COMPARISON

MODx Modular Trainers are GRANT ELIGIBLE, can accommodate Class A or Class B fires, offer broad customization possibilities, and are engineered to perfection. Among many advantages over containers, the MODx has a fully galvanized frame, built with all new materials and built for fire training. The performance and stability of the MODx  outlasts all re-purposed shipping containers.

WARRANTY – STRUCTURAL

 MODx

10 Years Structural

✘ CONTAINERS

5 Years Main Structure

WARRANTY – PAINT

 MODx

30/20 Years – Paint/Substrate

✘ CONTAINERS

3 Years Paint

WARRANTY – BURN ROOM

 MODx

1-Year Padgenite I™ or 15-year Super Padgenite HD™

✘ CONTAINERS

1 Year

LIFESPAN / MAINTENANCE

 MODx

Galvanized structure adheres to ASTM A123 which exceeds the 50-year mark on the “time to first maintenance (TFM)” chart.

✘ CONTAINERS

Shipping containers are traditionally built for a 15-year lifespan. Some “One Trip” containers will advertise a 20 year lifespan.

SITE PREPARATION / INSTALLATION

 MODx

Structural concrete is recommended for tie-down. All tie-down connections are bolt-down connections. All modular components are bolt-together connections for flexibility and complete modularity.

✘ CONTAINERS

Structural concrete is recommended for tie-down. Permanent welding to plates set in concrete may be required. Containers are often field-welded together limiting the modularity of the system.

FLEXIBILITY

 MODx

MODx is a pre-engineered modular system utilizing modular floors, walls, doors, and window shutters. Walls are independent from the structural system and are not required for support of the floors. Complete open floor plans are able to be produced with reconfigurable interior spaces. Walls, doors, and window shutters all have the same modular footprint and are interchangeable utilizing a simple 4-bolt pattern.

✘ CONTAINERS

Container structures are limited to a cubic footprint. Doors and windows can be cut into walls, but are permanently located in those predetermined locations. Walls are required for structural support so complete open floor plans are not available without some structural demising walls. This limitation results in unrealistic floorplans with small rooms or wasted spaces.

NEW vs USED MATERIALS

 MODx

Pre-engineered modules are all new and purpose built materials.

✘ CONTAINERS

Most shipping containers originate outside the USA and are used to ship goods to the USA. They are then purchased, refurbished, and repurposed as training space. “One-Trip” containers are generally in better condition cosmetically, however they are built to a minimum standard versus containers that are meant for multiple trips.

ORIGIN

 MODx

Raw materials sourced in the USA and units are manufactured in the USA. Steel Origin Certificates are available upon request.

✘ CONTAINERS

Most containers are manufactured or originate in Asia. Because of this, they have carried goods or products to the final destination. The container could be contaminated either from the products themselves or from fumigation/treatment practices. You can learn more about the history of a specific container by utilizing a company such as Drewry Shipping Consultants or Containerization International.

FLOORS

 MODx

Structural fiberglass/steel composite surface with a galvanized underside and a non-skid epoxy sealer working surface.

✘ CONTAINERS

Floors are typically an Asian hardwood. NFPA 1402:10.2.1 states, “Wood and other combustible materials should be avoided.” Some vendors will top coat the floor with a non-skid coating.

BURN ROOM FLOORS

 MODx

Burn room floors are lined with insulating fire brick over the entire burn room surface.

✘ CONTAINERS

Burn room floors are commonly heat conducting steel tread plate.

PAINT

 MODx

Factory applied oven cured Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin paint system over new steel substrate.

✘ CONTAINERS

Post-painted urethane paint over previously painted surface.

DOORS

 MODx

Doors are installed with a heavy gauge continuous stainless steel hinge. Doors can be reconfigured with wall or window modules utilizing the same 4-bolt pattern.

✘ CONTAINERS

Doors are welded in place and include three stainless steel butt hinges.

WINDOW SHUTTERS

 MODx

Window Shutters are installed with a heavy gauge continuous stainless steel hinge. Window Shutters can be reconfigured with wall or door modules utilizing the same 4-bolt pattern.

✘ CONTAINERS

Window shutters are welded in place and include two stainless steel hinges.

RAILING

 MODx

Railings are galvanized OSHA compliant structural 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 3/16″ posts with 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 11 gauge top rail.

✘ CONTAINERS

Railings are completely 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 11 gauge square tube.

ROOF

 MODx

Structural fiberglass/steel composite surface with a galvanized underside and non-skid epoxy sealer working surface rated for 50 lbs. per square foot per NFPA 1402:10.2.4. There is a smooth transition from exterior roof to interior floor surface.

✘ CONTAINERS

The permissible loading capacity of a container roof is to support a point load over 441 pounds in a two square foot area. The roof is not designed for a load rating per square foot. Roofs must be heavily reinforced to support the 50 lbs. per square foot per NFPA 1402:10.2.4. The roof to interior floor transition requires a step up from exterior roof to interior floor surface.