Archive for May, 2016

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Shoring and scaffolding Dodge Hall, Princeton University

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When the good folks at Princeton University decided to add a new elevator to Dodge Hall, and had to remove an entire interior support wall to install it, they called Superior Scaffold to shore up the entire inside of the building. Dodge is one part of Murray-Dodge Hall and was constructed in 1900. The two buildings are joined by a cloister. Not a term you hear much anymore – cloister. And for those who don’t know, a cloister is a covered walk, open gallery, or open arcade running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle or garth. So you want to play that game, do you? Okay. A Garth is an open space surrounded by cloisters. Ha.

On with the scaffolding news!

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As you might think, taking away an entire support wall from the basement to the roof for a new elevator shaft might leave the integrity of the building in question. So we came in and shored up both sides for the entire 4 floors.

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The right side was built out of system scaffold from basement up to roof. The left side had a 16′ opening for new elevator pit. We had to span both sides of opening with shoring (post shores & hi-load frames) on the 2nd and 3rd floors to pick up the roof joists. We used 20′ steel beams to span the 16′ opening. The difficulty came when trying to get the 20’ beams inside the building. We had to take out the third floor window and fly them in with a crane.

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Since everything from the basement to the roof was pretty much supported by our shoring, not only did our engineer, “Iron” Mike, have to take into consideration the normal weight loads but because this was up in the middle of winter he had to calculate in the additional weight of snowfall for any given storm.


Photo courtesy of the Princeton Photo Archives.

The only real issue our guys had was maneuvering the equipment through the stairs on the lower level, and flying in the steel beams. Otherwise, this job went off like a dream working with GC – Massimino Construction Group.

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We pride ourselves on our work with historic buildings and this was no different. For shoring, scaffolding, mast climbers or access of any type call Superior today at (215)743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

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Emergency Scaffolding – Why you need Overhead Protection!

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I wanted to show this job because it’s very important to see why we erect overhead protection systems.

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Our emergency services team was called out to install this canopy around the entire perimeter of the building. Engineers and inspectors had seen that the façade was actually pulling away from the structure and wanted this sidewalk shed put into place while they booked crews for the repair work.

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It’s a good thing they called us. Because a few days after we installed it, there was a storm with pretty high winds and it actually blew sections of the façade off of the building and sent them crashing down on the overhead protection system we installed.

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These pieces fell from the 12th and 14th floors, respectively. I can only imagine the damage they could have done if there were people underneath and our canopy was not in place.

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You can actually see a corner of the façade material that penetrated the corrugated steel on our canopy.

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And in this shot, you can see how the falling debris dented their entryway. The façade looks to be a fake brick, stucco and mesh type of composition.

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Harrison Plaza is located in North Philadelphia and is a 16 story high-rise building consisting of 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and is occupied and heavily trafficked throughout the day. These overhead protection systems can actually save lives and prevent serious injury.

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After this initial exterior failure, engineers called out our emergency services team and we were back on the job within 12 hours extending the size and scope of the canopy to protect the residents while the work commences.

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I will get shots of the new expanded version in the upcoming weeks.

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Again, this is why it’s important to have a qualified company install your emergency overhead protection system. Give Superior Scaffold a call at (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

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As always, here’s a groovy little gem that describes what went on inside the building after we installed our canopy. Yes, not only was the exterior having an issue but one of the units inside caught on fire.

Here’s a CBS news story about the fire.  See our scaffold in the background.

 

 

 

 

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