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You get up everyday and go to work. You just wish and hope and pray sometimes that you will have your mind blown or something extraordinary will come your way.  And when that happens, you get an extra charge, a jolt, a little pep in your step because you got to do something new and out of the ordinary.  I love those days.  So what do you do about the other 364 days out of the year?  How do you make your job exciting?  What do you do to keep your interest as you plow through what might seem like the same old, same old, day in and day out?

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Well, it’s pretty easy to see what I do to keep things going on a daily basis.  I’m just saying.  😉  So what do you do to keep your job fresh and exciting everyday? 

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I am just an optimistic person so the fact that I wake up above ground everyday is a total blessing.  It comes from years of sports injuries and horrible pharmaceutical meds gone wrong.  Maybe if you’ve all had a life altering or almost ending experience you can understand it.  But if not – there has to be something you do?  Do you think about your children, your wife, your pets, your next home project, the boyfriend sending you flowers, the new clothes you want to buy? 

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Can you look at the project you have right in front of you and think – okay, what simple thing can I do to make this better or even more interesting to keep my day rolling on, and not for anyone in particular, just you, your little secret to skirt the mundane.

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We can show you pictures of canopies and swings all day long here at Superior Scaffold but unless you realize that our guys put up literally hundreds of these per year you don’t know that they have to try to look at each one as a unique piece of work. And in essence, it’s all how you look at it – isn’t it?  Sure, it’s an overhead protection system that is designed to protect pedestrian traffic as work goes on up above.  But realistically, each one of the canopies presents its own set of problems, just like anything you do at work.

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So if you find yourself down and out about your job, remember, you are above ground, breathing the air, and working for a living!  So take the data entry and give it a twist, take that driving your boss to his meeting and buy him a coffee, look at that proposal a little differently today and think about what small thing you can do to kick it up a notch.

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On this job at the Townhouse apartments, our guys made sure to line up the red debris panels perfectly on top of the canopy.  Seem like a big deal?  No, but it really made the sidewalk shed look great.  They also took the time to wrap caution tape around the entry areas and the horizontals (spreaders) overhead to warn pedestrians.  Again, just the little things that keep the job interesting day in and day out.  And the guys on the suspended scaffolds are doing outstanding masonry renovation work!

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So, it goes without saying – be thankful you are alive, above ground and employed!  Make the little things in life stand out and maybe only you will notice.  But then again, maybe someone will come along and take a picture of something you do and put it up on a blog for the entire world to see!  You just never know.  So work like you really care and be proud of what you do.

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This has been a motivational message from the good folks at Superior Scaffold and MPG.

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And as always, thank you for your continued business and support.  Call Bob at (215) 743-2200 if you need overhead protection, access, scaffolding or just a good ole’ fashioned pump up!  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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And what else would I play for today’s post?

And just in case the link gets stripped out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIK3akktLU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

 

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Superior Scaffold erected this two hundred foot long canopy at the Curtis Publishing Building (601 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA).  Once home of prestigious publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Country Gentlemen and more; it’s now a high end office building.

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Built in 1910, this beautiful structure takes up the entire block just across the way from Independence Hall.  It was renovated in 1990 and is currently undergoing an exterior renovation to get it looking as good as new.

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The canopy is constructed of system scaffold, aluminum and steel beams, and has netting on the inside and debris panels on top.  There is a tunnel that funnels pedestrian traffic towards the main entrance of the building on 6th Street.

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Crews are doing restoration work overhead and our sidewalk shed is protecting the pedestrian traffic down below.

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Once complete, this building will sparkle like its neighbor across the street.

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If you need sidewalk overhead protection or suspended scaffold for access call Bob at Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And for today’s musical number – I wanted to put an earworm in your head.

 

 

 

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So what happens when a client calls and says they need sidewalk overhead protection for a restoration project but the area where it’s needed is too narrow for traditional scaffolding?

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Well, enter the big brains at Superior Scaffold to solve the problem.  You see, there is a reason you hire guys who have been in the business for over 65 years: They have seen most everything and can think outside of the box when needed.  And that’s just what our King of Swing, Bob Sarkisian did on this job.

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There was no room for a traditional canopy or scaffold over the garage doors in the alley at 1500 Locust Street. But because of the restoration work going on overhead they needed something to protect pedestrians below.  So how do you solve the problem?  Leave it to a suspended scaffold expert to look up instead of down.

