I know. It’s a canopy, an overhead protection system, a sidewalk shed, something that protects pedestrians as work goes on overhead. But you know me, I always look for the uniqueness in everything I report on – and this is no different. Sure, if you are driving past or walking underneath you will just think, “wow, that’s a really clean, well built, thing of beauty.” That’s what we hope everyone says.
This 40-story skyscraper in downtown Philadelphia is undergoing some major renovations including a façade restoration and window enhancements, of which Superior Scaffold was a part. But I wanted to point out of few cool features on this job that you might not get to see on your average ordinary canopy. Okay, let’s take the craftsmanship off the table, because that’s a given. This is an interesting combination of both frame scaffold and system scaffolding to create one giant cohesive layout.
Let’s start with the double-wide canopy out front. Using our biggest, walk-thru, canopy frames, side-by-side, bridged with steel beams we covered the entire width of the sidewalk for all of the pedestrian traffic (and there is a bunch of it). You can read about why we do this verses system scaffold here.
But that’s not all – look at the system scaffold we erected around the courtyard and into the side entrance to the building. There’s debris netting on both sides to create a nice chute that takes people directly inside and under the next section of overhead protection.
And we are just getting started. Hold onto your seats because look at the elevated system scaffold we erected over the parking garage.
We also used aluminum beams and debris netting on top of the panels. And we carried it over the loading dock entrance!
You want more? You got it. Look to the right of this photo and you’ll see our system scaffold erected above the subway entrance. I’d be lying if I didn’t say we actually do this a lot. But it’s still cool.
And for the last and probably the most important for the client…
Custom blue debris panels on top of the canopy where they also added their address and some adverts for the businesses inside. This is a feature I wanted to point out because it does make a real visual difference to help tie into the over-all color scheme of the building itself. We normally use our bright red debris panels but you can ask for custom colors – so don’t be afraid people. If you don’t ask – you don’t get.
So there you have it. I don’t remember who said, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Well, I think on this job if you take the time to look you can see the extra in ordinary.
Thanks to the Beneficial Bank Place and Masonry Preservation Group for allowing Superior Scaffold to be a part of this restoration job.
If you need access, scaffold, scaffolding or overhead protection for your project call Superior today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.
And this is for all of you rock ‘n’ rollers out there. Fitting for the job… Enjoy.
A bit more on 1818 Market:
Located on the corner of Market and 19th Streets, the building, also known as 1818 Market, includes efficient 30,000 square foot floor plates, high ceiling heights, and above-standard parking. The property offers ground-floor retail, including the popular Marathon Grill with outdoor seating in its plaza.
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