Keep Up With Your Company’s Growth With a Portable In Plant Office

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Par-Kut International offers two types of prefab in plant office systems; factory assembled welded steel and panelized/site assembled.

A Par-Kut prefab in plant office, whether welded steel or a panelized unit, is a depreciable asset. The investment in the prefab office can be depreciated over a fairly short time of 5-7 years, depending on your tax counselor’s opinion. This is accelerated depreciation when compared to what is allowed for built in place office space ( 39 years).

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A fully pre-assembled in plant office provides the ultimate in convenience. Owner’s and their contractors enjoy the speed of installation when everything is factory installed at the PAR-KUT fabrication and assembly plant in Michigan. Typically all that is needed is a large fork lift to remove the in plant office from the delivering truck, and then place it into it’s final location. Then, an electrician hooks the power supply to the circuit breaker panel within the prefab office. That’s it.

Panelized in plant offices typically provide best economy and are particularly well suited for office footprints over 300 square feet. Welded steel prefab offices are ideal for situations that demand high strength and durability, such as those found in processing facilities and basic industry.

Whether 100% assembled, or panelized, your prefab office can have as much or as little window area as you require. Add electrical, doors and ceiling treatments to suit. Other options include sound deadening, finish flooring, sliding windows, load bearing roofs and more.

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Benefits from Installing a Factory Assembled Guard Booth

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Installing a factory assembled guard booth on the grounds of your campus or company facility is beneficial to the corporate or facility manger for loss prevention and risk management. At the same time, the new guard house provides enhanced visitor and customer impressions of your company.

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Loss prevention and physical security managers know that a climate controlled and well insulated guard booth allows their security officers to operate at peak efficiency. A secure and well heated and cooled, and draft free guard shack reduces the officers’ stress and fatigue, which allows them to perform better. Designing and manufacturing portable steel buildings since the 1950’s, Par-Kut International welded steel buildings provide durability for the owner and safety for the security officers.

Some Par-Kut guard booths include restrooms for 24/7 comfort, and Par-Kut guardhouses can also be made of bullet resistant construction. The guard booth or guard house can be enhanced to reflect architectural elements found on the facility or campus. Different window treatments and glass tints, multi-color paint schemes, custom building shapes, brick or stone wall treatments, and various roof styles including standing seam hip style and double band fascia, can be incorporated into an unique guard booth design for your location. Interior options, electrical and lighting enhancements contribute to the aesthetic elements of the guard booth.

Therefore, installing a factory assembled guard booth to your corporate building or facility is not only beneficial for loss prevention and risk management, but also enhances your visitor and customer experiences when visiting your location. If you would like more information about Par-Kut factory assembled guard booths, one of our skilled sales people can help. Whatever your requirement for your guard houses, contact Par-Kut today to discuss your particular application.

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Characteristics of A Good Bus Shelter and Its Design

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A well designed and built bus shelter or transit shelter is an essential part of any urban transit system or employee shuttle program.  A good shelter is one that is low maintenance and is damage-resistant. In addition, an ideal bus shelter is the one that allows visibility, easy access to the bus, and provides a comfortable atmosphere for bus riders. A well-designed, comfortable shelter can make waiting for a bus pleasant — and even interesting.

Besides resisting vandalism, a well-designed shelter should be easy to keep clean. A transit shelter can be designed to reflect the neighborhood in which it is located. This can be accomplished through the use of local materials in the design, such as a brick or stone wainscot. Built to order bus shelters can be adapted to reflect the unique characteristics of the area in which they are located. Par-Kut bus shelters can be custom-designed and adapted to meet your needs. Steel bus shelters are painted in customer’s choice of color, while aluminum bus shelters have standard finishes of bronze, or white, or clear anodized. Par-Kut bus shelters can be fully enclosed and can also include custom roofs, doors, benches and electric light and radiant heaters.

