Category Archives: Curved Steel Canopy

Curved Steel at our Nation’s Schools & Universities

Boy how the tide has turned! No longer do I hear, “I don’t want to go to school today!” Instead I hear, “I can’t wait until we get to go back to school!” Kids across the country are gaining a new appreciation for how important it is to physically be able to enter their school buildings to learn. We have been very fortunate to be involved in a number of projects at schools across the nation including custom spiral and circular staircases, curved steel signs, curved steel artwork, curved steel canopies, and more!

Todays Highlight: Curved Steel at our Nation’s Schools & Universities

Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science at Portland State Curved Steel Artwork Portland, OR
Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science at Portland State Curved Steel Artwork Portland, OR
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Curved Steel Spiral Staircase San Diego, CA
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Curved Steel Spiral Staircase San Diego, CA
UCSF Medical Center Curved Steel Parking Canopy San Francisco, CA
UCSF Medical Center Curved Steel Parking Canopy San Francisco, CA
University of Oregon Curved Steel Sky Bridge Phil & Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Eugene, OR
University of Oregon Curved Steel Sky Bridge Phil & Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Eugene, OR
Evergreen High School Curved Steel Sign Vancouver, WA
Evergreen High School Curved Steel Sign Vancouver, WA
Sherwood High School Bike Racks Sherwood, OR
Sherwood High School Bike Racks Sherwood, OR
Rainier Beach High School Curved Steel Handrail Seattle, WA
Rainier Beach High School Curved Steel Handrail Seattle, WA
Gonzaga University Curved Steel Spiral Staircase in the Student Union Spokane, WA
Gonzaga University Curved Steel Spiral Staircase in the Student Union Spokane, WA
Oregon State Student Experience Center Curved Steel Canopy Corvallis, OR
Oregon State Student Experience Center Curved Steel Canopy Corvallis, OR

Curved Steel in our Parks & Recreational Facilities

“We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” Leslie Knope Parks & Recreation Quote Ha!

Todays Highlights: Curved Steel in our Parks & Recreational Facilities

Curved Steel Canopy at Dust Devil Stadium Pasco, WA
Curved Steel Canopy at Dust Devil Stadium Pasco, WA
Curved Steel Supports for the Batman Roller coaster at Six Flags in Fiesta, TX
Curved Steel Supports for the Batman Roller coaster at Six Flags in Fiesta, TX
Curved Steel Sign at the Curt Gowdy State Park Entrance in Cheyenne, WY
Curved Steel Sign at the Curt Gowdy State Park Entrance in Cheyenne, WY
Curved Steel Pedestrian Bridge at the Barbara Walker Crossing of the Wildwood Trail in Portland, OR
Curved Steel Pedestrian Bridge at the Barbara Walker Crossing of the Wildwood Trail in Portland, OR
Curved Steel Roof Trusses at the Rio Vista Rec Center in Peoria, AZ
Curved Steel Roof Trusses at the Rio Vista Rec Center in Peoria, AZ
Curved Steel Roof at the Robson Square Ice Rink in Vancouver, BC
Curved Steel Roof at the Robson Square Ice Rink in Vancouver, BC
Curved Steel Handrail at the Vancouver Waterfront in Vancouver, WA
Curved Steel Handrail at the Vancouver Waterfront in Vancouver, WA
Curved Steel Supports for the Cement Skin and the Exposed Rails at the Sherwood Skate Park in Sherwood, OR
Curved Steel Supports for the Cement Skin and the Exposed Rails at the Sherwood Skate Park in Sherwood, OR
Curved Steel Entry Canopy for LA Fitness in Tigard, OR
Curved Steel Entry Canopy for LA Fitness in Tigard, OR
Curved Steel Canopy for the Pacific Plaza Pavilion in Dallas, TX
Curved Steel Canopy for the Pacific Plaza Pavilion in Dallas, TX

Transportation Projects- “Oh the Places You’ll Go”

Oh, The Places You’ll Go- “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” -Dr. Suess. I know we are all anxiously awaiting the day that we can back out on the roads, in the skies, on the rails, or whatever your preferred form of travel may be. Keep the faith and check out a few of the transportation projects we have been a part of over the years.

Bent Steel Parts for Sound Transit Lightrail
Bent Steel Parts for Sound Transit Light-rail
Curved Steel Canopy at the Portland International Airport
Curved Steel Canopy at the Portland International Airport
Curved Steel Light-Rail Tracks for Bay Area Rapid Transit
Curved Steel Light-Rail Tracks for Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bent Steel Parts for Locomotive Frames
Bent Steel Parts for Locomotive Frames
Curved Steel Supports for Electric Car Charging Stations
Curved Steel Supports for Electric Car Charging Stations
Curved Steel Fence for Portland MAX Light-rail Shelter
Curved Steel Fence for Portland MAX Light-rail Shelter
Curved Steel Canopy for BART Berkeley
Curved Steel Canopy for BART Berkeley
Curved Steel Sign for Billings MET Transfer Station
Curved Steel Sign for Billings MET Transfer Station
Curved Steel Canopy for Portland Tri-Met Bus Shelter
Curved Steel Canopy for Portland Tri-Met Bus Shelter

Building a “Strong America” with Steel

The use of cold formed steel as a construction material dates back into the 1800’s and has been the primary building block for America’s infrastructure. The one word I think of when I hear the word “steel” is “strong” and when we are building with steel, we are building a “Strong America.” This week, I will be highlighting a few of the projects we have been a part of over the years that shows how strong we were, how strong we are, and how strong we will continue to be.
Today’s Highlight: Hospitals & Medical Facilities (Special shout out to those on the front lines. We thank you for all of your efforts!) 