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His idea was to cantilever a section of overhead protection out from the second floor of the parking structure!  It would span the gap over the gargage doors that the traditional canopy could not provide.  Problem solved! 

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This cantilever overhead protection system left enough room for the trucks and deliveries to get in and out of the narrow passage while providing the necessary protection for everyone below.

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We also erected a traditional canopy down the rest of the block on Latimer St.  There was plenty of room to install that system scaffold.

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Combining the two disciplines was a bold move that paid off dividends and kept traffic flowing and client’s smiling.

When you need scaffolding or scaffold solutions that are out of the ordinary, call Bob at (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

And for today’s musical selection we have something that’s been rattling around in my head so I need to let it out.  Mr. Dobie Gray, Drift Away.

And in case the video gets stripped out:  https://youtu.be/gr_eVcCAUXo

GC: Mara Restoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So you find yourself walking through the city or maybe you are just driving around searching for the latest, greatest restaurant or fortune teller to make your night or day that much more spectacular. Because isn’t that what life is all about?  For living!  When was the last time you had your fortune read?  Or are you like me and want to make your own way and not let anyone dictate just what your reality might be.

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Either way, it’s your life.  You choose.  You are doing it!  What does this have to do with scaffolding and overhead protection?  Well, little did you know – EVERYTHING.

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Because when you trip the light fantastic through this great city of ours you will encounter many of these said canopies and they are NOT all the same.  Ours kick ass!  You know why?  Because we have the best crews in the business who actually care about your safety and how these steel, aluminum and wood contraptions are erected to PROTECT YOU.

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And it’s all about YOU.  We want you to LIVE your life, your way, in your time.  And if that means protecting you from anything and everything going on above your head then we’ve done our job. 

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Take a look around the next time you jaunt to the market or nightclub or to get your nails done at just how incredible our overhead protection systems look compared to the others out there.  Ours look like they were built by guys who actually care!  And they do.  You will notice a big difference.

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No, it’s not fancy, it’s not spectacular, but it’s awesome and does its job.

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So, dance your dance, walk your walk, love your love, enjoy your life!  Get it Done – whatever that might be.  Because we did our small part to help YOU and you didn’t even know it.  Sometimes it’s the little things that make life grand.

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Ain’t it good to be alive!

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You know the drill.  Call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And for our musical selection.  Well, we’ve got two.  The first is for everyone out there LIVING their life.  From Mr. Pat Travers – I am alive.

In case it gets stripped out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjYzEV-NQLw&feature=youtu.be

And the second is perfect for our guys out there kicking butt and protecting you everyday.  From Rickey Medlocke and the boys in Blackfoot – Doin’ my job.  Enjoy, everyone!!!!

In case it gets stripped out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jugoHmz7sMw&feature=youtu.be

 

About the Westbury:

The Westbury Apartments are Philadelphia’s newly restored, historic high-rise that offers elegant and comfortable living. This historic landmark is near all the sophistication of Center City and within blocks of Philadelphia’s finest shopping, restaurants and theaters. Located directly across the street from the Kimmel Center and just a short walk to Rittenhouse Square and City Hall, the Westbury provides one of the best locations in Philadelphia. 

 

 

 

 

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Down in a hole – Penn Tower Walkway and Overhead Protection

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Superior Scaffold installed a 200 foot long walkway/loading dock with overhead protection right next to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology building.  It is adjacent to the massive hole where the old Penn Tower used to sit.

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It serves a dual purpose; giving access to the loading docks of the museum and also providing a way in to the new structure coming out of the ground. 

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We erected a bridge column canopy or overhead protection system. The GC laid down the pilings and structural steel foundation for us to build upon. 

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We put our aluminum beams down and then decked it solid with plank and plywood for a super smooth, stable surface.

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We provided stairs off to the side that allows crews to safely get their equipment in an out of the giant hole. 

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There is a gap in the platform on the left side and that is for an elevator that is to come in later.

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This is going to be up for approximately 4 years.

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Here’s a shot of our men who helped install this bad boy.  (Jim Anderson, Nick Pantalone and Zach Campanelli).

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We always love working with the University of Penn.  If you should need access or scaffolding, scaffold, call Bob at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you.  You can visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And today’s musical number comes from Mr. Layne Staley and the boys from Alice in Chains.  What a voice!   Enjoy.

