United Rentals regularly works with government agencies like local municipalities, police and fire departments, federal contractors, the Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation and other institutions with their storage and office space needs. Our dedicated team of knowledgeable representatives is ready to help find the right solution to our customers' needs, regardless of project scale.
Whether you need an emergency trailer, fire training facility, mobile command trailer, temporary or permanent emergency storage container, portable ground-level office or prefab government building, we have the solutions for you. We pride ourselves on providing time- and cost-efficient space solutions that solve whatever storage or office space challenge you may face. With United Rentals’ 2021 acquisition of the extensive Pac-Van, Inc. inventory, you’ll find we are better equipped than ever to help serve our government customers’ needs.
Portable storage containers, ground-level offices, office trailers and modular buildings
14-gauge steel storage containers — also known as conex boxes, shipping containers, sea boxes and industrial containers — are great for emergency storage.
Fully customizable office or storage space built from a converted storage container.
Ideal for emergency trailers, mobile command trailers, disaster relief trailers, mass casualty trailers and more.
Modular buildings are perfect for use as modular fire training buildings, prefab emergency housing, modular command centers and more.
United Rentals constructs and customizes your temporary building on our facilities and then delivers it to you, allowing you to manage your institution.
Storage and office containers can be mobilized whenever needed, such as portable emergency shelters when natural disaster strikes.
Using converted shipping containers and modular government structures, the turnaround time for a customized solution is shorter than with traditional construction processes.
When you leverage United Rentals storage containers and mobile offices, you save time and money over stick-built construction, which helps to trim down budgets.
The Missouri DOT needed a low-cost solution to replace a previously damaged building. Our client required a building with good sightlines to monitor traffic flow. We provided a simple design with factory features to suit MODOT’s needs.
On-site modifications included state-of-the-art data and communication and monitoring systems, exterior ground-level lighting to aid truck inspections and special glass partitions in the driver area for secure interaction with personnel. The materials used in the construction saved our client money in both the long term and short term, because this prefab government building can be dismantled and transported easily to another location at minor expense.
Our client needed a mobile modular office building built to be cost effective and energy efficient. Ultimately, we achieved this by using vinyl brick panels to cut the cost of a more conventional masonry brick finish. Although this is a permanent facility, we designed this modular industrial building to be easily disassembled into 12-foot modules that can be relocated or reconfigured to accommodate future space needs. The modular office features a spacious 7,200-square-foot interior comprising 10 modules to provide office space and conference space to accommodate the VA of Louisville's needs.
This building was designed to match identically to the Nye County complex that currently houses several government agencies. The footprint had to be specially designed and engineered to maximize the space allotted. It comprises office space, an IT room, a break room, restrooms and a storage area for an ATV. This prefab government building’s floor finishes are a combination of wood laminate, composite flooring and ceramic tile. The electrical design is complex and uses numerous electrical panels that support an intricate IT backup system for the entire county. Because this building was designed to be a permanent part of the Nye County complex, a stem wall foundation was constructed to support the perimeter framed building. Insulation, with EPDM roofing, 2-by-6-foot walls and insulated glass windows create an efficient and comfortable atmosphere for the IT service employees. The electrical panels include a switch panel that automatically switches to the generator in case of lost power. The budget and tight schedule played a major part in considering modular construction for this project, and the building came in on time and on budget. Nye County knew they could count on us for the quality and design they needed for this project. Flexibility in design and electrical components allowed the county to receive exactly what was needed in one location. The cost per square foot was considerably lower than the price of a site-built structure.
This unique modular building project is an excellent example of United Rentals' commitment to meeting our customers' specific needs. This firebox modular building complex consists of used shipping containers configured to simulate conditions of an emergency evacuation site. Firebox modular buildings are available in various sizes and can be customized to contain mazes and roof panels that give firefighters roof access. Elevators can also be added to the building to simulate mid-floor failures. These training towers are built to allow firefighters to train in safe, near real-life conditions — offering an investment in firefighter safety by providing real fire scenarios and challenges.
