Helping to Maintain an Iconic San Francisco Landmark
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco isn’t just a stunning sight; it’s a marvel of engineering and the result of using strong and smart materials. It’s preservation relies on the efforts and contributions of countless experts in the fields of engineering, architecture and construction. For such an important and iconic structure, only the most trusted and respected companies are invited to participate in the bridge’s never-ending process of repair, maintenance and renovation.
Which is why the selection of Kobett Metals to perform an important installation is not only a great honor but also a testament to our exacting standards of precision metal fabrication and quality construction.
Meeting a Unique Challenge
Imagine building a massive puzzle with one-of-a-kind pieces. That’s what Kobett Metals did when the Golden Gate Bridge needed special gutters and metal parts. This bridge has a unique design, and only a special solution could fit perfectly. That’s where Kobett came in with their expertise.
Putting Design Plans into Action
Upon approval of our proposed design, our in-house copper fabricators were requested to go to San Francisco’s World Famous Golden Gate Bridge to do the actual installation to install the custom fabricated copper gutters, architectural metals and downspouts on the bridge. It’s like creating an intricate model, but on an awe-inspiring scale that requires precision and dedication.
Copper’s Vital Role
The Golden Gate Bridge faces the challenges of San Francisco’s climate and the salty sea air from the bay. These elements can be tough on metals, causing rust and corrosion. That’s why choosing the right material for gutters, downspouts and other architectural features was crucial. Copper emerged as the clear winner due to its remarkable strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion.
Protection From the Elements
San Francisco’s climate can be tricky. Fog, rain, and salty sea air are a part of daily life on the Bay, and they can take a toll on metal structures over time. That’s why copper’s durability shines brightly here. It doesn’t just resist corrosion; it thrives in these conditions, making it an excellent choice for the longevity of any rain gutter installation.
Copper is like a superhero when it comes to protecting structures from harsh conditions. It acts as a shield, preventing rust and corrosion that could weaken the bridge. While the Golden Gate Bridge is primarily made from 83,000 tons of American steel, which is protected by multiple coats of paint, many of the other fixutres, such as gutters and downspouts, would require copper due to it’s ability to thrive in this environment.
Preserving a Piece of History
Maintaining the Golden Gate Bridge is a monumental task. The bridge isn’t just an engineering marvel; it’s a historical treasure that deserves the utmost care. Kobett Metals took on this responsibility with pride, showcasing their commitment to craftsmanship and quality.
The Most Recognizable Bridge in the World
Did you know that the Golden Gate Bridge is painted in a color officially named “International Orange”? This vibrant hue was chosen to enhance visibility in the San Francisco fog. The bridge’s impressive span of almost 9,000 feet makes it one of the longest suspension bridges globally, and its iconic red-orange color makes it instantly recognizable.
An Engineering Legacy
Thanks to the efforts of all those involved, the Golden Gate Bridge will continue to be not just a beautiful landmark, but a strong and resilient structure for many future generations to use and enjoy. As we gaze upon this incredible bridge, we are incredibly proud to know that Kobett Metals played a small but vital role in preserving its beauty and strength, ensuring that it remains one of the world’s enduring marvels of engineering and design for years to come.