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Swarthmore College, Hicks Hall mural removal

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Most of the time when people tell you “out with the old and in with the new” it’s a good thing. Technology has advanced, building practices are more efficient, materials are better – you name it. And they are usually right. But sometimes when you are making that switch something from the past grabs you and holds on. Maybe it’s a memory from an era long gone or maybe the craftsmanship is unparalleled or just maybe there is something unique and one of a kind about it. Which is what we have here.

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You see, while Swarthmore College was preparing to demo an old building and construct a new one they realized that they had some very unique pieces of art in Hicks Hall that could never be duplicated. So they decided to move them to a new building that actually houses the drawing and painting studio. Fantastic. But these fresco’s, painted by James Egleson (class of 1929) in 1938 were on plaster and there was no easy way to get them down and out safely.

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The call went out to Superior Scaffold to not only erect a canopy in between the two buildings, to protect pedestrian traffic, as the new one went up and the old one came down but they also needed a way to get the giant pieces of plaster out of the building and down to the ground where they could be transported to their new resting place.

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We used system scaffold to first erect the 140 long overhead protection system.

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Then we added three more stories on top of the canopy and decked it out with plank and plywood so crews could get access to the murals. Crews moved the art through an enlarged window and then carted it down to the end where it was then taken off with a crane.

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One unique feature of the scaffold was that we couldn’t tie into the side of the building in all of the places so we built back up towers that essentially make the scaffolding wider at the base and become push anchors.

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The murals were done on plaster in 30’s by an alumni of the college who studied with Mexican muralists at the time of WPA projects. And since they were on plaster the utmost care had to be used to get them out and down. There were 4 walls worth and they ended up taking them down in sections. The Biggest was 11’ X 7’, the rest were approximately 7’ X 5’.   They installed an aluminum honeycomb epoxy material on the back and a mesh on top and then crated them.

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In his own words, “The frescoes at Swarthmore depict conditions and concepts out of the life of our times in America. Painted in a building devoted to the teaching of engineering science, out of which has developed industrialization as one of the orienting conditions of modern life, most of the work deals with the effects of that condition upon human beings, ourselves and our fellow-men. The murals do not pretend to give a factual account of those effects, nor to tell a story.  Rather they are a dramatization of the human values involved, of the people of our times in the struggles and aspirations that constitute the fundamental realities of a civilization and a culture.”

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Superior used great care to make this transition as seamless as possible.   The job went just as planned and the frescoes will enjoy life in their new building.

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If you have a job that needs a delicate touch and skills that are hard to find, in fact, like master craftsmen from a gone by era – call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you. Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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More on the paintings here:

And today’s musical selection is for the bossman – He’ll get the Hicks reference.

And for Pat – we go a little further back to a diametrically opposed musical genre.

 

 

 

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The Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia comes to life!

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The Metropolitan Opera House or Met located at 858 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia (yes, Philly has a Metropolitan – not just NY) is undergoing a $56 Million restoration as a new Live Nation concert venue.

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The beautiful building has been sitting vacant for years. The 39,200-square foot theater was built in 1908 by Oscar Hammerstein I and called the Philadelphia Opera House. When it first opened in it was home to the Philadelphia Opera Company and sat some 4000 people as the largest venue of its kind in the world. In 1910 Hammerstein sold it to the Metropolitan Opera of New York and ever since it’s been known as the Metropolitan or Met.

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The large building that takes up a full city block at Broad and Poplar Streets will be converted into a 3,500 person venue. The main theater will be transformed for seated and standing-only general-admission concerts; however, the opera house also contains a number of smaller rooms that could be used as additional performance spaces or be converted into lounges.

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The building boasts incredible decorative artwork, ceilings, walls, balconies and architecture and will open in all its renovated glory in December 2018.

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Superior Scaffold was brought in by GC, Domus, Inc. to provide access to the entire interior and exterior of the building. And what an enormous job this is.

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Let’s start with the interior of the theater itself. This gigantic theater was a real challenge because of the slope elevation where the seats and walkways go. We had to get multiple restoration crews to the ceiling and all sides of the theater.

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To do that we used system scaffold that was 120 feet wide by 162 feet long with a deck that sat just below the ceiling at approximately 75 feet high.

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We also provided work decks at every 6’6” level to touch the exterior walls. We had two stair towers, one on each side, to give everyone access to their working position.

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The equipment was loaded in from access doors near the stage and carted into place where crews then erected the scaffold. To assist, we enlisted the help of a 1000 pound BetaMax Maxial track or ladder material hoist. The Maxial Track scaffold hoist is the safest, fastest, scaffold delivery system available and is adaptable quick and builds with you. You can mount it inside or out and is flexible enough to work perfectly with this configuration.

