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Spectacular Spiral Staircase Provides Gateway to Thrilling Waterslides at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel
Spectacular Spiral Staircase Provides Gateway to Thrilling Waterslides at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel

We had the pleasure of staying at The Arizona Biltmore (A Waldorf Astoria Resort) recently and got to experience the new Paradise Waterslides firsthand. Equally as impressive as the slides themselves is the spiral staircase used to acend to the top of the slides. Materials Albina bent for this project included tube steel, various sizes and widths of pipe and round tube as well as several pieces of angel and channel. Next Level Steel was the fabricator on the project.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Spiral Staircase & Waterslide

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Spiral Staircase & Waterslide

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Spiral Staircase & Waterslide

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Spiral Staircase & Waterslide

A full list of bent materials includes:

TS 12" X 3" X .375" WALL A500 GR B

22 pcs spiral bent the easy way.  11 pcs bent to a 7’-4” outside plan view radius and 11 pcs bent to a 11’-0” Inside plan view radius.  All to AESS standards.

35 pcs bent the easy way (flat).  17 pcs bent to a 7’-1” inside radius and 18 pcs bent to a 11’-0” Inside radius.  All to AESS standards.

 

3" OD X .250" WALL A500 GR. B

112 pcs spiral bent to various radii and configurations all to AESS standards.

 

2½" OD X .188" WALL A500 GR B

6 pcs spiral bent to various radii and configurations all to AESS standards.

60 pcs bent (flat) to 3’-11” up to 5’-1” radii.

 

1¼" SCH40 A500B UNCOATED

25 pcs spiral bent to various radii (7’-5” up to 10’-10”) and configurations all to AESS standards.

12 pcs bent (flat) to 7’-5” up to 10’-10” radii.

 

1½" SCH40 A500B UNCOATED

106 pcs spiral bent to various radii (7’-2” up to 11’-1”) and configurations all to AESS standards.

73 pcs bent (flat) to 7’-2” up to 11’-1” radii.

 

C4 X 5.4# A36

51 pcs bent (flat) the hard way to various radii and configurations

 

2" X 2" X ¼" ANGLE A36

260 pcs rolled – some leg-in and some leg-out.  To various radii and configurations.

 

3" X 3" X 3/8" ANGLE A36

1 pc rolled leg-out to a 7’-7” radius

1 pc rolled leg-in to a 11’-0” radius

 

3" X 3" X ½" ANGLE A36

47 pcs rolled – some leg-in and some leg-out.  To various radii and configurations.

 

4" X 3" X ½" ANGLE A36

1 pc rolled leg-in to a 11’-0” radius

Curved Feather-Inspired Roof at Montana State University Campus
Curved Feather-Inspired Roof at Montana State University Campus

Albina recently rolled various material for the eagle feather-inspired roof at the American Indian Hall at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. ThinkOne Construction Management designed a barrel-vaulted, curved, standing beam roof in the shape and color of an eagle feather. Metal roofing was specified to ensure durability and to create a non-penetrating attachment point for solar panels. The project was featured on page 37 of the October/November Issue of Metal Architecture

TS 14" X 4" X .375" WALL A500 GR B-2 pcs rolled the easy way to a 27’ -8” radius

6" X 6" X 5/16" ANGLE A36-7 pcs rolled leg out to a 92’-0” radius

4" X 4" X ½" ANGLE A36-2 pcs rolled leg out to a 107’-3” radius

Photo Credit: Jacob Teats

We also rolled the materials for the spiral staircase on this project.

