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Look up… Look around.

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See what’s out there. Beauty is everywhere.

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I think as a society we tend to focus on keeping our feet on the ground – bills, children, traffic, work, our future. I am a lucky guy. I get to walk through this illustrious city with my head towards the heavens. I don’t take for granted the beauty of this city or my position in it. I have a slight advantage over most because I actually get to see close up and even touch some of the greatest architecture.

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And each time it stirs something inside me. Ethereal as this might sound, it shows me just how much incredible energy and talent there is out there in the universe. It’s there from the simplest flowers to the most complicated masonry work.

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Philadelphia is full of the most incredible art, architecture, murals, woodwork and ornamentation. I guess what I’m getting at is that it’s inspiring.

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It does take time to stop and take it in but I think in the end it’s worth those few moments each day to keep your spirit lifted, your creative juices flowing, your amazement with human talent buoyed.

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I look up at this building at 1800 Rittenhouse square and I don’t see the suspended scaffold we provided crews but the talent of skilled artisans and craftsmen beautifying this old structure. And that goes for our crew that delicately installed these swing stages to do a complete window replacement.

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I also see the ornamentation around the windows at the top of the building. I see a structure standing at the south side of the square having an upgrade or facelift.  I see the decorative stone work and detailed masonry work around the entrance near our canopy (overhead protection) at street level.

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Buddhists have a word for what the mind generates in its normal state: dukkha. Hindus call it maya. We call it misery, unsatisfactorines, stress. It’s all around us. Just turn on the news. Everyone is in a hurry, reactionary, filled with their own self perpetuating myths.

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I am guilty of this myself as I just try to get through each day. But I think that if you stop to look and even think about the achievements of humanity (they are impressive and immense like this building) then it just might motivate you to improve your current state, you could say, work towards enlightenment.

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Think about what it took to build this structure at the turn of the century without the advancements in modern construction. It’s pretty incredible.

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So my wish for this new decade is that everyone take a few moments to STOP, BREATHE, LOOK AROUND and revel in and absorb the incredible energy, talent and beauty that IS this city. The stillness will speak to you – if you listen.

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Maybe for a moment you will forget about the stress, fear, guilt, shame, or pressure that constantly bombards us and just BE… Feel the energy and enjoy some of the great works of art all around you.

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Be present in the presence of beauty.

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My wish.

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And as always, if you need to get close to or repair some of this incredible art call Bob “The King of Swing” at 215 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

And today’s musical number is perfect for this post.  Enjoy.

GC: GMI, complete window replacement at this high end condominium.

 

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Scaffolding St. Agatha – St. James Church, 38th and Chestnut

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Working on St. Agatha – St. James Church at 38th and Chestnut is one of those rare opportunities where we get to help renovate an historic landmark.

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St. James was the first Catholic Church on the west side of the Schuylkill River, founded 1850. St. Agatha, 3813 Spring Garden Street, was founded shortly thereafter in 1865. In 1976 after St. Agatha suffered a second fire the two churches were incorporated into St. Agatha-St. James. 

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So what does it take to be able to work on an historic structure like this? It takes skill, patience, customer service, more skill, and the ability to adapt quickly and think outside the box.

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This particular job took three years to come to fruition. Yep. There are many unforeseen things that can happen when trying to negotiate a contract like this, changes in management, economic issues, ideas on how to best approach the job just to name a few.

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But in the end, it’s all worth it. Superior Scaffold got to say that we were an integral part of bringing back an historic building to its former glory.

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It’s our job to safely get the restoration crews and their material to where it’s needed.

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There are so many challenges on these old buildings like where to tie-in without damaging masonry, where to stage equipment and how to scaffold impossible alleys and chimney areas.

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This was a 100% restoration including window repair, pointing, repairing damaged artifacts and more. Look closely at some of the photos.

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Another aspect of our work is to make the job site presentable and keep business as usual at the church.

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Services, meetings and weddings were still being held each day.

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We did have to move our equipment staging area at least 3 times to tidy up the place while they hosted these big events. We worked with the restoration crew and the Church when those events had to be put on.

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We built a canopy out of bridge columns at the base of the structure to protect the pedestrians. We erected scaffolding around the entire building and then added debris netting and decked it in at every level to give crews complete access.

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The really cool part was getting crews to the top so they could work on the giant stone artifacts. I just love seeing the tops of these old churches close up!

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We used a patriot 1000 material hoist and a rack and pinion on one side. Crews used the Patriot to hoist stone and masonry up and down to the roof. 

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The east side next to the house was one of our biggest challenges.

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It was narrow and difficult to get to and almost impossible to build a scaffold in there.  But we did it.

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It’s really going to shine again once everything is completed.

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We are proud to have played a small role in helping renovate this historic structure. Thanks to both St. Agatha – St. James Church and Mara Restoration for bringing us along and trusting us.

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If you need access, scaffold or scaffolding call the “King of Swing”, Bob Sarkisian at 215 743-2200 today and let him get you “up air” or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more jobs.

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And I just felt that this song was perfect for today’s post – from the Church – Enjoy!

 

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Fishy, fishy, fishy, fish – Wahoo’s, Swings, Overhead Protection System & Canopy Extravaganza

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I love it when a client takes something that might not really belong at their location and makes it their own.

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That’s just what the good people at Wahoo’s on Chestnut Street did. Life gave them tilapia and they turned it into tuna.

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Look at how they added their own decorative touches.