GC: JPC Group, Inc.

 

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The Forrest Theater is a beautiful, classic, playhouse built in 1928 and located at 1114 Walnut Street in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Built at a cost of $2,000,000 it was one of architect Herbert J. Krapps more elaborate theaters. The interior is intricately decorated with gilt detailing (silver gilded with gold) and silk fabrics.  And that’s exactly why Superior Scaffold was brought in.  We provided the painting and restoration crews access to the entire perimeter of the theater, including the walls, ceiling and all surfaces, so they could restore it to it’s former glory.

Crews needed to paint and re-gild the highly detailed, multicolored embellishments and areas that had chipped or faded over time.

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There are so many great pictures; I urge you to scroll down and see them all.

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It might look great now but our scaffold crew had some huge challenges to get this built.

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The first big challenge was dealing with all of the theater chairs.  Imagine having to strategically place each of your scaffold legs in between or around the chairs and then build upwards five stories.  

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It’s quite the maze the team had to think around while laying it out. 

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The second was that they had to lay the scaffold out on a radius and as you know we are dealing with straight lines and rectangles.

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The third challenge was the fact that the theater is on an incline, sloping up and away from the stage.  So everything had to be leveled out so the work platform up top was perfectly flat.

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And the fourth was that the scaffold had to continue and seamlessly connect to the lower and upper mezzanine levels. 

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So not only did our team have to build around the maze of chairs and curves but they also had to balance out the difference in elevation and continue it into the balcony so that the dance floor at the top would be level.  Great job guys!

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As I mentioned, we erected scaffolding that gave the crews access to all of the surfaces so they could paint and restore it to its former brilliance. 

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The giant scaffold that we erected in the main part of the theater consists of system scaffold, 2 and 3 foot outriggers, trusses, steel plank, a stair tower for access and a rope and wheel to hoist material.  The elevation is 4’ in the rear and 54’ high in the front of the theater.  It’s 42’ wide across the front of the stage and 92’ wide at the rear.

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It’s primary purpose was to build this large work platform for the crew to reach the dome. 

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This dance floor consisted of skip plank and plywood.

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We also gave the crew rolling towers to reach the highest elevations.

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Here you can see them putting the final touches on the incredible ceiling.  It looks amazing.  They are doing a great job!

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You can see the intricate details of the multicolored embellishments.  I would guess they were made from plaster and not carved out of wood but you just never know.

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They lowered the chandelier down and out of the way.  We erected our scaffold around this delicate, priceless work of art.  It will be put back into place once the painting and restoration is complete.

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The stage was our lay down area.  We had to get the equipment in from the garage across the alley.  We also provide scaffolding and access in the attic as well.  That will be fodder for another blog.  It’s just too much to detail here.

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We had been called out the previous season to provide scaffolding in the balconies and perimeter to do some minor touch ups until they could do this entire restoration.  The photo isn’t the greatest but you can see what the theater looked like before.

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They are racing to meet the opening deadline of April 18th  for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Everything is on schedule.

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We are so pleased that the Shubert Organization asked us to be a part of this incredible restoration.   For a schedule of upcoming shows or to just stop in the lobby and see the wonderful restoration job visit:  http://www.forrest-theatre.com/

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If you need scaffolding or access call Pat at Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

The musical number is a perfect fit for today’s blogpost.  As the critics once said, “Geddy Lee sounds like Mickey Mouse on helium.”  I give you Rush!

Links

 

http://www.forrest-theatre.com/

http://www.myphillyalive.com/blog/the-forrest-theater-theaters-in-philadelphia/

https://www.philadelphiabuildings.org/pab/app/ho_display.cfm/91421

 

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Superior Scaffold installed a 580 foot long work deck or platform on both sides of the barrel shaped Reading Terminal Market (RTM) to give crews access to replace the roof.

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The platform is 6 feet wide by 8 feet high by 580 feet long and allows crews to roll their equipment and material from the mast climber at one end to their location anywhere along building.

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Reading Terminal Market is a sprawling, somewhat chaotic, indoor farmer’s market and food haven where over 100 merchants offer culinary treats, fresh produce and unique merchandise.  It occupies an old train shed that was built in 1893 and is located at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown, Philadelphia.

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On the outset this might seem like a simple procedure but getting crews and equipment on top of a curved building took some ingenuity.  Leave it to our resident swing king, Bob Sarkisian, to come up with a unique design.

