Category Archives: Curved Steel Staircases

Curved Steel Roof and Spiral Staircase Provide Facelift for Portside Pier in San Diego

One of Southern California’s iconic, flagship waterfront restaurant sites – 1360 North Harbor Drive along the North Embarcadero, is getting a facelift! The Port of San Diego and The Brigantine, Inc. began construction in July 2018 to redevelop Portside Pier including introducing four new dining concepts and enhancing the panoramic views of San Diego Bay for daily visitors. Albina Co., Inc. provided 60,000 pounds of various bent materials for the unique curved roof structure as well as for a signature spiral staircase that leads from the dock to the second floor public walkway and viewing deck.
Materials bent by Albina Co., Inc. included:
TS 14″ X 6″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B (6 pieces spiral bent the easy way as tight as a 17 ft plan view radius, 4 pieces bent the easy way as tight as a 17 ft inside radius.)
TS 12″ X 6″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B (8 pieces bent the easy way as tight as a 2’ 7” outside radius, 8 pieces spiral bent the easy way as tight as a 2’ 7” plan view radius.)
TS 8″ X 8″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B (84 pieces bent to various radii and configurations.)
TS 18″ X 6″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B (4 pcs bent the hard way.)
W10 X 12# A992 (9 pcs bent the hard way.)
W18 X 35# A992 (15 pcs bent the hard way.)
W16 X 26# A992 (2 pcs bent the hard way.)
W14 X 22# A992 (13 pcs bent the hard way.) Photo Credit: Encore Steel

Curved Steel Roof and Spiral Staircase at Portside Pier in San Diego California
Curved Steel Roof and Spiral Staircase at Portside Pier in San Diego California
Curved Steel Roof at Portside Pier in San Diego California
Curved Steel Roof at Portside Pier in San Diego California

Custom Spiral Staircase Constructed of Rolled Steel Plate and Steel Tubing

Albina Co., Inc. recently rolled several materials for a custom spiral staircase. Materials bent by Albina Co., Inc. include:
PL ¾” X 14″ A36- spiral rolled to a 5’ 3” plan view radius and a 9’ 3” plan view radius.
PL ¾” x 4″ A36- spiral rolled to a 5’ 3” plan view radius.
PL ¾” X 8″ A36- spiral rolled to a 5’ 3” plan view radius.
1½” OD X .120″ WALL HREW: Rolled to a 8’ 11” plan view radius.

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

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.

Spiral Stringers Help Create Stunning Staircase at Altar’d State at The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace

Albina Co., Inc. recently rolled 16 pieces of 5/8″ plate A36 to as tight as a 162″ radius. Six pieces of plate were used as the inside stringers of a beautiful spiral staircase at Altar’d State at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Six pieces of plate were used as the outside stringers of the staircase, and four pieces were used on the landings. We bent the stringers, trimmed rectangular treat cut outs, trimmed to length, match paired plates, tacked them together and match drilled all holes. We bolt matched the plates together with a 6 bolts, (2) on the end, (2) in the middle, and (2) on the other end.

We also bent 2½” X 2½” X ¼” ANGLE A36 to help create the spiral staircase. Materials included:

1 piece leg in to a 25” inside radius.  Albina to bend 180° minimum.

1 piece leg out to a 162” inside radius.  Albina to bend 70” minimum arc.

1 piece leg out to a 30” inside radius.  Albina to bend 36” minimum arc.

1 piece leg out to a 19” inside radius.  Albina to bend 80” minimum arc.

1 piece leg in to a 38” inside radius.  Albina to bend 180° minimum.

Lastly, we bent one piece of Flat Bar 5/8″ x 12″ A36 UM Plate leg in to a 38” inside radius and 180° minimum.

Spiral Staircases at the Newly Renovated Space Needle

Albina Co. Inc. bent the spiral staircases at the newly renovated Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. The Space Needle’s rotating glass floor, dubbed “The Loupe”, is located just below the open-air observation deck and Albina Co., Inc. was the steel bender/roller for the custom spiral staircases connecting the two areas. Albina Co., Inc. bent 1″ thick x 13 ¼” wide A572 GR 50 to yield three 180″ pieces and three 144″ pieces of rolled plate and 1″ thick x 10-13/16″ wide A572 GR 50 to yield one 80″ piece of rolled plate. We also bent tube steel 10″ x 6″ x .625″ WALL A500 GR B to a 11’ 6” inside plan view radius (the easy way). 