The bus shelters can either be pre-assembled to save customer’s labor costs for on-site assembly, or panelized and “pre-engineered” for on-site assembly by the customer’s own crew. For more information about Par-Kut bus shelters and transit shelters, email us at or call us at 1-800-394-6599.

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Control Booth Applications in Industrial Operations

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For as many industries as there are, Par-Kut has that many factory built control booth solutions. If there isn’t a design for your specific application or size already created, Par-Kut will work with you, listen to your situation and develop a building design to meet your exact needs.

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Control booths in industrial operations are used for a wide variety of applications with common goals being the protection employees, sensitive equipment and even expensive inventory or work in progress. A control booth provides a convenient solution for enclosures around or in your facility, and eliminate the need for an on-site contractor and the various trades that go with “stick-built” construction.

Some of the more common control booth applications are as follows:

● Loading Rack Booth – often control booths are used at bulk material loading racks typical of pipe line railheads, basic metal manufacturing and processing, etc. These type of booths are utilized to satisfy a need for safety oversight, or as a loading operations’ exit point where truck drivers are required to submit or obtain weigh bills or even wait as their truck is being

● Operator Shelter (process control pulpit) – a control booth can be a “pulpit” with a view of a processing operation such as found in a steel mill, a saw mill, or could be a protected cab on a
dredge, crushing machine or shredder. Sloped windows can be included in these control booths.

● Guard Booth – control booths can be used as a type of security building or guard shack. Typically, the control booth is placed on the facility grounds, away from the main building.
Installed in such a location, the security officer manning the guard house can monitor and control comings and goings of visitors and truck traffic.

● Environmental Shelter – a control booth can be used as an environmentally controlled enclosure overlooking an industrial line operation, or as an area of refuge and for breaks.

A portable steel building manufacturer in operation since the 1950’s, Par-Kut International offers built to order factory-assembled control booth made of solid, welded steel construction. With full painting and finishing capabilities, Par-Kut is ready to meet most any specialized need. For more information, go to our control booth page or go to our “request a quote for control booths” page for pricing. If you need a control booth, our skilled team can certainly help.

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Pay Station Shelters

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The use of automated pay machines for parking revenue collection has been growing. Whether your application has multi-space parking meters or a single pay and display machine, Par-Kut offers pay station shelters, also known as ticket machine shelters to protect your pay machines and minimize repair expenses. These pay station shelters are designed to ensure longevity for new automated payment machines by shielding them from harsh weather and damaging environmental conditions such as direct sun, rain and ice. These pay station shelters can also protect your customers while they are performing their transactions. In addition, keeping rain and snow away from paper tickets and currency can reduce field service calls. Furthermore, a pay station shelter assists your parking customers in finding the pay station more quickly.

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Par-Kut pay station shelters are all prefabricated, and can be either aluminum or steel construction. Par-Kut’s site erected aluminum shelters are constructed of sturdy anodized aluminum or white prefinished frame and panels. Both standard and custom sizes are available to suit your needs. Aluminum pay station shelters feature translucent fiberglass roof, tempered safety glass wall panels and sturdy framework. Elevated wall panels provide ventilation and drainage on grade. Shelters may be ordered with overhangs for protection from the elements and wider facias to accommodate graphics and signage. With instructions and all required hardware included, these shelters are easy to assemble and provide an economical solution to pay station protection. Par-Kut’s steel pay station shelters are heavy, welded galvanized steel construction. These single unit steel pay station shelters stand up to both physical abuse and the harshest weather. High quality polyurethane top coats in “unlimited” colors protect shelters from corrosion while maintaining an appealing appearance to the pay station shelter setting. Each ticket machine shelter is fitted with clear or tinted polycarbonate, or safety tempered glass. Pay station shelters may also be customized to accommodate special equipment features. Designs may include extended overhangs to protect patrons, standing seam roof treatments, window mullions and wide facias to support graphics. Vandal resistant lighting is optional. Solar lighting now available as well

For more information about Par-Kut pay station shelters, please go to our pay station shelter page or go to our “request a quote for pay station shelters” page for pricing. If you need a pay station shelter, our skilled team can help.

