03 Dec Stair Building Class to be Held in Las Vegas in January
Next month, the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association (SMA) in cooperation with JD Stairs will present Stair Balustrade, an instructional class focused on teaching post-to-post and over-the-post handrail installation theory and skills. A shop tour will be provided by JD Stairs, and the class takes place from 8-5 on Wednesday the 19th until Friday the 21st. Student registration is $750. This hands-on instructional class will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. SMA is evaluating proposals from casinos and hotels to find the best rate and experience for attendees, and more information will be available very soon. The venue and the JD Stairs shop are both located in downtown Las Vegas and are only a short ride from McCarren International Airport.
Since 1985, the SMA’s constituency has grown to a range of professionals from one-man shops to some of the largest in the industry. The organization has helped bolster the craft of stair-building and has helped save the stairway aesthetic. Its members are credible voices in the industry who contribute to the consistent interpretation and enforcement of stairway building codes. In 2003, the SMA gathered architects, builders, code officials, and stair-builders together for the first annual SMA Code Forum which focused on discussing regulatory issues and fostering better understanding across the industry. This national program includes accredited code interpretation seminars for associations of builders, building officials, and design professionals.
Starting in 2007, the SMA turned its focus to education, and that has largely affected the direction of the association and its members. With education at the forefront, in 2008 the SMA began work on the Stairway Safety Program curriculum for use in elementary education. In 2009, the first SMA certification program was offered during the association’s Fall Education Conference. In 2018 the SMA implemented the first course of practical stair-building education to enable others to learn the crafts and technology of the trade and provide new-found understanding of the potential for success in this niche industry.
Located in Dalton, Ohio, the SMA continues to proactively contribute to the professional development of our members through education, quality standard development, and professional certification, which enables members to leverage their expertise within the industry. More than 75% of SMA members specialize in stair building from conception to construction, for small to medium sized businesses. These professionals understand the intricacies of stair safety and execution for production of beautiful stairway projects across North America. SMA members also include professionals who install, distribute, and manufacture stair parts plus specialty equipment and materials, as well as provide accompanying products and services to support the industry.