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It's Here, It's There, It's Everywhere! Curved Steel at the Forefront of Construction at the University of Oregon
It's Here, It's There, It's Everywhere! Curved Steel at the Forefront of Construction at the University of Oregon

Photo Credit: Univeristy of Oregon Track and Field.

Two major construction projects are just wrapping up at the University of Oregon and curved steel is at the forefront of both projects!

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact Sky Bridge.

Curved Steel Pedestrian Bridge at the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact
Photo Credit: Campus Planning & Facilities Management University of Oregon

Albina Co., Inc. bent 22″ OD x 1″ Wall Carbon Steel Pipe to a 105 foot center-line radius for a signature sky bridge that spans Franklin Boulevard and serves as a connector between campus and other U of O research facilities. The $225 million, 160,000-square-foot first phase opened in the Spring of 2020. Click on the link in my BIO to take a virtual tour of the building. Photo Credit: Campus Planning & Facilities Management U of O.

“The Front Runner in Steel Bending. We Tower Above the Rest” We were thrilled to be an integral part of reconstructing Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Hayward Field is the world-class home to @OregonTF.

Albina created the curved steel diaphragm used to support the roof structure and provided various bent materials to help construct the landmark tower at the northeast corner of the facility. Designers wanted to create a structure that was open and airy, allowing spectators to enjoy great views and natural daylight, in an intimate environment.

For the roof, we rolled 600 lengths, varying from 28’-0” to 75’-6” long, of 14" OD X .375" / .500 WALL A500-18 GRADE B&C. That is 1,500,000# lot weight (750 tons) of rolled steel, 32 inbound trucks and 90 outbound trucks. The 14” OD material was laid over the top of the plate that we bent for this project. We bent 300 lengths, varying from 3’-0” to 37’-0” long, of PLATE 1½" THICK X 16¾" WIDE A572 GR. 50 and PLATE 1½" THICK X 10" WIDE A572 GR. 50.

In addition to the iconic roof, the tower at Hayward (187 feet tall) creates a community landmark honoring the first 100 years of track and field at Oregon. We rolled 400 lengths, varying from 20’-0” to 60’-0” long, of Tube Steel 8" X 4" X .500" WALL A500 GR B, 8-5/8" OD X .625" WALL A500C WHEELED, 8-5/8" OD X .375" WALL A500C WHEELED, 8-5/8" OD X .250" WALL A500C WHEELED, and Flat Bar 3/8" X 4½" A36. That is 330,000# lot weight (165 tons) of rolled steel, 10 inbound trucks and 16 outbound trucks! Photo Credit: Oregon Track & Field.

Our work was extremely precise, and we had zero rejected parts by the fabricator, Fought & Co., Inc. When measuring the work points during fabrication, they never once had to heat up or adjust the bending. To make the erection process go smoothly, we marked every 3-4 feet on the centerline back of the pipe to assist in the layout process for the diagrid “fish-mouth” stubs, and up-stands for the roofing system.

National Steel Bridge Alliance Names the Williams Creek (Shoup) Bridge a Merit Award Winner
National Steel Bridge Alliance Names the Williams Creek (Shoup) Bridge a Merit Award Winner

Photo Credit: Linda Ulery

The Awards just keep on coming! The National Steel Bridge Alliance has awarded the Williams Creek Shoup Bridge in Salem, Idaho a Merit Award in the Medium Span bridges category. Albina was happy to be a part of the project and provided 145,000# of bent structural steel and HSS including:

W18 X 234# A992
4 lengths x 100 ft- bent the easy way to a 179 ft radius
2 lengths x 75 ft- bent the easy way to a 179 ft radius

TS 8" X 8" X .375" WALL A500 GR B
8 lengths x 53 ft: bent to a 304 ft radius.

Photo Credit: Don Perkins (Photos 2 & 3)

The AISC website has detailed information about the project, the design, the construction, erection, and more.

Aerial View of the Williams Creek (Shoup) Curved Steel Bridge in Salem, Idaho

Williams Creek Curved Steel Bridge a Merit Award Winner
Barbara Walker Crossing Footbridge Wins Two International CODA Awards!
Barbara Walker Crossing Footbridge Wins Two International CODA Awards!

