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Curved Steel Roof at Renovated Hayward Field

As the “Front Runner in Steel Bending”, we “Tower Above the Rest!” We were thrilled to be an integral part of reconstructing Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Hayward Field is the world-class home to @OregonTF. Albina created the curved steel diaphragm used to support the roof structure and provided various bent materials to help construct the landmark tower at the northeast corner of the facility. Designers wanted to create a structure that was open and airy, allowing spectators to enjoy great views and natural daylight, in an intimate environment. See https://linktr.ee/AlbinaCoInc for pictures, video and more!

For the roof, we rolled 600 lengths, varying from 28’-0” to 75’-6” long, of 14″ OD X .375″ / .500 WALL A500-18 GRADE B&C. That is 1,500,000# lot weight (750 tons) of rolled steel, 32 inbound trucks and 90 outbound trucks. The 14” OD material was laid over the top of the plate that we bent for this project. We bent 300 lengths, varying from 3’-0” to 37’-0” long, of PLATE 1½” THICK X 16¾” WIDE A572 GR. 50 and PLATE 1½” THICK X 10″ WIDE A572 GR. 50.

In addition to the iconic roof, the tower at Hayward (187 feet tall) creates a community landmark honoring the first 100 years of track and field at Oregon. We rolled 400 lengths, varying from 20’-0” to 60’-0” long, of Tube Steel 8″ X 4″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B, 8-5/8″ OD X .625″ WALL A500C WHEELED, 8-5/8″ OD X .375″ WALL A500C WHEELED, 8-5/8″ OD X .250″ WALL A500C WHEELED, and Flat Bar 3/8″ X 4½” A36. That is 330,000# lot weight (165 tons) of rolled steel, 10 inbound trucks and 16 outbound trucks!

Our work was extremely precise, and we had zero rejected parts by the fabricator, Fought & Co., Inc. When measuring the work points during fabrication, they never once had to heat up or adjust the bending. To make the erection process go smoothly, we marked every 3-4 feet on the centerline back of the pipe to assist in the layout process for the diagrid “fish-mouth” stubs, and up-stands for the roofing system.

Check out the video below when Ashton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton Tour the Renovated Hayward Field.

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.

Curved Steel in Bridge Construction


“In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.” -Nigerian Proverb
We are choosing build bridges, figuratively and literally.
Today’s Infrastructure Highlight: Curved Steel for Bridges

Wagon Creek Bridge
Wagon Creek Bridge Lake Siskiyou, CA.
Dry Creek Bridge
Dry Creek Bridge
Highway 36 Bridge
Highway 36 Bridge Denver, Colorado
Happy Hollow Bridge San Diego, CA.
Happy Hollow Bridge San Diego, CA.
Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerated Scientific Impact Bridge
Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerated Scientific Impact Bridge
May Creek Bridge Maryville, WA.
May Creek Bridge Maryville, WA.
Museum of Flight Bridge Seattle, WA.
Museum of Flight Bridge Seattle, WA.
Riverview Park Aluminum Bridge
Riverview Park Aluminum Bridge
Union Station Bridge Portland, OR.
Union Station Bridge Portland, OR.

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

OUR TEAM’S LINE-UP HAS CHANGED A BIT

With every new year comes change and this new year we have a few announcements about some changes to our Albina team.

MEET BEN INGERSOLL: ALBINA’S NEW TRAFFIC & PURCHASING MANAGER. We are pleased to introduce the newest member of our Albina team, Ben Ingersoll, who is joining us Monday January 13th as our new Traffic & Purchasing Manager. Ben will be relocating to our Tualatin, Oregon headquarters from Northern California. Ben brings a lot of purchasing and shipping experience with him and he is going to be a great fit to the Albina team. You can contact Ben at 503-692-6010 or email bingersoll@albinaco.com.

Ben will be replacing Jason Orefice who is transitioning into a new position on the Estimating and Project Management side of the business. Jason will be a perfect fit with our Sales and Estimating team and will be able to provide invaluable support to our customer base.  Jason’s contact information will not be changing and he can be reached at jason@albinaco.com.

In addition, VP of Sales, Stuart Hasman, will be retiring at the end of this month. We want to thank Stu for his many years of service to our organization and we wish Stu and his family the best of luck in retirement. He will be missed! If you have any needs that require the attention of a Territory Manager/VP of Sales, please feel free to contact Brad Lund (blund@albinaco.com). You may have already talked with Brad as he has been with us for 14 years and has a vast knowledge of our capabilities, your region and the services we offer. If you have worked with Brad in the past then you are already familiar with his outstanding reputation and dedication to quality customer service.  

We are confident that these changes will help better serve your needs as our company and your business continue to grow.
Thank you for your continued support, we are excited to see what 2020 brings!

Estimating / Project Managers:
Aaron Hughes:  ahughes@albinaco.com
Mark King: mking@albinaco.com
Joe Daniels:jdaniels@albinaco.com
Jason Orefice: jason@albinaco.com

Operations Manager/QAM:
KC Lesch: kl@albinaco.com

Traffic Manager/Purchasing
Ben Ingersoll: bingersoll@albinaco.com

VP of Sales:
Brad Lund:  blund@albinaco.com 

Grand Opening! State Of the Art Lunchroom at Albina Co., Inc.

