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Superior Scaffold is built Ford tough

Some jobs go off just as planned and then others…well, let’s just say need a little extra attention.  You see, from the outside a job looks one way and then from the inside it turns into an entirely different animal.

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Pacific Ford was one of those animals.  A simple shoring job to create a large display room and offices overlooking the service center turned out to be more than anyone imagined.  But because we have the best guys in the business – it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle.  Just like Ford trucks we can go anywhere and do just about anything.

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Let’s take a look at this complex job one photo at a time.

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Just giving you a peek of what’s to come…

Pacifico Ford, serving Springfield, PA & Camden, NJ, wanted to expand the working space for their service guys so they decided to remove an entire wall facing the drive-in service bay.  No problem.  Oh, and they wanted both the service bay to be open every day for business as well as the offices on the 2nd floor above.  Again, no problem.

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In order to do that they called Superior Scaffold to shore up the wall so giant steel beams (headers) could be put in place to support the 2nd floor above the opening.

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You can see the start of the job was to cut holes in the wall where the needle beams would go to help support the office on the second floor.  This is where the entire 40’ wall or span was going to be removed to make the new opening.

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First obstacle – the electrical up in the ceiling hiding behind the ceiling tiles had to be moved.  Yes, moved.  We needed to get our high load frames and kip shores up there.

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Ths is the start of the shoring.  Needle beams support the offices on the second floor while the demoliton goes on below.

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The other end of these beams need to be supported as well.

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Up on the 2nd floor, these are the other end of the needle beams that we saw sticking out of the wall at the service bay.  They are now part of an elaborate shoring system that also carries the weight of the roof.  I hope this makes sense.  It’s like a giant 3 layer cake all supporting each other.

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These Hi-Load frames are carrying the second floor bar joists.

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You can see the spaghetti electrical we had to work around or in some cases, have moved.

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The containment wrap is up and the wall is about to be removed.  Remember, this is all while the service bay remains open for business.

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There were actually two areas in the service center that were being expanded and this was the second.  These walls were being removed as well to make an open area and offices.

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The wall has been removed.  You can see the beams, frames, and post shores holding up the floors above.

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This is where the real fun begins.  Second obstacle – After the wall was demo’d engineers realized that the standard support beams would not be enough for the new addition and crews were brought in to dig/remove/excavate enough room for helical piers.

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What is a helical pier?  Well, glad you asked.  A helical pier is a steel shaft, usually square with helices, similar to a large screw that provides a foundation support for various types of structures. Helical piers are often used when challenging soil conditions prohibit a traditional foundation system. They are also commonly used to correct and support existing foundations that have settled or failed.

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The purpose of a helical pier is to transfer the load of the structure through the unsuitable soil to a stronger, more suitable soil deeper in the earth. Helical piers are a deep foundation solution.

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And that’s exactly what we had here – difficult soil conditions and the need to correct an existing foundation.   We had to make room for the excavators while still supporting the floors above.  Surprise – our small shoring job has just grown exponentially.

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Here you can see where the crews took jack hammers to the existing floor and dug trenches for the helical peirs.  You can even see the helices in the dirt in the trenches.

Third Obstacle – Our biggest concern was that the crews digging and removing dirt and cement would compromise the integrity of the ground supporting the 2 floors above.

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You can see just how close our frames were to the holes.

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Here is a closer shot of the helices buried in the soil.  The are kind of like giant augers.

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And this shot shows the scoring in the cement where the new helical pier is to go once it’s dug out.

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And here is a nice neat shot of the troughs for the new cement and helical piers – all around our shoring posts.

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And above – support everywhere.

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New steel support beams are in place – awaiting the concrete and helical piers to be completed.

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When life gives you lemons – throw Ford trucks at it.

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In the end, the new bay looks great and the offices on the right side are in and running smoothly.  Proving once again that Superior Scaffold is truly built Ford tough.  Crews and engineers overcame all of the obstacles and challenges thrown at them to get the job done right.

