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Quonset hut

Quonset hut



a Quonset hut is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel having a semicircular cross section the design was based on the Nissen hot developed by the British during World War one hundreds of thousands were produced during World War Two and military surplus was sold to the public making Quonset hut a household word the name comes from their site of first manufacture Quonset point at the divisible naval Construction Battalion Center in to vist Ville design and history in 1941 the United States Navy needed an all-purpose lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor the George a fuller construction company was selected to manufacture them the first was produced within 60 days of contract award the original design was a 16 ft r 36 ft structure framed with steel members with an 8 ft radius the sides were corrugated steel sheets the two ends were covered with plywood which had doors and windows the interior was insulated and had pressed wood lining and a wood floor the building could be placed on concrete on pilings or directly on the ground with a wood floor as the original design used low-grade steel and more rust resistant version was called 'full the all spruce pacific hut was created for use in the pacific theater of operations the most common design created a standard size of 20 ft r 48 ft with 10 ft radius allowing 720 square feet of usable floor space with optional 4-foot overhangs at each end for protection of entrances from the weather other sizes were developed including 20 ft r 40 ft and 40 ft r 100 ft warehouse models the flexible interior space was open allowing for use as barracks latrines offices medical and dental offices isolation wards housing and bakeries between 150,000 and 170,000 Quonset huts were manufactured during World War two after the war the US military sold the surplus Quonset huts to the public many remain standing throughout the US besides those that remain and uses out buildings they are often seen at military museums and other places featuring world war ii memorabilia some are still in active use at US military bases for example camps Red Cloud and KC near the Korean DMZ and pro ikuo a training area on the Big Island of Hawaii many were also used for temporary post-war housing such as Roger young village in Los Angeles California Columbia Records Studio B in Nashville was also called the Quonset hut and Michigan State University's Quonset village in East Lansing Michigan USA a number of variations on the Quonset hut design use materials other than corrugated galvanized steel see also missing heart iris heart panov iroquois longhouse the daniel house Domitian deployment unit references external links history of Quonset hut from the US Naval History Center website Quonset huts at wimpy dia guam's online encyclopedia Quonset huts briny breezes Florida Quonset hut Quonset huts at National Airport Allington Arlington County VA at the historic American buildings survey


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