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Construction Specialties Modular Stairs, Balconies and Awnings 

Construction Specialties (CS), a leading manufacturer of commercial building products, introduces Platform™ Solutions — patented modular stair, balcony, and awning solutions that install in hours, not days.

CS modular stair systems are self-supporting, install when the foundation is complete, and are 100 percent usable instantaneously, mitigating the need for heavy reliance on scaffolding and ladders.

Construction crews can now have sturdy stairs before the first level is complete for safe ingress and egress while the building is under construction. CS’ Platform Solutions are strategically designed and packaged in kits to save time and money on the job site from construction to inspection.

From the owner or contractor perspective, the most important factors in a project are risk and schedule. CS’ Platform Solutions are:

  • All about speed. The modular stairs install in hours, not days, saving precious time and ensuring on-site construction schedules.
  • Reliable. Pre-packaged, flat-packed stairs, by floor, can be quickly assembled and craned in place.
  • Safe. Building the stairs first, crews are standing on solid ground, not scaffolding, for safer construction, ingress, and egress.

The Acquisition That Expanded CS’ Steel Capabilities

While working closely with the engineering community, CS identified a gap within the evolving seismic market — stairs designed and engineered to accommodate building drift. Stairs are typically supplied by miscellaneous metal fabricators, and the accommodation of critical building movement is often overlooked or excluded from the process. In response, CS developed DriftReady Stairs™, launched in July 2020.

CS acquired Platform Manufacturing Group in early 2020 with the intention of marrying its latest seismic innovation with the powerful industry movement on modular systems. What was special about Platform Manufacturing Group was its unique product portfolio including modular balconies and awnings, carports, bridges, and its patented modular stair systems. The acquisition expanded CS’ capabilities using steel to design products for enhanced building resilience.

Modular Systems — Where Multiples of Savings Get Magnified

The number-crunching is happening in the multi-housing/multi-faceted campus markets. And where there are multi-housing units, there are multiples of savings to be realized.

A stair system that is delivered by floor (the system is engineered for up to 20 stories), installed prior to the first level, self-supported, and strategically flat-packed (eliminating costly “air space” freight), is stacking up to mean real efficiency, reduction in construction time, and lower risk.

For more information about CS Platform Solutions, please visit here.

About Construction Specialties

Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties (CS) is a family-owned building products manufacturer that provides solutions to challenges that architects, designers, contractors, building owners, and facility managers face every day. Since inventing the first extruded louver, CS has become a global leader in Acrovyn® interior wall protection; impact-resistant doors; entrance flooring, including GridLine®; expansion joint covers; architectural louvers and grilles; sun controls; explosion and pressure relief vents; and cubicle curtains and tracks. Drawing upon extensive expertise to provide standard and custom, high-quality products — many of which are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM — CS products can be found in some of the world’s most significant architecture.

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