Within steel construction for buildings, there are two common design formats: Rigid frame (or “straight wall”) and arch style, also affectionately referred to as Quonset huts. At Wasatch Steel, we’re a supplier of the products and solutions you’ll need for both these styles.
Where did the term “Quonset huts” come from, and what are some of the pros and cons of this arched building style? Here are the basics.
During World War II, buildings that had previously been used for storage in the oil industry were converted into military storage buildings. These buildings used arched style steel construction, and because they were produced in Quonset Point near North Kingstown, Rhode Island, the structures became known as Quonset huts.
In effect, a Quonset hut is a prefabricated metal structure made of corrugated steel, with a semicircular cross section. It requires self-supporting lengths of steel, typically connected in a semi-circular shape. Quonset huts are durable, efficiently built structures that offer a lot of usable floor space, plus column-free design that allows flexibility.
There are several pros of Quonset hut building styles:
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