• White Paper- A Box 4 U SAFETYsuite: Productivity Inside Blast Resistant Outside

    We are pleased to introduce Mr. Ross Draney, who heads up A Box 4 U’s Safety and Security Division , as he and the company’s founder discuss the SAFETYsuite and its underlying technology.

    Blast Resistant Box

    KTC has chosen A Box 4 U based on our history providing safe spaces throughout our industry. We offer both a standard leasing fleet and custom SAFETYsuites which include:

    • Control Rooms
    • SCADA Node Structures
    • Change Rooms
    • Operator Shelters
    • Hurricane Shelters
    • Zone Shops
    • Executive Offices
    • Labs
    • Analyzer and MCC Buildings

    More on our custom SAFETYsuite can be found at: www.abox4u.net/safety-suite.html

    A Box 4 U is dedicated to efforts that save lives, tools and equipment. We have been fortunate to have delivered hundreds of structures successfully throughout our tenure. Our customers enjoy increased efficiency in their management and safety processes as a result of our work.

    Jeff Lange, our Founder, put it this way, referring to SCADA structures for petrochemical applications:

    The petrochemical industry is rapidly responding to the fact (that) too many blast zones contain buildings that can’t withstand a blast. And while some companies are still trying to tackle the problem with traditional construction methods, there is a widespread movement towards the use of modular, metal buildings because of their proven ability to protect personnel.

    We are a part of the new phase in this evolution of thought: a hybrid structure combining the toughness of modular buildings with the amenities of permanent construction. The biggest advantage of a permanent structure is the comfort and appearance of its interior, and now a new line of blast-resistant buildings (SAFETYsuite by A Box 4 U) offers the best of both worlds – Protection and Comfort.

    When A Box 4 U started making blast resistant buildings in 2005, the company used shipping containers as the structural model because these containers survived where traditional buildings had not in the blast at the Texas City, Texas, refinery earlier that year. Then A Box 4 U blast tested its design to confirm that, not only would the building survive, but its occupants would also be protected.

    A modular building is tough, functional and fills a variety of needs, from guard shacks to tool cribs. They’re versatile but some applications call for the amenities of a traditional building interior and the psychological familiarity of a permanent structure. This is how the SAFETYsuite concept was born.

    This SAFETYsuite blast protection design offers interior drywall, drop ceiling options and foundation mounting. A SAFETYsuite usually costs about half as much as its traditional building counterpart. It’s permanent, but not too permanent.

    The fact these buildings are mounted on foundations doesn’t mean things can’t change when a facility’s needs change. At its heart, a SAFETYsuite is still a modular design, which makes it simple to dismantle and relocate compared to a fixed facility that has to be torn down when a company expands or redesigns its site configuration.

    The SAFETYsuite’s modularity also makes interior changes simple. If you need more space, you can add another module. If you need more restrooms or an additional control room, you can drop new sections in with an ease. There’s no comparison between SAFETYsuite and traditional construction. It’s also worth noting A Box 4 U’s temporary lease buildings can come in handy during the transition while a SAFETYsuite is being moved or modified, keeping personnel blast protected on a continuous basis.

    The construction process has always included a collection of “necessary evils” to which A Box 4 U no longer has to resign itself. For example, long interruptions to operations are a thing of the past because a modular building is constructed mostly off site. On site it’s a simple matter of bolting it to a foundation, connecting its sections and hooking it up to plumbing and electricity when it reaches its destination. Less on-site construction means less inconvenience, less downtime.

    Another bonus is that no welding must take place on site when a modular building is erected. This benefit avoids safety risks that may require a shutdown of surrounding operations


    We believe in bringing clients in early during the design process to help them understand the range of possibilities provided by modular construction. A Box 4 U’s team of designers, drafters and estimators are able to provide quick, accurate answers about options and costs while adhering to best engineering practices for blast protection.

    Because of A Box 4 U’s vast experience in the petrochemical industry, it can often help companies anticipate and meet future needs.

    The biggest convenience of all is the turnkey nature of our modular construction. It’s a seamless solution unburdened by many of the extraneous costs associated with traditional construction. Our low overall price tag leaves plenty of margin on the table for companies that spec them into petrochemical operations. Tougher, cheaper, easier and now more attractive; it’s not often you run into a combination like that.

    * Ross Draney | Market Development – Safety & Security
    A Box 4 U | 4340 S. West Street | Wichita, KS 67217
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    Direct: 316.440.5830 | Mobile: 316.650.9026
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