Space Needle Spiral Staircase at "The Loupe"
Backside view of spiral staircase at the Space Needle
People walking on the spiral staircase at the Space needle
the space needle

Curved Steel Roof Structure & Spiral Staircases Highlights of the Portside Pier Renovation in San Diego Bay

One of Southern California’s iconic, flagship waterfront restaurant sites – 1360 North Harbor Drive along the North Embarcadero, is getting a facelift! The Port of San Diego and The Brigantine, Inc. began construction in July 2018 to redevelop Portside Pier including introducing four new dining concepts and enhancing the panoramic views of San Diego Bay for daily visitors. Albina Co., Inc. provided 60,000 pounds of various bent materials for the unique curved roof structure as well as for two signature spiral staircases that leads from the dock to the second floor public walkway and viewing deck.

Portside Pier Curved Roof Structure
Portside Pier Curved WIde Flange/Beam Roof Structure
Portside Pier Curved Wide Flange/Beam Structure Enclosed

Materials bent by Albina Co., Inc. included:
TS 14″ X 6″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B (6 pieces spiral bent the easy way as tight as a 17 ft plan view radius, 4 pieces bent the easy way as tight as a 17 ft inside radius).
TS 12″ X 6″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B (8 pieces bent the easy way as tight as a 2’ 7” outside radius, 8 pieces spiral bent the easy way as tight as a 2’ 7” plan view radius).
TS 8″ X 8″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B (84 pieces bent to various radii and configurations).
TS 18″ X 6″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B (4 pieces bent the hard way).
W10 X 12# A992 (9 pieces bent the hard way).
W18 X 35# A992 (15 pieces bent the hard way).
W16 X 26# A992 (2 pieces bent the hard way).
W14 X 22# A992 (13 pieces bent the hard way).

Portside Pier Steel Spiral Staircase
Portside Pier Steel Spiral Staircase

Albina Donates Curved Steel Parts to the 2019 NEF PRO “Curved Rails” Seminar

The event is—”Curved Rails: From Field to Fabrication” August 9th & 10th in Erie, Colorado.

Living Design Studios will be the host shop. This shop is the home to Jonathan Falk who will be the 2020-2021 NOMMA President.

Terry Barrett, Pinpoint Solutions, and Matt Olseng, MDO Welding and Fabrication, will be the presenters. They will teach the basics of field measuring; transforming the measurements in to shop drawings and getting the project “off the paper” and into physical form. Matt will demonstrate fabrication of curved rails and share tips for success.

Albina was thrilled to be able to donate some curved steel parts to be used in the seminar. Visit the NOMMA Homepage to register!

VERY TIGHT Spiral Stringer!

The Albina Co., Inc. team recently spiraled a true HSS stair stringer to a very tight configuration for a spiral staircase project in Washington. The project consisted of using an induction heat source, on our custom made bending equipment, to spiral bend tube steel 16″ X 12″ X .625″ WALL A500 GR B the easy way to a 77” Center Line Radius. VERY TIGHT and VERY IMPRESSIVE! Great work team! 

Extremely tight spiral stringer for custom spiral staircase

Install Progress Picture of Curved Steel Spiral Staircase for the New American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas

Back in June, I posted a picture of some 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, for the new American Airlines headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to the 16″ square, we produced another set of spirals consisting of Tube Steel 14″ x 6″ x .625″ wall REALLY tight, exposed and bent to a 5′-6″ radius on a 45° pitch. Below is a progress picture of the installation of these spiral stringers.

steel spiral stringers for custom spiral staircase at new American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas

The 1.7 million-square-foot complex, dubbed the “Trinity complex,” consists of constructing four seven-story buildings. It will cost at least $300 million to build and will house over 6,500 employees. There are 10 tower cranes on the project and there will be more than 1,000 construction workers on-site during the peak. It is scheduled to open during the second half of 2019.  These are the type of bends that ONLY Albina can do!