University of Tampa – Stainless Steel System

University of Tampa - McKay Hall

Project Stats

Name of Person or Business: University of Tampa

Date of Installation: Oct 2015

New or Existing Construction: Renovation

Location of Project: Tampa, FL

Coverage: 450 ft level walkway handrail + 100 ft stair handrail

Style/Name of Railing or Product: Stainless Steel Horizontal Tube Infill System

Materials Used: 304 stainless steel

Partners: GC: Crossroads Construction; Architect: Design Styles Architecture

McKay Hall originally opened in 1959 as a men’s only residence. By 2015 it was decided that major renovations were needed. Teaming up with Crossroads Construction and Andy Dohmen of Design Styles Architecture, we delivered a modern style that compliments the amenities and luxuries found throughout the university’s multi-floor living spaces. We responded to the general contractor’s call for a fast install and we were able to turn the project over quickly.

Unique about this project, the architect’s design called for 1/2″ diameter rod to act as the infill. Each layer of rod passed through a series of stainless steel stand offs attached to the post. This is called a stainless steel horizontal tube infill system.

The University of Tampa was born out of a transformation from the Tampa Junior College in 1933. The building, built during 1888-1891, was originally purposed for the Tampa Bay Hotel, one of the city’s most historical landmarks. The builder, Henry B. Plant, a 20th century railroad and shipping mogul, has largely been credited for helping form Tampa into the bustling city it is today. The history is just as rich as the architecture, University of Tampa utilizes a combination of distinctive Victorian gingerbread, Moorish minarets, domes, and more.