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Albina Launches New Website with Tech Tool Box Feature
Log on and check out Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc.'s new website . We have created a website that provides you with all of the tools and reference material you could ever need to help you with all of your bending needs and questions.

Here are a few reasons you should mark Albina as a favorite!

Our Tech Tool Box feature was created especially for you-our customer! Here you can use our custom designed Bending Calculators to help you with all of your bending calculations, reference our Bending Tolerances, and look up our Tangent Material requirements. COMING SOON- A Spiral Math Calculator to help you with all of your spiral math calculations to create state-of-the-art spiral members .

Check out our modernized Capacities Chart complete with 2D, 3D, photographs and current capacities and capabilities for all of your Structural Bending in addition to Specialty Bending and Plate Rolling needs.

Get all the answers and arguments you could ever need for why architects, designers and engineers should choose curved steel over other architectural building materials and why Albina is the right bender for you in our Why Curved Steel? section.


Tons of other features including:
  • Bending/Rolling reference material and info broken down by material type, shape and size.
We would love to partner with you on your next bending project, please give us a call or email if we can be of assistance! We hope that you find our new site resourceful, effective and easy to use.
Stainless Steel Staircase Wins a Bronze Award in the 2009 Ernest Wiemann Top Job Competition
The design, fabrication and installation of Staircrafters Inc. ultra contemporary staircase, which was supported by a single, monolithic stringer bent by Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc., won a bronze award in the 2009 Ernest Wiemann Competition. The massive staircase contains 4,000 pounds of stainless steel, and is made from over 300 parts.  The most striking feature of the staircase is the giant stringer bent by Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc., which curves elegantly between the first and second floor.
Since the customer requested fabricated stringers instead of true HSS, Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. bent and fabricated the TS 10" x 6" x .250" wall T304 stainless steel stringers out of 10" x 3" x .250" formed channel T304 stainless steel. Albina rolled and fabricated the stringers and the flat section at the top of the staircase.  The curved stringers were bent to a 117" center line plan view radius. All welds were ground smooth and the surface finished and polished to provide the appearance of a true seamless stringer.  All work was done to the highest of AESS standards.
Installation of a 60’ Curving Stainless Steel Staircase at to the new Thomas Jefferson School of Law
The Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California is currently building a brand new $68.25 million downtown campus featuring a 177,000-square-foot school, a two-level library with surrounding balconies; a three-level underground parking structure; and ground-floor space for a law clinic, cafeteria, bookstore and retail store.  Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. bent the recently installed 60’curving stainless steel staircase that will start in the lobby and connect the second and third floors of the campus.
The architect, S2 Architecture, was so happy with the quality of the stringers bent for the staircase that they changed the finish requirement on the project.  Originally, the stringers were going to be skinned (covered) in wood, but because they looked so good upon receipt, the architect decided to leave the stringers exposed for all to see!
A total weight of 33,000# of TS 20” x 8” x .625” wall A500 GR B material was used to create:
·         3 inside stringers bent the easy way to a 10' 1 1/4" Plan View Radius.  6 1/4" in 12" Pitch to net approx. 20 ft of bent material (ALL AESS).  All stringers turned Counter Clockwise Up.
·         3 outside stringers bent the easy way to a 16' 1 1/4" Plan View Radius.  4 1/8" in 12" Pitch to net approx. 28 ft of bent material (ALL AESS).  All stringers turned Counter Clockwise Up.
·         1 additional inside stringer bent the easy way to a 10' 1 1/4" Plan View Radius.  6 1/4" in 12" Pitch to net approx. 24 ft of bent material (ALL AESS).  All stringers turned Counter Clockwise Up.
·         1 additional outside stringer bent the easy way to a 16' 1 1/4" Plan View Radius.  4 1/8" in 12" Pitch to net approx. 34 ft of bent material (ALL AESS).  All stringers turned Counter Clockwise Up.
The new Thomas Jefferson School of Law is being built to achieve LEED Silver Certification standards from the U.S. Green Building Council, which means it will have energy-efficient amenities and use materials made from recycled content, such as the carbon steel used to form the 60’ spiral staircase stringers bent by Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc.
Tools Used to Calculate the "Content of a Bend" When Working with Bent Steel
Albina has created four new calculators that can be used by general contractors, engineers, architects, students, fabricators, and artists to help end users quickly and easily generate solutions to some complicated formulas used when working with bent steel. Have you ever wondered, “How much material do I need when bending to a specific Degree and Radius?” You can now calculate your content of a bend (i.e. Arc) by plugging in your Radius and Degree of Bend...it is that simple. Have you ever wondered, “How do I figure out a Radius of a bend?” This is a common question that bending companies are frequently faced with. You can now calculate your Radius with 2 different calculators. You just need to know your Chord Length and your Rise or an Arc Length and Degree of Bend. With either set of data you can easily generate your desired Radius. Other calculators are available as well to calculate your Degree of Bend or your Rise. Albina knows that many of you can “run the numbers” and come up with the solutions on your own, but we wanted to provide a forum to allow for the calculations to happen in one location AND allow you to spend more time on your job and less time on running calculations. This "Calculators Link" on our web site is just one of the services that you should expect from your bender / roller. It should make everyone’s lives easier that are involved in your bending project and should certainly improve the ease in which information is derived. In addition to the calculations, we have included a graph that shows the different components of a curve. This may help answer any questions you might have regarding what the components are. For additional information and a more in-depth description of terms used in these calculators, please refer to our Glossary of Terms.
Albina Teams Up with Oregon State University's College of Engineering
Albina Pipe Bending teamed up with the 2009 Baja SAE Team from Oregon State University's College of Engineering to build a winning vehicle. The Baja SAE Team consists of students with disciplines in mechanical and industrial engineering, as well as business, who work together to design an "off-road" vehicle that competes in several dynamic events against other local and national teams.

