Stabilization System for Apartment Stairwell

Level Engineering was asked to inspect a commercial apartment complex that had been issued a notice of unsafe structure. This particular project had exterior stairs for access to each of the units within the building. The stairs were made of both steel and concrete. The steel was starting to corrode badly and the concrete was deteriorated. 

Structural connections of the exterior stairs and walkways were compromised and the concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall was starting to fail.

Our engineer designed a temporary stabilization system for the stairway to support the stairs for continued occupation and until the stairs could be completely rebuilt.


The engineer performed an analysis of the existing stairs and building structure, then designed a permanent steel framing system to safely restore and support the stairs, at minimal cost.

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During the analysis, they also modeled the structure in 3D and provided structural repair plans to the owner. They worked with the contractor to ensure a quality product for the owner of the building. All of this work was performed on an accelerated timeline to ensure the safety of the building and the occupants.

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Level Engineering provides common-sense solutions for a myriad of commercial structural challenges. We are experts in forensic evaluations, code compliance, and creative solutions. Level engineering has comprehensive design and construction backgrounds with over 150 years of combined field experience.

For more information about Level Engineering’s full range of civil and structural engineering services, give us a call at 720-408-0119.

Our experienced team will work with you to determine the best solutions for you and your building. Contact us today!

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Scott Zurn, P.E.

Founder and CEO of Level Engineering & Level Design Partners. With more than 4 decades of experience, Scott Zurn has contributed to all aspects of the building industry, serving both public and private sectors. He’s achieved tremendous success in commercial and residential markets, held leadership roles such as building official, city engineer, and director for local governments, and accomplished hundreds of millions of dollars in successful commercial building and civil infrastructure as a designer, project manager, and leader. As the Founder of the Level brand, Scott is dedicated to ensuring the entrepreneurial success of design professionals, as well as creating positive environmental impacts through design work. Read Scott’s full bio here.

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