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This enormous scaffold got painting, masonry, carpenter crews, and more up the to the ornate ceiling where they could do their work.

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Some of the art, colors and decorative woodwork are fantastic.

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This place is really going to sparkle when she is all done.

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We also installed scaffold on three sides of the building and debris netted them in for safety. Let’s start with Broad Street since it’s the front of the theater.

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We are providing access to the façade, which includes the illustrious balconies, and also to the parapet as well.

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We also installed a 245 lineal foot canopy out front for pedestrian protection. It’s 10 feet wide X 8 feet high and has parapet walls on the perimeter of the canopy. It’s also anchored to the sidewalk, engineered and rated at 300 lbs.

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The scaffold is 245 lineal ft. x 4 feet wide and 65 feet high with work decks every 6’-6” and a top deck approx. 4 feet below top of wall.

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There is one stair tower for access to the work decks and one BetaMax Maxial 1000lb track hoist to get material up.

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Let’s move to the scaffolding on Poplar Street. It’s 165 lineal ft X 4 feet wide with work decks every 6’6” for access and a top deck that sits 4 feet below the top of the wall. There is also a stair tower to access the work decks and black debris netting all the way around.

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I told you this was quite a job. And we have an almost identical set up on Carlisle St. Unfortunately, that wasn’t erected when I took the photos. And the back of the building is to get several of our suspended scaffold or swing stage units for renovation. Again, they were not up at the time I took the photos.

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With this renovation the hope is that the North Broad Street corridor will just get better and better and attract people from all walks of life into the area. It’s all part of the revitalization effort the city and developers have embarked on.

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In its prior life this venue was an opera house, a movie theater, and ballroom and in its last incarnation was a church. The Holy Ghost church congregation still holds stake in the theater and will continue to hold Sunday services at the theater when it reopens in December.

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There are some big acts slated for the opening date. Superior was proud to be working with GC – Domus, Inc. on this prestigious job bringing the Met back to life!

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If you need scaffold, scaffolding or access call Tom at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he will rock your world or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more.

In honor of one of my Mothers, who sang with Mario Lanza, is today’s musical number.

And for more info on the The Met:

https://youtu.be/3P8S68I9YdQ

https://philly.curbed.com/2018/1/26/16935824/philadelphia-metropolitan-opera-house-live-nation-blumenfeld

 

 

 

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I just want to Celebrate another day of living!!!  Superior Scaffold is proud to be on the cover of the latest issue of Scaffold & Access Magazine! 

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And like previous issues, there’s a beautiful centerfold in the middle!

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The article is about our suspended scaffold work on 205 Race St. in Old City and features our innovative dual rigging system. Check it out by clicking any of the photos!

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We hung the moon for multiple trades on this job. Click on any of the images to see the article in its full resolution or visit our Google Photo Gallery to see tons of great shots.

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A great big thank you to Miss Cathee and the crew at SA Magazine and the SAIA for the incredible work they do!

And if you need scaffolding, scaffold, or access on any project call Bob, the king of swing, at (215) 743-2200 today! He will take care of you.  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

Today’s musical selection is to celebrate the fact that I’m not paralyzed and have a bright future like all of you out there!

And if the link gets stripped: https://youtu.be/7dkrwTbXTX8

 

 

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Superior Scaffold does its part to help the rejuvenation of Wilmington’s central business district. We provided our TP-2500 transport platform and several mast climbing units to help BPGS construct this $75 million, 231 unit luxury apartment complex in downtown.

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The Residences at Mid-Town Park, located at 820 N. Orange St, are getting high end amenities such as 12,000 square feet of retail space, a 511 space parking garage, demonstration kitchens and dog-washing stations in each unit. The Residences also will feature an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and screening room.

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It’s all in the plan to create change in the struggling central business district to where people both live, work and play on Market Street. The once vibrant area is now getting a much needed shot in the arm with housing, restaurants and offices.

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Superior was brought in not only to give crews access with our multiple, heavy duty MC-3615 mast climbers but also provide equipment and personnel to each floor using our new TP-2500 transport platform. The combination of the two provided the necessary firepower to keep this job running on time and on schedule.