Call Pat for your next job – he promises to bend, shape, morph and adapt as needed – although, he’d prefer to have most of it worked out ahead of time.  Heck, wouldn’t we all.

Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.  www.superiorscaffold.com.  Always open and ready.

You can also see more pics of this job here.

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Superior Scaffold at SAIA Annual Convention & Expo, Austin, TX

Put on your sittin’ britches – the Superior Scaffold boys travel where it’s so dry the catfish are carrying canteens – Austin, TX for the Annual SAIA (Scaffold & Access Industry Association) Convention and Expo.

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I have a ten gallon mouth about this show because there was lots of cool equipment (some of which might be on your next job) great people to mingle with and awesome BBQ to eat.

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Now, don’t sit on your spurs, I’ll get to the details of our visit.  And you can hang your hat on that!  But if you can’t wash off your war paint and want to get right to it – scroll down and it’ll take you right to the equipment.

But in order to set the mood for this adventure I have to show you a few of the sites around Austin.

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The Texas Capitol building is surrounded by 22 acres of grounds and monuments and is well worth a visit.

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The second pic is just one of the Hundreds of rockin’ blues performance venues scattered all about the town.

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There are many food vendors serving out of mobile trucks. You can find them all around the city and their food is surprisingly very good.

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And for you late night revelers out there – Austin is home to its very own mini Mardi Gras every Friday and Saturday night on 6th street where they close down the street for several blocks and let people run wild just like in the old west. Double and triple stacks of bars and bands provide a cacophony of blues, rock, and hip hop.

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And for those of you who wanted to get tattoo’d or pierced to commemorate the occasion – there were many opportunities.

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And at 2:15am the aftermath of partying all night spills out into the streets where drunken 20 somethings flock to the many pizza parlors for a sobering slice of cheesy confection.  If scaffolding ever falls through there is a mint to be made in pizza on 6th street!

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Now that you have a quick primer on downtown Austin, TX let’s get down to business – the SAIA annual convention and Expo. It’s the place where everyone in the scaffold industry comes to see the latest equipment, meet vendors, elect new board members, take classes, and attend awards ceremonies honoring a host of worthy candidates. This year it was held at the downtown Hilton, Austin.

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He we are about to enter the SAIA Convention when I excitedly said, “we can check out the new equipment and get a free lunch!”  Then Shawn interjected with his dry wit, “even the chickens under the porch know that.”  To which I replied, “go cork your pistol mister, I’m just sayin’.”  Then Bob piped in, “even a dead snake can still bite.”  Then Shawn fired back, “Just because a chicken has wings don’t mean it can fly.” I think he must have been hungry. At that point I decided to stop with the Texas expressions and high tail it inside.

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One of the largest displays, the Bee Access / Altrex booth where product demos where going on all day long. That’s Rudie building the MiTower in the background (A one man aluminum scaffold tower that is compact, lightweight and extremely easy to assemble and transport.) They had several cool pieces of equipment that caught our eye.

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The first was an Aluminum Mobile Davit that integrates with existing their 5X5 beam system and is designed to eliminate traditional scaffolding to clear higher parapets. It features an adjustable height up to 8ft and an outreach of up to 4 ft with 1000lb load capacity. Shawn took one look at this and fondly named it, “the Up & Over beam”.

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And second was a Hinging Porch Bracket or Rotating Porch Bracket, if you will.

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It clamps to the swing stage and folds up so that crews can travel into position – and then it folds out into place allowing for ample room to access a facade or recessed area. It’s perfect for those places with varying surface extrusions.

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A little further in we ran into the guys from Sky Climber who were showing off their latest and greatest. One of the coolest features we saw was their new motor with the voltage meter built right in.

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Now, that might not seem like a big deal but to have the meter right there on the motor for crews to see is a giant asset.

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The boss-man checking out Honeywell’s mechanics gloves.  Guy and Shawn meeting with Tom from Miller fall protection.