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The biggest challenges were tying into the wood truss that ran all the way down the inside of the barrel (needed to support and stabilize) and then setting the supporting scaffold. 

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This shows how we tied into that truss and then weatherproofed the connection with a sealed rubber boot.  This also gives you a good idea of the grade of the roof.

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The work platform was decked with steel plank and plywood the entire length of the building and enabled crews to use their rolling equipment carts to easily move material to their location. 

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It has toe board and guard rails down the entire length.  There is system scaffold, trusses and compression tie-ins underneath.  It’s really quite the design.

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Here you can see the permanent metal ladder built into the dome which allowed the crew to take their gear and material up to the top of the roof.

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Action shot!

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Let’s switch gears and talk about what we did at the ground level.

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This is the other part of this massive job – a giant overhead protection system.

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The canopy on 12th street is 580’ long by 8’ high by 8’ wide.  (above, you see it prior to debris panels and netting)

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You’ll notice that this overhead protection system is constructed of bridge columns instead of our normal system scaffold or frames.   We painted the debris panels green to blend in better and added debris netting for protection.

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It spans over Filbert St.  We had to have 2 giant 50 foot steel beams specially manufactured to span that gap.  You can clearly see them in this shot.  Cranes were brought in to set them into place.  Alternate Design Solutions engineered the steel beams for us.

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The canopy on the Arch St. side (and the crosswalk from the new convention center to the old one) is 120’ long by 8’ high by 8’ wide on each side.

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There is also a stair tower and mast climber on each side of the RTM to provide crews with access and the material they need up on the roof.

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If you haven’t been to the RTM, you should make it a destination – it’s really something to see and the food is awesome.

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This has been a great project to work on and we are thankful to GC – EDA for letting us be a part of it.

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If you need access solutions to any project call Bob at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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I think the following photo gives you the best perspective on just how steep the roof is and what a marvel the platform turned out to be.

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I couldn’t decide on today’s musical number, they both seemed to hit the mark, so I put them both up… enjoy.

 

 

 

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Under Armour needed sidewalk overhead protection

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When the Under Armour corporation needed protection – who did they call?  Yup, Superior Scaffold.

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The company that makes heat protection and sun protection sport and fitness wear called Superior to erect an overhead protection system or canopy or sidewalk shed, whatever you’d like to call it, at their new store in Center City at 1529 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA.  And we gladly obliged.  Hey, they protect us everyday with our Superior Scaffold logo shirts so it was the least we could do for them.

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This was kind of unique too, in that we erected our canopy with one leg sitting on top of Jersey barriers (a modular concrete or plastic barrier employed to separate lanes of traffic).  And this overhead protection system actually sits in the street. 

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We had a second set of Jersey barriers on the inside that helped protect and guide pedestrians around the construction that was going on behind the fence and netting in front of the building.  Those provided extra protection from any debris that might have been kicked up during the process.  It’s a system scaffold using steel beams for support and has fencing and netting, lights,  as well as a corrugated roof and our lovely yellow warning banners.

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We are always here when you need us – to serve and protect the good citizens of Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware… One call does it all (215) 743-2200 or log on to www.superiorscaffold.com today.

And today’s musical number is something I have been craving…(yes, it goes against our marketing strategy of YOU calling US…but it’s just a song). From the band Sugarloaf.  They were named after a mountain outside of Boulder, Colorado.  Such a lovely place.  I’ll move there one day.

It has come to my attention that those of you who get the email version of this cannot see the musical numbers I pick.  I guess the mail program strips them out.  Hmmm.  You can go here to our blog, click on the title, scroll down and listend to the music.

 

 

 

 

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Time to check out new equipment, mingle with clients, customers and vendors, and even have a little fun…

Screeeeeeech…

But I have to get there first.

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So, this should have been a quiet, calm, normal flight to Las Vegas but someone read the gate number wrong and sat contently until they started boarding (not naming names here).  I diligently took my place in line at A53 when called and then waited some more until the gate attendant announced that group A could board to San Diego…  Woo hoo.  Sun, surf, sand, my old stomping grounds!  Wait…  San Diego?  I confirmed with the person in front of me and then took a closer look at my boarding pass… C-29 and I was at C-26 – oops.  And my plane boarded 10 minutes prior.

Run Forrest Run!

