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No one ever wants to receive the call that a Fed Ex truck backed into the scaffolding on a job, especially one that sits in middle of one of Center City’s busiest intersections.  But that’s exactly what happened at the Aramark Tower.  Somehow, Fed Ex backed their truck into the aluminum canopy that was around the building at 11th and Market.  (Hey, accidents happen).

   

The call went out to Superior Scaffold and their 24-hour emergency services team was on the spot within hours to repair the damage, averting what could have been a very dangerous situation.

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Superior’s Anthony Pini got the call at 6:00pm on Thursday evening and immediately sent out a crew to repair the broken scaffolding.  Within hours everything was back to normal and the Aramark Tower was back in business.  And the canopy looks great too!

That’s precisely why Superior has a 24-hour emergency services team.  So if you ever have an emergency – don’t hesitate to call Superior. (215) 743-2200

 


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The Renovation of Strawbridge & Clothier Building, Philadelphia, PA

Superior Scaffold was called in to assist with the renovations of the historic Strawbridge & Clothier building in downtown Philadelphia.  The 100 year-old building was once the worlds largest dry goods building.  Over the years it has sat in disrepair until they decided to bring it back to it’s former glory.  They new center will be home for 100 businesses as 1000 residential units.  They are doing a superb job of keeping the old style while giving the new structure nice upgrades.

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The bank of 20 elevators, yes, I said 20 elevators, wow, are a glorious site to see, however, only 10 will remain in service.  The other shafts will be used for vents, electrical, plumbing and other things.  It’s really a smart use of space.

Superior was called in to help assist crews working in the elevator shafts.  Aluminum beams were placed across the open shafts on specific floors and then planked so crews could work inside the actual shaft.  The units were moved up each floor as needed.

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I just find it fascinating the ways crews can use scaffolding to access different parts of jobs, all kinds of jobs, large and small.


Incredible photos of Our Lady of Lourdes Statue going back up!

Superior Scaffold has been there from the beginning, after the earthquake, through the dismantlement, and now the reassembly.

This story from the people of Philly.com really shows the delicate work involved with putting the statue back up on top of the Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden, NJ one piece at time.  And of course, that’s our scaffolding all around her.

Click on this Link or the photo below to see the entire story.

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Repaired Statue Returns to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Superior Scaffold was called in to help rescue the statue after the earthquake – and now 5 months to the day – she is going back up on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Congrats to all! Here’s the video story from NBC news in Philadelphia.


Independence Hall is complete!

And boy does she look great.  As you all know by now Superior Scaffold got the opportunity of a lifetime to provide the system scaffold and scrim on the historic structure.  And now she’s ready for her close up.  I did notice a few spots that are waiting for some custom carpentry but for the most part she is back to her former glory.

I won’t bore you with details – just have a look.

  

Congratulations to everyone involved with the Independence Hall renovation.  She looks great!

 


Okay – now I know you are probably asking yourself why on earth are we blogging about this?  And you have a point – but when you see the scope of the renovation that Ray Starzman and Chase Building Group undertook for this exterior re-invention, you will understand.  Just look at the pictures.

    

Not only did Superior Scaffold provide the many system scaffolds all around the residence, but they also did an entire enclosure on the house while the work was going on!  This kept the debris trapped and the workers very happy during the cold winter months.  It also provided a nice barrier for the owners, who inhabited the house the entire time.

Superior used a custom designed system scaffold to give the workers maximum stability and protection while working on the renovation.  They were required to access the three stories from the ground level all the way to the roof.  This section here is the 3 stories above the garage.

    

Even though it’s not your typical industrial scaffolding job it’s still a challenge to build the best system possible.  Here is a picture (from the back) of what the rest of the house will look like once the renovations are complete.  This section already underwent a re-facing.  When all of the landscaping is finished, this house will be a real stunner.

It should be an incredible looking house, once completed.  We will follow up with some pictures of the completed project.  So now you can say, “hey, I saw the famous movie director, M. Night Shymalan’s old house!”  It just goes to show, now matter how large or small, industrial or residential, Superior Scaffold can deliver the goods.