The Barbara Walker Crossing Footbridge, along the Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon, is the official winner of two prestigious CODA awards, organized by CODAworx, an online global design platform which celebrates the worlds best in public art. The footbridge won a People's Choice Award as voted on by the public, as well as an award in the transportation category. . Click to watch the YouTube Video featuring the bridge. The bridge, designed by local artist, Ed Carpenter, is 178’ long measured at the center of its curving deck. Its basic structure is a tri-chord truss of rusting and painted steel. Carpenter’s design evokes imagery of the sword ferns and vine maples lining the entire length of the Wildwood Trail. This project is a collaborative effort of the Portland Parks Foundation in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and Metro. Albina Co., Inc. bent 3½" SCH80 A847 and 5" SCH40 A847 all rolled to various radii, as well as 1" SCH40 A53B, 1½" SCH40 A53B, 1½" SCH80 A53B all rolled to various radii. For more examples of curved steel pedestrian bridges that we have been a part of check out the Architectural & Structural Section of our website. (Photo Credit: Ed Carpenter).

Barbara Walker Cross Curved Steel Pedestrian Bridge in Portland, Oregon

Barbara Walker Crossing Curved Steel Pedestrian Bridge CODA Award Winner
Spiral Staircase Graces the Lobby of San Jose Headquartered Tech Company
Spiral Staircase Graces the Lobby of San Jose Headquartered Tech Company

Albina Co., Inc., was lucky enough to be the bender/roller for a beautiful spiral staircase that graces the lobby of one of the major tech companies headquartered in San Jose, California. Albina bent the following materials for the project:

Tube Steel 3" X 3" X .375" WALL A500 GR B
Channel C15 X 40# A572-50
3/8" THICK X 24" WIDE CORTEN PLATE
¼" THICK X 77¾" WIDE CORTEN PLATE
¼" THICK X 29½" WIDE CORTEN PLATE

The Inside stringer for the staircase was rolled to a 26’-11” radius and the outside stringer was rolled to a 32’-3” radius.

Signature Steel Spiral Staircase in the ROKU lobby at their San Jose Headquarters
Rolled Steel Front and Center at the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor
Rolled Steel Front and Center at the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association operates USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. It is the most visited submarine museum in the world. The museum aims to educate the public and honor veterans in a way that does justice to the brave men and women of the Silent Service. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is undergoing a major improvement project and renaming itself The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor. In the video you can see one of the submarines in the bay. The ring resembles the hull of a submarine and will be featured as visitors enter the park. For more information and project renderings, click here. Albina bent the following materials for the project:

22,000# of rolled steel:
3 x 40 ft: TS 12" X 6" X .625" WALL A500 GR B. Net 3 pcs rolled the Easy Way to a 21 ft radius.
2 x 35 ft: TS 10" X 4" X .375" WALL A500 GR B. Net 2 pcs rolled the Easy Way to a 42 ft radius.
TS 12" X 4" X .375" WALL A500 GR B. Net 18 pcs rolled. Some rolled the Hard way and others rolled the Easy way. Radii ranging from 13 ft to 231 ft.
TS 10" X 6" X .375" WALL A500 GR B. Net 3 pcs rolled the Easy Way to a 24 ft radius.
W14 X 34# A992. Net 2 pcs rolled the Easy Way to a 24 ft radius.
4" X 4" X 3/8" ANGLE A36. Net 4 pcs rolled the Leg Out to a 24 ft radius.

Check back soon for final installation pictures! They are going to be spectacular!

"Space Plants" on Prominent Display at Newly Renovated and Renamed Verdell Rutherford Park
"Space Plants" on Prominent Display at Newly Renovated and Renamed Verdell Rutherford Park

“Space Plants” ranging from 8’ to 15’ high, located at the newly renovated and renamed Verdell Rutherford Park at SE 165th Ave and Market St in Portland, Oregon. Created in Eagle Creek, OR by Tyler FuQua Creations in 2020. Photos by Jeremy Running Photography. The new name honors Rutherford, a female civil rights leader who lived in Oregon from 1913 to 2001.

6" OD X .250" WALL A500 GR B - Albina bent 2 pcs per customer supplied drawings- 3’-0” center-line radius tightest bend.
5" OD X .250" WALL A500 GR B- Albina bent 2 pcs per customer supplied drawings- 2’-7” center-line radius tightest bend.
4" OD X .250" WALL A500 GR B- Albina bent 1 pc per customer supplied drawings- 7’-1”t center-line radius.
3" OD X .188" WALL A500 GR B- Albina bent 10 pcs per customer supplied drawings- 2’-8” center-line radius tightest bend.
2½" OD X .188" WALL A500 GR B- Albina bent 2 pcs per customer supplied drawings- 1’-9” center-line radius tightest bend.

