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, fishermen and farmers with steel buildings.

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

Modern S Model Future Building

Uses and Applications

As Quonset huts originated out of necessity for the US Navy, they obviously 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 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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