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include oil and gas companies that have
used its containers as equipment enclosures, field offices and as living quarters.
The company is also gaining ground in the
wastewater treatment industry.
In 2015, the company built 320 containers to be used as enclosures for monitoring
equipment along the Dakota Access Pipeline. Each station is placed roughly every
five miles along the pipeline. "We saved our
customer 50 percent of their deployment
time," Shang says. "Offsite construction
of these stations made more sense than
building a concrete shed every five miles in
the middle of nowhere."
As Falcon Structures has acquired customers from a diverse array of industries,
it's been amazed by how many different
uses there are for modular container
structures. Water treatment companies
use Falcon's container structures as mobile
water treatment plants. A professional
endurance racing team uses one of Falcon
Structures' modified containers as a mobile
garage for its cars. An oil company uses a
container-based bathroom. The list goes on.
Shang continues to seek new markets for
Falcon Structures. "The
Structures modifies single shipping
containers into mobile offices with paint
jobs that reflect their customer's brand.
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Falcon Structures CEO Stephen Shang also brings his company's values to the community.
Serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including The Rotary Club, and
The Thinkery, The University of Texas Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and
Entrepreneur's Organization, Shang cultivates projects that will democratize opportunity
for motivated people. He also lends expertise and mentorship to budding entrepreneurs by
speaking at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business and Camp Enterprise. While
the entrepreneurial path has been challenging, it has given Shang's life and identity profound
meaning. He wants anyone who is willing to become an entrepreneur to have the opportunity, awareness and education to do so.
Earlier this year, the Modular Building Institute named CEO Stephen Shang as co-winner
of its Volunteer of the Year award. "We believe in serving others," he says. "It's a part of our
culture; there's so much more joy in giving rather than taking."
gest challenge we have right now is market awareness," he says. "One of my key
roles here is that of an evangelist, going
out and casting the vision for container-based structures."
"We are educating the market that this is
a real possibility, and it can be done," Shang
adds. "I think once people know about it, it
will take off."
Affordable housing is one area where
Shang sees likely growth for the company.
The speed at which Falcon Structures'
containers can be deployed, as well as their
cost, make them a viable option in major
cities with large homeless populations. "We're
working with developers and nonprofit
organizations in large urban areas on how
to get affordable housing to the market
quickly by building it through offsite
construction," he says.
Shang's role as evangelist for Falcon
Structures also includes driving greater
acceptance for modified shipping containers as a code-compliant building material.
Speaking at the World of Modular conference, he noted how market demand for containers is pushing the International Code
Council (ICC) to revisit existing building
codes and create new codes for containers.
"One of the biggest barriers container-based structures face is the fact that the
ICC doesn't address them," he says, noting
that structures are either considered non-compliant with code or can
only become compliant following a
rigorous review and
"We are working with the ICC to
have different pathways for containers
to be accepted by
code officials," Shang
adds. "We are not
but we are
on the down
side of the slope."
Shang believes that while navigating
code has presented hurtles for the industry,