Mastering Movement: The Benefits of Prefabricated Stair Systems

Sponsored by Construction Specialties
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IIBEC CEH; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how modular systems save time, labor, money, and resources.
  2. Explain how prefabricated stair systems accommodate the safe movement of people on multi-level construction projects.
  3. Enumerate the liabilities and hazards associated with makeshift stairs constructed at the jobsite.
  4. Explain how prefabricated modular stairs, balconies and awnings promote the health, safety and well-being of occupants through the lifetime of the building.

This course is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy

Construction managers on multi-level building project must deal with active deck access for workers as the building goes up. Ladders and temporary stairs are common solutions; however, ladders can be dangerous and building temporary stairs on the jobsite take valuable time. Prefabricated stair systems, which are pre-fabricated in factories and shipped to jobsites as complete kits, have been developed to alleviate many of the issues surrounding multi-level stair erection. Prefabricated stairs significantly decrease installation time; they also allow the contractor to build a secure stair system earlier in the construction process, which also makes the site safer for workers. Incorporating prefabricated stairs early on during the construction process can allow for the easy safe movement of people through the building during construction and a well-built, engineered stair system in place for the life of the building. This course will provide an overview of modular construction and its growing popularity before moving into a more detailed discussion of prefabricated stairs. A case study will be used to illustrate both the onsite assembly process and the benefits of these systems. The final part of this course will discuss other prefabricated elements, including modular balconies and awnings, which offer similar speed of construction and labor savings as modular stairs.

Prefabricated Stair Systems

Construction Specialties Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties (CS) is a specialty building products manufacturer. CS provides solutions to complex challenges architects, designers, building owners, facility managers, and contractors face every day. Since inventing the first extruded louver, CS has become a global leader in interior wall protection, impact-resistant doors, entrance mats & grids, expansion joint covers, architectural louvers & grilles, sun controls, explosion & pressure relief vents, cubicle curtains & tracks and stairs, awnings & balconies. CS draws upon extensive expertise to design high-quality products—many of which are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program. For more information please visit:


Originally published in September 2022