While Hawaii is known for its beautiful tropical weather, the islands are very vulnerable to several natural disasters. SteelMaster’s disaster resistant buildings can help you stay safe and prepared for any severe weather that may come your way.
On May 29, Reuters photographer Mario Garcia snapped a photo of Hawaii National Guard Major Jeff Hickman standing in front of a disaster resistant SteelMaster building, surrounded by lava, in Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii. The custom end walls were gone, but the steel arches were still standing.
SteelMaster’s metal Quonset Huts are specifically engineered to withstand some of the most extreme natural and manmade conditions. Our buildings are made with 100 percent high quality, commercial grade steel that has been subjected to several rigorous tests to see how it holds up in an intense fire.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the eruption temperature of Kilauea lava was about 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes more than that amount of heat, 2,500 degrees, for our steel buildings to even begin to burn.
Hurricanes, Tsunamis and Flash Floods
Owners of SteelMaster metal Quonset Huts credit their disaster-resistant buildings for helping them survive direct hits from some of the most dangerous storms.
Jose Malave, a longtime SteelMaster customer, rode out Hurricane Maria in his disaster-resistant SteelMaster Building.
“Hurricane Maria destroyed my island of Puerto Rico. We took refuge from the storm and after the storm in my building which resisted the punishment of Maria,” said Malave. “We did not make any preparation for the building; we only entered all of our belongings and closed the door.”
Not only is he alive and able to tell his story, but he was able to save thousands of dollars by storing his valuables inside of the steel building.
“I am extremely happy and grateful that I was able to save my life and $ 70,000 dollars as a team. I have to thank God, but also thanks to the SteelMaster team,” said Malave.
We’ve also made our Quonset Huts extremely durable with a thicker gauge of steel. Instead of having to build an internal structure, we’ve designed each panel with deep corrugation, which gives it super strength.
Each panel is overlapped and bolted to the next. This creates one continuous structure able to resist the force of strong winds by distributing the force to the ground instead of causing the building to collapse.
Our structures are designed for hurricane-prone areas. Our high-grade commercial steel has the best high-speed resistance of any other kind of building.
Rigid frame structures are left defenseless against the power of the hurricane’s howling winds, but SteelMaster’s house materials have endured when tested in the most powerful storms.
Meets or Exceeds Hawaii Building Codes
Obtaining a building permit can be a complicated process for Hawaiians looking to build a Quonset hut. Fortunately, SteelMaster’s highly-skilled building specialists are familiar with the state’s unique permitting and construction requirements (never worry about welding code and inspection).
The volume of land use regulation and Hawaii county codes has increased, which causes additional time to process building permits at Hawaii’s Division of Planning and Permitting.
However, our buildings specialists know what documents plans examiners require to obtain a permit for a building and can provide you with some of those documents.
This will help the permitting process go a little smoother and save you time and money.
We also have the potential to save you thousands of dollars in architectural and engineering fees with our in house engineering.
Your structure comes with State Stamped Engineered Blueprints that will:
- Meet all Hawaii building codes and loads requirements
- Be stamped by our licensed, professional engineer
- Include clearly diagramed drawings of your building
No Welding Required
In addition to complex building codes, Hawaii is second to Alaska in cost for welding. On top of the high costs of welding in Hawaii, there’s the additional cost of getting the work inspected afterward which is required by state law.
SteelMaster’s metal Quonset huts do not require any cutting or welding to assemble. All of the steel panels included are already prefabricated at our factory before it gets delivered to your door. Not only does this make the construction process easier, but you also won’t have to pay expensive welding costs.
Ease of Shipping
Because Hawaii is not part of the continental United States, shipping building materials to Hawaii may seem challenging. However, SteelMaster’s building specialists will assist you in making the shipping and delivery process as smooth and cost-effective as possible.
Since there’s no drivable way to the islands from the continental United States, nearly all imported goods arrive via island ports. We can ship your Quonset hut kit to several Hawaiian ports, including:
SteelMaster’s metal Quonset huts are shipped on our custom made pallets.
The shipper will transfer those pallets to containers (LTL) for shipment to Hawaii once the buildings are delivered to a port in California. Customers have the option to pay to have the building crated for an additional fee.
Your building materials will be delivered to a local agent for Hawaiian Ocean Transport (HOT) to be picked up at port.
You also have the option to negotiate a rate for the HOT agent to deliver the building straight to your property. If you don’t know any HOT agents, there’s no need to worry–we have a list of reputable agents that will be able to assist you.
Hawaii is ranked as one of the top states in the U.S. when it comes to green buildings per capita, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2014, the Aloha State had 30 certified green building projects, representing about 2.7 million square feet of real estate and amounting to 1.95 square feet per resident.
If you’re interested in a green or sustainable building, SteelMaster’s building specialists will help you design an eco-friendly building. SteelMaster is proud to have a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified consultant who has experience in sustainable design, construction and operations standards.
All of our buildings are made of at least 80 percent recycled steel and are covered in Energy Star-rated Galvalume Plus coating, which reduces energy consumption by reflecting heat. This special coating will keep your building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
There are also several ways to customize our environmentally friendly buildings to increase their sustainability. Customers have the ability to take advantage of natural sunlight by installing large windows.
They can also install on-site renewable energy sources such as solar power,which is very popular in Hawaii.
Customer Geno A. was one of the many Hawaiian residents to use the alternative power method.
“Two inches under the earth [in Hawaii] it’s lava, solid rock hard lava. I wasn’t going to trench, the cost of trenching 100 feet out to the shed and shop was not gonna happen,” Geno said.
Instead, Geno went to a hardware store and purchased three sets of 15 watt solar panels.
“I bought all of the wiring and everything I needed and did a professional installation,” he said. “I was able to get enough power to get 10 amps and I can run my power tools, I can run lights, everything is LED, I can run stereo systems.”
It’s been one year since he’s attached his solar panels to his building, and Geno says his system is still working perfectly.