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Ferndale company builds ‘flying’ stairway for WSU-Everett

GR Plume's floating stairway heads to new Everett WSU building

Workers at the G.R. Plume guide a Ness & Campbell crane lifting a 50-foot wood stairway onto a flatbed truck Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Ferndale. The stairway is part of a larger floating stairway heading to the new Washington State University s
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Workers at the G.R. Plume guide a Ness & Campbell crane lifting a 50-foot wood stairway onto a flatbed truck Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Ferndale. The stairway is part of a larger floating stairway heading to the new Washington State University s

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.

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