Project: Alfred University College of Ceramics
General Contractor: The Pike Company
Architect: ikon.5 architects
Alpha Iron Works’ experience and expertise shined on this challenging project for the Alfred University College of Ceramics. We constructed a five-story stair tower in a “winder” configuration. Winder stairs require careful detailing, field measurements and fabrication in order to fit properly. Installation is complex as well, similar to constructing a puzzle in the air. A relatively small site with little room for movement or storage of materials contributed to the difficulty. Alpha Iron was up to the task. The stair tower railings are constructed of tube steel posts and top rail. The infill panels are welded wire mesh bordered by a U-shaped hem which attach to the support posts with flat bars.
Inside the college’s McGee art gallery, large railing panels built with heavy angle frames and expanded metal infill panels float above and complement the gallery’s sparse, almost industrial architecture. The railings are coated with a white powder coat finish for durability.