While the ironworks industry has done little to provide professional education on proper specifications, Compass Ironworks has worked to fill this void. We have been providing, AIA, LACES and ICDEC accredited sessions to architects, landscape, architects, designers, and interior designers for many years.

Educational Criteria

Educational criteria on specifying metal was sparse, Compass Ironworks is working hard to provide specifiers with the most current knowledge on the correct outlines to utilize iron, steel, aluminum, bronze, and corten and stainless steel. With proper protocols, these materials can last for decades, generations, or centuries, and provide beauty and safety as steel stairs, driveway gates, deck railings and privacy fences. Also done strategically, materials can be utilized with 97-100% recycled content and an eco-friendly finish administered that is 99.99% reclaimable and emits no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere.

Another area of concern has been the incorrect specification of automatic driveway gates and gate openers. With the latest safety standards from UL325, there are still many designers mistakenly designing front gates in violation of the new standard. Our goal is to share the best practices for safety and aesthetics to benefit clients, the public, and the community.

To date, we have created the following courses:

  • Design and Specification of Sustainable Custom Ironworks
  • Components and Idiosyncrasies of Custom Ironwork
  • Iron vs. Aluminum Materials
  • Demystifying Ironwork
  • Combating Degradation Metal Finishes to Embellish Your Project
  • Access Control, Safety, and Security
  • Current Construction Insights: Is What We Created, Relevant Knowledge for Estimators, Supervisors or Client
  • Liaisons in the High-End Residential and Commercial Industry
The Stairs in Process Dec 2016

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