COVID Healthcare Ramp Stair Install

Why Is Healthcare Moving Towards Modular Construction Methods?

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In the aftermath of the global pandemic, the construction industry has encountered many challenges, fundamentally altering its operational landscape. Among these challenges are halted projects and pervasive supply chain disruptions. These obstacles have compelled facility managers to seek innovative solutions, particularly for urgent and time-sensitive projects. This search for efficiency and adaptability has led to a significant shift towards modular construction methods in the healthcare sector.

The Rise of Modular Construction in Healthcare

Modular construction, characterized by its prefabricated approach, offers numerous advantages, especially in the current climate. This method involves constructing parts of a building in a factory setting and then transporting them to the site for assembly. This approach significantly reduces construction time, a crucial factor when dealing with the pressing demands of healthcare facilities.

Moreover, modular construction provides a level of flexibility and scalability that traditional construction methods struggle to match. In the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, where the need for expansion or modification of facilities can arise unexpectedly, modular construction proves to be exceptionally beneficial.

COVID Healthcare Ramp Stair Install
Our ramps are excellent for primary family care, therapy, diagnostics, emergency clinics, and other modular construction medical facilities.

Modular Construction Accessibility Products

At Upside Innovations, we recognize the necessity of accessibility in healthcare facilities. Our ramps and stairs are not just about providing access; they are about creating an environment where care is unhindered and everyone can receive the services they need without barriers.

Our products are particularly well-suited for various healthcare facilities involved in modular construction. Examples include primary family care centers, therapy & diagnostic facilities, and emergency clinics. The adaptability and ease of installation of our ramps and stairs make them ideal for modular medical facilities, which often require quick setup and flexibility to adapt to changing needs.

The shift towards modular construction in healthcare is a response to the unique challenges of our times. It represents a commitment to efficiency, adaptability, and accessibility. At Upside Innovations, we are proud to contribute to this movement, offering solutions that not only meet the technical demands of modular construction but also uphold the highest standards of care and accessibility in healthcare facilities.

First Aid Building Wheelchair Ramp

ADA-Compliant Wheelchair Ramp Installation – Hershey Park First Aid Building

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Upside Innovations had the opportunity to enhance accessibility at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania, with the installation of an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp at their first aid building. This installation remains a significant example of our commitment to creating inclusive and durable solutions in public spaces.

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ADA-Compliant Wheelchair Ramp Enhances Accessibility at Hershey Park First Aid Building

The Challenge: Combining Durability with Accessibility

Located near a popular waterpark feature, the first aid building needed an access solution that could withstand the humid and wet conditions typical of such environments. The main concern was ensuring the ramp would resist rust and corrosion over time, maintaining its integrity and safety.

The Solution: A Rust-Resistant Ramp for High-Traffic Areas

Working in collaboration with Modular Genius, Inc., we provided a prefabricated aluminum ramp system specifically designed to meet these challenges. Our choice of materials and construction ensured that the ramp would remain durable and safe, even in the moisture-rich environment of the waterpark area.

Integration with Modular Construction

Modular Genius constructed a 700 sq ft modular building, incorporating features like epoxy resin flooring and fiberglass-reinforced plastic walls to withstand regular cleaning and heavy use. Our wheelchair ramp seamlessly complemented this structure, providing an essential accessibility feature that aligns with the park’s inclusive values.

Lasting Impact and Enhanced Accessibility

The completion of this project, which took only 120 days from award to occupancy, marked a significant improvement in the park’s accessibility near the waterpark area. Years later, the ramp continues to serve as a testament to our commitment to providing long-lasting, compliant access solutions in demanding environments.

The wheelchair ramp installation at Hershey Park’s first aid station near the waterpark feature exemplifies Upside Innovations’ expertise in delivering ADA-compliant solutions that are not only functional but also resilient in the face of environmental challenges. It stands as an enduring symbol of our dedication to enhancing safety and accessibility in public facilities.

Custom Aluminum Solutions for UMD Ludwig Field Pressbox

As a specialist in crafting high-quality aluminum access solutions, Upside Innovations was thrilled to contribute to the UMD Ludwig Field Pressbox project in College Park, MD. Our expertise was pivotal in ensuring the new pressbox integrated flawlessly with the existing stadium infrastructure.

