Category Archives: Steel Bending

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

Curved Steel Pipe Helps to Create a Custom Canopy at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church

Albina recently bent 8 Pieces of 6″ Sch80 pipe bent to 90°+ on a 5 foot radius to help create a beautiful canopy for the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, CA. The curved steel pipe pieces provided the structural supports for the overhead canopy. The San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church is located in Alamo, CA.

San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Canopy Supports
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Canopy Supports
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Canopy Supports

Curved Steel Roof Structures Rolled for St. Marks Coptic Orthodox Church

Albina recently rolled various sizes of tube steel and angle for Saint Marks Coptic Orthodox Church in Centennial, Colorado. Materials included: 4 Pieces of Tube Steel 6″ X 6″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B rolled to a 14 ft radius, 8 pieces of Tube Steel 4″ X 4″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B rolled to a 4 ft radius, 1 piece 4″ X 4″ X 3/8″ ANGLE A36 leg in rolled to a 13 ft radius, and 4 pieces 3″ X 3″ X ¼” ANGLE A36 leg out rolled to a 15 ft radius. Albina rolled all of the material, fabrication was done by our customer.

Curved Steel Roof at St. Marks Coptic Orthodox Church in Centennial, Colorado
Curved Steel Roof at St. Marks Coptic Orthodox Church in Centennial, Colorado

Curved Steel Bar at Ninkasi Brewing Co. in Eugene, Oregon

Thank you to Avant Arc Quality Fabrication & Design, and Ninkasi Brewing Co., for giving Albina the opportunity to bend some cool parts for the Ninkasi Bar in Eugene, Oregon. Albina bent:
2″ OD X .120″ WALL HREW- 10 lengths x 20 ft to net 50 bent pieces- various degree bends all on a 12” radius.
2″ OD X .120″ WALL HREW- 4 lengths x 20 ft to net 40 bent pieces- various degree bends all on a 4” radius.
4″ OD X .083″ WALL T304 S/S- 2 lengths x 20 ft to net 2 bent pieces x 90° on a 55” radius and 2 bent pieces x 90° on a 44” radius.

Ninkasi Brewing Company curved Steel Bar
Ninkasi Brewing Company curved Steel Bar
Ninkasi Brewing Company curved Steel Bar

Curved Steel Bollards for SoFi Stadium

Albina recently completed 233 pieces of 4″ SCH40 A53B ERW bent in a Double 90° configuration on a 9″ centerline radius for bollards for the back area of the new SoFi Stadium-Home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers (loading dock, VIP parking, etc.) The bollards will be used for protection of the main structural columns at the stadium.

Curved Steel Bollards for SoFi Stadium
Curved Steel Bollards for SoFi Stadium

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.

Curved Steel for the Freyer-Newman Center at Denvers’ Botanical Gardens


Albina bent 40,000# of steel for the Freyer-Newman Center, home to Denvers’ Botanical Gardens. Albina bent 60 pieces of W8 X 31# A992 the hard way to a full scale layout. We also bent Tube Steel 8″ X 6″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B the hard way and MC8 X 20# A36 the hard way. The Freyer – Newman Center is a LEED GOLD building, designed by Denver’s Davis Partnership Architects. The Center will house six classrooms; four galleries; new herbaria for vascular plants, mushrooms and slime molds; laboratories; a new library and a coffee shop, and is slated for completion this spring. Final install pictures coming soon!

Freyer Newman Center Denver Botanical Gardens
Freyer Newman Center Denver Botanical Gardens
Freyer Newman Center Denver Botanical Gardens

Curved Steel Helps Create Unique Entry for the Eli Lilly San Diego Biotech Research Center in La Jolla, CA.

Albina provided 109,000# of bent steel for the Eli Lilly San Diego Biotech Center in La Jolla, CA. Eli Lilly doubled the size of its research facility to 300,000 square feet during this project. Materials included: 8″ X 8″ X 5/8″ ANGLE A36- half of the parts rolled leg in and half of the parts rolled leg out. Tube Steel 8″ X 8″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B 8 5/8″ OD X .625″ WALL A500B Wide Flange W16 X 57# A992- Split into WT8 and rolled some parts stem in and rolled some parts stem out. Wide Flange W24 X 103# A992- DOUBLE split to a finished height of 8¼” tall. Albina then rolled some parts stem in and other stem out.

Eli Lilly Biotech Research Center in La Jolla, CA.

Curved Tube Steel at the Golden State Warriors Chase Center Arena

Albina bent 45,000 lbs. of steel for the Chase Center- Home of the Golden State Warriors. Materials bent included Tube Steel 2″ X 2″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B, Tube Steel 14″ X 14″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B, Tube Steel 3″ X 3″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B, and Tube Steel 12″ X 12″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR all bent to a 270 ft radius. The stadium is located in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco.

Curved Steel Chase Center