Albina Co., Inc. Virtual & Aerial Tour 2020
Albina Co., Inc. Virtual & Aerial Tour 2020

Take a journey in, above and around our production shop and office with this high resolution virtual and aerial tour of Albina Co, Inc. See our state of the art roll bending machines in action from a plan view, soar through our bays, watch our certified welders in action, and take a peek into our office and newly renovated lunch and conference rooms.

Curved Steel Roof at Renovated Hayward Field
Curved Steel Roof at Renovated Hayward Field

Photo Credit: University of Oregon Track & Field

As the "Front Runner in Steel Bending", we "Tower Above the Rest!" We were thrilled to be an integral part of reconstructing Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Hayward Field is the world-class home to @OregonTF. Albina created the curved steel diaphragm used to support the roof structure and provided various bent materials to help construct the landmark tower at the northeast corner of the facility. Designers wanted to create a structure that was open and airy, allowing spectators to enjoy great views and natural daylight, in an intimate environment. See https://linktr.ee/AlbinaCoInc for pictures, video and more!

For the roof, we rolled 600 lengths, varying from 28’-0” to 75’-6” long, of 14" OD X .375" / .500 WALL A500-18 GRADE B&C. That is 1,500,000# lot weight (750 tons) of rolled steel, 32 inbound trucks and 90 outbound trucks. The 14” OD material was laid over the top of the plate that we bent for this project. We bent 300 lengths, varying from 3’-0” to 37’-0” long, of PLATE 1½" THICK X 16¾" WIDE A572 GR. 50 and PLATE 1½" THICK X 10" WIDE A572 GR. 50.

In addition to the iconic roof, the tower at Hayward (187 feet tall) creates a community landmark honoring the first 100 years of track and field at Oregon. We rolled 400 lengths, varying from 20’-0” to 60’-0” long, of Tube Steel 8" X 4" X .500" WALL A500 GR B, 8-5/8" OD X .625" WALL A500C WHEELED, 8-5/8" OD X .375" WALL A500C WHEELED, 8-5/8" OD X .250" WALL A500C WHEELED, and Flat Bar 3/8" X 4½" A36. That is 330,000# lot weight (165 tons) of rolled steel, 10 inbound trucks and 16 outbound trucks!

Our work was extremely precise, and we had zero rejected parts by the fabricator, Fought & Co., Inc. When measuring the work points during fabrication, they never once had to heat up or adjust the bending. To make the erection process go smoothly, we marked every 3-4 feet on the centerline back of the pipe to assist in the layout process for the diagrid “fish-mouth” stubs, and up-stands for the roofing system.

Check out the video below when Ashton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton Tour the Renovated Hayward Field.

Curved Steel at Kelli McGregor Square Outside Coors Field
Curved Steel at Kelli McGregor Square Outside Coors Field

Albina recently supplied 40,000# of bent steel for Kelli McGregor Square Mixed Use Development located outside Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. We bent the following materials.

TS 12" X 8" X .500" WALL A500 GR C
11 pcs bent the easy way
Various radii: 73 ft – 90 ft

TS 12" X 6" X .500" WALL A500 GR C
12 pcs bent the easy way
Various radii: 62 ft – 73 ft

To read more about the project and see renderings of what the final area will look like please read the article in Denver's Mile High Magazine.

Rolling Along & Staying Strong: Our Variable Axis Plate Roll is Strong, Reliable & Efficient
Rolling Along & Staying Strong: Our Variable Axis Plate Roll is Strong, Reliable & Efficient

Boy, has it been a long time since we have heard words like "solid, efficient and reliable" used, instead of words like "uncertain, unexpected, and unknown" that have been used so often these last few months in our country. Well, we are here to share with you that our variable axis plate rolling machine has drastically increased our capacity for plate rolling and we are excited about the opportunity to bid your plate rolling needs!
DAVI recently contacted us to conduct an interview related to our experience with both the MCP Big Angle Roll and the MAV Variable Axis Plate Roll. Click here to read "Face to Face With A Master Bender." Watch the video below to learn more and to see the MAV in action!

The overall capacity for standard A36 plate is 10 ft x 2½” thick. For higher yield material (example 60 ksi) the machine can pre-bend and roll the following examples:

  1. 10 ft x 1 5/8″ thick to a 61″ outside diameter.
  2. 9 ft x 1 3/4″ thick to a 96″ outside diameter.
  3. 10 ft x 3/4″ thick to a 30″ inside diameter.