Cold weather, high winds, heavy snow and frozen ground are all things that residents in Alaska have to consider before building a Quonset Hut. Because of this, the opportunity for assembling buildings is much shorter compared to other states. Some of our buildings are located in Valdez, Alaska, where residents can see as much as 551 inches of snowfall during winter. Snow can start as early as September, but most of the accumulation happens between January and early March. By April, the snow usually winds down. However, in the extreme north of Alaska, snow is possible year-round. This means construction time is limited to late spring and warmer summer months.
SteelMaster’s prefabricated Quonset Hut kits are quick and easy to assemble—you don’t need to have any building experience to put together our structures. Many of our buildings can be put together in just a few days. Buildings can also be easily unbolted, dismantled and moved to a new location to be reinstalled.
Homeowner and Alaska resident Anita Tomsha came to SteelMaster for help when she was ready to build her metal Quonset Hut home. Although there was a learning curve for her, she says it was not difficult at all for her to build.
“I wanted a dome-type structure and something I could do easily myself,” said Anita. “My main goal was to have low maintenance.”
Anita says her Quonset Hut building was affordable, provides the strength she needs and is easy to maintain.
Because Alaska is not part of the contiguous United States, shipping and delivery can be complicated. However, SteelMaster is able to quickly deliver our buildings to almost anywhere worldwide.
“To actually have a shop that size delivered to your door—there’s just no way I could say no,” said SteelMaster customer Bob C.
Our building specialists are familiar with the challenges that come with shipping and delivering goods to Alaska. When you purchase a building from SteelMaster, our team will handle all of the logistics to provide you with a quick and easy delivery experience. We’re able to ship to every port, dock and terminal in Alaska, from Anchorage to Glacier Bay.
SteelMaster’s prefabricated steel buildings are designed to withstand some of the most severe weather events. Some of the most common natural disasters in Alaska include avalanches, wildfires ice jams, and earthquakes.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Anchorage on November 30, 2018. The earthquake brought down phone lines, knocked out power and caused devastating damage. However, Jerry and Jana Gooch’s SteelMaster garage in Palmer, Alaska stayed completely intact.
“I’m very pleased with the construction of this earthquake proof building. [There was] not a bit of damage,” Jana said. “Arches not bent or twisted; bolts still intact. Not a single rip or tear on the interior (insulation). The best part, all of my husband’s tools stayed put on the shelving we built inside.”
Jana said she and her husband are building a SteelMaster Quonset Hut home because of the frequent earthquakes that hit Alaska.
Alaska has some of the strictest building codes in the United States due to the many earthquakes that shake the state. SteelMaster’s earthquake-resistant buildings are designed meet all of Alaska’s local building code requirements. Our buildings are also constructed in accordance with codes determined by the International Building Code and the ASCE-7. SteelMaster’s metal Quonset huts can be designed to Seismic Design Category E for areas near major faults.
Every SteelMaster building comes with state stamped engineered blueprints that meet all of your local building codes and loads requirements. The designs and calculations are stamped by a licensed, professional engineer and provide clearly diagramed drawings of your building.
Although the state of Alaska has 365 million acres, only 880,000 acres are farmed in the state. Most of the state’s 500 farms are located northeast of Anchorage. Although greenhouse and nursery crops are the fastest growing industry in Alaska, the state is best known for its seafood industry, which accounts for over 60 percent of commercial seafood harvested in the U.S. Additionally, the timber industry is vital to the local economy and spans over 25 million acres.
No matter what industry you’re in, SteelMaster’s collection of versatile agricultural buildings are the perfect solution for your storage needs. Our structures are self supporting, which leaves plenty of room inside to easily store large items and plenty of products. Our agricultural building kits have been used to store large tractors and other expensive equipment, hay storage, grain and much more.
Not only will our Galvalume Plus coating make your building low maintenance, but it will also reduce heating and cooling costs. Controlling the temperature inside of the building will protect your products from becoming damaged during extremely hot summers or brutally cold winters.