Saint Mary's Center for Health Curved Steel Canopy
Saint Mary’s Center for Health Curved Steel Canopy
UC Health Longs Peak Hospital Curved Steel Roof Structure
UC Health Longs Peak Hospital Curved Steel Roof Structure
Eli Lilly Biotech Research Center Curved Steel Structure
Eli Lilly Biotech Research Center Curved Steel Structure
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Curved Steel Canopy
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Curved Steel Canopy
Phoenix Children's Hospital Curved Steel Structure
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Curved Steel Structure
St. Jude Medical Center Curved Steel Canopy
St. Jude Medical Center Curved Steel Canopy
Providence Medford Medical Center Curved Steel Roof Structure
Providence Medford Medical Center Curved Steel Roof Structure
John Muir Health Curved Steel Structure
John Muir Health Curved Steel Structure
HSS Bending for Hospital Bed Frames
HSS Bending for Hospital Bed Frames

Curved Steel Pipe Helps to Create a Custom Canopy at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church

Albina recently bent 8 Pieces of 6″ Sch80 pipe bent to 90°+ on a 5 foot radius to help create a beautiful canopy for the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, CA. The curved steel pipe pieces provided the structural supports for the overhead canopy. The San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church is located in Alamo, CA.

San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Canopy Supports
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Canopy Supports
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Canopy Supports

“Student Experience Center” Curved Steel Canopy at Oregon State University

The college tours continue and a few weekends ago, we had the pleasure of visiting Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon and seeing the curved steel canopy at the Student Experience Center.

Student Experience Center Curved Steel Canopy Oregon State University

The project was bent out of TS 20″ X 12″ X .500″ WALL. Bent the hard-way to the tightest radius of 101′-8″ inside. Always fun to see our handy work in person!


Curved Steel Canopy at the Calvary Chapel in Ontario, Oregon

Albina recently bent various materials including tube steel, flat bar, pipe and angle for the Calvary Chapel in Ontario, Oregon. The Calvary Chapel is right on the Idaho border. Our bent material helped to create a lovely curved steel canopy for the chapel.

Materials Bent Include:

TS 10″ X 3″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B (7 lengths x 48 ft- bent the hard way to a 66 ft radius).

FB ½” X 4″ A36 (2 lengths x 20 ft- bent the hard way to a 66 ft radius).

8″ SCH40 A500 GR B (1 length x 42 ft).

TS 6″ X 2″ X .188″ WALL A500 GR B (5 lengths x 48 ft).

1″ X 1″ X ¼” ANGLE A36 (6 lengths x 20 ft).

Curved Steel Canopy at the Calvary Chapel Ontario, Oregon

Rare Curved Aluminum Material Creates Overhead Canopy at Pacific Plaza in Dallas, TX.

We had to mill order 12″ SCH40 (.406″ WALL) 6061-T6 Aluminum material to create the curved members for the overhead canopy at Pacific Plaza park in Dallas, Texas. This is a VERY rare material to get out of a mill. We ordered 30 lengths in total and bent, trimmed and marked top dead center on all parts. The material was bent to AESS (Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel) standards and very tight tolerances. Pacific Plaza has officially broken ground and is part of an urban renewal project transforming surface parking lots into a neighborhood park. The park is slated to be completed by the fall of 2019.

Pacific Plaza Park 12" SCH40 (.406" WALL) 6061-T6 Aluminum Curved Pipe
Beginning stages of erection
Pacific Plaza Park 12" SCH40 (.406" WALL) 6061-T6 Aluminum Curved Pipe
Pipes in bending process
Pacific Plaza Park 12" SCH40 (.406" WALL) 6061-T6 Aluminum Curved Pipe
Pipes Ready to Ship
Artist Rendering of Pacific Plaza Park Curved Structure

Another IDEAS2 Awarding Winning Project in the Books (Literally)!

Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) recognizes projects where structural steel has been utilized in an innovative manner. We have been an integral part of many award winning projects, but this year, our curved steel was featured on the award-winning project of the UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

In honor of this years award winners, the AISC produced a high quality coffee table flip Book of the winners. The UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is featured on pages 39 and 40 Feel free to check out the whole book to see the entire list of winners.

Curved Steel Roof UC Davis

Curved Steel Entry

Curved Steel Roof UC Davis

50,000 Square Foot Permeable Roof

Curved Steel Roof UC Davis

Overview of Curved Roof Structure

Curved Steel Everywhere you Look in Seattle!

We spent this last weekend in Seattle as we took our son and some friends up to a Mariners game. We had Saturday morning to spend in the city, and everywhere we looked, we stumbled upon projects containing curved steel that we have been a part of! The Jimmy Hendrix Museum, The Spheres and Spiral Staircase at The Spheres, the New Spiral Staircase in the Space Needle, the Canopy at the Seattle Great Wheel, the Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, the pedestrian bridge at the Museum of Flight, and art projects outside of corporate offices. The list goes on! What a true experience to see Brian showing the kids all of the curved steel projects Albina has done over the years! It was a great teaching moment to explain how the entire process works from the beginning of a project to the end and how all the different players work together to accomplish one final product. We were extremely proud to be the steel bender of choice for these amazing projects in the Pacific Northwest. And stay tuned, there are great things happening in the PNW and many more high profile projects coming up!

"The Spheres" at Amazon Curved Steel

"The Spheres" at Amazon Curved Steel

The Seattle Great Wheel Canopy Curved Steel

Curved Steel Art Work