Category Archives: Curved Steel

BARBARA WALKER CROSSING UP FOR INTERNATIONAL CODA AWARD

The Barbara Walker Crossing Footbridge, along the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon, is up for the International CODA Award for commissioned art around the world. Click to watch the YouTube Video featuring the bridge. The bridge, designed by local artist, Ed Carpenter, is 178’ long measured at the center of its curving deck. Its basic structure is a tri-chord truss of rusting and painted steel. Carpenter’s design evokes imagery of the sword ferns and vine maples lining the entire length of the Wildwood Trail. This project is a collaborative effort of the Portland Parks Foundation in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and Metro. Albina Co., Inc. bent 3½” SCH80 A847 and 5″ SCH40 A847 all rolled to various radii, as well as 1″ SCH40 A53B, 1½” SCH40 A53B, 1½” SCH80 A53B all rolled to various radii. For more examples of curved steel pedestrian bridges that we have been a part of check out the Architectural & Structural Section of our website. (Photo Credit: Ed Carpenter).

Barbara Walker Crossing Bridge along the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon
Barbara Walker Crossing Bridge along the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon
Barbara Walker Crossing Bridge along the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon

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

Sometimes the Building Itself is Just As Interesting As What’s Inside

Often times when you visit a museum, you are looking at the objects of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural significance on the inside of the building, but the BUILDING ITSELF is often very eye-catching, interesting and artistic as well! The same can hold true for your local amphitheater. Yes, you are there to focus on the band or production occurring under the amphitheater’s structure, but take a moment to also appreciate the structure itself.

Today’s Highlight: Museums & Amphitheaters

Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum Curved Roof Structure Seattle, WA.
Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum Curved Roof Structure Seattle, WA.
Sun Valley Music Pavilion Curved Roof Structure Sun Valley, ID.
Sun Valley Music Pavilion Curved Roof Structure Sun Valley, ID.
Peterson Auto Museum Curved Steel Supports for the "Skin" of the Building Los Angeles, CA.
Peterson Auto Museum Curved Steel Supports for the metal “Skin” of the Building Los Angeles, CA. (Photo Courtey A. Zahner)
UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Curved Steel Canopies Davis, CA.
UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Curved Steel Canopies Davis, CA.
USS Arizona Visitor Center Curved Steel Roof Structures Pearl Harbor, HI.
USS Arizona Visitor Center Curved Steel Roof Structures Pearl Harbor, HI.
Centennial Park Amphitheater Curved Steel Roof Structures Centennial, CO.
Centennial Park Amphitheater Curved Steel Roof Structures Centennial, CO.
Experience Music Project Curved Steel Supports for the metal "Skin" of the Building Seattle, WA.
Experience Music Project Curved Steel Supports for the metal “Skin” of the Building Seattle, WA.

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

Final Install Pictures of Curved Steel Circular Staircase for the New American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas

Thanks to Viva Railings LLC (Photo credit & Glass/Railing Fabricator) we have received some final installation pictures of the circular staircase at the “Trinity Complex”, home to American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. We spiral bent Tube Steel 16″ X 16″ X .625″ WALL A500 GR B bent down to a an 18 foot radius, using our induction heating process to create the spiral stringers for the staircase. In addition to the 16″ square, we produced another set of spiral stringers consisting of Tube Steel 14″ x 6″ x .625″ wall REALLY tight, exposed and bent to a 5′-6″ radius on a 45° pitch. These are the type of bends that ONLY Albina can do! The 1.7 million-square-foot complex, dubbed the “Trinity complex,” consists of four seven-story buildings. It cost nearly $300 million to build and houses over 6,500 employees. There were 10 tower cranes on the project and more than 1,000 construction workers on-site during the peak of the project.

Curved Steel Bar at Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, Oregon

Thank you to Avant Arc Quality Fabrication & Design, and Ninkasi Brewing Co., for giving Albina the opportunity to bend some cool parts for the Ninkasi Bar in Eugene, Oregon. Albina bent:
2″ OD X .120″ WALL HREW- 10 lengths x 20 ft to net 50 bent pieces- various degree bends all on a 12” radius.
2″ OD X .120″ WALL HREW- 4 lengths x 20 ft to net 40 bent pieces- various degree bends all on a 4” radius.
4″ OD X .083″ WALL T304 S/S- 2 lengths x 20 ft to net 2 bent pieces x 90° on a 55” radius and 2 bent pieces x 90° on a 44” radius.

Ninkasi Brewing Company curved Steel Bar
Ninkasi Brewing Company curved Steel Bar
Ninkasi Brewing Company curved Steel Bar

Curved Steel Bollards for SoFi Stadium

Albina recently completed 233 pieces of 4″ SCH40 A53B ERW bent in a Double 90° configuration on a 9″ centerline radius for bollards for the back area of the new SoFi Stadium-Home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers (loading dock, VIP parking, etc.) The bollards will be used for protection of the main structural columns at the stadium.

Curved Steel Bollards for SoFi Stadium
Curved Steel Bollards for SoFi Stadium

Curved Steel Helps Create Unique Entry for the Eli Lilly San Diego Biotech Research Center in La Jolla, CA.

Albina provided 109,000# of bent steel for the Eli Lilly San Diego Biotech Center in La Jolla, CA. Eli Lilly doubled the size of its research facility to 300,000 square feet during this project. Materials included: 8″ X 8″ X 5/8″ ANGLE A36- half of the parts rolled leg in and half of the parts rolled leg out. Tube Steel 8″ X 8″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B 8 5/8″ OD X .625″ WALL A500B Wide Flange W16 X 57# A992- Split into WT8 and rolled some parts stem in and rolled some parts stem out. Wide Flange W24 X 103# A992- DOUBLE split to a finished height of 8¼” tall. Albina then rolled some parts stem in and other stem out.

Eli Lilly Biotech Research Center in La Jolla, CA.

Curved Steel Creates Crown Jewel Wagon Creek Bridge in Lake Siskiyou, CA.

Albina elliptically bent 50,000# of 14″ XH pipe, all material exposed, to extremely tight tolerances for the Wagon Creek Pedestrian Bridge in Mt. Shasta, California. The McConnell Foundation partnered with Siskiyou County by awarding a $600,000 grant for the Wagon Creek Bridge, and the bridge is considered the crown jewel of the Lake Siskiyou Trail.

Curved Steel Wagon Creek Pedestrian Bridge Lake Siskiyou, California
Curved Steel Wagon Creek Pedestrian Bridge Lake Siskiyou, California
Curved Steel Wagon Creek Pedestrian Bridge Lake Siskiyou, California