Modern airport design has incorporated exposed curved steel in numerous ways. Probably the forerunner for this trend is the United Airlines, Terminal 1 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport designed by Helmut Jahn and built in 1987. The curved steel for the roof supports are built up-girders, i.e. the beams are made by cutting out curved sections from plate to form the beam's web and then welding curved plate as flanges to create what looks like rolled beam curved against the strong axis. The effect is still spectacular and has influenced architects to design more airports with curved, exposed, structural steel. Beam rolling of standard mill shapes would probably have been a less expensive approach than using built-up girders, but the technology had not been developed yet.
Chicago Metal Rolled Products curves structural steel-most often beams, pipe and tubing-for the curved elements of airport projects. Most often the members are used in roof supports, but they can also be seen in the curved sides of airports as well as in their canopies.
One of the company's earlier airport projects was rolling pipe for a new terminal at JFK Airport in New York City. We had the machine, the method and the trained machine operators to curve 16in OD pipe into sections to create a wavy roof with architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS).
Chicago Metal Rolled Products welcomes the opportunity to add value to a project by early involvement as a member of a steel team. The company has supplied fabricators with curved steel for major airports since at least as early as 1992. In addition to curving steel, the company has arranged for transport by truck and by rail of sections as long as 107 ft. from Chicago to Fresno, California. The company has stored in a climate controlled factory material purchased from mill rollings. Then it has rolled and shipped the steel sections as required by the structural steel fabricators.
Chicago Metal Rolled Products has supplied significant amounts of curved steel for airports across the United States. In New York, New York; in Jacksonville, Florida; in Miami, Florida; in Detroit, Michigan; in San Jose, California; and in Fresno, California. The company has been involved in innovative designs. For example, curved steel supplied by Chicago Metal is attached to slides in the San Jose International Airport. In the case of an earthquake, this connection allows the steel frame to move thereby reducing the likelihood of material failure in the most populated seismic area in the country.
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