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It’s Here, It’s There, It’s Everywhere! Curved Steel at the Forefront of Construction at the University of Oregon

Two major construction projects are just wrapping up at the University of Oregon and curved steel is at the forefront of both projects!

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Sky Bridge.

Photo Credit: Campus Planning & Facilities Management University of Oregon

Albina Co., Inc. bent 22″ OD x 1″ Wall Carbon Steel Pipe to a 105 foot center-line radius for a signature sky bridge that spans Franklin Boulevard and serves as a connector between campus and other U of O research facilities. The $225 million, 160,000-square-foot first phase opened in the Spring of 2020. Click on the link in my BIO to take a virtual tour of the building. Photo Credit: Campus Planning & Facilities Management U of O.

“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.

Photo Credit: University of Oregon Track & Field

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.

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! Photo Credit: Oregon Track & Field.

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.

National Steel Bridge Alliance Names the Williams Creek (Shoup) Bridge a Merit Award Winner

The Awards just keep on coming! The National Steel Bridge Alliance has awarded the Williams Creek Shoup Bridge in Salem, Idaho a Merit Award in the Medium Span bridges category. Albina was happy to be a part of the project and provided 145,000# of bent structural steel and HSS including:

W18 X 234# A992
4 lengths x 100 ft- bent the easy way to a 179 ft radius
2 lengths x 75 ft- bent the easy way to a 179 ft radius

TS 8″ X 8″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B
8 lengths x 53 ft: bent to a 304 ft radius.

Photo Credit: Linda Ulery (Photo 1)
Don Perkins (Photo 2 & 3)

The AISC website has detailed information about the project, the design, the construction, erection, and more.

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.

Curved Steel at Kelli McGregor Square Outside Coors Field

Albina recently supplied 40,000# of bent steel for Kelli McGregor Square Mixed Use Development located outside Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. We bent the following materials.

TS 12″ X 8″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR C
11 pcs bent the easy way
Various radii: 73 ft – 90 ft

TS 12″ X 6″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR C
12 pcs bent the easy way
Various radii: 62 ft – 73 ft

To read more about the project and see renderings of what the final area will look like please read the article in Denver’s Mile High Magazine.

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

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

Signature Curved Steel Sky Bridge at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

We took our daughter to tour the University of Oregon this week and we were simply in awe of the amazing facilities and buildings on campus! Our tour started on Franklin Boulevard where the University broke ground in early March on the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Albina Co., Inc. bent 22″ OD x 1″ Wall Carbon Steel Pipe to a 105 foot center-line radius for a signature sky bridge that spans Franklin Boulevard and serves as a connector between campus and other U of O research facilities. The $225 million, 160,000-square-foot first phase is slated to open in early 2020.

Curved Steel Sky Bridge at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
Curved Steel Sky Bridge at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
Curved Steel Sky Bridge at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact