The History of the Quonset Hut

Quonset huts at Laguna Peak, Point Mugu, in 1946

Origins of the Quonset Hut

In the early days of World War II, the United States Navy required all-purpose buildings that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor. They also needed buildings that were lightweight for long-distance portability reasons. Thus was born the Quonset hut. The practicality and convenience inherent in these buildings came into play in the early days of Future Buildings as the owner recognized that this same arch format Quonset design would transport well across Canada to service the First Nations reserves, loggers, fishers and farmers with steel buildings.

What Is a Quonset Building Made Of?

A Quonset hut is made of curved pieces of steel. These are assembled into arches, and then each arch is bolted together to form the structure. The most traditional Quonset style of building offered by Future Buildings is our “Q” style, which is a half-cylinder shape.

Structural Benefits

What makes a Quonset hut such a structurally sound and efficient building choice?

  • Very cost effective! Quonset huts are typically the cheapest of all steel structures
  • Easiest to assemble as they come pre-punched and easily bolt together
  • Heavy equipment and construction know-how is not required
  • The absence of support beams or rafters inside allows for maximum use of internal space
  • Can be designed with open ends or customized end walls to match existing property structures
  • Easy to expand lengthwise to accommodate growth

How Long Will a Quonset Hut Last?

Since a Quonset hut is built using steel, it will last for an extended period of time. On average, a well cared for Quonset hut can last for close to 100 years. Each steel building produced by Future Buildings is made from GalvalumeTM Plus Steel and come with a 30-year rust perforation warranty.
How Long Will a Quonset Hut Last?

Uses and Applications

As Quonset huts originated out of necessity for the US Navy, they had numerous military uses. Quonset huts have been used as barracks, latrines and even postwar housing. Aside from military uses, Quonset huts have also been used both for residential and business buildings.

How to Insulate a Quonset Hut?

How to Insulate a Quonset Hut?
At Future Buildings, we offer several varieties of insulation to suit your needs. If you choose to add insulation to your Quonset hut, the appropriate amount will be shipped along with your building kit. It can then be installed quickly with our unique Pin & Cap technology. Insulating your Quonset hut helps you to lower your energy bills, keep the structure warmer in winter and cooler in summer. It also keeps the building quieter by absorbing sound and reducing excess noise.

How We’ve Optimized the Quonset Hut Design

The arch format of the Quonset hut is the backbone of the Future Buildings product line. It allows for maximum use of space that can be achieved economically in both time and money. Thinking of a new garage or workshop? Consider the lasting benefits of the Quonset Hut design – the most practical and affordable steel building design that we offer here at Future Buildings!

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