St. Petersburg College Marine Science Center – Stainless Steel and Aluminum Handrails

Another recent project completed in November 2017 for Seco South was the SPC Marine Science Center in Bay Pines, FL. The unique design was created by Rowe Architects and Seco South was contracted by Biltmore Construction to perform the work. This project consisted of the design, fabrication and installation of 550 linear ft of our stainless steel cable handrail system SP1-2000. The material used to combat the salty conditions near the intracoastal waterway was a marine-grade Type 316 stainless steel with a finely brushed finish on the material. A 3/16" diameter stainless steel cable system was used as the railing infill system to provide a marine aesthetic while maximizing views and allowing adequate wind flow. In addition to the stainless steel railing, we also provided our SL1-2000 aluminum railing for the rooftop mechanical equipment and we even manufactured a custom aluminum dumpster gate. The biggest challenge we faced was designing, fabricating and installing the perforated aluminum sun screens required by Rowe Architects to help control the ambient temperature of the building. These aluminum sun screens were installed directly to the steel super structure of the building using proprietary methods for keeping dissimilar metals from reacting with each other. The final finish on the sun screens was a marine grade powder coated surface.

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Warren Hope Dawson Elementary School – Custom Aluminum Railing

Seco South was contracted by The BECK Group to manufacture and install 1,100 feet of a custom aluminum handrail system for the new Dawson Elementary School located in Riverview, Florida. This project consisted of a fully-welded aluminum frame manufactured from 3"×3" vertical post and a 3"×6" top cap. The architectural firm of Holmes Hepner & Associates chose a unique aluminum grill design for the handrail infill which was manufactured by Ohio Gratings and integrated into the railing framework by Seco South. The challenge was to install this aluminum railing on steel stringers and embeds. To achieve this we welded stainless steel support legs to the steel. The aluminum railings were then slipped over the support legs and secured with a decorative stainless steel fastener. The finish on the railing system was a silver anodized powder coat finish. The entire 1,100 feet of the railing was manufactured and installed in 5 weeks.

The Tampa Riverwalk – Stainless Steel Cable Railing

The City of Tampa had proposed the concept for a river walk in the mid 1970s. In the early 2000s the concept regained interest and since then has been developing a hot spot on the Downtown Tampa waterfront. It has added to the modern architecture prevalent downtown and successfully connected many of the parks together, creating an enjoyable place to jog, bike, or walk. The Tampa RiverWalk has become a unique, fun destination in the city.

This custom railing system was a continuation of the Water Works Park that was completed in August of 2014 and Seco supplied the same railing system for this project. Therefore, the design of the railing system was intended to be the same and connected to the Water Works Park railing where it was ended in 2014. This stainless steel system is a proprietary railing system design for harsh exterior conditions that provides maximum visibility and air flow which is ideal for river fronts, pools, dock-sides, balconies, etc. For this project we worked with the Principal Landscape Architect from URS and Nelson Construction.

University of Tampa – Stainless Steel System

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.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe – Stainless Steel Railing

Our custom built, stainless steel spiral staircase becomes an architectural gem at a building steeped in history with the opening of the new south beach brand of Mango’s Tropical Cafe on I-Drive in Orlando.

One wouldn’t even be able to recognize that the new Mango’s on International Drive used to be the home of T.G.I. Friday’s Front Row, except for the fact that Mango’s preserved and displays at the front entrance, a number of celebrity handprints that were concreted as part of the original building opening in the 1990s.

Offering views of the Orlando Eye and the StarFlyer, owner David Wallack pulled out all the stops when it came to designing a unique, sleek, stainless steel glass staircase for his 55,000 square foot, Latin-inspired night club and restaurant. Combine this with over 500 linear feet of stainless and glass railing along the interior and exterior mezzanines and balconies and you have something truly impressive and the first of its kind in the Orlando area.

Working with Miami’s U.S. Construction and L2 Studios, we custom designed the spiral staircase by using a horizontal welded tube system combining our SPG1-2000 stainless steel railing product as well as other custom components. The result: an architectural masterpiece for Mango’s which is not only highly attractive but which requires low maintenance.