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Not Just A Container: Finalist Alex Fortney: Produce Stand

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PROD U C E S TA N D Not Just A Container

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Markets have existed since the dawn of civilization when people had surplus food to barter with neighbors. Raw produce and other agricultural products are available at most food markets, so a stand that can accommodate these basic characteristics should serve as the basic model, and modified for other types of merchandise. The design of this Produce Stand calls for the long sides of the shipping container to be cut lengthwise at waist-height to create awnings. Plywood cabinets are inserted inside to create storage and display of fruits, vegetables, or other foodstuffs. All components can be rolled, folded, or moved inside the weather-tight container when not in use.

the design

4’-10” 8’-6”

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20’-0”

1 - Cut the container 3 feet up on the long sides the entire length 2 - Hinge the detached portion at the top 3 - Paint the container with a light primer, the finish color/graphics by the tenant 4 - Provide attachments for utilities on rear of unit

» MODIFYING THE CONTAINER

» SIDE ELEVATION

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1 - Trays for product display 2 - Baskets for product display 3 - Counter for bagging, packaging, storage 4 - Under-counter storage cabinets

» FEATURES

» END ELEVATION

5 - Heavy-duty sliders for roll-out counter 6 - Safety cable for awning 7 - Fold-up awning 8 - Awning struts


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PROD U C E S TA N D

the function

Not Just A Container The key design features of the Produce Stand include: flexibility, compactability and usability. The Stand is identical on both sides of the container, allowing one or both sides to be open depending on the intended use or site situation. One awning and counter-top can be retracted but still allow for the other to be used. This allows for flexibility for different market conditions, personal preference, or types of products displayed. All of the Stand components slide, fold and fit inside of the 20’ container allowing for efficient storage and security at night, or for transport. The awnings are secured from the inside, with the existing door providing the entry.

1 - Utility hook-up 2 - Recessed counter for packaging/display of larger product 3 - Cash register/point of sale machine 4 - Adjustable task chair 5 - Under-counter storage cabinets 6 - Produce/product display trays 7 - Existing doors

1 - Display trays can remain in place 2 - Baskets fit inside without stacking 3 - Awnings secured from inside 4 - Counter-tops slide into container 5 - Items on counter-top are stored in cabinets 6 - Counter-tops secured against movement 7 - Existing doors locked from outside

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Lastly, the design allows for a number of vendor uses, including fruits and vegetables, small plants, herbs/spices, coffee/teas, smoothies/drinks, small arts and crafts, bakery and much more.

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» OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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» CLOSED/IN TRANSIT


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PROD U C E S TA N D Not Just A Container

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1 - Safety chain securing awning against wind 2 - Front of container (removed for clarity) 3 - Awning, cut from container and reattached along top edge with heavy-duty hinges 4 - Plywood counter-top 5 - Plywood cabinet doors with standard hardware 6 - Heavy-duty drawer rollers for counter-top 7 - Safety-chain bolted through existing anchor

This ‘exploded’ axonometric drawing shows how the Produce Stand would be constructed. The materials consist of the existing steel container, plywood and off-the-shelf hardware. The components will be relatively inexpensive and could likely be done within the $3,000 budget. The cabinets could be customized for individual vendors and special painting, decorating and lighting all add up for a unique and personalized design.

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10 8 - Strut attachment to container frame 9 - Exterior paint color to be determined by tenant 10 - Existing doors (removed for clarity) 11 - Movable display trays (34 or so per unit) 12 - Spring strut for easy and controlled opening and closing of awning 13 - Plywood sliding counter-top 14 - Bushel baskets for product (16 or so per unit)

» EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC/ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM

Not Just A Container Contest Finalist: Alex Fortney  

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