Tulsa follows OKC with container development

A friend of mine in Tulsa recently tipped me off to a container development proposed for the southeast corner of Third Street and Frankfort. As the article from the Tulsa World mentions, “Inspiration for The Boxyard came from similar shipping-container redevelopment projects in other cities.”

One needs look no further than Oklahoma City to hypothesize that some of that inspiration came from multi-container projects like OK SEA and The Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary’s future downtown location, or even single-container retail space Perch’d.

OK SEA container development in OKC
The OK SEA container project in OKC’s Deep Deuce district, seen here June 12, will feature an artisanal corn dog/craft beer bar as well as shops and offices.
The Showroom container development in OKC
The Showroom features a vertical container in its design at NW 11th Street and Broadway Avenue in OKC. The site will eventually feature an adjacent $26 million arts campus and performance hall.
More container development in OKC (Perch'd)
Tucked between Broadway and the railroad tracks on NW 9th Street, Perch’d features a cheery exterior paint job and sells modern furnishings within.

So, as Tulsa plays catch up with Oklahoma City’s container-based projects, it would appear that this building trend has officially arrived in Oklahoma. Now here’s the part where I put on the economist hat from my previous life as an industry analyst in Los Angeles:

Although estimates of the container surplus vary, a surplus indeed exists (for reasons I mentioned earlier). Given the existing surplus in America, the increasing popularity of container-based building will likely encourage price-based competition among container vendors. With higher demand, container vendors will accept smaller per-unit profit margins to encourage higher volume sales. As such, I forecast container developments to increase in line with falling costs for raw building units.

Agree? Disagree? Wanna fight? Sound off in the comments below!

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I live and work in Oklahoma. I began developing a shipping container home in 2013. I'm interested in minimalism, efficiency and sustainability as aesthetics and philosophies. Please comment or email me for more information: josh@highcubeindustries.com.

7 thoughts on “Tulsa follows OKC with container development”

  1. Agree. Long way before an inflection point, but the grander the developments become, the more likely people will become enamored with them for reasons other than cost…namely, the flexibility and beauty they can provide. When that happens, you will get all the credit!

    1. flexibility: true in some cases; beauty: depends on the viewer…i think it’s strength, security and durability that, especially in tornado alley, makes containers most appealing.

      but it’s not credit i want; at the very least, i just want to demonstrate some possibilities and encourage sustainable building in OK and beyond.

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