Meet the SteelMaster Team: Jon Hunter

If you’re looking for a customized commercial building solution, Jon Hunter is the person to call. 

In fact, Jon says his favorite part of working at SteelMaster is the design aspect. 

“The commercial customer who wants to talk about the custom design and make something unique is what makes this job rewarding for me,” he said.

See the list below for some of his most notable projects he’s worked on during his time at SteelMaster.

two large Quonset hut buildings farmers working at night product being air dried inside building

Carpenter-Warrior Ranches – Yakima Valley, Washington

Two XQ-Models, 100’W X 36’H X 256’L

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 for higher quality products increased, the Carpenter family decided to replace their older hop drying facilities with brand new SteelMaster Quonset Huts. 

Jon enjoyed working on this project because its application was so unique and the customer was easy to work with. 

“They were really an ideal customer because we had no problems with them,” Jon said. ”They are resourceful and handled the installation without any questions.” 

Rick Rhinehold with Carpenter Ranches also enjoyed working with Jon and was impressed by his work.

“There was quite a bit of design work that had to occur, and that was all supplied by SteelMaster at no extra cost,” Rinehold said. “They were just great to work with. Jon Hunter was phenomenal.”

Jon even visited the hops facility and would love to come back during harvest season to see the building while it’s in use.

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multiple airplane hangers in a row Steel framed Quonset hut plane parked inside hanger

NAS Whidbey Island – Oak Harbor, Washington

Q-Models, 70’W X 24’H X 80’L

NAS Whidbey Island purchased 12 SteelMaster hangars to protect their F-18 aircraft from weather conditions.

“Dealing with a military base is always a challenging thing,” Jon said. “Luckily we dealt with a great contractor who really knew what he was doing.”

One of the tougher aspects of the project was dealing with the asphalt and concrete on the runway due to the way water would pool and drain. 

However, the contractor was able to come up with a solution and the hangars now keep the F-18s safe and in top flying condition. 

Steel framed container cover tan containers white truck parked in front

Kiewit – Mabelvale, Arkansas

R-Model, 40’W X 12’H X40’L

Kiewit Corporation came to SteelMaster in 2016 when they needed a workshop at their site in Mabelvale, Arkansas.

The construction and engineering organization ended up purchasing a 42’ x 60’ SteelMaster container roof system to cover the space between two shipping containers.

Kiewit enclosed their structure with steel endwalls and installed 20’ x 20’ section doors to the front and back walls to complete the structure.

Steel framed Quonset hut buildings glass end walls with red and yellow featured steel arch parking lot in front of building

Hartford-Springfield Auction – East Granby, Connecticut

XS-Model, 55’W X 21’H X 66’L

The Hartford-Springfield Auction used two SteelMaster buildings for their showroom and office. 

The customer wanted a structure that was unique and would stand out. He even added his own extra flare to the buildings.

“The fun thing on this job is the colored tube steel on the front of the building, which the customer added himself directly to our arches,” Jon said.

construction steel arch container covers blue containers on each side workers on lifts attaching panels

Premium Inspection – Homer, Alaska

R-Model, 60’W X 18’H X 100’L

This container cover structure is the largest of its kind in Alaska and is used as a pipe manufacturing plant. 

Although shipping and delivery to Alaska can sometimes be complicated, Jon said it’s typically pretty easy to ship a larger structure to the state. 

“When shipping to Alaska, it’s easier to ship a larger structure because they pack it in a container and it ships,” Jon said.

Multiple photos of Steel framed Quonset hut storage containers

US Navy – Little Creek – Norfolk, Virginia

Various sizes & models

During his time at SteelMaster, Jon has completed many projects for the government and military. 

This project was particularly special because he was able to go onto the site each day as the buildings were assembled. 

The buildings do not match the typically silver color because the base requires all buildings to match a certain color pallet. 

Steel arch car cover power plant car cover attached to Quonset hut

Harrison Power Station – Haywood, West Virginia

A-Model, 20’W X 12’H X 30’L & C-Model, 25’W X 10’H X 38’L 

This project stands out to Jon because it’s one of his first when he joined the commercial team back in 2006.

From a design standpoint, the job was pretty straight forward.

“Not a lot of design work, just some challenges dealing with a huge company and ensuring we can complete the job and their vision,” Jon said.

Steel framed Quonset hut storage container Caribbean Gator parked in front sand ground

Royal Caribbean – Berry Island Bahamas

XS-Model, 50’W X 19’H X 100’L

This building is used for storage on one of the popular cruise line Royal Caribbean’s islands.

The high wind load requirements on the island presented a bit of a challenge during the project’s design.  However, SteelMaster’s arch system is High-Velocity Hurricane Zone certified and can be designed to withstand winds over 200 miles per hour.

large Steel framed Quonset hut building construction multiple construction workers on lifts attached panels

Fermilab – Batavia, Illinois

XS-Model, 80’W X 27’H X 200’L

Fermilab, an American particle physics and accelerator laboratory, purchased an 80’ X 200’ building. Designing a building this size is rare for SteelMaster. 

“The biggest challenge was making an S-Model with 80-foot width,” Jon said. “It was just a lot of custom work.” 

Additionally, the lab had to keep specific details of their building use private. 

“When dealing with a customer who can’t really tell me what is going on at the site, you just really stick to the numbers and make sure you can get them the exact dimensions,” Jon said.

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