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Well, as many of you know it’s been a rather tough year for me physically – so I literally did my best Forrest Gump imitation and frantically hobbled through the terminal to my gate… only to see this…

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Crickets… Nada…Nobody… Yep.  But my gate door even had a chain across it.  Oh boy… But I could also see this through the window.

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So there was hope!   I continued my mad dash to the next gate desk and found a very helpful lady and told her that I could see my plane but the gate was all locked up… She said, “don’t worry – I’ll make a call.”  And she did.  And two minutes later they opened the door and happily let me on.  Whew.  Now, I’m not here to push one airline or another but these guys at Southwest were terrific.  Even the two flight attendants greeted me with smiles as they let me board.  I can’t say that all of the passengers were happy about it, but I got on.  Viva Las Vegas.  Way to start a trip.

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More good news.  We had a surprise tailwind heading from East to West and we landed thirty minutes early.  Bonus.  I met the rest of the gang who flew in from Philadelphia.  They arrived fifty minutes early.  Off to the hotel.

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These lucky fellas got to stay at the Encore, a fancy Wynn property hotel while I got shuttled over to the smoke-filled room at the Treasure Island. 

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Yes, they put me on the one floor they hadn’t converted to non smoking yet.  Ugggg.  I quickly nipped that in the bud and got moved.  Honestly, TI wasn’t that bad. 

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Then it was off to the World of Concrete to look at scaffolding, swing stages, mast climbers, lifts, access equipment and more.  I had heard it was big but that was an understatement. 

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It was at the Las Vegas convention center and took up two or three of their giant halls and also several parking areas out front.  It was HUGE. 

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I don’t know where it rates in the pantheon of largeness in Vegas but I would assume it’s one of the bigger ones.  There was everything you could ever want in the construction/concrete scaffold industry.  We would have to split this up into two days just to see everything.

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The boys from Superior Scaffold started inside, since it was cold and rainy outside – yes, it does happen in Vegas. (I’ll show you a pic of the snow covered mountain range the next morning)  We moved around from vendor booths and exhibits taking in the wares from old friends and new possibilities alike.

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I won’t bore you with too many shots of our guys checking out equipment…

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Then we ventured outside onto the massive blacktop showcase. 

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I have never seen so many poured slabs of concrete specifically for this convention just to test and display polishers, grinders, cutters, etc. 

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Like I said before… they had everything here.

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We mingled and checked out some new pieces of equipment.

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Later that evening we met some friends (Bee Acess) for dinner at the Wynn. It’s always a pleasure to see these guys.  We did miss Nicole…

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And since it is Vegas, there had to be a show right behind us. 

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It was really pretty fun.

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And on my way back to my hotel I had to stop and take a few photos of the displays inside the Wynn. 

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Most of these are made from thousands and thousands of flowers!  Crazy.  Remember, I’m at the Treasure Island and they don’t have anything like this.

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But the did have a pirate ship out front.  So take that Mr. Wynn.

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Well, that was all fantastic and I was tired and just wanted to go home.  I could see my hotel across the street (It’s an illusion because you have to walk about a mile to get 3 blocks ) so I took a taxi and had the first of our “Vegas” experiences.

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And look who greeted me…  Okay, not that bad but almost.  Ha.

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This old oriental man picked me up and just stared at me in the rear view mirror until we hit the first of two long stoplights.  Uggg.

He looked at me and said, “you look berry tired.”  Well, thank you very much, kind sir. And you look old and skeevy.  No, I didn’t say that but the constant barrage of stimuli in Vegas was starting to take its toll on me and I could have.  He kept repeating that I looked tired and could use a “Ma-ssage”.  And it would make me… “Happy…” And as he said happy he took both hands in the air like an exploding volcano.  I kid you not. 

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“Um, no thanks, I’m fine.” 

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He just kept repeating over and over.  “No, you look tired, you need ma-ssage”.  Make you…. Happy” (exploding volcano gesture).  Mind you… I only had to go the equivalent of 2 maybe 3 city blocks but because we are in Vegas the stoplights are ten minutes each. (ringing up the cab fare and trapping the customer – me).

I was getting a little upset with our taxi-driving friend.   No… I wanted to sleep and be left alone, away from all of the video, audio, and people madness.  We finally made it the 3 blocks to my hotel where I reached into my pocked and grabbed my wad of bills and tried to hand him a $10 for the trip. 