Albina Pipe Bending donated several 1" OD x .065" wall for the front bracing and rear roll hoop of the vehicle.

In the local competition, the Baja SAE Team placed in the top five for all dynamic events and placed 1st in endurance out of 80 teams. They went on to compete in a national event in Wisconsin and finished in 1st place overall out of 100 teams.

Albina donates bent material to the Baja SAE Team and the College of Engineering at Oregon State University on an annual basis to help the students learn how to work in a team environment that replicates industry applications.
Steel Day 2009
Albina Pipe Bending is hosting a STEEL DAY 2009 Event Date: September 18, 2009 Time: 9 a.m. Event Type: Facility Tour-All Guests must be pre-registered Location: 12080 SW Myslony Street Tualatin, OR 97062 Of Interest to: Architects, Engineers, Contractors & Students Curved Steel doesn't just happen. Precision instruments and expert benders are responsible for these increasingly popular architechtural and structural elements. Attendees will learn about the various methods of bending and rolling steel shapes and develop a thorough understanding of how Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. fits into the structural steel supply chain. Common terms and nuances of the processess will be explained and examples provided leaving the participants with the tools to be able to specify bent steel for their projects with more confidence. All necessary safety gear will be provided, although guests are asked to bring their own safety glasses if they have them. Hard hats are not required. Attire is casual and closed toe shoes are required. Coffee and donuts will be served at this event. To register for this event: www.SteelDay.org To request more details about this event, e-mail: moor@aisc.org or holik@aisc.org. or Contact Albina Directly Toll-Free (866) 252-4628.
Celebrating 70 Years in the Steel Industry
Seventy years have passed since three co-workers had a dream and started a pipe bending company. They had very little, but a strong desire when they started that business in an old blacksmith shop at 225 N. Russell. Their dream grew through hard work and a determination to grow. Albina’s original owners hired two employees, one being John Smith. As a first order of business, John Smith along with the original owners, built Albina’s first bending machine utilizing the transmission and parts from a Model-T Ford. This machine still works to this day, and is in storage at Albina’s current location. At a later date, John Smith was able to purchase the business from its last living entrepreneur. In January of 1967, John’s son, Bill Smith, purchased the company located then at 7805 NE Halsey. Under Bill’s leadership, Albina proved to be capable of supplying unique, quality products to a wide range of industries including structural steel fabricators, public works contractors, pulp and paper mills, truck manufacturers, architectural designers, sculptors, shipbuilders and many others. Albina’s product line grew to include heat exchangers, coils, boiler tubes, chip lines, formed structural supports and framing, institutional barriers and fencing, art work and sculpture, playground equipment, medical and dental equipment. Over the years, Albina has proved they could produce virtually any other metal component that needs to bend or curve without the use of pre-formed fittings. Bill’s son, Brian Smith, came on board in 1998 and was instrumental in the decision to move to the current 50,000 sq. ft. building in Tualatin, Oregon that was custom built in 2001. Brian currently controls all day-to-day operations and holds the title of CFO and General Manager. Albina’s growth is the result of the American dream, solid ideas and hard work. We thank all that have been involved with this growth and we look forward to providing our customers with many more years of the quality customer service and products associated with the Albina name.
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating Facility
Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. played an instrumental roll in creating the unique roof structure of the 400-meter speedskating oval located in Richmond, B.C. The oval is the home of the speedskating events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Albina rolled 36 lengths of tube steel (12" x 12" x .375" wall thickness and 54 feet long) to a 101 foot inside radius. In total, 113,000 pounds of material was rolled to create the structural steel supports for teh concrete-roofed dome.

The concept of putting 400-metre speed-skating tracks indoors is relatively new. Until the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Olympic competitions were held outdoors. Calgary's organizers convinced the International Skating Union to put its track inside a concrete-roofed room. In doing so, they created a facility that moderated ice conditions.

To read more about the unique architecture of the Richmond Speed Skating Oval, please read the following article titled "Richmond's iconic oval breaks all moulds"Canada.com - Jan 2009
Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington
Albina Pipe Bending rolled 128,894 pounds of 5" Sch120 and 5" Sch40 pipe (tilted at 45 degrees)to help create a striking 340-ft steel pedestrian bridge linking the current Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA.) to a remote exhibit space and future development site across a busy traffic arterial. The radiused bend of the hoops varied from 22 ft at the center of the span to 19 ft at the tapered ends. All of the material is Architecturally Exposed and this bridge is a perfect example of why steel is the sustainable, available, fast and econmical choice. Precast structural shapes and cast-in-place concrete solutions were studied, but the narrow apeture through which the structure needs to pass, above the roadway clearance and below the power lines, limited the amount of structural depth that could be accomdated below the bridge deck. Using a steetl truss allowed the structural depth to surround the partially enclosed interior space and also maintained consistancy with the existing museum's architecture. The bridge deck was also originally specified as cast concrete over metal deck, but the weight of the material remained a problem, so once an extruded aluminum deck plank was identified, the steel could be reduced in weight, resulting in a savings to the project and a more appealing and eye catching design. For more information on the Museum of Flight, please see the December Issue of Modern Steel Construction and Steel Bridge News"Taking Flight" by Tim Richey AIA "Taking Flight"- December 2008 MSC