As we near the end of our 80th Anniversary celebration, and during this holiday season of Thanksgiving, we wanted to give a special “Thank You” to our employees and provide them with a modern, state of the art, relaxing place for them to enjoy breaks and lunch together. We decided to create an elevated lunchroom up on our mezzanine level, giving the employees a retreat away from the production floor and opening up more production space below the mezzanine. This new production space opens up many opportunities for new equipment and capacities, just like the DAVI MAV K30 Plate Roll we just purchased! More information to come on that next month.
Jackson-Barrett Construction did an amazing job on the project! They were professional and efficient and produced an extremely high quality room for us. With their help, we also commissioned a local company called PDX Wraps to create custom wall wraps for both the exterior and interior of the room. Such a cool product!
In addition, we surveyed our crew to find out what was most important to them when creating this new space. Items included cell phone and laptop charging stations, multiple microwaves and refrigerators, and ergonomic chairs

Elevated Lunchroom at Albina Co., Inc. Wall Wraps by PDX Wraps
State of the Art Lunchroom at Albina Co., Inc. Wall wraps by PDX Wraps
View out the lunchroom window down on shop floor at Albina Co., Inc.
Refrigerator and Microwave Wall in Lunchroom at Albina Co., Inc.
Lockers and custom painted doors in lunchroom at Albina Co., Inc.

WANT TO WORK FOR THE BEST COMPANY IN THE STEEL INDUSTRY? Now Hiring Shipping, Receiving & Purchasing Clerk

REQUIREMENTS:

Candidate must have extensive knowledge of the steel industry.  With a minimum of 5 years’ experience purchasing and shipping in the steel industry.  Candidate must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects at any given time.  Must be well connected in the steel industry and have a strong reputation for customer service.  High-level computer and math (geometry) skills required. 

DUTIES:

Read & interpret shop drawings and shop data to determine how items are going to ship.  Candidate is responsible for shipping and purchasing decisions (with direction from project managers).  Work with a team of estimators, project managers, production managers and yard managers to successfully perform duties. 

Compensation package based on experience.  This is NOT an entry-level position.  Please email your resume Attn: HR Director: dwilson@albinaco.com.

Oversized Load of bent structural steel getting ready for shipment

“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.

Meet Brian and Jaime Smith-“Making Magic Happen”

We just returned from the happiest place on Earth (Disney World) and while we should be rested after 9 days of vacation, we are exhausted!!! Disney, just like everything else in our lives, involved strategic planning almost six months in advance just to ensure we could have a hot meal and ride the most popular rides. And even with all that planning and preparation, Jaime and I found ourselves constantly evaluating the efficiencies of the parks, the bottlenecks we faced, and how we thought Disney could improve the experience of park-goers. Don’t get me wrong, we had great family time, and Disney is one of the most successful companies around, but I think the lesson we took away from the trip is that even if we think we have things all figured out and are doing things the way we think you want them done, we can’t rest on our laurels and we need to be constantly evaluating how we can make your experience in doing business with us an enjoyable (and dare I say “magical”) one. 

On our trip, we were constantly on a roller coaster, jumping from one ride to the next, never a dull moment. That is the same feeling we have about how the spring is shaping up here at Albina Co. We have so many great and interesting projects going on right now! We are rockin’ & rollin’ on so many different types of material! So many industries…agricultural, structural, aerospace, mining, food processing, and so much more! Below are just a few projects we shipped out recently! 

Albina Co., Inc. Celebrating 80 Years in the Steel Bending Industry!

Albina Co., Inc., located outside Portland, Oregon, has been providing customers with innovative, quality curved steel services and products since 1939. A family owned and operated, third generation business, run by Brian Smith, specializes in structural steel, tube and pipe bending, plate rolling and fabrication. Albina produces virtually any metal component that needs to bend or curve without the use of pre-formed fittings. Albina has provided curved steel for many high-profile buildings, stadiums and structures in the United States and Canada. Albina was the steel bender of choice on the recently completed Amazon Spheres in Seattle,Washington.

Albina is an industry leader in research and development and in 2018, purchased an MCP30 by Davi, the first type of bending machine in the United States with a “iRoll” smart camera system, allowing operators to view the part being bent compared to a radius template on the control screen.  The machine has the ability to “learn and remember” how different materials bend, where the rolls need to be positioned, and how much spring back is associated with a bend / material.

Brian and Jaime Smith by the Davi Machine
Brian and Jaime Smith by the Davi Machine

Albina also purchased a Bend-Tech Dragon A400 Plasma Cutter, a commercial grade CNC tube cutting ,engraving, and marking machine with the world’s most powerful CAD/CAM software. Other new equipment included new welders, jib cranes, induction heating coils, an electric forklift and 40 sets of tooling.

Albina was an instrumental player in the development of the first ever Design Guide of its kind in the United States offering information on the fabrication, design and detailing of curved members. Design Guide 33 “Curved Member Design” was released in October 2018 by the AISC Bender/Roller committee and is an invaluable resource for the industry!

Front Cover of Design Guide 33: “Curved Member Design”http://www.aisc.org/curvedsteel

Albina not only has one of the newest, most technologically advanced machines on the market, Albina also has one of the oldest, custom made bending machines ever created! In honor of the 80th Anniversary, Albina created a museum on site, called “The Smith-sonian”, honoring the family name and housing one of the first ever pieces of equipment that Albina owned and used to bend materials. Brian’s grandfather built the“Model-T” bending machine in the early 1940’s utilizing the transmission and differential from a “Model-T” Ford. This machine was used until the 1990’s to bend various materials such as pipe, tube, and square and rectangular hollow structural steel. “The Smith-sonian” is ready for visitors. Cheers to 80 Years!

The Smith-sonian Is Open for Visitors!