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He promptly grabbed the entire wad and tried to take it all.  Excuse me.  I pushed his hands off my cash and said, “Hey, jackass.”  To which he said, “I want that $20 not the $10…”  He got $8. 

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Welcome to Vegas.

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The following day had more of the same.  Walking… greeting… walking… meeting…walking.  You get the idea.  There were some cool pieces of gear to be seen.

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That night we got to eat dinner in a giant art deco piece of (what do you see here?) with some of our suppliers.  This was the craziest looking restaurant I’ve ever seen.  I will say that the food everywhere we went was outstanding.  Vegas really has that down to a science.

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I had to take a picture of the food in the giant phallus restaurant… This was Shawn’s steak.  If you don’t know Shawn, well, he’s a fairly big guy and a tiny piece of steak like this is just an appetizer at best.  There were other vegetables and things to fill up his plate but I did have to laugh when it arrived.  Again, the food was fantastic.

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We got one chance to slip away and have some fun, since most of us do not gamble.  We scooted off to the House of Blues to see Joe Walsh.  It was a fantastic show.  However, the second of our “Vegas” experiences happened when the HOB establishment said they could get us upgraded to better seats for an additional charge.  It seemed too good to be true and we asked several times.  Well, if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is.  We thought we were trading our  tickets and paying the difference…But in a classic bait and switch move they seated us and then just before the show started came down and said not only would we have to pay for an additional set of tickets but also a big food and drink minimum.  What?  And, of course, the place was full and there was no where else for us to go.  They had us.  Welcome to Las Vegas…

Again.  It was a great show.  Joe and his band killed it.

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So let’s recap.  Ran through the airport, walked about 100 miles in 2 days, ate a ton of really tasty food, saw a tremendous amount of equipment, made a few deals, met some new people, saw some familiar faces, had more stimuli than I would ever care to experience again…  Yep.  Sounds like The World of Concrete in Las Vegas was a success.  Everyone had a “Happy” ending.

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It’s always fun to get away for a few days but I must say that I was glad to get back home to my quiet house.   I’m sure we will see you right back here again next year for more stories.  And I promised you a shot of the snow covered mountains from the hotel room.  Pretty cool looking.

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Say it with me. If you need scaffolding or access call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or log on to www.superiorscaffold.com.

And for our musical numbers today we start with the King.  And I personally love his gospel music and this is so perfect for Las Vegas.  Enjoy.

And of course, we need the Mad Axe man to bring it home…

 

 

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Scaffolding at Bryn Mawr College, M. Carey Thomas Library

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Superior Scaffold was called upon once again to Bryn Mawr College.  This time we are providing restoration crews access to the facade of the venerable M. Carey Thomas Library.

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Known as The Thomas Great Hall, this beautiful building has been designated a National Historic Landmark and has been one of Bryn Mawr College’s most important spaces since it opened in 1902.  It’s a monument to the second president of the college. 

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Superior Scaffold prides itself on being the best in the business when it comes to erecting scaffolding in and around historic structures without leaving a trace – and we did just that. 

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This may sound like no big deal but most of the time there is very little access to the site itself and then we have to be careful with the building and landscaping.  Our crews make sure to leave the site just as it was when we got there.

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We erected scaffold on both sides of the hall so crews could do a major masonry restoration. Years of hard weather have taken it’s toll on all of the stone and mortar. 

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We used system scaffold.  It was roughly 110’ long X 5’ wide X 40’ high on both sides.

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You can see the equipment being loaded and assembled. 

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We also had stair towers for access and Betamax Max Climber 1000 material hoists on both sides.

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We placed work decks at each level so crews could get to the windows, stone, parapet and chimney. 

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You can see the cleaned parapet stone in this photo. 

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And here you can see the crew removing and cleaning all the neglected masonry.

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Our biggest challenge on this job wasn’t the access to the site or mounting to the building itself but keeping the front entrance open while the work continued.  To do so we had to span the gap using 22’ trusses and then erect the scaffold on top of them.

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As with Denbigh Hall, the job went seamlessly and we were off working on another part of campus. 

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We are proud to have been brought in to work on such a prestige renovation.  If you need access or scaffolding for any of your jobs call Tom at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he will get you “up air” or log on to www.superiorscaffold.com to see more work.

And for today’s musical number we travel back to 1985…  Something just made me want to hear this today.

 

The GC – Hunter Roberts

 

 

 

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