The Challenge

The University of Maryland sought to construct a new, permanent pressbox for Ludwig Field Stadium. This pressbox, comprising four separate rooms for various users, needed to adhere to strict architectural covenants of the university. The challenge was to make the pressbox appear as an integral part of the existing stadium structure, blending with the campus aesthetics.

Our Contribution

Upside Innovations provided:

  • Aluminum Steps: Designed to match the existing stadium steps, our aluminum steps offered durability and a consistent look.
  • Decks: Our aluminum decks ensured a seamless transition between the new pressbox and the existing stadium structure.
  • Railings: The railings, crafted from aluminum, were not only functional but also aesthetically in tune with the stadium’s existing rails.

These components were crucial in achieving a harmonious blend with the stadium’s brick facade, walkways, and existing bleachers.

The Solution

A cantilever foundation system supported the pressbox atop the existing stadium decking and seats with minimal disturbance. The strategic placement provided optimal field vision. Our aluminum steps, decks, and railings were integrated to give a flawless finish, complementing the pressbox’s unique rooftop design engineered for a substantial live load and media requirements, including a non-slip rooftop walking area and powder-coated handrails with an exterior ladder leading to the rooftop media area.


The UMD Ludwig Field Pressbox project is a testament to Upside Innovations’ ability to deliver custom aluminum solutions that are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Our work on this project underscores our commitment to quality and precision in meeting the unique needs of our clients.

Navy Medical Fire House Stair

Custom Stair Solutions at Navy Medical Center Fire House in Bethesda

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As the manufacturer of specialized access solutions, Upside Innovations was able to contribute to the Navy Medical Center Fire House project in Bethesda, MD. This project posed unique challenges that required our engineering and design skills to provide practical and efficient stair solutions.

Client: Naval Support Activity Bethesda
Location: Bethesda, MD
Project: Navy Medical Center Fire House
Collaborator: Modular Genius
Category: Modular, Medical

The Challenge

The project at Naval Support Activity Bethesda aimed to rebuild its fire station while maintaining operational efficiency. It involved constructing a temporary structure on a challenging site with underground utility lines. The key was to ensure that the new temporary building, while being functional, also blended seamlessly with the building and area elevation.

At Upside Innovations, we provided:

  • 2-Story Stair Tower: This custom-designed aluminum stair tower facilitated safe and efficient access within the temporary fire station, reflecting our commitment to functional and durable design.
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  • Entryway Stair: Our additional entryway stair solution complemented the stair tower, enhancing the overall accessibility of the temporary structure.
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Our use of aluminum in these products ensured they were not only sturdy and reliable but also capable of withstanding the demanding conditions of the site.

The Solution

In line with our commitment to excellence, the temporary structure was equipped with sound insulation and high-standard MEP configurations. Our stair solutions were integral in achieving a quick and cost-effective renovation, ensuring the continuous operation of the fire station during this period.


This project at the Navy Medical Center Fire House in Bethesda is a prime example of how Upside Innovations can tailor its products to meet specific client needs. Our ability to design and manufacture stair solutions that address unique challenges underscores our expertise in this field.

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Project Profile: Upside Innovations’ Access Solutions Enhance DC DGS Adams Place Bus Terminal

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Project Overview

Client: DC Department of General Services
Location: Washington, DC
Project: DC DGS Adams Place Bus Terminal
Collaborators: Modular Genius, Inc., Diamond Builders, Inc.

The Challenge

The Washington DC Department of General Services required a relocatable building for DC Public Schools to serve as a school bus dispatch, breakroom, and assembly space for drivers. The existing facility was outdated, necessitating a new structure on an adjacent parcel of land. The project demanded a design that would integrate seamlessly with the existing architectural landscape and provide effective accessibility solutions.

