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Best Interior / Tenant Improvement Project in the Nation, Engineering News Record (ENR)

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Fri, Aug 28, 2015

Monumental Stairs - Monumental Results

Couturier Iron Craft, Inc. a key player in the Carter's Inc. relocation improvement project in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brought on board by Perkins + Will and Choate Construction, Atlanta, Couturier Iron Craft is credited for the manufacturing and installation of the two decorative metal stairs and glass railing system connecting the 17th, 18th and 19th floors of the award winning space. Couturier attributes the recognition of "Best of the Best Projects" as a reflection of talent, skills and creativity of all individuals involved on the project. (Read more below)

Engineering News Record magazine (ENR) released its national “Best of the Best Projects” winners for 2014, designed to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievements in the U.S. among projects completed between June 2013 and June 2014. Choate Construction Company won two of these awards.

The Carter’s, Inc. build out in Atlanta, GA won for the Best Interiors/Tenant Improvement category in the nation.

The William Carter Company, better known as Carter’s, Inc., was founded in 1865 and is the leading brand of children’s clothing, gifts and accessories in America, selling more than 10 products for every child born in the United States.  The Company owns the Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace.  In an effort to attract and retain high quality talent, improve productivity, promote collaboration and encourage sustainability, Carter’s, Inc. relocated their headquarters to occupy 11 floors at Phipps Tower in Atlanta.

Carter’s 275,000-SF LEED Gold certified space, designed by Perkins + Will, highlights the company’s heritage of quality, innovation, and value throughout each of its 11 floors.  While their products might be developed for a juvenile crowd, their office space is sophisticated and contemporary. As each brand under the Carter’s, Inc. umbrella is unique, the design scheme of each floor is also unique through the use of different materials and colors schemes.

Each floor includes a library for informal gatherings equipped with a coffee bar and seating area as well as a break room with both bar-height and traditional table seating.  Features throughout the spaces include custom product display cases, extensive use of glass wall systems, wood wall and ceiling systems, high-end lighting with daylight harvesting, and over 100,000 SF of walnut wood flooring.  Two exposed staircases allow easy transition between the 17th, 18th and 19th floors, encouraging employee collaborating and connectivity. (


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Couturier Iron Craft, Inc. Earns Gold & Silver NOMMA Awards

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Couturier Earns Gold and Silver Awards at 2015 National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal Association Convention.

The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association awarded Couturier Iron Craft both Gold and Silver awards for outstanding work in the Commercial Staircase category and Art/Sculpture category. The awards were presented on March 14, 2015 at the annual METALFAB conference in King of Prussia, PA.The Earnest Wiemann Top Job Awards competition in a annual event that recognizes outstanding work in the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. The event is open to over 1,000 member firms throughout the U.S. and in 14 foreign countries.

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Couturier Iron Craft at Chicago 2014 AIA Convention

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Mon, May 12, 2014

Couturier Iron Craft will be exhibiting at the Chicago AIA Convention June 26th-28th, McCormick Place.  Stop by and visit our booth #3652, see why Couturier has become a number one choice for custom staircase and railing products for so many unique projects.

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Standard vs. Spiral Staircase: Increasing Aesthetics with Curve Appeal

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Wed, Mar 12, 2014
When designing a project, architects often contemplate what architectural focal points will drive it home for the potential buyer. When choosing the right stair arrangement, a spiral staircase  can add a classic or contemporary draw depending on the design. Nothing says dramatic like an creatively elegant staircase.
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Michigan Construction & Design Trade Show 2014 Feb 5th, 2014

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Tue, Dec 03, 2013

Couturier Iron Craft, Inc. will be exhibiting at the Michigan Construction & Design Trade Show on February 5th, 2014 at Motor City Casino, Detroit, MI. Stop by our booth #312 and see a wide range of custom decorative metal stair and railing products offered to meet your project requirements.

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West Michigan Design & Construction Expo - DeltaPlex - Oct. 17, 2013

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Wed, Aug 28, 2013

Couturier Iron Craft, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2013 West Michigan Design and Construction Expo on October 17th at the DeltaPLex in Grand Rapids MI. Stop by our booth #612 and see the wide range of decorative metal railing and staircase products offered to meet your project requirements.

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Tags: metal railing, curved stairs, construction industry, stairs, CSI, West Michigan Design and construction expo

The 3 Benefits of Custom Designed Stairs

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Redesigning or building a unique office, commercial building, or other space can be greatly facilitated if you instruct your space planners, architects and builders to consider custom elements as part of the mix.

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The Couturier Way to Crafting the Perfect Stainless Steel Railing

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Mon, Jul 22, 2013

Indoors or out, stairways and railings can transcend functionality to blend beautifully with their surrounding or make a unique statement. But crafting the perfect stainless steel railing requires a specialized approach – one that unites artistry with engineering.

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Pros and Cons - Custom Metal Railings Vs. Component Railing System

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Mon, Jun 17, 2013

The term metal railings sounds a bit dull, doesn't it?  When it comes to designing stairways, balconies, and other architectural elements that require metal railings, custom designs are often a far better choice than pre-packaged railing systems.  Why limit your options and even those of your client when there are other more unique, distinct options available?

Whether for an executive business center, hospital, museum, college, airport, or even private residence, custom metal railings make it possible to achieve far better results in terms of design, style, and appeal.  Of course railings are used for a purpose (usually for safety), but they certainly don't have to have a utilitarian look.

What are the pros and cons of custom metal railings versus those systems that are pre-packaged?

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Battle Creek Streetscape Project

Posted by Daniel Couturier on Mon, Oct 08, 2012
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