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Government Approved: Powerbilt steel arch buildings were the first of their kind to receive Government Services Administration (GS07F0319K) approval. We have satisfied requirements for all branches of the US armed services including: the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy as well as designing buildings for the Federal Prison System.

Factory Direct: Our steel arch buildings are delivered factory direct avoiding the middleman and we pass the savings on to you.

Ease of Construction: All Powerbilt metal buildings are shipped with an easy to follow assembly manual and can be erected with as few as four people in as little as three days. Over 70% of the simple bolt-together construction is done on the ground and requires no special tools or equipment. Most customers are able to erect their buildings themselves.

American Made: Our buildings are 100% American made and manufactured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from the highest quality US commercial steel available. They carry an American manufacturer’s warranty. Keep America strong buy American!

Durability: Virtually maintenance-free, you will have no gutters to clean, siding to paint or shingles to replace. Our steel arch buildings are fire resistant and vermin proof.

5 styles to choose from: A, P, Q, R and S models that are versatile enough to be used in unlimited applications. The clear span design with no beams or posts equates to maximum usable space for minimum financial investment.

30 year 6 month warranty: AZ55 Galvalume Coating Warranty. Absolutely the finest available in the arch building industry.

100% Useable space: No beams or cumbersome trusses yields 100% open and useable space. Get more bang for your buck!

Heavy Commercial Galvalume coated Steel: An aluminized, zinc and silicone coated steel. Tested throughout the world in the harshest of weather conditions.

Customer Service: Join our community of hundreds of happy customers in United States. With the help of our excellent customer service, we are always available for you to take care of your needs and questions. Join our family today!

Our History

Before there were metal building kits or garage kits for civilian use or steel buildings used for homes, there were Quonset huts. A product of World War II, Quonset huts were developed by armed forces personnel to fulfil the need for lightweight housing and storage that could be quickly assembled and disassembled in the field using nothing more than hand tools and transported to the next location. They came as metal building kits with steel building panels that provided good, reliable protection against the elements for both man and machine. Quonset huts got their name from the location of the first Quonset hut manufacturing facility, Quonset Point at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Rhode Island and were designed by Peter Dejongh and Otto Brandenberger of George A. Fuller Company, one of the companies contracted to construct the new Davisville Naval base.

The original form of Quonset hut was markedly different from the steel buildings and metal building kits we know today. Initially modeled after the semi cylindrical Nissen hut developed by the British, Dejongh and Brandenberger modified the Nissen model into a structure containing wooden lining, insulation, and tongue and groove wooden flooring and, thus, the Quonset hut model was born. The first Quonset hut design used arched rib members of steel in T sections measuring two inches by two inches by one quarter inch, and measured sixteen feet by thirty six feet in its entirety. The members, or ribs, were covered with sheets of corrugated steel that were borne by wooden purlins. Part of the difficulty with this initial design arose from the fact that the Quonset huts were used for more than one purpose, and some required a special layout to accommodate showers, latrines, dental offices, bakeries and isolation wards, to name a few, as well as all the equipment necessary for those additional uses.

During the World War II years, the Quonset hut design was gradually modified from a structure using the original semi circular design of the Nissen hut to a twenty foot by forty eight foot interior living space with vertical side walls, which structure, in the end, required less shipping space than tents with wooden doors and frames. A major problem with the original curved design was that the curve of the walls began immediately at the floor and decreased the effective width of the hut. A new vertical structural rib was developed to support a four foot high side wall. The floor plan for this redesigned Quonset hut measured sixteen feet by thirty six feet. Multiple interior designs and a larger forty foot by one hundred foot warehouse were eventually developed when it became apparent that the huts would be needed for purposes other than housing troops and materiel. Other modifications, such as four foot exterior overhangs, were added, then scrapped, and drab olive paint for camoflaging in war zones was eventually applied to these steel buildings at the factory. After the war ended, the United States Navy sold its surplus Quonset huts to the public at a cost of one thousand dollars per hut. Many universities acquired them for student housing. Some of the returning soldiers even chose to purchase these steel buildings for their homes.

The Seabee Museum and Memorial Park in Davisville, Rhode Island contains an historical display of Quonset huts as a homage to the original Quonset hut factory in Davisville and to the association between Quonset huts and the Seabees that has existed since World War II. A grouping of the huts, about ten in all, is located immediately next to the Museum parking lot and throughout the Memorial Park itself. In addition to this display, Quonset huts can still be found in use all over the world.

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