A construction company required a pedestrian walkway to run under a construction project located on the Charlotte Rail Trail running parallel with the Charlotte Light Rail system. We provided 11 40-foot retired shipping containers lined up end to end, creating a 440-foot run. The containers are painted on the interior and exterior and match one of three magic carpet murals that are painted on the Rail Trail. The containers were modified off-site before installation by adding two 3-by-3-foot framed openings on each container and a functional half door on five of the containers to allow for a periodic point of egress along the entire run. Lights were strung up throughout the walkway to allow for nighttime visibility. The half doors were fabricated by using the waste material that was cut out of the containers to create the openings. The containers can be used again for the same application for future projects, and sections can be added or removed depending on the distance of walkway required for the project.
This walkway consists of 40-by-8-foot steel storage containers. The containers are constructed of steel frames, fully vertically corrugated steel side and end walls, a corrugated steel roof, wood flooring, double-hinged doors and ISO corner fittings at eight corners. This walkway was installed to provide temporary pedestrian access for Portland.
Our team provided seven 40-foot used shipping containers for the South Iredell Fire Department for a training complex. The facility is three stories and replicates a two-story house with an attic. One container was cut in half to create a balcony. Equipped with a burn room on the first level, the firefighter training facility can house a controlled fire. The burn room includes 12-gauge diamond plate steel floors, walls, ceilings and doors. 2,000-degree caulk was used between the diamond plate steel sheets, and the burn room is painted with fire-resistant paint. There is a steel burn tray with a drain and a cast-iron drain line that leads outside. A covered vent on the exterior wall was added to alleviate heat if it builds up too high. Operable cargo doors allow for easy cleanup. The second level is divided into three rooms with a door that leads to a balcony. There is an attic access door where a ladder can be used for entry. There is also an exterior door on the second level that leads to an exterior staircase.
Flexible short-term or permanent space can be critical for government agencies to respond, scale and serve. Across the country, local, state and federal government entities require cost-effective, high-quality and efficient solutions. When they run into issues relating to setting up temporary commands or find they’ve outgrown their current buildings, new construction isn’t the only answer. Instead, many agencies are taking advantage of portable storage and office solutions. Learn how governments use these structures to fit specific needs.
Space Challenges Require Creative Solutions
Constructing any building takes considerable time, labor and money. Government agencies typically don’t have these resources readily available and need to act fast. A simpler alternative is to seek out government modular buildings. Governments realize these structures can significantly benefit their agency’s mission.
Temporary or Long-Term Government Office Buildings
Prefab government buildings are ideal for a variety of applications in the government sector. They can serve as temporary field offices, especially in areas where traditional construction isn’t an option. They can also serve as a modular command post when agencies need to respond to a national emergency, weather-related related or otherwise.
Ground-level offices can be used for emergency response, administrative workspaces, security and guard offices at key checkpoints, classrooms and training facilities, and more. Our ground-level offices don’t require blocking or leveling, meaning they can be set up in a short amount of time.
Agencies may also find that portable offices and modular solutions can be long-term solutions to space issues. Instead of making a huge capital investment to expand an existing building or completely rebuild, a portable office delivers a more cost-effective and faster resolution. Because they are so versatile, they can fit just about any specification. Additionally, if agencies have a small footprint in an area not easily accessible, it’s possible to crane portable offices in.
Portable Storage Containers and Their Many Uses
Government institutions can use storage containers for supplies they use infrequently, freeing up more room in their buildings. A liquid storage tank is an option for any type of environmental remediation to protect groundwater. Further, these storage solutions can act as emergency storage units to store fleets, equipment and parts; provide safe spaces for records and evidence; offer easy storage of and access to maintenance supplies; and more.
United Rentals Can Support Government Entities with Modular Concepts
United Rentals and our team of modular experts and designers have been serving government entities for years. We are a System for Award Management (SAM) registered agent and can accept any government purchase order and offer an easy, efficient procurement path.