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Minneapolis marketing firm proposes building made of shipping containers

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The owner of the digital marketing agency Akquracy is proposing a new headquarters building in Minneapolis' North Loop made out of shipping containers.

In documents filed Friday with the Minneapolis Planning Commission, Akquracy owner Scott Petinga and LOT-EK Architects showed a three-story, 18,500-square-foot mixed-use office-retail building at 506 Fourth Street North composed partly of 60 forty-foot steel shipping containers.

In a nod to sustainable design, they would be stacked three levels high in a pair of triangles, one of which would be built atop an existing underground parking garage.

A narrative submitted by the architects indicated the superstructure, designed by Robert Silman Associates, would be formed by combining the welded steel elements of the containers with conventional steel construction.

Akquracy, along with a business incubator, would occupy the upper floors, while the ground floor would house a restaurant-cafe and a clothing store.

The new building is part of a planned unit development that also includes the existing Bookmen Lofts and Bookmen Stacks condominium buildings.