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Shipping containers repurposed as apartment housing in downtown Phoenix

A new apartment complex made of shipping containers opened up in downtown Phoenix. The builder says the 18-unit apartment building on Third and McKinley streets is the largest of its kind in all of North America. 

Local Studio, the company behind the building’s design, repurposes actual shipping containers as housing.

One concern that may come to mind with buildings made of metal are the summer temperatures. The builder says the homes deflect desert heat by the steel’s high albedo, which means it releases heat very quickly, combined with closed cell foam for high insulation — all of that resulting in low utility costs.

The complex also features solar-shaded sidewalk canopies.

Scott Daniels is a KJZZ intern and student at Arizona State University in the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Daniels is pursuing a degree in journalism with a focus on broadcast and interests in the music and business industries.Daniels also works as production director at Blaze Radio, ASU. In the school year, he hosted three separate shifts while on the production team. Blaze was his introduction into the world of radio reporting and a continuation of his passion for reporting and storytelling.Aside from work, Daniels enjoys taking hikes, shopping for vinyl records and checking out new coffee shops.