Standard Option
Standard Models Available Yes Yes
Multi-Level Yes Yes, but more costly
Multi-Unit (Width) Yes - Easily Yes, but more costly

Time Line

  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build)
Lead Time from Order to Completion 2 - 6 Weeks 6 - 10 Weeks
Onsite Time Disruption Less than 1 Week Less than 1 Week


  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build)
Concrete Pad Required No No
Footers Required No No
Ability to be Elevated on Peers Yes - Easily Yes - Easily
Ability to be Elevated on Steel Structure Yes - Easily Yes - Easily

Taxes, Permitting & Fees

  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build)
Property Tax Implications Check With Your CPA Check With Your CPA
Building Permit Required No Sometimes
State Engineering & Permitting No Sometimes


  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build)
Ability to be Relocated Yes Yes
Ability to Install Equipment Offsite Prior to Arrival Yes Yes

Cost Comparison

  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build)
Average Finished Unit Cost (Per Sq. Feet) $40.00 - $65.00 $50.00 - $75.00
Down-Time Costs Minimal Minimal
Other Costs Minimal Least
Total Cost Impact to Firm Least Minimal

Check With Your CPA