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Where We’re Headed in 2021: A Focus On Stairs

We’re stepping into 2021 with a renewed focus on one of our longstanding areas of expertise: stairs.

This year, we’re taking it to a whole new level.

In light of the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic, many workplaces have had to make major alterations to “pandemic-proof” the workplace. While early-response coronavirus workplace safety measures were largely short-term fixes, newly established working patterns are resulting in long-term design changes. 

One major workspace design trend expected to grow in the future – and already being seen among architects, tenants, and developers – is a transition from elevators to interconnecting stairs as the primary mode of vertical transportation in buildings.

Here are just a few of the many driving forces behind the growing stair trend. 

  • As technology propels us towards a future in which face-to-face meetings need never take place (a reality we’ve all recently experienced firsthand during the pandemic), new studies demonstrate that “accidental collisions” – the kind that result in creative collaboration – are key to innovation and play a crucial role in workplace satisfaction. And while such collisions may be spontaneous, the setting is not. Companies can intentionally design workspaces that drive collaboration – stairs being a key way to do so.
  • Elevators, the only real alternative to stairs, simply do not meet social distancing guidelines.

A highly creative and collaborative workforce doesn’t happen by accident. At Microsoft’s new corporate campus, every detail across the design is centered on creating spaces designed to inspire collaboration – like Synergi’s stairs, which are the main mode of vertical transformation.

At Synergi, our ability to problem-solve and pioneer innovation has been a point of pride throughout our 35 years in business, and this new trend is no exception.

We’re wholeheartedly embracing the stair movement.

Already involved in a multitude of pandemic-driven stair projects, Synergi’s experience and expertise is focused on three primary stair areas.

1 Feature / Monumental Stairs.
Serving both design and function, visually striking feature stairs bring an iconic element to any space and encourage collaboration.

2 Prefab Modular Stairs.
Customizable, prefabricated stairs are craned into place, shaving time from a project’s schedule.

3 Redressed Egress Stairs.
Dress up existing egress stairs to make them a main vertical artery of a building.

Synergi performs turnkey stair packages, including the structural stringers, treads, and guardrails to seamlessly deliver stair projects that activate any space. With more than 500 successfully installed monumental stair showpieces to date, we are ready to take your project to the next level.

Please reach out to Jonathan Moorley or Walter Bowie with any inquiries.

Need more reasons to catch hy-stair-ia? Check out this TED talk featuring architect David Rockwell from Rockwell Group who explains how stairs shape your movement and your feelings.

Posted by Theresa Admiraal on February 1st, 2021

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