Stairways are designed and built to get you from point A to point B by going up or down a set of stairs. Wood, metal, concrete, marble, stone or other materials may be used to support your journey. It's not the fast and smooth transition of an elevator or escalator. There's a bit more of a workout involved. Some physical exertion. Maybe a little sweat. There's no piped-in music. More often, it's only the creaking of steps beneath your feet, the thumping of your heart and the sound of your own breath as you push or propel your way along to your destination.