epic Receives Final Permitting Approvals for the Creative Co-Op

October 8, 2010 - The Woodlands, Texas - this afternoon we got a call from the Permitting Department in Conroe, TX informing us that the Fire Marshall and County Engineer signed off on the building plans we submitted on September 6th. With the 4 permits in hand (TX Accessibility Standards, South Montgomery MUD District, Fire Marshall, County Engineer), we are officially into the construction phase of the project. Yes! 

Since I am new to the construction process (at this level anyway) and building with containers is new for most contractors, I knew I would need some help to make sure we get the job done right. Over the past year I have been collecting information on ISBU container projects from all parts of the web.   I have assembled this research into a document that I will update and post to the blog so others can quickly find links to those sites I found helpful.

One very helpful source has been a fellow by the name of Alex Klein, the author of the blog The Life and Times of a "Renaissance Ronin .  Alex has literally written the book on container construction - Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings and for $9.95, this e-book is a no-brainer purchase for anyone even remotely interested in building with Corten Steel boxes. I spent several days going through his site with a fine tooth comb, and then sent him an email on our project. He responded immediately with a detailed reply that was VERY helpful.  He suggested a consulting arrangement to help me with the project, and we worked out a deal that is mutually beneficial to both of us.

Alex is located in Mississippi, and just a phone call/email away.  Even so, I felt I needed a local Construction Manager that could help me qualify and work with contractors on the project.  For that I turned to David and Truman Cox, the father and son team at Pinnacle Residential Group, LLC.  Pinnacle traditionally builds homes in The Woodlands and surrounding areas priced from $700,000 and up.  David has years of experience in the construction business, and Truman is a creative guy by nature, and I am looking forward to the innovative ideas I know he will bring to the project.

At this time we are seeking bids from contractors.  For those contractors interested in bidding on the job, the various construction drawings (.Adobe .pdf file format) are shown below. Just click to view or download any of these files.

If you would like to see a 3D version of the building, below is a link to a Sketchup file (24mb).  To view it you will need to download the latest version of Sketchup (by Google), which is free, and just takes a couple of minutes to install.  When you open the file, you will see a number of tabs along the top menu bar.  Clicking on a tab will allow you to see a variety of sections of the building, floor plans, and each of the individual units.  The Sketchup file will help you get a much better understanding of the structure and a detailed look at our plans for the epic Creative Co-Op.

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