MC12 X 10.6# A36

5 pcs rolled flanges out to a 67’-0” radius

4 pcs spiral rolled flanges out to a 67’-0” radius

5 pcs rolled flanges in to radii ranging from 57’-5” - 67’-5” radius

4 pcs spiral rolled flanges in to a 63’-0” radius

2" X 2" X ¼" ANGLE A36

1 pc rolled leg out to a 67’-5” radius

1 pc rolled leg in to a 67’-10” radius

Photo Credit: Jacob Teats

New US Air Force Academy Visitors Center Set to Open in Early 2024
New US Air Force Academy Visitors Center Set to Open in Early 2024

Albina recently rolled 36 pieces of Tube Steel 6” X 6” X .375” WALL A500 GR C to AESS standards at radii ranging from 3’-9” – 24’-4” for the United States Air Force Academy Visitors Center. The visitors center is expected to open early 2024 and the 32,000 square-foot facility will include storytelling and high-tech exhibits reflecting the Air Force and Space Force missions as well as illustrating a day in the life of a cadet at the Academy.  The Visitors Center is viewed as more than a public entrance to the Academy, it is also a gateway to Colorado Springs. Six years in the making, the new area will also feature a hotel, retail space and office space. 

Air Force Academy Visitors Center Entrance

Below are a few videos with more details on the project. 

You Tube Video

Colorado Springs Local News Channel KKTV

How Much Stress Is Put on the Material When You Bend It?
How Much Stress Is Put on the Material When You Bend It?

Common questions we receive from customers have to do with the stresses put on materials during the rolling, curving, forming, and bending processes. 

  1. What stresses are put on the materials during the curving process?
  2. What is the stress, strain on the steel being bent or curved?
  3. Is the material weakened from the stress, strain during the curving process?
  4. Is there a stress, strain diagram for curved or bent steel?
  5. Is there a stress vs strain graph for curved or bent steel?

The easiest way to answer these questions is to reference the AISC Curved Member Design Guide #33.

https://www.albinaco.com/pdfs/design-guide-33.pdf

See Section 5.2 “Material Properties”

Cold bending involves inelastic straining of the member, which affects the material properties. These changes are primarily attributed to strain hardening and strain aging, which increases the yield stress, ultimate stress and hardness, and decreases the ductility and toughness. For curved members in buildings, the strains induced during the cold-bending process rarely exceed the potential strains induced in the manufacturing process of straight members.

Curved Steel Art Structures Installed at Cedar Sanai Hospital
Curved Steel Art Structures Installed at Cedar Sanai Hospital

Albina recently bent 70 pieces of 2” XXH A53B ERW and 20 pieces of 2 3/8” 1018 Solid Round to various configurations for a new art installation at Cedar Sanai Hospital in LA.  We can bend all types of pipe and tubing including aluminum, stainless and carbon steel. We even bend specialty materials such as copper, zirconium and titanium. View our Capacities Chart to see the wide range of materials and sizes we work with. 

Curved Steel Flower Stem at Cedar Sanai Hospital

Curved Steel Flower Stem at Cedar Sanai Hospital

Curved Steel Flower Stem at Cedar Sanai Hospital

Curved Steel Flower Stem at Cedar Sanai Hospital

Curved Steel Flower Stem at Cedar Sanai Hospital

Visit Your Local Water Parks, Aqua Parks & Playgrounds This Summer to See Our Bent Steel in Action
Visit Your Local Water Parks, Aqua Parks & Playgrounds This Summer to See Our Bent Steel in Action

Happy Summer! With warmer temperatures upon us, now is the perfect time to take your family to your local aqua park or playground for some good old family fun! Albina provides steel bends for many water parks, aqua parks and playgrounds. Some material we work with includes:

Snake:  SO#183616, 183617, 182767, etc.

4" SCH40 T304 S/S- bent by Albina per customer specifications.

Flower:  SO#183613, 182769, etc.

4" SCH40 T304 S/S- bent by Albina per customer specifications.

Leaf:  SO#183614, 180906, etc.

5" SCH40 T304 S/S- bent by Albina per customer specifications.

Bending for Aqua Parks

Bending for Aqua Parks

Bending for Aqua Parks

Bending for Aqua Parks

San Diego Zoo Habitats, Bridges and Buildings Showcase Curved Steel at It's Best!
San Diego Zoo Habitats, Bridges and Buildings Showcase Curved Steel at It's Best!

