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As temperatures soar to record highs this summer, keeping your team cool and comfortable becomes more than just a luxury—it’s essential for health and productivity. A well-designed shipping container cooling station can offer an innovative and effective solution. 


Think about it. In hot climates like Florida, steel containers can reach upwards of 100 degrees inside if not cooled properly. So, to keep your staff safe, you’ll need to consider ventilation, HVAC solutions, insulation, and more.  


In this guide, our team at A American Container will walk you through the key aspects of creating the ideal cooling area, ensuring your team stays comfortable even on the hottest days.  


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What Is a Shipping Container Cooling Station? 


Ready to turn up the cool factor on your work site? A steel container might be just the answer. Far more than just a shaded retreat, these specialized containers are designed to create a comfortable and safe environment for workers, even in the hottest climates.  


Cargo containers can be outfitted with essential amenities like seating, cold water dispensers, and even LED lighting. This makes them not just practical but also a welcoming refuge where your team can rest, rehydrate, and recover from heat exposure.  


The Benefits of Using Shipping Containers for Cooling Solutions 


Using a shipping container as a cooling station at a job site offers an array of benefits, making it an increasingly popular choice. First, steel cargo containers are incredibly durable and secure, ensuring that your cooling solution remains intact and functional in various weather conditions. Their robust structure can withstand heavy loads and traffic, providing a reliable refuge for workers.  


Containers are also easy to transport and set up, reducing logistical challenges and transportation costs. Their mobility makes it convenient to relocate as needed, offering flexibility in dynamic job site environments.  


From a safety perspective, cooling areas mitigate health risks associated with heat exposure. By offering a designated area for cooling down, they help reduce workplace accidents and workers’ compensation claims.  


Ultimately, using shipping containers to create break areas is a practical, cost-effective solution that prioritizes worker well-being and productivity. 


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Essential Features for an Effective Cooling Station 


A few features that we recommend incorporating into your cargo container cooling station include:  


Roof Paint  


Applying a roof coat on your container will help extend the life of the roof. At A American Container, we use a white elastomeric roof coating that is not only thick and durable for several years but also functional in other ways. A white roof coating helps keep the interior of the container cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays.  




Properly insulating your steel shipping container does a lot to keep your break area cool and comfortable. We offer closed-cell spray foam, which is the most cost-effective way to insulate your container. It provides the highest insulation value, roughly R-6 per inch.  


Additionally, fiberglass insulation with an interior finish can also be an effective solution that is more professional looking if you are using your container as an office or break room.  




Lateral and square vents allow air to flow freely in containers, ensuring that the air inside does not become stagnant or overheated. These vents are essential for maintaining a comfortable and safe environment inside your container. Without proper ventilation, the temperature can rise quickly, making the space unbearable and potentially hazardous.  


Vents are a must-have due to:  


  • Enhanced Airflow: These vents facilitate continuous air circulation, preventing hot air build-up. 
  • Temperature Control: Ventilation can assist in regulating the temperature inside the container, making it more comfortable for your team. 
  • Reduction of Moisture: Good airflow can reduce the risk of condensation and moisture damage. 


Since You’re Here > Minimizing Humidity in Storage Containers  


HVAC Solutions  


Simply put, an HVAC system is a must. Our offerings include: 


  • Through-Wall AC Units 
  • Mini-Split Systems 
  • Commercial HVAC Systems 


No matter your requirements, we’ve got a solution that will keep your workspace cool and comfortable. 


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Customizing Your Cooling Station 


When customizing your cargo container, it’s essential to think beyond just the essential cooling elements. We recommend:  


  • Adding amenities like a shower can significantly enhance the usability of your station, letting workers not only cool off but also clean off any dirt and grime.  
  • Incorporating water stations is another crucial consideration. Keeping hydrated is vital for combating heat stress, so ensure there are easily accessible water coolers or dispensers providing chilled water.  
  • Providing ample seating can make your container a true refuge. Benches, chairs, or even cushioned seating can offer tired workers a comfortable place to rest and recover.  
  • Integrating shade sails or awning extensions can further shield the area from direct sunlight, enhancing the cooling effect. 
  • Consider adding first aid kits and emergency supplies within the cooling station. This is not just for heat-related emergencies but any other workplace injuries that need immediate attention.  


With the right mix of comfort and practicality, your break area will be a vital asset during those hot workdays. 


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Stay Cool This Summer  


Creating a steel cargo container break room for your employees is a practical and effective solution to combat the heat at your job site. With the expertise of our modification team at A American Container, we can customize a space that meets your specific needs and budget.  


By investing in this innovative solution, you not only prioritize the well-being and comfort of your employees but also enhance productivity and morale. Contact us today to get started on designing a cooling station that will make a significant difference in ensuring a safe and comfortable working environment for your team!  


Call us at 813-740-1911 or 813-945-9521 to get started! 




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