The history of the Quonset hut (or Quonset “building”) dates back to World War l. In 1941, the US Navy was in need of an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor. The Quonset hut was modeled after the Nissen hut which had previously been designed by the British. The name “Quonset” comes from the site of where the hut was first manufactured, Quonset Point, at the (now closed) Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville, Rhode Island.
The Quonset is usually constructed with corrugated galvanized steel. This lightweight prefabricated structure became a mainstay in war time for its strong demeanor and quick assembly. Between 150,000 and 170,000 Quonset huts were manufactured during World War II, with the surplus being sold to the public. The most common design created a standard size of 20 ft. × 48 ft. (6 m × 15 m) with 10 ft. (3 m) radius, allowing 720 square feet (67 m²) of usable floor space, with optional four-foot (1.2 m) overhangs at each end for protection of entrances from the weather. Other sizes were developed, including 20 ft. × 40 ft. (6 m × 12 m) and 40 ft. × 100 ft. (12 m × 30 m) warehouse models.
Over the years, the Quonset has been adapted for commercial use across a number of sectors. With flexible interior space possibilities, the natural fit has invariably been agriculture. These buildings are ideal for countless agricultural applications and Hydroswing® is the most effective door option for this kind of structure. Because of its unique shape, it’s important to have the exact door to accommodate the opening you need – on the side of the structure, or on either or both ends. Whether your Quonset is being used for additional storage space, or houses vital equipment, the Hydroswing® door allows for maximum headroom and the most efficient use of space. Quonsets now come in a number of shapes and sizes and Hydroswing® can accommodate them all.
When considering a door for your Quonset, it’s important to know that a Hydroswing has no add on frames or needs no special structures. Our doors are pre hung, preassembled and ready to install. When fitted to your existing Quonset, the Hydroswing® single panel hydraulic door adds strength and functionality that can’t be accomplished with a bifold or roller door. In addition to Quonsets, the Hydroswing® can be fitted to steel, wood, tensile and concrete structures with little or no alteration to existing door size. In the event you choose to build new or replace the Quonset, just unbolt the Hydroswing® and simply refit your Hydroswing® to your new building, (or Hydroswing® can do this for you.)
There’s only one choice… it’s a Hydroswing®.