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In-Plant, Modular Office Stairs

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In-plant offices are becoming more popular because the modular building industry is growing, and it is becoming easier and cheaper to access modular, in-plant offices. Stacking the modular offices on top of each other is expected to save floor space, so a set of OSHA-compliant steps is required for the upper level. What material do most people use?

It is expected to use either aluminum or steel steps because they typically last longer than wood and are quicker to assemble. People used steel more often than aluminum in the past because aluminum was more expensive. Steel and aluminum are both in the same price range, so more people are choosing aluminum over steel. Aluminum is becoming the more popular choice for three reasons:

1. Lightweight. Aluminum is typically 1/3 the weight of steel. An adjustable aluminum staircase (shown below) weighs approximately 650 lbs. including the platform. The alternative product made out of steel weighs nearly 2,000 lbs., making it a much more difficult product to handle.

2. Easily installed. Since aluminum is so much lighter than steel, assembling the aluminum staircase takes less time and effort. To install heavy, second-story steps made out of steel, people usually rent special equipment to help move the product, increasing the overall installation cost.

3. Corrosion resistant. If the indoor environment is ever exposed to water or experiences humidity, an aluminum staircase will last longer than a steel staircase because aluminum does not rust. Steel can be galvanized, which protects the material from rusting. However, the material can rust if the protective layer is scratched or damaged.

Standard, OSHA-Compliant Staircase:

OSHA-compliant, second-story staircase for in-plant, modular offices. It has heavy-duty stringers and optional cross-bracing for added strength, making this style perfect for permanent applications. This product is made-to-order and must have exact threshold measurements to fit the application.

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Adjustable OMNI, OHSA-Compliant Staircase:


OSHA-compliant, second-story staircase for in-plant, modular offices. This adjustable staircase can work for any threshold height between 8.5′ and 10.5′. It weighs less than the OSHA step featured above, so the Omni step is the right choice if the offices are not in a permanent location

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Mezzanine Solutions for In-Plant Offices

Expanding Vertical Space with Mezzanines: Maximizing space is crucial in today’s dynamic industrial and commercial environments. Mezzanines offer an innovative solution to utilize vertical space effectively, especially in conjunction with in-plant offices. Adding a mezzanine level allows businesses to significantly increase their operational area without requiring extensive renovations or relocation.

Mezzanine Applications: Mezzanines are versatile and can be tailored for various uses, including additional storage, expanded production areas, or creating elevated office spaces. This flexibility makes them an ideal choice for industries ranging from manufacturing to retail, where space optimization is key.

Integration with In-Plant Offices: Upside Innovations integrates mezzanine floors with modular in-plant offices. Our approach ensures that the additional space created by the mezzanine is accessible and functional.

Stair Solutions for Mezzanine Access: Access to mezzanine levels is a critical aspect of their functionality. Upside Innovations offers a range of stair solutions, including standard OSHA-compliant staircases and adjustable Omni stairs, to ensure safe and convenient access to mezzanine levels. Our staircases are designed to be compatible with various mezzanine heights and configurations, providing a cohesive and efficient solution for vertical expansion.

Material Choices for Durability and Efficiency: We understand the importance of material selection in staircase construction. Our aluminum and steel stair options offer durability, ease of installation, and corrosion resistance, ensuring long-term functionality and safety. Whether you opt for the lightweight and adaptable aluminum stairs or the robust and permanent steel options, our products are designed to meet the specific needs of your mezzanine and in-plant office setup.

Customization and Compliance: Every mezzanine project has unique requirements. We offer customized solutions that adhere to OSHA standards, ensuring that your mezzanine and stair setup is efficient and compliant with safety regulations. Our team works closely with you to understand your needs and deliver a solution that enhances operational efficiency and safety.