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Steel Shelter Purchase Considerations

There are many reasons to consider the purchase of a steel shelter from Par-Kut International. Steel shelters are commonly used by people as transit shelters, valet parking waiting shelters and equipment or pay station shelters.

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Par-Kut is a specialty steel fabricator and as such offers its shelters with design flexibility, a variety of sizes (depends on what needs to be sheltered), glass types, and electrical packages. For example, if a parking lot operator has a single, pay station, they would need a small shelter, maybe 3’ x 3’. A transit or bus shelter for the same parking lot might be a 5’ x 10’ or 6’ x 12’. Meanwhile, a busy valet parking operation at an event venue might be 10′ x 20′. Pay station shelters can be modified with electrical for either security lighting or directional signage to assist paying customers in finding the pay station. Transit and Valet Parking Shelters might be further customized for a better customer experience with the addition of doors, benches and overhead heating. Lighting can be solar powered too. Optional roof lines & protective overhangs can be added to a standard steel shelter to lend a unique, location specific look to tie the shelter in with the overall design scheme of a facility. This can also be accomplished with signage and painting. Laminated or safety glass ceiling panels can be built in for use with solar powered pay stations. Another strong benefit of Par-Kut welded steel shelters is their ability to withstand high winds and snow loads.

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The design flexibility available with steel shelters built by Par-Kut provides the customer with almost unlimited freedom for size, style & options. For simplicity several standard models are available to start with.

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Prefab Ticket Booths

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When planning events and day to day operations for an entertainment venue, recreation or sports facility, ticket booths for selling the price of admission are often the last piece of the puzzle. A prefab ticket booth from Par-Kut can help promote the facility’s identity as well as help customers gain access. In addition to the actual transaction, a well-staffed ticket booth can give visitors and customers a good feeling about the organization.

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Besides building in all the features of a well-equipped ticket booth, Par-Kut can do many things that will blend the booth in with the venue surroundings. For starters, the ticket booth can be painted in the official color of the school or team. Or, if a park system has a unique architectural style, such as a certain roof line or masonry, that can be incorporated. Signage and directional lighting can also be added to the ticket booth.

On the interior of the ticket booth, in addition to the standard work counter, Par-Kut can add more counter space, shelving, cash drawers, deal trays, cashier windows and even floor safes for additional security. If the ticket booth will be manned year round, there are a number of heating and cooling options in addition to extra insulation and high performance glass.

Whatever your requirement for your ticket booths, contact Par-Kut today to discuss your particular operation. Par-Kut ticket booths are portable steel buildings and can be called prefabricated or factory assembled. A factory assembled solution is convenient and simple to do.

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High Security Guard Booth Features Bullet Resistant Glass

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The highest levels of security can be achieved with a bullet resistant guard booth or security building from Par-Kut International. After assessing the threat level in the intended location, a corresponding level for the bullet resistant components in the security booth is specified. A factory assembled Par-Kut security booth will include laminated bullet resistant glass, a hardened ballistically protected door, and armor plate bullet resistant walls. Optionally, the roof and floor of the security booth can be specified as bullet resistant.

In business since 1954, Par-Kut International regularly manufactures bullet resistant guard booths and security guard enclosures with levels of protection from UL1 up to NIJ4. The level of ballistic protection is determined on a case by case basis with location, type of facility and hours of operation being key factors.

Once the protective level is selected, the size of the security booth, number of doors, HVAC, electrical features, countertops and possible architectural features are added. Sometimes, with lower levels of bullet resistant construction, sliding windows and/or transaction drawers can be added.

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The bullet resistant glass in a Par-Kut security booth is typically laminated glass clad polycarbonate. This make-up affords good protection and also allows for tinting, reflective and even insulated options. The installation of the bullet resistant glass in a Par-Kut security booth includes solid interior steel stops or collars which are mechanically fastened and all threat angles are considered in the design.

