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The Stories Behind the 2019 SteelMaster Buildings Calendar Photos

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Each year, we create a calendar that displays projects with a wide variety of applications for every season all around the world. In this post, we’ll give you more information about photos featured in the 2019 edition of the SteelMaster Buildings calendar.

Many of the photos featured this year were submitted through our 2018 Photo Contest. We plan on holding another contest in 2019, so start getting your cameras out and snapping your best photos and videos — your building could be featured in our 2020 calendar!  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

Cover photo – Shed | Pahrump, Nevada

quonset hut shed with steel endwall and sunset showing in reflection of garage door windowsBefore you open the SteelMaster Buildings 2019 calendar, you’ll see a stunning picture of a shed in Nevada on the cover. The owner, Linda C., says she chose a SteelMaster Quonset Hut because she wanted a durable building that would last decades. As Linda and her husband prepare to build a home on their property, they put all of their belongings in the shed and use it as a place to hang out. They’ve spent so much time in the shed, they added a bathroom to the structure. This photo won third place in our 2018 photo contest.

January – Oklahoma City Ballet Center | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Our calendar starts off with a photo of the Oklahoma City Ballet’s headquarters. Before the building was the dance company’s headquarters, it was the American Energy Partners Fitness Center. The Oklahoma City Ballet purchased the former state-of-the-art fitness center in February 2017 and converted it into the home for the professional company, its administrative offices and its ballet school. The new facility has increased OKC Ballet’s available space from 8,000 square feet to more than 28,000 square feet.

February – True North | Detroit, Michigan

aerial image of quonset hut village with ground and buildings covered in snow

In 2015, two world-class architects teamed up with a New York City developer to create what could be the future of housing projects—a steel Quonset Hut village called True North. The developer wanted to create a small and colorful village and they chose the steel Quonset Hut to help make that vision a reality. The steel Quonset Huts are various sizes from 600 to 1,110 square feet.

March – Cathedral of Saint John the Divine | New York City

old cathedral with steel roof awning

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City added a modern edge to its classic architecture by using a SteelMaster prefabricated roofing kit. The roofing system is custom-engineered to meet New York’s wind and snow loads and is made of commercial grade steel.

April – Carpenter Ranches | Yakima Valley, Washington

two large quonset huts on farm land with sunset in background

Carpenter Ranches is a hops farm that uses two large SteelMaster buildings as processing facilities. As the craft brewing industry started to grow and the demand higher quality products increased, the Carpenters decided to replace their older hop drying facilities with brand new SteelMaster Quonset Huts. According to Rick Rinehold with Carpenter Ranches, the new Quonset Hut facilities have proven to be very efficient at drying hops quickly over the past year.

May – RV Carport | Cleveland, Tennessee

carport with rv parked underneath surrounded by trees and flowers

This picture was a submission to the 2018 SteelMaster Buildings Photo Contest! SteelMaster’s carports offer several benefits that will save customers money for decades. Unlike carports made from other materials, steel is able to survive in all kinds of weather. It will not rot, warp, buckle, twist, or crack. It is also corrosion resistant, fire resistant and cannot be destroyed termites.

June – Airport hangar | Houma, Louisiana

quonset hut hangar with plane inside overlooking sunset

This beautiful photo of a SteelMaster aircraft hangar was a submission for our 2018 photo contest. The 50′ X 60′ hangar was built by the owner. One of the greatest benefits of owning a SteelMaster hangar is its limitless interior design. The arch is self supporting, which leaves plenty of space to store several aircraft and more room to build other areas for storage and maintenance.

July – Barn | Round Top, Texas

large steel quonset barn with red endwalls, three garage doors and windows of multiple sizes

Eric and Carolyn S.’s Quonset Hut journey began in 2015, when the couple purchased 40 acres of raw land in central Texas. The couple got the idea to design a Quonset-style barn  (pictured above) and home after Carolyn worked at a Houston event center that was housed in a Quonset Hut. With the help of Round Top Home Builders, they erected the arches of the home and barn in just 10 days. They’re now installing a 750 square foot apartment in their 40’ X 60’ barn. This picture won first place in the SteelMaster Photo Contest!

August – Petroleum Processing Support Structure | Mutual, Oklahoma

steel quonset hut at industrial processing site

From processing facilities to commercial storage, SteelMaster’s custom buildings are the ideal solution for all types of businesses. August’s photo shows a petroleum processing support structure for Canyon Midstream Partners (CMP). CMP offers resources to build systems that will transport gas to market as quickly and efficiently as possible.

September – Abundio’s Fit Society | Fort Worth, Texas

brick building on platform with side openings and steel arch roof

Abundio’s Fit Society is not your average gym. The studio space has a SteelMaster metal roofing system, which creates an open floor plan and high ceilings because there are no beams or trusses. This leaves plenty of room for gym equipment and activities. The building also has large glass retractable bay doors that allow gym members to have an amazing view of the great outdoors during their workout.

October – Workshop | Togo, Minnesota

workshop quonset hut with porch overhang and custom endwalls made from logs

October’s photo was the second place winner in our 2018 photo contest! The photo shows Kara Hill Studio’s 30′ X 60′ Q-model SteelMaster Quonset Hut in the woods of Minnesota. Kara Hill and her husband, both architects, wanted to use a SteelMaster Quonset Hut as a simple storage building for their projects. Part of the reason why the couple chose a Quonset Hut was because of its snow load strength and wind resistance. They also appreciated the lack of maintenance required and the simplicity of construction. The couple put the Quonset Hut together in a week with the help of friends.

Hill purchased an existing building on clearance and bought additional arches to create porches on both sides of the structure. The building’s endwalls are made from three-foot-long sections of cedar tree fragments. The porches shield the endwalls from the rain and sun to protect the cedar flares from rotting.

November – National D-Day Memorial | Bedford, Virginia

two green quonset huts, one with four side openings in the walls

We chose a photo of two SteelMaster buildings at the National D-Day Memorial for the month of November in honor of Veterans Day. The memorial opened in 2001 and serves as the national memorial for American D-Day veterans. One of the SteelMaster buildings on the grounds is 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 the importance of Quonset Huts during this era.

December – Workshop | Ashfield, Massachusetts

steel quonset hut with wreath near door with snow on top and on the ground

December’s photo offers a beautiful view of a  SteelMaster 30′ X 50′ workshop in the snow. Every SteelMaster workshop is specially engineered to handle any extreme weather event, including blizzards and the weighty snow they leave behind. Our arches are created with commercial-grade, high-quality steel that can be customized to accommodate extra heavy snow loads in areas that experience frequent snow storms.

If you’re a SteelMaster customer interested in receiving this year’s calendar, simply share your story in an online review about your positive experience with us through the Better Business Bureau’s website and Google Reviews.  You’ll also receive a complimentary SteelMaster polo shirt and a baseball “trucker” hat.