Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Identify and recognize the overall parameters, general code requirements and preliminary design outcomes in a building stair design.
- Determine the specific requirements and options for stair treads, risers and landings in building stair systems.
- Differentiate between the specific requirements and options for stair guards and handrails in commercial and industrial buildings.
- Formulate construction specifications for steel stair systems working in concert with recognized standards and specialty fabricators"
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Architects and metal stair fabricators / manufacturers can work together during design in a truly collaborative manner to simplify the design and construction of stair systems in buildings. Architects determine the location and available space for stairways in a building based on basic design and regulatory parameters. Stair fabricators can provide assistance to architects during the design phase on the many details and options of metal stair construction/ fabrication. Some will provide a "trial shop drawing" during the design phase allowing the architect to see how to coordinate the completed stairs into the building in a CAD or BIM environment. The result is an integrated process that integrates the role of the architect as building designer and the stair fabricator as a specialty contributor.