Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

Simplified Steel Stair Design for Commercial and Institutional Buildings

This course is no longer active
Lapeyre Stair
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. %IIdentify and recognize the overall parameters, general code requirements and preliminary design outcomes in a building stair design.
  2. %IDetermine the specific requirements and options for stair treads, risers and landings in building stair systems.
  3. %IDifferentiate between the specific requirements and options for stair guards and handrails in commercial and industrial buildings.
  4. %IFormulate construction specifications for steel stair systems working in concert with recognized standards and specialty fabricators"


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.