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Construction costs are rising rapidly, and in Southern California, those costs have made it difficult to bring new supply, particularly apartments, to the market. On potential solution: shipping containers. It make sense. With proximity to the largest ports in North America, Southern California has a surplus of empty shipping containers, making them easily accessible and affordable. These are quickly becoming a popular construction material among forward-thinking developers.

“Shipping containers are relatively affordable, and because we are in Southern California, there is a real ease of access,” Michael Bohn, senior principal at Studio One Eleven, tells GlobeSt.com. “We import a lot more than we export, and we end up having a lot more of these things laying around than we need. It is cheaper to leave them here than it is to put them on a ship and send them back to their point of origin. As we trade more, the amount in Southern California is exponentially growing. That creates an opportunity for us to use them in an affordable way for our developments.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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