Cable railing for mixed-use residential building
Cable railing for mixed-use residential building

The Challenge

We recently collaborated with Seattle-based building technology company Sustainable Living Innovations (SLI) on a high-profile project involving cable railing of various lengths that not only needed to meet rigorous environmental and safety standards but also needed to be visually appealing.

The SLI team had developed a clean, elegant, and minimalist staircase and balcony design for a new mixed-use residential building in Seattle's University District. However, the cable railings needed to run at very specific angles to mirror the precise slope of the exterior stair, making the angles difficult to maintain. The railings also had to meet specific building code requirements.

The product’s shipping requirements came with their own challenges — the cables needed to be precisely packaged and individually labeled so that the level and location for installation could be easily identified. And, of course, all processes needed to be in line with SLI’s commitment to sustainability.

The Solution

Using a cutter and machine swager, we manufactured 3/16 diameter, 1x19 architectural cable railing that came in at 10,000 linear feet. The cable had Invisiware receivers to ensure it was both visually appealing and met all environmental and safety standards.

The Results

Lexco’s team was able to fabricate high-quality cable railings to meet all required safety and environmental standards. Most importantly, we specified a beveled washer for the cable railings, which allowed them to run at the proper angles to perfectly mirror the staircase slope, creating an elegant aesthetic without sacrificing function.

Our team also developed a labeling system for the cables, allowing for simple and straightforward installation.

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