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Blog posts of '2015' 'October'

Curved Steel Pedestrian Bridges
Architecturally designed pedestrian bridges and walk-ways are often erected at transportation stations, universities, museums, business centers, and state parks. Most often, these curved steel bridges are constructed of bent or rolled structural steel including, pipe, square or rectangular tube steel, channel and wide flange. It depends on the application, the load requirements the AESS (Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel) requirements, and fabrication specifications of the project to determine which type of structural steel will best fit the needs of the project. [caption id="attachment_655" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Dry Creek Pedestrian Bridge Dry Creek Pedestrian Bridge [/caption] [caption id="attachment_659" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Ironwood Pedestrian Bridge Ironwood Pedestrian Bridge[/caption] [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="300"]HWY 36 Pedestrian Bridge HWY 36 Pedestrian Bridge[/caption] [caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="300"]May Creek Pedestrian Bridge May Creek Pedestrian Bridge[/caption] [caption id="attachment_656" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Museum of Flight Pedestrian Bridge Museum of Flight Pedestrian Bridge[/caption]
Look Around: We've Got You Covered
When people ask me what I do and where I work, I get excited to tell them the answer because it almost comes as a surprise when I describe what our company does. When I say, " I work for a steel bending and fabrication company" many people look at me inquisitively and ask "so what does that mean?" Since many of the products we make require someone to look above eye level, my common response is "next time you are outside, look up, look around, any time you see bent steel on a canopy, a roof truss, a store front...those are the kinds of things we make." Many people go as far as to comment, "I never really thought about the fact that the steel has to be bent somehow!" So next time you look up and see a curved steel structure, think of Albina. "We've Got You Covered!"
Oregon State University Student Experience Center Canopy
The bending portion of this project required very large HSS rectangular tubing to be bent consistently from piece to piece with little to no deformation. Albina bent 8 lengths of TS 20” x 12” x .500” wall A500 Gr. B, all over 70 ft long. Albina also bent 44 lengths x 60 ft and 23 lengths x 25 ft of TS 6” x 3” x .313” wall A500 Gr. B, this material was “double bent” the easy-way and the hard-way. Fought & Co., a structural steel fabrication shop located in Tigard Oregon, teamed up with Albina to successfully produce the required canopy. Albina was tasked with the steel bending while Fought was tasked with the fabrication. Albina recently published an article in Metal Architectural (click here to read) highlighting the Student Experience Center Curved Steel Canopy project. curved steel canopy at student experience center OSU-1