Category Archives: Structural Steel Rolling

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

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.

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

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

Pumpkin Carving & Steel Bending: What Do They Have in Common?

Carving pumpkins is a family tradition in the Smith House, a tradition that started 20 years ago with one of mine and Jaime’s first dates. But like most events in our household, it is not something we just do without thorough planning and preparation. We follow a strict set-up, we have our designs in mind before we start, we have all of the tools we need at hand, we tackle challenging designs, and most importantly, we have Chinese food waiting for us when we are done! But in all seriousness, the steps we go through to carve pumpkins are very similar to the ones we go through when dealing with a project involving a curved steel component.

Steps for Pumpkin Carving

1) Plan Ahead: Buy Your Pumpkin Shortly Before Halloween

2) Buy Your Pumpkin from a Pumpkin Patch or Supermarket

3) Select a Healthy Pumpkin Free of Nicks, Bruises and Cuts

4) Pick the Size You Need

5) Choose a Design Before You Start Carving

6) Choose a Method for Carving Your Pumpkin

7) Trace Your Design on the Pumpkin

8) Set Up a Spacious Work Area

9) Select the Right Tools

10) Remove the Filling

11) Carve Your Design

12) Display Your Pumpkin

Steps for Steel Bending

1) Plan Ahead: Early Involvement of Key Players, especially Your Bender/Roller.

2) Buy the Steel: Have Us Quote Your Job Labor + Material or Purchase Your Own Steel from a Service Center and Have it Delivered To Us

3) Select the Material that is Right for Your Job: HSSPipeTubeAngleChannelWide-FlangeI-Beam?

4) Pick the Size You Need: Use our Handy Calculators or refer to our quote indicating the lengths we require to successfully bend your project.

5) Work with the Engineer, Architect or Bender/Roller on the Project to Perfect the Design of the Curved Steel

6) We will Choose a Method for Bending Your Steel Based on Your Needs and the Application of the Product

7) We Bend Per Your Template and/or Drawings.

8) We have a 50,000 sq ft Shop with Ample Room to Handle Large Structural Projects and Smaller Repeat Orders.

9) We have the Right Tools with State of the Art Bending Equipment, Bend Dies, Fab Equipment and a QC Department.

10) No Need to Remove the Filling! We DO NOT fill your HSS with other Structural Members. We are able to Bend HSS Members WITHOUT adding extra Material and Weight.

11) Bend, Roll, Spiral, Fabricate, Form!!

12) Erect, Assemble & Display Award Winning Projects Featuring Curved Steel Members for the Steel Industry to See!