The Basecamp-128 by Humanihut


The Basecamp-128 by Humanihut


A rigid, folding-wall, pop-up design providing the ultimate flexibility and versatility in temporary infrastructure

Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)


128 residents / 38 bedroom units

$7,719 / resident

Long-Term/Permanent (15+ years)

50 days offsite5 days onsite

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Concept Owner / Company: Humanihut Pty Ltd

The Humanihut Field Infrastructure System (HFIS) is a rigid, rapidly redeployable, logistically efficient, fully integrated solution which provides the ultimate flexibility and versatility in temporary infrastructure.

The adaptability and flexibility of the HFIS means it can be completely customized to satisfy a wide range of short, medium, or long-term applications in many sectors, including, humanitarian, medical infrastructure, emergency management, and defense.

What sets the Humanihut Field Infrastructure System apart from its competitors is the unique, rigid, folding-wall, pop-up design. All components, accessories and necessary utilities are integrated for rapid deployment, scalability, and ease of establishment. Having autonomous utilities deployed with the HFIS means that it can run independently should mains water, power and wastewater infrastructure not be available.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $988,000
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 128 beds
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $7,719
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 5,275 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 38 units
  • Used for Shelter Before: Yes, but only outside the U.S.
  • Readiness: Nearly Ready (Prior Use Cases)
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: 7 days (excluding 181-day production time)
  • Setup Difficulty: Low skill (RV, tent)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Portable (after major disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Long Term/Permanent (15+ years)

Structures are strong, rigid, climate-controlled, and able to withstand the harshest of climatic conditions, making them ideally suited for accommodation, office, meeting, or briefing rooms, field hospitals, medical treatment facilities, or storage facilities for IT and other valuable equipment. And, having a 20-year lifespan with the ability to redeploy as many times as required, the HFIS proves to be more cost-effective than alternatives such as prefabricated buildings and tents.

Defined by the unique capabilities it offers, the Humanihut Field Infrastructure System provides an adaptable, scalable, and flexible solution to meet individual client requirements; operationally, financially and environmentally, as well as providing a comfortable, safe, and secure environment for occupants.



Design AdvantagesRapid redeployment, 20 year lifespan in the harshest climatic conditions, ease of establishment, system can run autonomously, flexibility, adaptability, scalability.
Manufacturer IdentifiedYes
Used for shelter in the U.S.?No, Australia only (see below)
Prior use examplesKangaroo Island Bushfires during Australian Black Summer Bushfires in December 2019/January 2020
Prior use commentsThe Humanihut Field Infrastructure System allowed for easy deployment into challenging environments on Kangaroo Island in South Australia; initially at Parndana, then re-deployed to Kingscote airport, to sites that had no infrastructure in place. Having all the components and utilities integrated into the System allowed us to work independently without mains water, power and wastewater infrastructure.
Being easily maintained and almost flawless for the duration of the deployment, the System permitted the site to run almost seamlessly as personnel moved in and out of the campground.
The rapid re-deployment of the Basecamp from Parndana to Kingscote, which was driven by unprecedented fire behaviour, was undertaken with staff that had minimal knowledge of the Humanihut System, however the success of the re-deployment was achieved through the guidance of trained supervisors. Australian Defence Force personnel were also engaged throughout the re-deployment and had no previous knowledge of the System, which highlights the ease and simplicity of the process.
My Camp Managers advised me that some personnel were disappointed due to not being allocated Humanihuts, but instead, were accommodated in the tents co-located at the Basecamp. The main concern of these personnel was that the tents did not offer air-conditioning, comfortable bedding, noise reduction and the ability to have a darkened daytime sleeping environment. The huts provided this, and therefore greatly assisted our personnel with fatigue management and obtaining adequate rest between shifts.
Building experience comments
Intended use casesAccommodation, office/meeting/briefing spaces, storage, living/dining/recreation areas. Used for humanitarian purposes, homelessness, emergency management, defence/military operations, healthcare facilities, field hospitals, also for use in the mining and construction industries.
R-value (insulation)0-10
Risk Category
Roof Load (PSF)0
Indoor Clearance Height (ft)7.2
Professional Engineer Stamp?
Conforms to ICC’s Temporary Structure and Uses Code
Other Structural / Safety Comments
Sustainability / Green Building Certifications?
Materials Used / Made of:Wall and ceiling panels – coil-coated Colorbond steel, and aluminum frames. Powder-coated steel and marine-grade plywood base. Insulated to R1.8 standard.
Disassembly / Assembly Comments:Can be established in <1 day due to the simplicity of the “click and connect” system. This is the same for disestablishment.
Ideal Mounting SurfacesSoil (Dirt/Grass), Asphalt / Parking Lot
Anchoring ProcessNo need to anchor.



ItemCost ($)Notes
Budget Total$1,058,000
Total Per Bed$8,266
Total Per Unit$27,842
Add-on Items
Check all items that are not included in your quote (i.e. would need to be quoted by outside party)Basic Kitchen
List outside vendors needed to execute (including any architects and engineers)None
Possible Delivery Method(s)


Design (days)0
Production (days)181
Site Prep (days)2
Delivery (days)5
Total (days)189
Amount in Inventory (#)
Production Capacity30 x The Basecamps per month
Production LocationAustralia