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Our transport platform went in first to provide crews and equipment to each floor. The Superior TP 2500 is a versatile, dual purpose, rack and pinion transport platform designed for the safe transportation of material and personnel both inside and outside of buildings.  The modular design allows our transport platforms to be adapted to customer’s needs with a variety of car sizes, loading capacities (up to 5,000 lbs), and variable speed configurations from 29.9 FPM to 80 FPM. It was brought in because of its versatility and the ability to safely deliver lots of equipment to each floor. And as the building grew we were able to add sections of the mast to get it to the new floors.

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The mast climbers were brought in to help the crews get access to install the new exterior wall panel system. It’s a pretty cool and innovative system. Take a look at the photos. We used the MC-3615 mast climbers because they are able to carry as much as 8,000 pounds on one unit and are perfect for this type of application. We chose these units so the crews could make repeated lifts up and down with the heavy sections of panels to be installed on the exterior of the building. Some traditional scaffold was used on the opposite side where crews were doing to lighter façade work.

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All told we had 6 mast climbers around this two building structure all working simultaneously to complete it. It’s not the biggest project but given the amount of space and time we had to work with it’s a very cool building with awesome potential. And it gave us the perfect opportunity to use our brand new transport platform.

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We have to give a shout out to the honorary Mayor of Wilmington, our very own estimator, Anthony Pini. For twenty-five years he has been helping the companies in this area with their access solutions. And with the new revitalization he is keeping us jumping and has earned his namesake – Mayor of Wilmington. All kidding aside, Superior is proud to be working with the Buccini/Pollin Group, one of Wilmington’s biggest developers, on this two-year project.

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The revitalization of this historic area is something to see. We know this luxury apartment complex is just the beginning for further growth, change and development in the area.

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Here’s a rendering from the other end of the project.  If you need access, scaffolding, scaffold or anything just call Tony P (honorary Mayor of Wilmington) and he’ll take care of you.  (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

And for our musical number we are going way back to 1985 – I couldn’t resist – as cheesy as it is.  Ha.
And yes, I’m back!

If the link gets stripped out: https://youtu.be/K1b8AhIsSYQ

 

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The Pavilion, Penn Medicine, Multiple Stair Towers

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This is one of those jobs where I can let the pictures do the talking. It’s a giant project and just seeing the scope is inspiring. The Pavilion will be a new hospital facility that will house 500 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms in a 1.5 million square foot, 17-story facility. I’ll  include the finished rendering so you can see what it’s going look like.

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I will say that we have had 8 – yes – 8 stair towers in this massive hole over the past year in various locations and we will be erecting the 9th this week.

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Several have been in the 30-40 foot tall range and several have been in the 50-60 foot range.

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And of course these system scaffold stair towers are to provide crews access all around the construction site.

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We also built the giant loading dock in the back of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – and you can see it now that the earth has been cleared from beneath it.

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We were driving our material down a ramp to get close to the specific locations but now it has to be craned in.

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We are proud to be a part of this huge job. It’s going to look fantastic once it’s finished. It’s cool going back to see the progress. You can read about the demolition here.

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You know the deal.  If you need scaffolding, scaffold or access call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

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And here’s what the finished building will look like.

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Oh, and you knew I had to pull this one out… Ha.

GC: LF Driscoll

Sub: JPC Group

 

 

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It goes like this.

You take your hard earned cash and give it to a stock broker who promises to make you a rich man. He says, “stick with me son, you’ll be farting through silk.” And since you don’t know jack about stocks and bonds only that you’ve seen these arrogant young punks driving around in Maseratis, Teslas and Ferraris you assume that they know what they are doing. So, against your better judgment – you send him your money.

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Maybe you check in with him maybe you don’t, but a few months later he calls and says, “wow we are doing great so lets up the anti and buy some more stock.” Could be it’s high tech, maybe it’s a slack manufacturer – whatever. He says, “you don’t even need to send any more money; we’ll borrow it but let’s get in now, since it’s rock bottom.” They are experts at getting your adrenaline pumping. “We’re going to be rolling in so much dough you can use it as deodorant.”

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Months go buy and you don’t hear a thing from your “best buddy”, the broker, so you decide to check up on your investment.  Wow. To your surprise you’ve lost just about everything AND now you have a margin call for the money that “He” “We” borrowed to buy that “No Lose” stock. So you frantically call to get information but no surprise, Mr. Broker is no where to be found.

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A few weeks later you run in to him at lunch as he tosses the valet the keys to his brand new 4 wheel drive Tesla, yep, the big one. And yes, he looks great in his hand tailored, designer suit. “Buddy,” you say. “What the F?  Where have you been and where’s all my money?” To which he smiles, runs his hand down the lapel of his suit puts his other hand on your shoulder and says, “yeah, sorry about that. It just didn’t work out. We’ll get ’em next time, tiger.” 

