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Sep 12 2016

Steel Stairs for Amity Flats

By Deven Paolo

In the last few months, we’ve been working with Rob Kistler. He is the owner of the historic two-story brick building at the intersection of Trade and 5th Streets in Amity, Oregon. After purchasing the building with Barb Bond in 2013, Rob has been refurbishing it with the dream of maintaining its character while modernizing it to serve as a vital, commercial center in Amity. The renovation will include a new wine bar called “The Grange,” opening in Fall 2016. The upper floor will be occupied by “Amity Flats” – vacation rental apartments tailored for wine country visitors and bicycle tourists. He contracted us to build a steel staircase between the old building and the new addition behind it.

stainless steel staircase

This staircase consists of three landings and three flights of stairs with a cable rail. We started by taking multiple measurements to get a starting point for our design. After creating a 3D-rendering to work through all the design features, we were able to plan details from the framing down to the unique corners of the cable rail.

When we were ready for fabrication, we placed the large steel K-frames for each side of the staircase. As we continued fabrication for the rest of the stairs, we had to perform a lot of on-site welding which required occasional inspections in order to ensure commercial building codes were being met. We used all certified structural steel and stainless steel cables for the railings.

custom commercial stair design

The stairs were designed to have concrete treads and landings so we attached metal pans in those places where the concrete would be poured. We had to ensure that the treads and risers were consistent and met building codes as well. At times, this was difficult since we were working with an old building that had some structural inconsistencies.

The main challenge with this project was fitting the staircase in the small space between the two buildings and meeting the stairs with the old and new building while still accounting for natural shifts between the buildings. We overcame this matter by keeping the frame of the stairs separate from the building but fastening the landing to the adjacent doorway.

amity flats stairs

Currently, this construction project is still in progress, so the finishing touches like adding the railing and cable rail have not yet been completed, but we’re looking forward to seeing the finished product in the future! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for finished shots!


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