Columbia College Stair and Transitions
Columbia College in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a private liberal arts college providing first- and second-year university transfer courses, associate degrees in arts and science, a university prep program and intensive English-language instruction. Established in 1936, it is Canada’s oldest international private college.
Columbia College’s main campus is a 73,000-square-foot building located on Terminal Avenue, two blocks from the Main Street–Science World SkyTrain station. The self-contained, five-story structure includes classrooms, a large lecture hall, two student lounges, two computer science labs, and physics, chemistry and biology labs. Food services are located on the ground floor; administration, admissions, student services, the library and bookstore are on the second floor; and the classrooms and labs are on floors three and four.
Taking into account the building’s style as well as student safety, B+H Architects specified AA209 stair nosing. AA209 is a modification of Tredsafe’s popular AA207 profile, featuring a ramped back edge to prevent trip hazards plus two inserts, allowing for the choice of two colors. Custom redesigned to comply with Canadian building codes, AA209 stair nosing was made for uncovered concrete stairs but can also be used on ceramic tile with the application of Tredlock adhesive to hold it in place.
A high volume of pedestrian traffic made the building’s ceramic stair edges susceptible to damage. AA209’s anodized aluminum construction provided durable protection, maximum coverage and the added safety of an anti-slip surface. The product’s large tread inserts prevent water from pooling, ensuring traction whether wet or dry. Tredsafe’s product customizability combined with its track record for quality and safety proved a winning solution for Columbia College.