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And the always entertaining Harrold Giddish from H&E Equipment Services, Inc and SAIA.

There was so much to do and learn we can’t possibly list it all but we did manage to meet and greet with many of our industry peers from Jay at Strong Man to Lindsey and Johnathon at Access Lift & Handlers Magazine.

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We were lucky enough to catch an invitation to Bee Access’ annual party at the one and only Stubb’s BBQ – so we bopped over there.

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Live music, great food and awesome conversation greeted us there – as did marketing genius and SAIA award winner (William T. Ayres Founders Award for Membership Growth) Ms. Nicole Belmonte.

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SAIA Spirit award winner, John Belmonte and Bill McAllister made everyone feel at home. Here is a link to their photos and blog.

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It wasn’t all business, we did cut out with a bunch of industry partiers and ended up at Pete’s Dualing piano bar on 6th St. for some singing and laughter.

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The last day of the convention was reserved for the awards ceremony, dinner, and after party.

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Well, it’s time to put the chairs in the wagon and say goodbye to Austin, TX, another convention in the books. We made many new friends and got to visit old contacts as well as see new products and services for the scaffold industry. A success! We look forward to next year where it will be held right here in Philadelphia!

Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200, 520 E Luzerne St., Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Are you ready for some football? Mast climber in elevator shaft – Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles Stadium) expansion

“Are you ready for some football?”  Well, the Philadelphia Eagles will be this year with some incredible upgrades to their stadium during the off season.  And Superior Scaffold is proud to have played a part.

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The Eagles are transforming the game day experience by placing nearly 1,600 more seats in the stadium. The Eagles and Panasonic have also teamed up to install the highest-definition LED video boards in the entire NFL. In all, 9,400 square feet of video and ribbon boards will make the in-game experience almost as visually stunning as the action on the field.

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Superior was brought in to provide a Mast Climber (MC-10) work platform to help construct the new elevator linking the lower section with the new sky bridge that links the top sections together. Now, putting a mast climber work platform inside an elevator shaft is nothing new – but it’s not something you get to see everyday, especially in such a revered place like Lincoln Financial Field. This particular platform was used to construct the entire shaft from the ground up.

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The second phase of this project is about three times the size of last year’s undertaking. In addition to the seats and the video boards, a bridge is being built to connect the East and West sides of the stadium – and the club levels are being renovated. There are 200 construction workers on site for the first of two shifts each day and up to 50 workers for the second shift.

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Mast climbing work platforms come in handy to get to those hard to reach places . You can transport materials and quickly gain access to various levels inside the shaft without having to use cumbersome traditional scaffolding.

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At this phase, you can see the steel was in place and crews were adding insulation board and just starting to enclose the elevator shaft using cinderblocks.

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A second larger twin mast climber (MC-3615) was brought in to help finish the outside wall behind the new seating area. (I will add pics when I get them). But it looks like this guy right here.

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Adding the 1,626 seats to the formerly open corners of the stadium brings the new total seat count to 69,176. The idea is to keep more noise in during the home games, eliminate the blowing wind through the stadium and of course, sell more tickets. It is an incredible expansion and really pumps up the volume for Eagles fans at the game.

 

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You can read more about the expansion here:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Eagles-show-off-improvements-to-Lincoln-Financial-Field.html#F8ame5SYlEgAO6Ro.99

http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Eagles-show-off-improvements-to-Lincoln-Financial-Field.html

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Fans-Can-Expect-A-New-Gameday-Experience/c6a77854-707f-46ec-9eb6-6f7a92e28863

If you have a multi-story commercial job with hard to reach places call Bob Sarkisian at Superior Scaffold, (215) 743-2200 and he’ll design a custom solution that meets your needs, just like he did here.

 

And yes, I prefer the Faith Hill version of the “Are you ready for some football” theme to the Carrie Underwood or Pink versions, but you be the judge.

Truth be told, I kinda miss Hank. This one really summed it up.

 

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