What once used to be a difficult walk down a steep, graffiti-marked pathway is now a leisurely descent down a 100-foot-long concrete stairway. The set of steps leading down to Eucalyptus Lane Beach in Montecito, California is not only functional, hiding a sewage pumping station and other unsightly utilities, but it blends with the environment by incorporating sandstone boulders and stones.
Conventional wood forms were used to form the stairway. Because of the complexity and scale of the steps' concentric curves, workers laid out the arc pieces in advance in a parking lot. Construction was delayed by factors that were atypical for most construction projects. High tides and stormy seas were key players in the construction schedule in this case. Because of the rough and corrosive seacoast environment, the stairway was made with a corrosion-resistant 4000-psi concrete, and all reinforcing steel, including bars, tie wires, and supports, was epoxy-coated.