We have had the pleasure of providing many bent steel pieces for some fabulous projects at the San Diego Zoo including the Hummingbird Habitat, Komodo Kingdom, the Invert Building, the ZPA Catering Building, the Food Services Building, the Raintree Restroom and many more exhibits throughout both the Children’s zoo and the main part of the zoo. 

Basher Bridge

24 lengths x 48 ft long of 16" OD x .625" wall

Some rolled to a 20 ft radius.

Some rolled to a 50 ft radius.

Some rolled to a 350 ft radius.

Basher Bridge San Diego Zoo

Basher Bridge San Diego Zoo

Hummingbird Building

7 Lengths TS 8” x 4” x .375” Wall A500 GR B rolled Hard Way on various Radii from 24’-8” down to 6’-2”

9 Lengths TS 18 x 6” x .500” Wall A500 GR B rolled Easy Way on various Radii from 30’-11” down to 6’-0”

Hummingbird Habitat San Diego Zoo

Komodo Exhibit

8 Lengths WT5 X 22.5# A992 Split from W10 x 45# Beam and rolled stem up to various Radii from 46’-2” down to 6’-2”

1 Length TS 3” x 3” x .313” Wall A500 GR B rolled to 13’-4” Radii

2 Lengths 6” OD X .500” Wall A500B rolled to various Radii

3 Lengths 6” OD X .375” Wall A500B rolled to various Radii

1 Length TS 12” x 8” x .500” Wall A500B Induction formed easy way to 4’-4” Radii

3 Lengths TS 3” x 3” x .313” Wall A500B rolled on various Radii from 13’-4” down to 5’-0”

7 Lengths TS 3” x 3” x .375” Wall A500B rolled on various Radii from 7’-10” down to 2’-3”

7 Lengths TS 8” x 4” x .375” Wall A500b rolled hard way on various Radii from 51’-6” down to 6’-8”

6 Lengths TS 18” x 6” x .500” Wall A500B rolled easy way on various Radii from 51’-4” down to 6’-6”

10 Lengths TS 6” x 6” x .500” Wall A500B rolled on various Radii from 56’-0” down to 7’-11”

10 Lengths C9 x 13.4# A36 rolled Flanges out and Flanges in on various Radii from 56’-0” down to 7’-11”

6 Lengths TS 12” x 6” x .500” Wall A500 GR B rolled hard way to various Radii from 46’-4” down to 6’-4”

10 Lengths PL ½" THICK X 12" WIDE A36 rolled hard way to various Radii from 46’-9” down to 5’-9”

Komodo Kingdom San Diego Zoo Curved Steel Roof

Invert Building

7 Lengths TS 10” x 8” x .500” Wall A500 GR B rolled Hard Way on 10’-0” Radius

1 Length C12 x 20.7# A36 rolled flanges out to 17’-1” and 11’-10” Radii

2 Lengths 4” x 4” x 3/8” Angle T304 S/S Rolled Leg in and Leg out to 7’-1” and 7’-3” Radii

1 Length 4” x 3” x 3/8” Angle T304 S/S Rolled Leg out to 3’-11” and 9’-4” Radii

Temperature Exhibit

28 Lengths 5/8” Solid Round A36 Rolled to various Radii from 70’-3” down to 3’-11”

9 Lengths TS 8” x 6” x .375” Wall A500B rolled Easy Way to various Radii from 70’-3” down to 3’-11”

9 Lengths C9 x 13.4# A36 Rolled Flanges in and Flanges out to various Radii from 70’-3” down to 3’-11”

ZPA Catering Building

3 Lengths TS 5” x 4” x .375” Wall A500 GR B rolled easy way to various Radii from 40’-7” down to 11’-7”

3 Lengths C9 x 13.4# A36 rolled flanges out to various Radii from 40’-7” down to 11’-7”

3 Lengths TS 6” x 4” x .25” Wall A500 GR B rolled easy way on various Radii from 40’-7” down to 11’-7”

Food Services Building

6 Lengths TS 6” x 4” x .250” Wall A500B rolled easy way to various Radii from 8’-0” down to 4’-10”

6 Lengths C9 x 13.4# A36 Rolled flanges in and flanges out to various Radii from 8’-0” down to 4’-10”

Raintree Restroom

8 Lengths TS 16” x 12” x .500” Wall A500B rolled hard way to 999’-4” Radii

Curved Steel Koala Exhibit San Diego Zoo

Face Painting Curved Steel Roof San Diego Zoo

San Diego Children's Zoo

San Diego Children's Zoo

San Diego Children's Zoo

San Diego Children's Zoo