Upside Innovations’ Contribution

Upside Innovations partnered in this project by providing essential access components:

  • Two Entryway Canopies: These structures were designed to offer shelter and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the building’s entrances.
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  • ADA-Compliant Entry Access Stairs: Installed at both entrances, these stairs ensured compliance with accessibility standards, offering safe and convenient access.
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  • ADA Wheelchair Access Ramp: This feature was critical in ensuring the building was accessible to all individuals, aligning with ADA guidelines.
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The pre-fabricated nature of Upside Innovations’ products was a significant factor in meeting the project’s tight timeline and budget constraints. The ease of installation and compliance with state and local accessibility guidelines were key in the seamless coordination of inspection activities.

The Solution

The modular building, by Modular Genius, Inc., was set up efficiently over two days. Upside Innovations’ prefabricated access systems played a pivotal role in the project’s success, aligning with the need for a flexible and relocatable solution. This adaptability is especially crucial for the ever-changing landscape of the bus terminal facility.


The collaboration on the DC DGS Adams Place Bus Terminal project is a testament to Upside Innovations’ ability to deliver high-quality, compliant, and aesthetically pleasing access solutions. The project not only met but exceeded expectations in functionality, speed to occupancy, and adherence to budgetary and regulatory requirements.

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Chapin Mansion Handicap Ramp Installation

Bridging History and Accessibility: Switchback Ramp Installation at Chapin Mansion

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The historic charm of the Chapin Mansion in Niles, Michigan, recently intertwined with the modern-day accessibility imperative. Through collaboration, Upside Innovations had the privilege of installing an ADA-compliant metal switchback ramp, marking a significant stride towards inclusivity. This ramp seamlessly links the parking lot to the mansion’s newly restored front porch, granting effortless access to visitors with mobility limitations, a first in the mansion’s long-standing history.

Switchback Ramp Installation for Mobility Devices

Switchback Ramp Installation for Mobility Devices at Chapin Mansion in Niles, Michigan

Photo Credit: South Bend Tribune

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APEX stair ramp system components

The APEX system is a line of integrated access products that can be configured to meet the most challenging applications.

Crafting Accessibility, Preserving History

When it comes to blending accessibility with aesthetic integrity, Upside Innovations is a name to reckon with. Our wheelchair ramps are meticulously designed to ensure easy access while harmonizing with the existing architectural aura.

  • ADA-Compliance: Adhering to the stringent standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensuring accessibility for all.
  • Durable Construction: Crafted with high-quality materials to withstand the test of time, reflecting a perfect amalgam of strength and elegance.
  • Customized Solutions: Tailored to meet the specific needs and aesthetic requisites of different settings, be it a historic mansion or a modern establishment.

Experience a world where architectural charm coexists with the modern-day ethos of inclusivity, only with Upside Innovations’ wheelchair ramps.

Inclusivity is the cornerstone of historical preservation.

A South Bend Tribune covered the Chapin Mansion’s grand reopening, detailing the journey of making this historic site accessible. The $275,000 project, funded through various grants and a local donation, also restored the mansion’s front porch and balcony. The renovation was spearheaded by city officials and executed by Kil Architecture and Mihm Enterprises, aligning with community interests in preserving historic sites and enhancing accessibility. The mansion, attracting about 5,000 visitors annually, showcases American Aesthetic design and now resumes its tours post-renovation, with future plans hinting at continued restoration efforts.

A significant highlight of the project was the ramp installation by Upside Innovations, which now allows a barrier-free entry from the parking lot to the mansion’s interior. The ramp installation came as a response to consistent accessibility concerns voiced since 2015, marking a milestone in the mansion’s history.

The project was a collective endeavor, with funds sourced from community block grants, state grants, and a local foundation donation. The city engaged Kil Architecture for design and Mihm Enterprises for execution, with the ramp installation being a pivotal part of the renovation.

The Tribune article resonates with the satisfaction and anticipation of the Niles community, especially individuals like Laura Hollister, who acknowledges the profound impact of enhanced accessibility in a small municipality. The ramp not only symbolizes accessibility but is a testament to how historic preservation and modern-day necessities can harmoniously coexist.

With such endeavors, the narrative of accessibility is being rewritten, ensuring historic sites like the Chapin Mansion are welcoming to all, courtesy of thoughtful installations like the ramp from Upside Innovations.

