Category Archives: Metal Rolling

Barbara Walker Crossing Footbridge Wins Two International CODA Awards!

The Barbara Walker Crossing Footbridge, along the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon, is the official winner of two prestigious CODA awards, organized by CODAworx, an online global design platform which celebrates the worlds best in public art. The footbridge won a People’s Choice Award as voted on by the public, as well as an award in the transportation category. . 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).

How Does the Rotary Draw Bending Method Work and What Types of Products Can You Make?

Rotary draw bending is a cold bending method where the member is clamped to a rotating bend die and drawn around the bend die. The tailing tangent is held against the bend die by a pressure die, and the bend die rotates until the desired geometry is formed. A mandrel is often placed inside the member to restrain cross-sectional distortion during the bending process. Bends can also be formed with special draw-bending equipment where deformations are controlled by tensioning along the member axis. Rotary draw bending is commonly used to form small radius bends in smaller-size round, square and rectangular HSS members. Specific tooling is required for each member size, shape and bend radius; therefore, this method is best suited for projects requiring many identical bends. This bending method is primarily used in the machine and parts industry (Weisenberger, 2016) and for piping (Riviezzi,1984). The maximum degree of bend is 180°, but the minimum bend radii of round HSS is approximately 50% smaller than that of other cold-bending methods (Riviezzi, 1984). Have a need for consistent, accurate, and repeatable bent steel parts, hit us up today! We are standing by ready to assist!

Bent Steel & Aluminum Parts Span Many Industries

Our bent steel can be seen on various applications in the auto, marine, aviation, locomotive, agricultural and food processing sectors. Our bends are used on locomotive frames, boat frames, agricultural equipment, automobiles, aircraft, deck rails and we even bend components for homeland security helping to protect our docks and ports.

Helicopter Parts
Aerospace Parts
Transfert BAF – ZL 3
Locomotive Parts
Locomotive Parts
Auto Parts
Food Processing Parts
Boat Parts and Deck Rails
Boat Parts
Agricultural Parts and Farming Equipment Parts

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

Curved Stainless Steel Artwork at Camelback Commons Building

We recently completed a unique curved stainless steel art project for Camelback Commons in Arizona. Albina Co., Inc. bent 8 pieces of 3″ SCH40 T304 Stainless Steel. All parts were bent to a full scale layout and all points needed to be hit +/-½”. The tightest radius was a 36” centerline. Camelback Commons are multi-level buildings with an open atrium for businesses as well as apartments, just walking distance from the high-dollar Arizona Biltmore. Photo Credit: Creative Machines., Inc.

Curved Stainless Steel Artwork at Camelback Commons
Camelback Commons Curved Stainless Steel Artwork

Curved Steel at New Skate Park: “It is So Fun to Drop In!”

“It is so fun to drop in!” Sherwood Skate Park just opened and it is awesome! Filled with kids every day! Albina was thrilled to be a part of the project bending 4 lengths x 20 ft. Tube Steel 2″ X 2″ X .188″ WALL A500 GR B to a 42 ft radius and a 46 ft radius, as well as 3 lengths x 21 ft.: 2″ SCH40 A53B ERW bent to a 12 ft radius and a 5 ft radius, for the lip/rail that runs the perimeter of the park as well as for the benches kids sit and skate on.

skatepark rails
skatepark benches
skatepark rails

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

“The Spheres” Grace the Cover of Structure Magazine

“The Spheres”, the recipient of the AISC 2019 IDEAS2 Presidential Award for Excellence in Fabrication grace the cover of the August Issue of Structure Magazine! The article focuses on the inspiration, the vision and the design of “The Spheres.” Albina bent 750,000# and 1,050 pieces rectangular tube steel bent the easy way and a portion bent off-axis for this project. Almost 8 miles of welding work and grinding was avoided because of Albina’s ability to bend a portion of the project. Almost NO correction was needed during fabrication or erection as the bends fit to the fixtures within 1/32nd of an inch! Numerous Pacific Northwest businesses collaborated to make The Spheres possible.

Curved Steel Sections of The Spheres Erected
Curved Steel Sections of The Spheres Erected
The Spheres in Seattle Washington
“The Spheres” Seattle, WA.

Curved Unistrut!

We recently worked with a customer on a unique project where they required curved Unistrut. We were able to successfully roll 1 5/8″ X 1 5/8″ GALVANIZED UNISTRUT the hard way to a 168” radius. A unique material for rolling! We figured out a way to maintain the shape while rolling and were able to bend 116 lengths! We received a comment from our customer that “no one at the jobsite had ever seen Unistrut curved before!” 

1 5/8" X 1 5/8" GALVANIZED UNISTRUT the hard way to a 168” radius
1 5/8" X 1 5/8" GALVANIZED UNISTRUT the hard way to a 168” radius

New Estimator Has Joined the Albina Team

The last few years have been sensational for Albina Co., Inc. We have seen a great deal of change in our industry and have been fortunate to recognize growth in our capabilities, capacity and in both our shop and office team members.  We are excited to introduce the newest member of our Estimating / Project Management team, Joseph (Joe) Daniels. Joe is joining Aaron Hughes, Mark King, Brad Lund, Stuart Hasman and Brian Smith in Albina’s Sales department. Joe has many years of experience in the steel and fabrication industry and has worked in Albina’s shop, as an Ironworker, since July 2014. Joe has developed an outstanding reputation at Albina and will be a welcomed addition to our outstanding sales and estimating team. Joe possesses a comprehensive work ethic and will service Albina’s customers just as you have grown accustomed to from the other members of our team. We are confident Joe’s commitment to quality and integrity will make him a valuable resource as our company and your business continue to grow. You can contact Joe or any of our other existing sales staff with your estimating and technical needs at 503-692-6010. Joe’s email is jdaniels@albinaco.com. Thank you for your continued support.

Joe Daniels joins Albina Co., Inc. Estimating Team
Joe Daniels