Elephant Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo

Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo

Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo

Hayward Field Jumbotron Takes First Place for Impressive Presentation
Hayward Field Jumbotron Takes First Place for Impressive Presentation

Albina bent 101,000#’s of steel for structural base of the new jumbotron at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

Materials bent included:

20 lens x 50 ft: 10¾" OD X .375" WALL A500 GR. C
Bent 43 pieces to various radii ranging from 5'-3" up to 224'-4" all to AESS standards.

19 lens x 60 ft: 12¾" OD X .375" WALL A500 GR. C
Bent 27 pieces to various radii ranging from 5'-11" up to 208'-8" all to AESS standards.

1 len x 42 ft: 12¾" OD X .500" WALL A500 GR. C
Bent 3 pieces to a 4'-6" radius all to AESS standards.

Hayward Field Curved Steel Jumbotron University of Oregon

Hayward Field Curved Steel Jumbotron University of Oregon

Hayward Field Curved Steel Jumbotron University of Oregon

Hayward Field Curved Steel Jumbotron University of Oregon

Hayward Field Curved Steel Jumbotron University of Oregon

Hayward Field Curved Steel Jumbotron University of Oregon

Photo credit @cheryjsproul and @brookesmithphotography

Steel Tree-Like Columns and Curved “Steel” Branches Create a Biophilic-Inspired Archway Entrance for the Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver Botanical Gardens
Steel Tree-Like Columns and Curved “Steel” Branches Create a Biophilic-Inspired Archway Entrance for the Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver Botanical Gardens

Albina bent 40,000# of steel for the steel tree-like columns and curved “steel” branches that create the biophilic-inspired archway entrance for the Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver 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 houses six classrooms; four galleries; new herbaria for vascular plants, mushrooms and slime molds; laboratories; a new library and a coffee shop. Steel Tree-Like Columns and Curved Steel Branches for the Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver Botanical Gardens

The project was featured in the April Issue of Modern Steel.

Steel tree-like columns and curved steel branches for the Freyer-Newman Center at the Denver Botanical Gardens

Do You Have Your Elevator Speech Ready?
Do You Have Your Elevator Speech Ready?

Photo Credit: Campus Planning & Facilities Management University of Oregon

Do you ever find yourself stumbling over your words when people ask you what you do or to describe what your company does? My father taught me at a young age that I should always have my elevator speech ready so I could describe to someone what we do in the amount of time it takes to travel up a few stories in an elevator. Since we can't ride in elevators with anyone other than our immediate family anymore, here is a quick 30 second video of some of the amazing rolled metal projects we have been a part of!

Photo Credits:
Signature Curved Steel Sky Bridge at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact by Campus Planning and Facilities Mgmt. University of Oregon.
Portside Pier San Diego Bay CA. (Building and Staircase) by @haleyhillphotography
Barbara Walker Pedestrian Bridge along Portland's Wildwood Trail in Portland Oregon by Ed Carpenter
Circular Staircase at the "Trinity Complex", home to American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX by Viva Railings LLC
Hayward Field Stadium Roof and Tower by Oregon Track & Field
Williams Creek Shoup Bridge in Salem, Idaho by Linda Ulery