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look// // LOOK By Jenna Schnuer wITh ApologIes To Huey Lewis, it looks like it’s no longer hip to be square. Rectangles are where it’s at. At least that’s the shape that has taken hold in Providence, R.I. One of the city’s newest—and, certainly, most colorful—buildings put 32 out-ofcommission shipping containers back to work as office spaces. As The Box Office team—including developer Peter Gill Case of Truth Box, Inc., architect Joe Haskett of Distill Studio and builder Joshua Brandt of Stack Design Build—planned the project, one of the challenges was figuring out how to reinforce the containers once some steel had been cut from them. “As soon as you cut a container, it begins to not work properly,” explains Gill Case, because the units are designed so that each wall reinforces the others. Every opening has to be reinforced during container modification (or, as they called it, “con mod”), the process of turning the boxes into building parts. In the end, a controversial around-the-office decision was made to use less steel, a pricey material, for the build. Instead of thicker beams, the team went with columns as supports between the containers. Clearly, they all came to believe the decision would support a strong future: The three companies behind the build are co-tenants in the biggest unit. 40 winter//2011 the quarterly publication of the design-build institute of america photo courtesy of Nat rea

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