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Upside’s Loading Dock Step Saves Developer $56,000

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Loading deck installation at a commercial real estate development firm

When choosing the right dock stairs for your project, it’s easy to default to what’s considered the “standard” – galvanized steel stairs. However, as Steve Harder, Project Manager at Flint Development, discovered, sometimes the standard isn’t always the best choice.

Loading Dock Stair Installation at Flint Development

Flint Development, a commercial real estate development firm based in Kansas City, was working on the Tucson Commerce Center project in Tucson, Arizona. The project involved three buildings, each requiring multiple stair installations. The General Contractor presented estimates for the traditional steel stairs and Upside Innovations’ Dock Step. Despite initial preconceptions that aluminum might not be as “stout” as steel, the significant cost savings offered by the Dock Step warranted consideration.

The Dock Step resulted in a cost savings of $2,000 for each of the project's 28 installations.

The Dock Step resulted in a cost savings of $2,000 for each of the project’s 28 installations.

The Cost Benefit of Loading Dock Steps

Ultimately, the Dock Step won out – and for good reason. The project saved about $56,000 over traditional galvanized steel stairs, with a cost reduction of $2,000 on each of the 28 total installations. But the benefits didn’t stop at the financial savings.

Loading Dock Step Installation Time

Installation time was another major advantage of the Dock Step. Where a fabricator would typically take about three days to install the equivalent number of stairs, the Dock Step installation took just one day for an entire building. This was a significant time saving, especially considering that each stair unit from a fabricator would require two guys working for four hours.

The Dock Step units are prefabricated and modular, meaning they bolt together in about an hour. This is in stark contrast to the traditional steel stairs, which ship loose and need to be welded on-site.

Aerial view of Flint Development, a commercial real estate development firm

Prefabricated Loading Dock Steps for Convenience

But perhaps the most surprising benefit was the sturdiness of the Dock Step. Despite initial biases, Steve found the Dock Step to be much sturdier than expected. He was also impressed by the installation and finish, which he found superior to custom fabrication with exposed welds.

Another key benefit of Upside’s prefabricated stairs is that parts can be replaced if a unit is damaged rather than the entire unit. This not only saves on cost but also on time, as there’s no need to wait for a whole new unit to be fabricated and shipped.

The perfect lightweight, heavy-duty solution for warehouse and distribution center loading docks. Because Dock Step is prefabricated and modular, it bolts together in about an hour.

In conclusion, Upside Innovations’ Dock Step proved to be a superior choice for the Tucson Commerce Center project. It offered significant cost and time savings, surprising sturdiness, and a superior finish. It’s clear that when it comes to choosing dock stairs, the Dock Step is a step above the rest.

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Applications in Modular Construction: A Look into Upside Innovations’ Modular Stairwell and Canopy Installations

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Upside Innovations is at the forefront of reshaping temporary workspace infrastructure. With our prefabricated, modular stairwells and canopies, we offer solutions that prioritize functionality, durability, and safety. In this article, we highlight the features and benefits of Upside’s products.

modular office stairwell and canopy
Showcasing the union of efficiency, versatility, and sustainability, this photo captures Upside Innovations’ installation of a modular aluminum stairwell and weather-resistant canopy for a temporary two-story office, featuring elements that are as easy to assemble as they are to reconfigure and designed to be compliant with ADA, IBC, and OSHA standards.

Modular construction (What is modular construction?), a method involving the assembly of complete rooms or sections manufactured off-site, has become a prominent choice for erecting temporary and permanent structures. Rising in popularity for commercial, industrial, and institutional projects, the modular market was valued at $131.1 billion in 2021, with analysts projecting a $234.7 billion value by 2031​​. This construction method reduces on-site construction time and costs, making it especially beneficial for larger buildings​​.

Upside Innovations provides the ideal solution for modular construction with its APEX System. This prefabricated line of ADA, OSHA, and IBC-compliant stairs, ramps, and canopies comprise industrial-grade aluminum components that bolt together, creating endless configurations​. This innovative system eliminates the need for custom fabrication and extensive engineering, thus reducing costs, installation time, and complexity.

One of the key features of the APEX System is its reconfigurability, which allows for the ramps, stairs, and railings to be reused or reconfigured as needs change, making it a versatile choice for modular buildings such as schools, hospitals, churches, office trailers, and construction sites​.

