Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cargo Containers Used as Storage on CUSD School Sites

Cargo Containers Placed Alongside Calaveras High School Gym:
Limitations: 

School districts may install cargo containers as storage units on school campuses under their own authority and are not required to submit the design to DSA for review and approval. Cargo containers can only be installed subject to the following limitations:





According to the California Department of General Services and the Division of the State Architect (IR A-27) a cargo "container shall be placed a minimum of twenty (20) feet from any building or property line." The majority of cargo containers on CUSD school sites are not compliant with the DSA (IR A-27) mandate. In some cases, cargo containers on CUSD school sites are only inches away from classroom buildings.



Cargo Containers Used as Storage
California Department of General Services . 
Division of the State Architect . Interpretation of Regulations Document

1.1 The maximum size is no greater than 10’ by 60’.

1.2 The height is no greater than 10’.

1.3 It is not used to store hazardous material that would trigger Group H occupancy.

1.4 They are not stacked upon each other or elevated by a substructure.

1.5 They are placed directly on even grade (not sloping more than 1:12) and at a
distance of five feet or more away from the top of any descending inclination having
slope greater than 1:12.

1.6 The container is not placed in fire access lanes.

1.7 The container is maintained so that its structural integrity is not compromised.

1.8 The container is not modified by the addition of doors or windows that would
compromise its structural integrity.

1.9 Container shall be placed a minimum of twenty (20) feet from any building or property line.

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