Orange Coast College Community Planetarium

  • Owner: Coast Community College District
  • Location: Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Ca
  • Description: New 12,124 sq. ft. Planetarium Building on the Orange Coast College Campus (Includes 100 seat Planetarium Theater, an Exhibit Ares, and a 60 ft. tall Foucault Pendulum Tower.


Kern Steel fabricated and installed Structural steel framing (columns, beams, braces, girts etc.), extensive concrete embeds and AESS Steel Framing.

The project manager on this job stated that some of the challenges faced were in the detailing, layout and erection of the structural steel due to the extensive use of embeds located in curved concrete walls and in the planetarium dome itself.

The placement of these embeds and their connection plates was critical to making the steel structure assembly properly. KSF employed a survey crew to assist with the placement of the concrete embeds as well as locating the field welded connection clips at precisely the right elevations and angles.

The Foucault Pendulum tower is fabricated from tube steel ellipses, sloping columns, and 'V' braces. Due to the complexity of the tower, it was completely assembled in Kern Steel's fabrication shop to ensure everything fit correctly before disassembling it and shipping it out.



Exposed skylight braces were fabricated using "Castconnex" universal pin connectors on the ends to provide a unique architectural look at the 10 curved skylights just outside the main theater area.

Finally, AESS components were a critical part of this project since there are numerous steel columns, skylight braces, canopies, and exhibit hangars that are exposed in the final construction.

The planetarium is set to open in the fall of 2018.


North High School Gym

  • Owner: North High School
  • Location: Bakersfield, CA
  • Description: Construction of brand new basketball gymnasium at North High School.

Project included fabrication and installation of the following items:

• 245 total tons of structural steel
• Handrails
• 3-section trusses spanning over 150 feet long

Kern Steel Fabrication provided all the structural steel for the new gymnasium at North High School. The gym was named after late coach and athletic director Lloyd Williams and is the largest in the Kern High School District.

For More Information About the gym watch this video at ABC 23 News.


West Valley College

West Valley College

Location: Saratoga, CA
Contractor: Kwan Wo Iron Works
Square Footage:
Tons: 437

Kern Steel fabricated and erected columns, beams, braces and AESS rolled tubing for West Valley College, the building is a student service center consisting of classrooms, conference rooms, offices, as well as several unisex bathrooms. This project took 6 months to complete. Some of the requirements included CVN testing, MTR’s and Welding procedures.


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Frontier High School

Location: Bakersfield, CA
Contractor: Colombo Construction
Square Footage: 222,000
Tons: 449

Kern Steel fabricated and erected the 12 different buildings at this High School. Each building was designed to the subject discipline to be taught. Frontier High School is designed to house 2,200 students. In the construction of this High School both steel as well as wood were used.


College of the Canyons, High Tech Lab Center

Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Contractor: Klassen Corporation
Square Footage: 54,500
Tons: 395

This complex two-story building had a sloping radius center glass atrium fabricated from round tube frames.  The building was built into a hill, providing areas of the building to be below ground level. The building also contains stairs, hundreds of linear feet of multi line stainless steel cable railing and ornamental fencing.


Third Education Center

Location: Clovis, CA
Contractor: Harris Construction
Square Footage: 96,000
Tons: 716

This portion of the project consisted of three buildings, a double Gymnasium, Locker Room and Concession Stand. The Gymnasiums rolled roofs are made up of six 135’-0 three cord pipe trusses, five 105’-0 three cord pipe trusses and four rolled wide flange trusses.


Kingsburg Elementary School

Location: Kingsburg, CA
Contractor: Harris Construction Company Inc.
Square Footage: 38,000
Tons: 310


Kennedy Middle College High School

Location: Norco, CA
Contractor: Neff Construction
Square Footage: 95,000
Tons: 1,200

Kern Steel fabricated and erected this building, which consists of three wings. The two outside wings are two story classroom buildings and the center wing is a partial two-story building with the entire roof rolled lengthwise.  Additional steel includes structural metal deck, galvanized canopies, mechanical screen walls, stairs and rails and refuse enclosure gates


Segerstrom High School

Location: Santa Ana, CA
Contractor: Telacu/PCM3
Square Footage: 365,000
Tons: 1,700

This is a large Comprehensive High School designed to house 2,500 students. The High School consists of five buildings, each with a unique design that relates to the subject discipline that will be taught. Various types of construction were used for this school from all steel, steel and wood, steel and masonry and also concrete and steel.


UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research Center

Location: Fresno, CA
Contractor: Lathrop
Square Footage: 185,000
Tons: 936

This project was not only a challenge because of the curved exterior walls, but also because of the multiple layers of sunscreens and canopies, each with a unique shape.  The fabrication of this three-story facility consisted of heavy structural steel, stairs, radius guardrails, sunshade, canopies and other small miscellaneous steel fabrications.


San Jose City College- Student/Career Center

Location: San Jose, CA
Contractor: Gonsalves & Stronck
Square Footage: 70,000
Tons: 800

Kern Steel helped transform the oldest community college in California into one of the newest.  We fabricated the structural steel for this two-story, Student Services & Career Center. Work included new building construction, site utilities, paving, landscape development, and other site improvements.  The 70,000 square foot building houses the campus bookstore, an enclosed loading dock, 20,000 square feet of administration and counseling office space, an 8,000 square foot commercial kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining, campus security dispatch, media and conference rooms, a cyber café, and the campus radio station and broadcast room.


Delano High School #2

Location: Delano, CA
Contractor: S.C. Anderson, Inc
Square Footage: 280,000
Tons: 520


Space Saver Middle School

Location: Santa Ana, CA
Contractor: Bernard Bros. Construction
Square Footage: 90,000


Fullerton High School

Location: Fullerton, CA
Contractor: Erickson-Hall Construction, Company
Square Footage:
Tons: 130


California State University Northridge

Location: Northridge, CA
Contractor: S.J. Amaroso Construction
Square Footage: 126,000


Brisbane Technology Park

Location: Brisbane, CA
Contractor: Webcor Builders
Square Footage: 183,284


Liberty High School

Location: Bakersfield, CA
Contractor: S.C. Anderson Construction
Square Footage: