GR Plume's floating stairway heads to new Everett WSU building
Employees at Ferndale-based GR Plume took a huge set of steps Thursday toward helping Washington State University build a new satellite campus in Everett.
Working with SRG Architects of Seattle, GR Plume built a “flying” stairway for the new WSU North Puget Sound campus. Using laminated beams several layers thick for the support and risers, the free-standing stairway is built entirely of wood as a nod to the region’s timber industry.
GR Plume’s stairway will connect all four floors of what’s called the Innovation Forum. WSU’s $71 million academic facility, scheduled to open in fall 2017, is designed for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in science technology, engineering and math.
“We’re a small employer in Whatcom County but our labor built this,” said Robin Plume, owner of the architectural millwork company.