Porta-King has Solutions for Congested Ports
Multi-purpose Buildings Increase Security and Maximize Limited Space
ST. LOUIS, MO— According to the American Association of Port Authorities, over the next 15 years the amount of cargo handled by U.S. ports will double to 4 billion tons per year, partly due to outsourcing. This challenges the maritime industry because ports are already understaffed and receive less than 10% funding from the Transportation Security Administration’s annual budget, despite the threat of maritime terrorism. As more employees and security equipment are needed, more buildings are required.
Although assembled buildings have been used at ports for a long time, their purposes keep expanding as they accommodate new security measures and technological equipment.
Gregg Pearlstone, Vice President at Porta-King, notes that assembled buildings are no longer just traditional guard booths but are complex and electronically-integrated building systems.
“At Porta-King, we are constructing buildings that serve as freestanding data centers, security and truck checkpoints and even kennels for guard dogs,” said Pearlstone.
According to Porta-King, many ports are adding state-of-the-art options to their buildings to make them more secure and technologically integrated. Popular features include bullet-proof construction, shelves and cabinets for security equipment, intercom systems, data ports, climate control, service sinks and dimming lights. Porta-King structures can also feature lighting packages for increased security and can include roll-down shutters for hurricane protection. Porta-King buildings can be made corrosion-resistant by using aluminum and special paint.
As maritime traffic becomes even more congested, Pearlstone believes that Porta-King buildings are ideal because of their mobility and effective space management.
“Since American ports are so busy and have limited space, Porta-King buildings are necessary because they can easily be moved around ports,” said Pearlstone.
Porta-King has been a leader in custom-designed, pre-assembled buildings since 1969. In addition to its exterior pre-assembled buildings, Porta-King offers a full line of modular implant offices in single or two-story designs, as well as structural steel mezzanines used for storage, production and elevated office space. Porta-King buildings provide shelter and storage solutions for virtually any working environment.