When you have need for a bullet resistant security booth, contact Par-Kut International for ideas and a proposal to suit your needs.

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The Benefits of In Plant Office and Prefab Office

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Many businesses install modular in plant offices, also known as prefabricated offices or prefab offices, to add office space, a break room, or a control room within their facility. In this blog article, we will examine the benefits of incorporating a modular inplant office in an existing plant. There are several key advantages with the installation of a modular in plant office.

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First of all, prefab in plant offices save money and time. Traditional office space designs are rigid and immovable with block and drywall construction, but these prefabricated in plant offices are movable. These offices can easily be installed in few days, compared to weeks for conventional office construction. A modular inplant office does not require a lot of labor and is easily installed in any plant. Prefab office systems are quicker and more efficient and the easy installation reduces construction time.

Second, modular in-plant offices improve employee efficiency in the plant. In the industrial manufacturing field, improving employee efficiency can give you a competitive advantage over other businesses. In plant offices allow production and quality control supervisors to remain in temperature controlled rooms while maintaining a clear view of their operations. Plant workers will be more productive with their supervisors nearby for rapid responses to questions. Furthermore, Par-Kut prefab offices are flexible to future in plant layout changes such as adapting new technology or reconfiguring the manufacturing process. The prefab office space can be easily modified to meet unique layouts as necessary and these systems can easily fit the new in plant office space. Par-Kut can provide fully assembled and portable offices, or, panelized and site assembled. Finally, all Par-Kut in plant offices come with the added benefit of customizable options based on your needs. Par-Kut prefab offices provide wide variety of colors and finishes as well as various options for doors, windows, wall thicknesses, and electrical packages. All Par-Kut prefab offices are built to order.

For more information about Par-Kut prefab offices / in plant offices, email us at or call us at 1-800-394-6599.

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Mobile Security Booth

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Par-Kut has been building single unit welded security booths for over 60 years and our customers have enlightened us to the fact that stationery units are not always the solution to their needs. In many cases there is a desire to frequently move the security booth from location to location as needed. While all Par-Kut security booths are portable, having a TRAILER mounted booth allows the customer to transport the booth in an instant.

Construction sites routinely have entrance points that change throughout the project life. These temporary gates are a perfect application for a trailer mounted security booth. Including a larger trailer deck allows for the installation of gate arms, which truly offers Enter/Exit control for the security guards and can help a location deal with parking for a seasonal peak .

Educational institutions may have specific areas of concern that need to be focused on for a period of time or to set up a temporary informational station. In this case, customers can include sliding transaction windows in the booth so the guards or employees can communicate without leaving the portable trailer mounted security booth.

Entertainment venues can quickly move trailer mounted Security/Ticket Booths into position for extremely large events. Having this ability increases the amount of security checks right at the entrance to the facility and keeps the movement of traffic at it’s peak.

However, the largest demand for Trailer mounted Security booths comes in the form of check points at highly sensitive, secured locations. These types of locations will usually require one of Par-Kut’s ballistic buildings that are modified per the customer’s desires and/or specifications. This can include bullet resistant protection (all UL & NIJ Levels) for walls, glazing, doors, roof, and floor if necessary. These units are equipped with a heavy duty tandem axle trailer.

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Par-Kut trailers have a road ready light and reflector package, External cable for power hook up, Leveling jack’s, Grip strut step(s), Safety railings, and Tongue Jack with 2” coupler or pintle hitch. There are an endless amount of accessories that can be incorporated into the customer’s mobile security booth and trailer. Some of the most common being; Extended Decks on the front or back, Slide out ramps so the customer’s generator can be loaded onto the trailer deck for transporting, Transaction windows, Gun Ports, Exterior flood lights, etc….

Please call Par-Kut with your application and we will design a Mobile Security Booth Unit for you!

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