College staircase with ADA compliant handrail – Jacksonville, Florida

cable railing and ADA compliant graspable handrail on interior staircase at the Jacksonville University.

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Builder: Perry-McCall – Jacksonville, FL

Architect: Dasher Hurst Architects – Jacksonville, FL

Material and Finish: Field painted white steel posts with wood top rail.

Description: Interior staircase and balcony cable railings with ADA compliant hand rails.


Glenn Dasher of Dasher Hurst approached us to fabricate the Ithaca Style cable railing for an interior staircase at the new Jacksonville University College of Health and Sciences building. His design incorporated a two story linear atrium that runs the length of the building with clerestory windows bringing daylight to the interior offices and corridors, and an indoor garden with a cascading water feature. They chose our Ithaca Style cable railing for the staircase and balconies for a clean modern aesthetic. This railing design has the thinnest posts and simple clean lines. Additionally, we fabricated stainless steel ADA compliant graspable hand rails that enhances the look of the cable railing while meeting the building code requirements. Our process began with designing and rendering the project to help the architects, builders and stakeholders review the designs and approve the project, this approach helps everyone involved understand the intent for the finished product. It is during the rendering process we can experiment with various colors and finishes to help hone the look. In this case they decided to paint the steel railing post white on location and finish with a solid maple wood top rail. The result is a railing that is clean and sophisticated and fits perfectly with the light and airy feel of the space.

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