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“Ncxt time?  Tiger?” you say, irritated.

“You knew the risks. I do the best I can for my clients. Call me in a couple of weeks and let’s earn that money back. You’ll have to excuse me I’ve got a 12:30 reservation,” he says.

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There are a lot of people around but what you would like to say is, “the next twelve thirty you’re gonna’ have is wit Luca Brasi while you are swimming wit the fishes.” But you can’t so you force a smile and walk off. 

Good thing the valet left the keys to his new Tesla sitting on the stand when he ran off to park another car!  🙂

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What does this have to do with Superior Scaffold and the giant job we did at 1900 Market? Well, that building is home to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, among others, and it just spawned a story idea.  (A true story idea?  Maybe.) You’ll have to ask me in person at the next GBCA or SADV event. Ha.

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But either way, we have an awesome overhead protection system all the way around the building so crews above, in our suspended scaffold, could do a total re-caulk, paint, and installation of new LED lighting. The caulking and painting was done by Old Philadelphia Associates and the sign lighting was done by ANC. I urge you to take a look at the photos of the canopy as there are a few really cool things happening there. Try to spot them.

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Unlike the brokers, who say they’ll protect your money, we do protect the pedestrians, cars and businesses with our canopies. We keep the doors open and commerce rocking while work goes on overhead – Guaranteed. And we provide crews with access to just about anywhere they need to be. You can take that to the bank.

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So, if you want a sure investment, with the best scaffold builders in town, call Superior Scaffold today at 215 743-2200 and ask for Bob, “The King of Swing” and we will take care of you. And visit www.superiorscaffold.com for all of your access needs.

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The musical selection is for all of those people who try to take your money, spirit, heart and confidence. Good luck with that.

And since we are grooving with Mike Muir – here is his other band. And wow, I do miss Robert Trujullo’s funky bass playing. Enjoy.

And if the videos get stripped out: https://youtu.be/nxcJW6bs5os

and video 2: https://youtu.be/Ob3buKk6ALc

 

Here’s a little about 1900 Market Street: Its is a 456,922 square foot,9-story office building located between 19th and 20th Street on Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. The building features an 8 story, central courtyard with a sun-filled skylight. The building is constructed of reinforced concrete footings on concrete slab with a structural steel frame. The exterior walls are composed of concrete panels and glass curtain wall. The building is LEED and Energy Star Certified. Built in 1981 by Rouse & Associates, the building’s main lobby and main entrances were renovated in 2014-2015. The new lobby area was transformed in a modern looking and inspirational meeting space for Tenants and Visitors. The facelift included new decorative wall panels, new grey natural ceramic floor tile along with new pond and gas fire places.

 

 

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New Construction, The Alexander, 1601 Vine St. 14 swing stages!

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New building construction.  That’s not something you see us writing about at Superior Scaffold.  We tend to show you the work we do renovating the classic old buildings.  But we actually do quite a bit of new building construction.  I just tend to focus on the old architecture because they make really pretty pictures.  Ha.  Don’t tell my boss.

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But when the guys at Armor Masonry brought us along for this job we thought it was a great opportunity to showcase some really complicated work on the Alexander – a new 32-story residential tower located on the North side of Center City.

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It’s hard to tell from the pictures but we had a total of 14 suspended scaffolds hanging on this job covering the entire façade.

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Armor had a super tight schedule working with multiple trades and we were happy to provide the swing stages to help them meet the deadline.  The main focus was to provide crews access to caulk all the windows, doors and joints of the precast panels.

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I like the fact that you can see the progress from these photos.  Armor’s Gene Rose said, “There were several obstacles during this project. The main one being time constraints. The building needed to be watertight so the interior finishes could remain on schedule.”

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The solution was two mobilizations: The first from the 18th floor.  Installing the top rigging out of the window openings and caulking from 18 down utilizing 14 swings.  The 2nd mobilization was from the 35th floor and several lower offset roofs and balconies down to the 18th.

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The deadline was met even while working with and coordinating swing moves with National Glass and Universal Precast.

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Everyone was thrilled with the work and the fact that the tight timeline was met.

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So the next time you think about access, on any type of building, new or old, think Superior Scaffold!  For information call (215) 743-2200 and ask for Bob, “The King of Swing” or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

And for our musical selection today – I’m feeling a tad nostalgic…

GC: LF Driscoll

A little more about the Alexander (from their website).

