Shortly after the 2018 EAA AirVenture, a gathering of 600,000+ aviation enthusiasts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Pac-Van’s Green Bay branch was asked to inspect an aging 5- container complex.

Our team was also asked to come up with a solution to repair the unit, so it was more visually appealing and so that it didn’t leak during rainstorms.  Upon inspection, it was obvious the unit was not salvageable.  Incorrect structure modifications, substandard craftsmanship, and mold issues were pointed out to the customer, so the decision was made to build a new “high-end” complex.

The idea was simple: produce an extraordinary show space for an aircraft engine supplier to display their products and services for the 100th anniversary of the EAA AirVenture.

Pac-Van’s Green Bay branch was tasked with building a new 5-container complex that included a conference room, small office, utility room, large show space, and second floor observation deck.  Pac-Van worked closely with the customer’s architect and engineer to design a suitable space that encompassed the customer’s vision. It was also important to incorporate appropriate construction techniques to ensure the unit would last for countless years to come.

Work began on this project in early January 2019. Our team disassembled the existing unit and tried to re-purpose what they could in the new structure.  After the demo, they scrapped the original building and got to work planning the new complex.  In April, the Pac-Van team brought units into the modification shop, one at a time, made the appropriate modifications, and then moved them one-by-one again into the spray booth for spray foam and paint.  Once paint was complete, they assembled the 5-container complex together inside the mod shop to create the interior.

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After the unit was complete, it was loaded it onto trucks, convoyed to the EAA grounds and craned into place.

All in all, it took 1,513 hours of teamwork and dedication to produce this outstanding project. This project made its debut at the 2019 EAA AirVenture on Monday, July 22, 2019. Our Pac-Van Green Bay team also supplied space solutions to numerous other vendors at this event. Besides this 5-plex container tradeshow booth, Pac-Van had shipping containers, ground level offices and mobile offices on site. It was great to be part of this project with our customers and, once again, be a part of the EAA AirVenture event.

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Have a project that requires container modifications? Let us know what you’re needing- your Pac-Van team can help it come to life.