How 7 Businesses Used Steel Building Designs to Meet Their Bottom Lines

Choosing the right building for your growing business can be quite a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider before you even start the building process. You have to research the proper location, make sure the building is sturdy enough, calculate the maintenance costs, make sure it’s energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable to construct. Seven different businesses in different industries found a way to meet these demands and more when they invested in a Quonset Hut steel building design.

1. True North Detroit

The Live-Work Community at True North Detroit

This new Quonset Hut live-work community has completely changed the face of one Detroit neighborhood. True North Detroit is a half-acre community that consists of 8 SteelMaster Quonset Hut structures. Edwin Chan and Frank Gehry teamed up with developer Philip Kafka to create this unique steel Quonset Hut village through his real estate company called Prince Concepts. The village consists of nine prefabricated Quonset Huts™ in the Core City neighborhood. This is the first time in 60 years that this area has seen a major development. This team designed the buildings at different angles and in different shapes and sizes to create open, outdoor spaces to enhance the community feel of the area. This has become the perfect spot for artists, designers and small business owners. These newly built social spaces are being used in a variety of ways. There are rental units inside a few of the buildings that range from 475 to 1,600 square feet, an Airbnb, a small coffee shop and even a yoga studio.

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2. D-Day Memorial

D Day Memorial Quonset Hut

D Day Memorial Quonset Hut

Over 70 years ago, brave soldiers were shipped off to Normandy to invade Germany to begin the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control. Now an exquisite memorial in Bedford, Virginia stands to honor the memory of the fallen who paid the ultimate price. They recently added a WWII-era Quonset Hut to the grounds that is now being used as a visitor’s center. This is a place where visitors come to gather and learn about the extraordinary history of D-Day and importance of Quonset Huts during this era. Organizers are now planning to construct a second Quonset Hut on the property.

3. Rumble Ponies

Batting Dome for Rumble Ponies Baseball Team

Rumble Ponies Batting Dome

These ponies are always ready to rumble in Binghampton, New York. The minor league baseball team formerly known as the Binghampton Mets, came to SteelMaster when they needed a batting dome building for practice for upcoming games.

4. Warrior Ranches

Hop Drying Facility at Warrior Ranches

Massive Quonset Huts at Warrior Ranches

Warrior Ranches purchased two massive buildings from SteelMaster to increase their bottom line. One is a kiln building (X-Q65 x 29 x 343) that will help the company heat and dry their hop harvest. The second is a cooling/bale building: XQ-100 x 36 x 255. They will transfer hops from the kiln building to this one for cooling and baling the product.

5. Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery

Starlight Ranch in Texas

Quonset Hut Stage at the Big Texan Steak House

You’ll certainly want to bring your appetite to this Texas Steak Ranch House in Amarillo. It’s the home of the monster 72oz steak and the amazing Starlight Ranch that hosts big musical acts under the arches of a SteelMaster stage. You can enjoy a delicious meal and then dance the night away under the stars.

6. Pua’a Lani (Hog Heaven) Coffee Company

Container Cover Coffee Company

Coffee Company in Hawaii

Mike M. doesn’t have to go far to get a delicious cup of Hawaiian dark roast in the morning. Just a few steps from his front door is the site of his own coffee production company, Pua’a Lani (Hog Heaven), which was created using a SteelMaster metal shipping container cover and two salvaged shipping containers. Mike, who moved from California to Hawaii, purchased his new property from a couple who had already started the process. They originally planted about 600 coffee plants on the premises, and now Mike has big plans to expand it.

7. Brewery Emperial

Brewery Emperial Quonset Hut Design

Brewery Emperial Quonset Hut

If you’re looking for a cool, urban atmosphere and amazing brew, this is the place for you. This Kansas City brewery incorporated a SteelMaster arch into their overall design. They combined the steel arches with the cinder blocks to create the perfect aesthetic blend. The prefabricated steel arch houses the brewhouse cellar and fermentation tanks on the north side of the business. On the south side, there’s an open-air biergarten that is enclosed by metal shipping containers. This is certainly the perfect place to hang out, kick back and enjoy the breeze.

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