The Alexander features luxurious homes with unique configurations and unmatched amenities, all in a smoke-free environment. Enjoy upscale urban living from the rooftop deck, the lavish courtyard or by simply letting our on-site concierge assist with making your everyday a little more extraordinary. Live in a walkable, pet-friendly residential neighborhood near museums and parks. Classic, warm, and inviting – find your future at The Alexander.

 

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Most of my posts are written and then I come up with the musical theme but this one was written the other way around.  I heard the song and thought it was fantastic but when I saw the video it just moved me.  It’s one of the coolest combinations of film and music I’ve seen in a long time. (scroll to bottom)

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This is one beautiful job – you can’t deny.  When you see it you just know it is quality, love, and beauty. 

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Since this is a blog and the idea is to Say Something about the work we do and the equipment that goes into it and the challenges we overcome I started to do my usual thinking about how to present it.

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But then I started to think maybe our work does Say Something without having to tell you that this is an enormous sidewalk overhead protection system or canopy that goes around the entire building using both frames and system scaffold – maybe I just show you and see what it says to you. 

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Our guys don’t get “caught up in the middle of it” – they just do their jobs and they do it well.  Like when we couldn’t put our scaffold legs (to the left) on top of that small decorative brass strip running down the sidewalk next to the building, they had to come up with a solution. 

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And when we couldn’t tie into the building our guys creatively used tube and clamp to anchor to the pillars on one side.  And they used push ties or anchors on the other sides.

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I probably should at least tell you that the Suburban Station (One Penn Center) is an awesome art deco office building and underground commuter station at 16th and Jfk.  From the outside she looks fabulous. 

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And we erected this amazing canopy so crews above could replace the windows on the entire building.  Quite a job.

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We even built it up and over the garage entrance.

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And of course we had to do it all while keeping the doors and businesses open.

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Our scaffolds come and go, all around this city, like snow flakes in a storm.  Some are incredible works of art that just make you smile when you see them.  I think our work does Say Something!

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The musical selection is this video that got me going.  And those who know my past can understand my appreciation for the single camera shot and special live audio mix! (And in the Bradbury building to boot)  Wow, oh wow! 

And if the video gets stripped: https://youtu.be/8MPbR6Cbwi4

You know the deal.  If you need scaffolding, scaffold or access call Superior Scaffold today at 215 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com

 

And here’s a little about the One Penn Center (Suburban Station) building.

Suburban Station is an art deco office building and underground commuter rail station in Penn Center, Philadelphia. Its official SEPTA address is 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. The station is owned and operated by SEPTA and is one of the three core Center City stations on the SEPTA Regional Rail. The station was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad to replace the original Broad Street Station and opened on September 28, 1930.

The station opened as a stub-end terminal for Pennsylvania Railroad trains serving Center City Philadelphia, intended to replace the above-ground Broad Street Station in this function. The station’s full name was originally Broad Street Suburban Station. One Penn Center served as the headquarters of the PRR from 1930 to 1957.

 

 

 

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Pretty in Pink – SAIA Committee week begins! Galveston, TX 2/19-22

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It’s here!  And these ladies decked in Superior Scaffold pink make it all happen. (Thanks for sending us the pic)

Committee week is where the giants in the scaffold and access industry meet to work on current projects, discuss issues, evaluate goals and objectives and prepare for the upcoming year.  

Thank you SAIA team.  Git ‘er done.  You always do!

Feeling musical today.  Several genres represented so take your pick.  But since they look fantastic this first cut is dedicated to you!

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Cantilever landing deck at Bryn Mawr Hospital

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These are the kind of jobs that intrigue me. It’s not huge but it’s very cool and was designed for a unique purpose.

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Superior Scaffold was brought in to help Philly D&M solve a problem. They needed more room to fly pre-fabricated wall panels up with a crane and then land them somewhere so there was enough room to lean them over and pull them inside onto the floor where they could be placed.

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We designed a 23’ X 12’ cantilever landing deck that protruded out of the seventh floor giving crews just the extra room they needed to maneuver the large panels.

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This platform was built using 28’ aluminum stringer beams, system scaffold and wood decking, designed with a load capacity of 2500 pounds.

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It worked like a champ. We are proud to be helping with the new Bryn Mawr hospital project. We’ve got several canopies around the premises. (Read about them here).

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And if you need access solutions with out of the box thinking, call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 today and ask for Bob.

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And today’s musical selection has nothing to do with cantilevers or hospitals – it’s just that “my boys” (for Guy) in Black Label have a new album out and here’s a taste.

If the video gets stripped out – here’s the link: https://youtu.be/YT1ljQ1c3_4

Sub: Philly D&M

GC: HSC

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