SPACE for Coca-Cola’s EKOCENTER officially launched!

January 23, 2014 by metalab

Mobile Grid and Metalab were hired on by Coca-Cola with DEKA and NRG to design and fabricate EKOCENTER, a 20' shipping container repurposed as a market kiosk, water purification center, and source of electricity aimed at enhancing communities and empowering women entrepreneurs in socio-economically challenged countries around the world. The prototype was unveiled in South Africa with Muhtar Kent (CEO) and Condoleezza Rice. Videos can be found here: Gotas de VidaEKOCENTER PartnershipCoca-Cola and Multi-National Companies launch EKOCENTER


November 08, 2013 by Metalab Admin

SPACE Adaptive Container Installation Video

July 02, 2012 by Metalab Admin

SPACE City of Houston sites

June 11, 2012 by Metalab Admin

Here are some images of SPACE units as they've been installed at the various locations around Houston. Check out the MAP as well. Acres Home Multi-Srvce Ctr.  6719 W. Montgomery   Fire Station 31  205 W. Crosstimbers   Fire Station 72   17401 Saturn Lane   Fire Station 75   1995 Dairy Ashford Rd   Fire Station 80    16111 Chimney Rock   Fire Station 82  11250 Braesridge   Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center   6225 Northdale   JW Peavy Senior Center    3814 Market   Lake Houston Park  Archery Pavilion   22031 Baptist Encampment   Ripley House Neighborhood Center    4410 Navigation   Third Ward Multi-Service  3611 Ennis   Waltrip High School    1900 West 34th Street   Westside HS   Briarforest   Wilson ES  2100 Yupon

SPACE units deployed throughout City of Houston

May 09, 2012 by metalab

Swamplot reports on the City of Houston's deployment of 17 OSHA-compliant SPACE units, placed in crucial locations such as fire stations and schools to serve as disaster response centers.  

Chronicle covers deployment of 17 SPACE units around Houston

May 06, 2012 by metalab

Houston is increasing its hurricane readiness with the deployment of 17 SPACE units. Metalab has equipped these shelters with a variety of essential amenities: ice- and water-distribution capacity, regriferators for medicine, and charging stations for laptops and cell phones, to name a few.  

SPACE deployment

May 04, 2012 by Metalab Admin

Inhabitat emphasizes energy efficiency of SPACE

March 15, 2012 by metalab

SPACE receives praise for its energy efficiency, versatility, and portability in Taflin Laylin's March 2012 article for Inhabitat.  The weblog is devoted to forward-thinking design and the principles of innovation and sustainability.

SPACE sites

March 14, 2012 by Metalab Admin

View SPACE sites in a larger map A map of the locations in the city of Houston were SPACE solar powered generators are installed.  

SPACE, one down…

November 02, 2011 by Metalab Admin

17 to go.  This one is going to Nigeria, the rest will be here in Houston at Neighborhood Centers, Fire Stations, City Parks and HISD schools near you.    

SPACE City of Houston

October 21, 2011 by Metalab Admin

We are in full production mode on the 17 SPACE units being purchased by the City of Houston for mobile solar power generators.  In the event of widespread power outage as the city experienced after IKE, the SPACE's would be mobilized and micro-community centers providing power for cell phone recharging, information dissemination and staffing by disaster response personnel.  The units are being fabricated at Campo Sheet Metal's new facility on Telephone Rd. near Hobby Airport by our new company Adaptive Container with Ameresco as the prime contractor.  The units will be finished and installed soon.                           

Houston Chronicle shows some love for local entrepreneurship

January 13, 2011 by metalab

The Chronicle shows love for local business with a giant spread on SPACE in the January 2011 Events/News section. The piece spotlights designer Joe Meppelink of Metalab, developer Joey Romano, and Laura Spanjian, sustainability coordinator for the City of Houston.  

Houston invests in SPACE as part of disaster preparedness effort

November 10, 2010 by metalab

SPACE received press on Swamplot, Houston's all-encompassing real estate weblog. The November 2010 article delves into the evolution of SPACE and how the adaptive container has been marketed and employed. The City of Houston plans to purchase 25 units as part of its disaster preparedness program.   

AIA Houston 2009 Design Awards

November 15, 2009 by metalab

Metalab was recognized in AIA Houston's 2009 Design Awards for the Green Development Sales Center at the Mirabeau B. at Hyde Park and Waugh, a green condiminium complex.  This project was another adaptation of SPACE.

Texas Architect spread on UH Green Building Components

November 10, 2009 by metalab

Texas Architect featured several University of Houston Green Building Component projects in its November/December 2009 edition. The article first chronicles the inception of the UHGBC and then feature press for early iterations of PV-Pod and SPACE from designers at Metalab and their student and industry collaborators.  

OFFGRID SPACE lands at UHGBC Exhibition

September 05, 2009 by Metalab Admin

Houston's first offgrid building has been completed by METALAB as a research project in the UHGBC (Green Building Components) initative.  The charge has been to team up with industrial partners to perfect the product with regards to its design and access to market.  Harvest Moon Development, ttweak renewables and METALAB have formed a joint-venture to build and distribute these as disaster relief centers, triage/medical offices, security stations, parks & recreation spaces, sales centers, educational centers and construction field offices. The SPACE's PV system with battery backup will provide the unit with power for 3-4 days in the event of successive days without sun and a small generator provides a 2nd backup.  Standard Renewable Energy, our region's largest onsite renewable energy vendor, has provided the technical specification of equipment and installation.  The project will be on view this month at the UHGBC Exhibition opening this Tuesday, Sept. 8th and continuing until Sept. 18th.  Come by and see the other exciting research projects produced by faculty and students at the University of Houston. IMG_8038 IMG_8063 IMG_8066 IMG_8027IMG_8071IMG_8059