Archive for May, 2017

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Hanging bridge platform, Smedley Park trestle, Springfield, PA

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SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) wanted to paint the structural steel beams and panels on the trestle that carries the trolley over Crum Creek at Smedely Park in Springfield, PA.

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Painters were only able to reach a portion of the exterior using a high-reach so they called Superior Scaffold to install a hanging bridge platform to give crews complete access to the exterior and interior of the trestle. 

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Superior’s crew clamped spreaders onto the flange of the steel beams on the trestle and then hung trees from them and then decked it in using steel plank.  

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I love these kinds of jobs!  They are not something you get to see everyday.  Just check out the photos.

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Here you can see Jimmy (Air Force) placing the plank while constructing the work platform that will give the crew access to the inside.

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We used outriggers or side brackets on one side so they could also reach the exterior beams and panels.

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We also installed a system scaffold stair tower with 8’ high security plywood for access.

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This is part of the SEPTA 101 trolley route. 

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Trolleys pass through Smedley Park on their way to 69th St. terminal in Upper Darby, PA and Orange St. in Media, PA.

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The trolley looks an awful lot like a city bus without wheels.  Just sayin’.  And remember, these photos were taken during the installation process and it might appear some necessary components are missing.  I assure you they are all in place now.

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St. Jimmy Dwyer powa’ lifts his breakfast.

The park is named after Samuel L. Smedley, the local founder of the Delaware County Parks and Recreation Board.  It’s located on 120 acres of land between Media and Springfield, PA.  The park has been transformed into a multi-purpose recreational area while still maintaining its natural beauty.  It now features play areas for children, picnic and hiking paths, walking bridges and playing fields.

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Moving of the morning steel with Father Will Collins.

If you need access to a hard to reach area or need a work platform of any kind call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And today’s musical number is dedicated to a Broadway show aficionado and Philly expatriate.

In case the link gets stripped out:  https://youtu.be/hmx1L8G25q4

 

Some links to additional info on Smedley Park and SEPTA:

http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/depts/parks/pdf/SmedleyTrails.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_Mill_Road_station

 

 

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Let it go. My Self-Awareness lesson.

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So, it happened again.  Yep.  And this time I got mad and thought I’d write about it.  And the worst part is it affects YOU.  Yes, YOU the viewer/reader of this blog because it involves some of the most incredible jobs you will NEVER get to see.  That’s right – NEVER get to see.

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This is for all of you who have tasted glory and held it in your hands, only to have it snatched from your grasp by some evil creature with nasty talons.  I am not going to name names here but there have been several in the last year and a half.  We have done some really spectacular scaffold and shoring jobs throughout the tri-state area that would have won awards, made magazine covers, set industry eyes ablaze, and given some recognition to the scaffold builders who’s hard work and creativity made them possible.

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But no.  This is what you get to see.

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All because someone got mad or asked for too many free items and then decided to shut down marketing access to an incredible project.  So anyway, this is just one example where one person’s push hurts everyone.  Because if you analyze the impact of what they lose; it could be huge.

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This blog is read worldwide. 

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And not only that, the content is often picked up by several awesome publications that then put the word out to an even larger audience.  The exposure for the companies involved grows exponentially, and it’s at no cost to them.   So why on earth wouldn’t you want your super, awesome, incredible, one of a kind job broadcast virally all over the place?

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 Roof Access to Lady of Lourdes statue  

This is where I get frustrated.  I risk life and limb hanging in precarious places all to bring you guys new and unique angles and shots of interesting scaffolding, shoring, swings stages, and more.  And I totally get the proprietary aspect of a new technology or a technique that hasn’t been shown to the world and I respect that.  But to shut down showing YOU awesome photos just because one person has a bug up his butt doesn’t seem very cool.

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Deep breath.

So, as I typed this article thinking I would just get this off my chest and let the administrators at these companies know that we would love to use material for their jobs sites and what a benefit it would be for them – it hit me like a ton of bricks.  This little rant has nothing to do with these companies who don’t want to give us permission to use my photos of their jobs. 

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This post really has to do with me.  Yup. 

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And as I sit here thinking about it – it has to do with my inability to let things go.  I have a tiny little problem.  I am now becoming keenly aware that I try to control things that are simply uncontrollable.  Oh boy.  And as I become more mindful I see it is actually part of a larger problem that has cost me relationships and caused massive heartache and stress. 

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I have always tried to make things better even when they can never be that way.  Instead, I need to be happy with what I DO have and not what could be, even when it comes to jobsite photos.   This realization has come at a cost.  But I guess better seen than never realized.

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So, for all of you who are like me and find yourself frustrated at things that you simply just can’t control, maybe it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and start learning to let things go.  You can’t control the past or the future only the now.  And you certainly can’t control other people and their actions.  So let it go.  I’m working on it.

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And hey, back to the original theme, this isn’t the norm.  Most of our clients are so freaking cool that they love to see their work featured on the blog and in magazines.  So to them, thank you!!!  And keep up the good work.  And to those who won’t give us approval to talk about your super awesome, cool, one of a kind job, well, that’s your choice and your loss.

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I just have to let it go.  I think I just did.

And I’ll probably get a cease and desist from Disney for placing this into the blog. 
Woo hoo.  Bring it – because I’ll just “let it go”. 

And I have to thank Shawn MacDonald at Superior for the idea of this vent/rant/self realization.  And to my boss, Guy, for pointing out my doggedness when it comes to letting things go.  Thanks fellas!

 

 

 

 

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Swinging from the rafters at the Forrest Theater, Philadelphia, PA.

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These are the jobs that make my life fun!  Who gets to climb above the illustrious plaster dome of the Forrest Theater, 5 stories above the audience seating area?  Superior Scaffold does!  And a little later, I’ll show you just what our guys had to go through to get a job like this done.

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This is all part of the massive renovation the Forrest Theater underwent.  We also erected a giant scaffold to get crews to the underside of the ceiling.  You can read about it here.  I took most of these photos while the job was still being built.

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The plaster ceiling literally hangs from suspended cables and steel from the top of the building. And you cannot stand on it or you will fall right through.  So there is an intricate pathway of steps and catwalks that dangle precariously above the dome that we needed to climb on and over to get to the edges of the theater to replace the duct work.

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This job was done entirely using suspension.  We used beam clamps with tubes to anchor to steel when we could.

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And we also used standard drop-in cement anchors to hold the cables when there was no steel to tie-in to.

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As you can see, there was very little room for error – or bodies for that matter. 

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We tied our suspension cables to the anchors and then hung trusses from the ends of the cables and then spanned the trusses with scaffold planks.

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This was an innovative way to create working platforms in these tiny areas.

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Our guys really had to be creative to make this work.

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In addition to the crazy way we had to build these platforms was the circuitous route we had to navigate just getting the equipment to the site.  Check this out.  We had a rope and wheel outside in the alley where our guys could hoist equipment up to the fourth level.  From there they had to maneuver it up and through this small access port.

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And then the equipment had to be passed through this tiny walkway and up this staircase. 

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It then made it onto the tiny catwalks in the ceiling and to the final destination.  I love it when a plan comes together.

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The new duct work went in without a hitch and the theater made its opening night!  We are proud to have been a big part of both phases of this renovation.

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If you need scaffold, scaffolding or access call Pat at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he will get you “up air”.  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

And for today’s musical number; it’s time to trip you way back… Look at those clothes!

If the link gets stripped: https://youtu.be/ovo6zwv6DX4

 

 

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