Location: Niles, Illinois
Builder: Ralph H. Simpson Company - Elmhurst, Illinois
Architect: Ghafari Associates – Chicago, Illinois
Material and Finish: The posts are powder-coated steel. The cables and hardware are stainless steel. The top railing is powder-coated aluminum. The steel stair stringers are painted black and the stair treads are concrete.
Description: ADA-compliant entry and shop monumental stairs with Ithaca Style cable railing.
Woodward recently opened a facility in Niles, Illinois that features a monumental entry staircase and a monumental stair leading to its workshop. Both structures have stainless steel cable railing systems that illustrate the company’s commitment to innovation and functionality. The Niles facility’s monumental staircases were painted black on site. The cable railing posts and top rail were powder-coated in a sparkling silver to match the modern look of the building.
Because the entry stairs sit in front of a large window panel in a central hallway, the design needed a seamless flow. The stair’s railing system features 3/16-inch diameter stainless steel cable infill that is rigid enough for the commercial environment yet maintains the passage of natural light. The 42-inch high cable railing has stainless steel hardware throughout its structure. The cable fittings hide inside the post for a clean and contemporary look.
The shop staircase has powder-coated steel posts that extend through the cement stair treads to create an eye-catching appearance. The tread spacing allows more light to pass through the structure and the cement contrasts the silver powder-coated steel posts. The top rail is made from aluminum rectangular tubing powder-coated in “Sparkle Silver.” The steel provides a slight contrast with the stainless steel used throughout the hardware and cable railing. The handrail is ADA-compliant meaning it meets the graspability regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The handrail sits 6 inches below the top rail and runs along the entire length of the stairs. It extends 12 inches past the first and last step.
Woodward Airframes develops energy management systems for the aerospace and industrial sectors. They focus on designing top-performing, low emission, and fuel-efficient systems for their clients. The company has a long history, starting in 1870 in Rockford, Illinois. Their first invention, created by Amos W. Woodward, was a non-compensating mechanical water wheel governor. As new technology developed, Woodward Airframes stayed on the cutting edge of innovation. Today, the corporation has offices in 15 countries and supplies many essential components for aerospace and industrial machines.