Barrel Vault Roof

In 2009 DePaul announced its intention to build a new school of music complex that would be dedicated to teaching and performance. In 2015 with the help of architect Antunovich Associates and General Contractor Bulley & Andrews they envisioned and designed a spectacular structure with a half barrel vault roof to give the building a royal impression. The building is now called Holtschneider Performance Center and is a new 185,000 square foot facility for the DePaul University School of Music right here in Chicago. Continue reading Barrel Vault Roof

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Engineering Bulk Solids Handling Systems

If you are in the powder and bulk solids material handling industry, then you know that engineering bulk solids handling systems entail achieving complicated designs to ensure material flow problems do not occur. Sometimes finding the most cost-effective steps to engineering bulk solids handling systems to solve those problems can be a challenge. Outlined below are a few online engineering calculators for very difficult mathematical calculation problems. You don’t need to be a math genius to help calculate your design, but you do need to make sure you enter the correct data. Continue reading Engineering Bulk Solids Handling Systems

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Curved Steel Shapes – Austin, TX

The musical-themed vibes of Austin now extend beyond its city center. This fun and energetic city, recently named one of the best cities in the country for young professionals by Forbes magazine, has added a new architectural landmark.  Curved steel shapes in the form of a gigantic 45ft guitar greet you outside of the baggage claim area of Austin-Gergstrom International Airport.  This curved steel shape is made completely from structural steel and glass.  This welcoming artistic landmark sends a clear message about the kind of city to which you have just arrived. It serves as the bus stop that will get you downtown in about 15 to 20 minutes. Continue reading Curved Steel Shapes – Austin, TX

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Curved Aluminum Rectangular Tubing Create a Dome Trellis

As a specialty bender roller, we see a lot of domes come to us for estimating. One of the recent projects that came through to us was this dome trellis pictured below. The interesting piece about this project – it was designed using aluminum material. The dome trellis used a variety of curved aluminum rectangular tubing to create the shape and was likely designed out of aluminum to minimize the weight of the trellis frame.   Continue reading Curved Aluminum Rectangular Tubing Create a Dome Trellis

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Custom Pipe Bending – 1D to 5D Bends

Custom pipe bending is generally any type of pipe bends that do not conform to standard short or long radius bends in the standard bend degrees of 45deg, 90deg, and 180deg of rotation. In the pipe bending world, bend types are often called out and referred to by their respective bend radii.

With standard pipe bending this is done so by comparing the bend radius to the diameter of the pipe being bent. 1D, 2D, and 3D bends are often referred to as short radius and long radius bends; with the 1D, 2D and 3D specifications calling out the center line radius of the bend as the multiplier of the pipe’s respective diameter. 1D would be a centerline bend radius that is one times the diameter of the pipe. This means a 1D bend on a 6-inch pipe would be a 6-inch centerline radius. Short radius bends are specified to be 1D bends. Continue reading Custom Pipe Bending – 1D to 5D Bends

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Curved Structural Steel for the Denver Civic Center Station Steel Canopy

Civic Center Station in Denver, Colorado underwent drastic renovations last year. The station is one of the busiest regional bus transit centers, serving an average of 15,000 passengers a day according to RTD Denver. So, RTD and the City and County of Denver set off to revamp this station in 2015. As of December 17, 2017, passengers are enjoying this newly renovated station including a boomerang-shaped, curved structural steel canopy. Continue reading Curved Structural Steel for the Denver Civic Center Station Steel Canopy

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Curved Aluminum Leaf-Shaped Canopy

A program I was a part of – The ACE Mentorship Program – is a national organization that gives students hands-on experience as if they were actual engineers, architects, constructors, etc. This helps demonstrate what these careers are really like day-to-day in real life. The Ace Mentorship Program also gives students a chance to work during the summer as an intern at a firm. This summer I was the intern at Chicago Metal Rolled Project. As an intern, students get experience in an actual professional field. Continue reading Curved Aluminum Leaf-Shaped Canopy

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Rolled Stainless Steel Half-Pipe for the Eternal Flame of Hope

This summer, the city of Chicago hosted an international celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. The event just wrapped up on July 21, 2018.

As a tribute to the Special Olympics and to mark the 50th anniversary, the Chicago Park District and Special Olympics erected a 30’ tall, 10’ diameter permanent monument of stainless steel. The monument – named the “Eternal Flame of Hope” – is meant to “convey the hope for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.” Continue reading Rolled Stainless Steel Half-Pipe for the Eternal Flame of Hope

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A Crowning Achievement

A recent project request came into CMRP from one of our customers to help them in recreating a unique feature for one of their clients.  The client wanted to add a truly standout ornamental showcase for their building based on a piece they encountered elsewhere.  The piece was designed to be a decorative crown for a circular tower with a prominent location on their building.  A varied combination of tubes, plate, and sheet would be needed to recreate the leaf-like crown display.  Continue reading A Crowning Achievement

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