The Container Space is a design studio and prototyping shop located at Elon’s Environmental Center at Loy Farm. The structure was built out of four repurposed intermodal shipping containers by Environmental Studies students at Elon, under the direction of Dr. Robert Charest. It is the home of ENS’ concentration in Responsible Design and the Building Arts, and is now available, on a limited basis, to Maker Hub users.


The Container Space is only available by appointment. To request access, email with details of your project, including:

  • A brief outline of your project
  • What equipment you’d like to use
  • Any experience you have with that equipment
  • What days and times of day work for you
  • Any deadlines you’re working with


The Container Space provides access to every tool needed for basic wood-working:

  • Drill Press
  • 15 inch Planer
  • 8 inch Joiner
  • 17 inch Band Saw
  • 12 inch Drum Sander
  • Boring Machine
  • Table Saw
  • 10 inch Chop Saw
  • 10 inch Radial Arm Saw
  • Panel Saw
  • 12 inch Disk Sander
  • Oscillating Spindle sander
  • Plate Joiner
  • Hand Planer
  • Circular Saws
  • General Wood-shop Equipment


Materials are not provided so you’ll need to bring your own. No pressure treated lumber or ferrous materials are allowed.

Questions? Email