Superior Scaffold is in the center of the latest issue of Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine for the work we did on Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.  As we blogged before, it was all about how we secured the beloved statue on top of the building after the earthquake.  Props go out to Gina Kellogg of SAIM – she did a great job! You can read the article here:  Scaffold Industry Magazine   Scaffold Industry Magazine


It was a slightly different Saturday night in January at the Academy of Music’s 155th Anniversary party.  But this year the honored guests didn’t leave to enjoy the entertainment – they stayed for the entire event.

Thanks in part to Superior Scaffold and grand sales master Tony Pini, a special stage was extended all the way into the house with a floor that was built from the stage level to the  low rise of the theater, over the orchestra seats.  And for the first time, this allowed the guests to spread out and party all in one location.

Built using system scaffold, planking and plywood – it was constructed just like a work platform on many of Superior’s jobs – but this one was actually danced upon!

Superior Scaffold’s Tony Pini, working closely with Senior Project Designer, John Trosino, also constructed a special party area where revelers could mingle and

dance beneath the great chandelier that was lowered just for the special event.

 

Here are a few photos that show how the floor was constructed over the open areas of the theater.

“It’s long been a goal of mine to have an open house in the Academy and to be able to do it the way they did it in 1857,” Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis said.

Party goers were treated to an incredible night of entertainment including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz singer Diana Krall, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

 

In attendance were Gov. Corbett, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Lisa Nutter, and her husband, Mayor Nutter among others.

(photos courtesy of MICHAEL BRYANT / the Inquirer)

Superior scaffold incorporates elevated “dance floors” in many of their scaffolding jobs but this was probably the first time it was actually used as a real DANCE FLOOR!.

They are also known as work platforms in the industry.

Proceeds benefited the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.  The 146-year-old Academy of Music is the oldest known continuously operating opera house in the United States. The building, constructed in 1857, was built using solid brick bearing walls and timber framed floors and roof. It has served for the last 147 years as Philadelphia’s premier opera house and served for over a century as home to The Philadelphia Orchestra.


Click the photo to watch the video or click the links below.

Students raise money for Our Lady of Lourdes Statue repair

Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School raise money for Our Lady of Lourdes Statue repair

The 15 ton statue is getting her much needed overhaul after the earthquake in August.  She’s almost restored and ready for installation.

This video shows how the efforts of students at one small school (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School) help raised money for the repairs.

Students of the elementary school collected coins to help fund the cost of the repair which the hospital estimates at $100,000.

The students have already raised over $1,300 and will present the money to Our Lady of Lourdes on January 30th.

Superior Scaffold would like to give a quick kudos to the kids at Mount Carmel!

 

Here’s another story from the CBS affiliate in NJ:


A capacity crowd of 46,967 braved temperatures in the 30s and intermittent snow flurries to see the visiting New York Rangers edge the Flyers 3-2, when the NHL and Bridgestone Winter Classic came to Citizen’s Bank Park, home of baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies. But little did the capacity crowd know what it took to get that ice onto the ground.  Weeks of preparation, hard work, and yes, advertising.

Advertising?  Yep.  All over the place.  And it’s a brilliant way to cover up scaffolding that might be necessary for the “behind the curtain” workings of an event like this.

If you recall, Superior Scaffold wrapped the entire Independence Hall tower in a decorative scrim that would give visitors a rough idea of what the renovated building would look like.  And there is really no difference here.  BAAM Productions wanted to promote the NHL and sponsor Bridgestone and used the system scaffold carrying the water and chemicals necessary to create the ice down to the field as their billboard.  They knew that 46 thousand humans would be walking directly beneath this “Ice Bridge” going to the field, so they put it to good use.

 

 

Carefully hidden behind these graphics is the scaffolding that supports the real going’s on.  It’s just beautifully wrapped in color graphics.

So when you’ve got scaffold being used in public – why not USE IT – for your advertising or promotional needs.  It only makes sense.  And Superior Scaffold can help you figure out the best way to do that.

We can create banners, graphics and scrims to almost any configuration to put onto your scaffold project.   If the NHL and the NPS can do it – why can’t you?

This is what the stadium looked like in FULL – Action mode.

Winter Classic in full swing