There are several things to consider when picking the spot for your shelter such as, will you be adding water and electric, if so is the soil going to be easy to dig. How level is the ground (will you need a operator with a tractor to level your ground). Can a semi with a 40' container get in to set your container and get out. I chose a banked location for my project because I wanted to dig down to get it level and use the excess dirt to put back onto the container for some insulating and thermal heating and cooling value.
With the ground leveled I measured out for the footings or piers the containers were to sit on. There are some options here, like railroad ties, gravel, concrete piers, or full concrete slab. I used re-bar reinforced ready mix concrete piers. My $3.00 laser level is siting on the cinder block. The cinder block is leveled on all four corners, then I taped the $3.00 laser bought at walmart to a torpedo level. It worked pretty good.
1st container arriving, wahooo!!
2nd container arriving.
When your containers come in, you will have to have your piers so the driver can wheel over them unless you have a crane available to you that can lift the 8,000+ plus containers off the truck and onto your piers.
The driver did a pretty good job of placing the 1st container, but missed my piers. I was not sure what to do then because these things weigh in at over 8,000 lbs, and I only have a small compact tractor, but between an old floor jack, a 4 ton power-puller and my little tractor, I got it done.
The second container he dropped off was 3' away from my other one and I guess that was a close as he could get, but again a little ingenuity and I got the two married.
Here is a back view where most of the dirt will go back onto the container. The dirt will cover the most rear portion of the shelter where I plan on keeping some food supplies. It should help keep that corner cool year round which in turn should help extend the shelf life of the food supplies.
This is the hand pump water line. The hand pump water line is coming in where the kitchen will be, and the pump will sit over the sink as do conventional faucets.