Our aluminum canopies and awnings are long-lasting and low-maintenance, never rusting, and promising a long product lifecycle​. Our canopies have an internal drainage system to divert water from walkways, ensuring a safe, slip-free environment​. our weather-resistant aluminum products can be reconfigured to adapt to changing applications, ensuring the industry’s longest service life​​.

Modular Stairwells: Embodying Efficiency and Compliance

The APEX System, Upside’s line of modular aluminum stairwells, is a testament to the power of intelligent design. These stairwells are ADA, IBC, and OSHA-compliant, ensuring they meet the highest standards of safety and accessibility. Furthermore, they are infinitely configurable to suit any application, making them a versatile choice for a wide variety of projects​.

Constructed from lightweight, industrial-grade aluminum components, these stairwells are designed for easy assembly and reconfiguration. This flexibility reduces costs, installation time, and complexity, all while ensuring the stairwell is code compliant and aligned with the project’s specifications​.

Canopies: Prioritizing Durability and Safety

Upside’s prefabricated aluminum canopies are engineered for long-term use and adaptability. They provide reliable protection from the elements and are designed to ensure the industry’s longest service life, making them a practical choice for temporary workspaces​.

These canopies feature an internal gutter and drainage system designed to divert water away from walkways, maintaining a dry and safe environment beneath. Their modular design allows for easy reconfiguration or reuse, providing an adaptable solution for evolving project requirements​.

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Commitment to Sustainability

Upside Innovations’ commitment to sustainability is evident in their product designs. The prefabricated systems are made with 6061 and 6063 aluminum alloys, which contain a significant proportion of recycled content. This not only enhances the durability and versatility of their products but also aligns with green building principles, contributing to several LEED v4.1 credits and other green building rating systems​.


Upside Innovations provides robust solutions for temporary workspace infrastructures, from adaptable stairwells to durable canopies. Their expert team ensures seamless installation, custom fitting, and code compliance, ensuring each project runs smoothly from start to finish​. As demand for temporary workspaces continues to rise, Upside’s modular, prefabricated structures are leading the way in providing efficient and sustainable solutions.

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Innovation for the win

At Upside Innovations, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the manufacturing of OSHA, IBC, and ADA-compliant stairs. Our team of skilled welders and technicians is dedicated to creating high-quality products that are not only safe and reliable but also aesthetically pleasing.

In recent years, we have been investing in the latest technology to enhance our manufacturing process, and we are proud to introduce our cutting-edge robotic welder. This advanced machine is revolutionizing how we produce stairs, making our operation safer, faster, and more efficient than ever.

Robotic welder ushering innovations in Upside manufacturing process

Our robotic welder is designed to work seamlessly with our expert welders and technicians. It helps them to perform complex welding tasks with precision, speed, and accuracy, reducing the likelihood of human error and increasing the consistency of our product quality. Additionally, the robot can work around the clock, ensuring that we can deliver products to our clients in a timely and efficient manner.

Integrating robotics into our manufacturing process has allowed us to enhance the safety and well-being of our team members. The robot welder performs tasks that would have been hazardous to our welders, such as welding in tight spaces, welding in awkward positions, and welding near hazardous materials. With the robot taking over these tasks, our welders can focus on other important aspects of the manufacturing process, such as quality control, design, and customer service.

The robotic welder has also increased our productivity significantly, allowing us to handle larger orders and complex projects with ease. With this new technology, we can produce our products faster, without compromising on the quality of our final product. This means we can meet the growing demand for our products while maintaining our commitment to excellence.

In conclusion, integrating robotics into our manufacturing process at Upside Innovations has been a game-changer for our business. We are proud to be at the forefront of technological innovation, using cutting-edge machines to enhance our manufacturing process and provide our clients with the highest quality products. Our team is excited to continue exploring new ways to use technology to improve our products and services.

Our Services

Our team designs, manufactures, ships, and installs ADA & IBC-compliant stairs, ramps, and canopies to fit YOUR custom project. Our experts will work with you throughout the project to ensure your installation is correct to your specifications and code-compliant.

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