Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How do Stairs Get into a Stair Well?

Seeing the empty stair wells all walled in and closed off one might wonder how you get the stairways, landings and steps into the well through the small doors.
The photo above shows an empty stair well. There will be windows at each landing! Our stairwells are for emergency egress only (the doors will lock upon exit). The main movement up and down between floors will take place within the commons area.

Anyway, back to the question, they are built from the ground up, flight by flight, floor by floor.

Using a hoist, block, and tackle, the metal treads and risers are assembled within the stair well.
Slowly building upon themselves as the climb the stairwell.
Perplexing notion, why do they call it a stair well when it is really a "stairs-well". ;-)
By the way, there is an article in the Watauga Democrat today that states we are 54 days ahead of schedule on the project. You heard that three weeks ago here first! ;-)
Oh, and BTW, the photo on the front page of the Wednesday Jan. 14 Democrat is not our school. It is not at all like what we are building. This was one of the earliest, preliminary designs under development by Sfla Architects. That idea and location was abandoned in preference of the design we have now.

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