Albina is much more than just a structural bending facility. We service ALL industries that might require bent steel.
Recently Albina was involved with a large industrial application where we orovided Cargo Heating Pipe Coils for tanks in barges.
We were responsible for bending, trimming and washing each of the 488 lengths x 40 ft 2″ SCH40 SA106B SMLS to net 880 pcs. All bends were made to a 6” center-line-radius and our quality control department had to 100% QC parts to make sure the backwall thinning of the material was not below .079” and that ovality of the material was minimized.
After processing the first phase of this project the customer immediately placed 3 more releases as they were pleased with the quality, fair pricing, communication and customer service offered by Albina.
We recently supplied rolled tubes for the Jimi Hendrix Park project in Seattle, Washington. The customer was so pleased with the rolled tubes that they received that they reached out to us to let us know. “We are currently in fabrication, we are looking at an install at the end of March. I will first say that the rolled tubes are exactly correct in terms of radius. You are experts at your craft and it shows.” Remember that there is a price and a cost associated with every purchasing decision. Do not chose the lowest initial price or you may deal with excessive and unanticipated costs throughout the project.
Rolled Tubes for Jimi Hendrix Park Seattle, WA.
Albina recently completed bending 16″ OD X .625″ WALL A500 GR B material for a new bridge at the San Diego Zoo. A total of 24 lens x 48 feet weighing 118,350 pounds were required for this job. Albina used a combination of induction bending and cold increment bending to complete this project to meet AESS standards. Radii on the projected ranged from a 20 foot center-line-radius to a 350 foot center-line-radius. We are not a stranger to bending bridges for California Zoos! See below for a few examples of curved steel bridges and custom signage that we completed for the Happy Hallow Zoo in San Jose.
The NCSEA (National Council of Structural Engineers Association) 19th Annual Awards for Excellence in Structural Engineering were announced in September and featured in the December issue of Structure Magazine. The facade system for the Petersen Automotive Museum Renovation was awarded Outstanding Project in the “special use structures” category. The exterior of the building was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox as a series of freeform stainless steel ribbons flowing over the structure. The ribbons are supported by treelike structures, bent by Albina Co., Inc., which were designed to resemble engine manifolds. This project faced many structural concerns and the design team was able to come up with a solution that met all the structural needs as well as meeting the architectural vision. For a full list of winners click on the STRUCTURE magazine article. Photos courtesy of Zahner.
Peterson Auto Museum Exterior
Peterson Auto Museum Bent Pipe Supports
Peterson Auto Museum Bent Pipe Supports
I wanted to share a story from a customer whom we recently completed a job for. The customer found us through the internet and was impressed with our web page layout because it showed that we do architectural work. He said working with the team at Albina was a “great experience.”
“This project was textbook from beginning to end. Once it arrived in Seattle it was installed within an hour. Albina’s timing was unbelievable. We have another job coming up where the bent pipes need to be perfect and clean and strong as it has coils going through and it can’t be crushed. Once the project is ready for release, Albina will be my first phone call.”
Most of the customers’ work is done in the DC area so he thought shipping might be a problem on the upcoming job. We have a lot of customers on the East Coast and we have the ability to combine shipments which helps to keep the costs down. Don’t let shipping be a deterrent.
Albina Co., Inc. has operated in a 50,000 square foot shop since 2001. The shop was designed and built taking into account our equipment at the time of occupancy as well as future plans for growth. Over the years, Albina has purchased many bending machines including draw bending equipment, roll bending equipment and plate rolling equipment and we have done our best to place machines in “free” spaces in our shop. This has created some organization and operational issues because similar machines were not grouped together. Once again, Albina has purchased two new machines to add to our equipment inventory. Before these machines arrived, we completely restructured our shop and have completed a major overhaul in order to group similar machines in common areas. Our next blog will feature information on the machines! Stay tuned!
Albina Co., Inc. recently bent various steel pipe materials including 5” sch40 T304 stainless steel, 5″ Sch10 T304 stainless steel and 4” sch40 T304 stainless steel for a curved steel water feature in Florida. Albina works on many projects including playground equipment, treehouses, spiral climbers and much more!
Pipe Bending for Curved Steel Water Feature
180 Degree Pipe Bending
5″ Sch10, 5″ Sch40 and 4″ Sch40 Pipe Bending
Recreational Pipe Bending Application
Albina recently completed 65,000# of bent steel for a curved span bridge that connects Los Angeles’ Metro Universal City City Red Line Station to Universal Studio Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Attraction. Albina bent the following structural steel materials for the 400 foot, L-shaped bridge span bridge.
14” OD x .375” Wall bent down to a 60 ft radius
16” Od x .500” wall bent down to a 59 ft radius
17” Sch80 A106B smls bent down to a 59 ft radius
8.625” OD x .500” wall API-5L bent down to a 44 ft radius
8.625” OD x .625” wall API-5L bent down to a 202 ft radius
The steel was fabricated by Thomson Metal Fab. Click her to read a recent article published in Modern Steel Construction.
Pipe Bending for Universal Studio Hollywood Span Bridge
Pipe Bending Ranging from 8.625″-17″ OD Material
Summer months in the steel bending industry always present very fun and interesting curved steel projects from various manufacturing and structural customers alike. Our shipping yard is filled with various small material, mass production runs for our customers in the manufacturing industry.
Pipe Bending for Boat Lifts
Heating Coils for Asphalt Trucks
In addition, we have many large material, heavy tonnage, unique bending requirements for our structural and architectural customers who are extremely busy during the summer construction months.
Structural Steel Bending of Wide Flange for Store Canopy
Structural Steel Bending of Rectangular Tube for Curved Roof Trusses
No matter the size or difficulty of your project, Albina can meet and exceed your expectations. If you have a project that requires a curved steel element, call us today!
If you plan on taking a roadtrip through Oregon this summer, program your GPS for a stop at Oregon’s Historic Vista House. Vista House is an observatory at Crown Point in Multnomah County, Oregon and is a National Natural Landmark. The Vista House also serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers. During the interior and exterior restoration of the building in the early 2000’s, Albina Co., Inc. bent a curved steel handrail to not only upgrade the 1918 facade designed by Edgar M. Lazerus, but to also help make the Vista House accessible to the handicapped. The curved steel handrail lines a ramp to the entry way of the dome and on the interior a disappearing lift between levels was added to assist handicapped visitors.
Curved Steel Handrail Installed 2002
Curved Steel Handrail for ADA Ramp
Curved Pipe for Custom Handrail