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Now, this wasn’t a walk in the park for our “King of Swing”, Bob Sarkisian, either. Watts Restoration was doing a total revamp of the exterior of building at 3180 Chestnut St. and needed a way to keep the pedestrians and the customers at the outdoor dining area safe while they worked high above on the many suspended scaffold rigs.

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A 200 foot long canopy down the sidewalk did the trick for the pedestrian traffic.

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That was built using system scaffold with steel and aluminum beams, overhead lighting and debris panels.

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The real challenge was the outdoor dining area. This required something out of the ordinary. Bob sat down with Watts and the restaurant owner, ate his taco, looked around… and then devised a system scaffold roughly 50’ X 50’ and 14’ high that would cover the entire dining area.

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The challenge was how cover the entire area and allow customers to eat outside during the restoration process. He used trusses, system scaffold, steel beams and the longest aluminum beams we had – and voilà.

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The most creative part came in the form of tying the scaffold down so it could withstand high winds. To do that, he used giant cement weight blocks (or dead man) and then boxed them in with scaffold and then put netting around them so customers wouldn’t even notice. Take a closer look at this photo.

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And then the client put giant banners on the guardrail at the top to give it their own touch.

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Mighty creative solutions on both accounts if I do say so myself.

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When you need scaffold, scaffolding, swings, access, fish tacos, McAndrews, or creative solutions call “The King of Swing”, Bob Sarkisian today and he will take care of you. Visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

It’s only fitting that our musical selection today takes your some place tropical. Enjoy.

And I just couldn’t resist throwing this in as a bonus video.

 

 

 

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Multiple access units at Parkway Condominium Complex, 2601 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Like many of the older buildings in Philadelphia this one needed a total masonry restoration. After years of being exposed to the elements parts of the masonry needed to be cleaned, repaired and even replaced.

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You’ve seen many of the before and after photos on our blog and it’s just truly amazing what these crews can do to revitalize and preserve an old building. Sometimes they make it look better than brand new. Joseph Dugan, Inc is one of the finest in the business and we are always proud to provide them with the equipment necessary to revitalize these older structures.

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When it opened in 1939, 2601 Parkway was a premier place to live. Archtectural Forum Magazine reported that with over 500 units, it was the third-largest apartment building in the United States and the first large residence of this scale in Philadelphia. The thirteen-story, three-tiered building featured an elegant restaurant, a beauty parlor, a florist, and other hotel amenities. It was one of the first multi-use buildings in Philadelphia.

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In order to get masonry crews safely to the entire façade of this interestingly shaped building, Superior Scaffold had to provide a combination of scaffold, suspended scaffold and mast climber units.  Let’s talk about the Fraco mast climbing units first. 

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The old building’s power grid couldn’t provide enough electricity for a standard mast climber units so estimator Tony P recommended these gas powered Fraco units instead. Not only were they wide and stable enough to handle the crew and material to do a full masonry restoration but they also came with a crane arm that allowed material to be hoisted directly onto the unit itself.  

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The suspended scaffold or swing stages were the perfect choice to get crews into the recessed areas of the façade.

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They are adaptable and easy to move around the hard to reach areas of the building.

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System scaffold was used to create an overhead protection system or canopy for the safety of everyone passing beneath – especially the occupants of the building. 

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Walkways and openings had to remain open and accessible while the restoration work went on overhead.

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We also used our system scaffold to build a platform and stair tower to access the Fraco mast climbing unit.

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It’s great to see how our estimator can address a client’s needs and provide a combination or variety of access equipment to get the job done.

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The finished building is going to look fantastic.

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If you need access or scaffolding or mast climbers or Fracos or suspended scaffold – call Tony P today at Superior Scaffold, (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

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And for today’s musical selection is to show just how far we will go for our clients.  Enjoy.

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Transport Platform at Broad and Walnut, University of the Arts

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This is one of those serendipitous situations where everything just falls into place. Our estimator, Tony P, was talking to C. Erickson & Sons about a job and they asked if we had an elevator, like a Buck Hoist, for their project at Broad and Walnut. They needed a way to get men and material in and out without using the interior elevators.

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“Well, actually we have something better,” said Superior’s Tony P. “We’ve got a TP-2500 transport platform that will let you bring personnel and material up and down without the need of a professional operator. It’s perfect for this type of multipurpose project. The rental is less than an elevator and it’s easier to install.”

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He explained how it would work, how much time and money it would save them and just like that, it was done. Up it went at 211 S. Broad St., in Center City.

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“It was an absolute job saver,” said Scott Kahan, Project Manager for Erickson. “Everything was great. It was a pleasure working with the entire Superior Scaffold team from the salesman to the installers.”

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The car on the platform itself has a modular design that allows it to be adapted to customer’s needs with a variety of car sizes and Erickson chose the largest configuration with almost 13 feet in length and the ability to hold roughly 3300 lbs of material or up to 7 people. It also has three access doors, one in the center and one on either end. The 8’ long version of this platform can carry over 5,000 lbs.

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But let’s take a minute to address a couple of unique challenges this job presented us before we even started. First, how do you fit a transport platform that’s 14 feet long on a 10-foot wide sidewalk? That was easy, turn the unit sideways. Which led us to our next big challenge.

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How do you rotate a cart, loaded with 12 foot sheets of drywall 90 degrees, 100 feet in the air to push it through a window?

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You erect two 15’ run-back platforms literally out over Walnut Street, one hundred feet in the air. That is really pretty cool.

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Originally, they only wanted it for two levels but it worked so well they recently added a third.

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Because of the architectural design elements, we used system scaffold to build out and away from the building and allowed us to deck in the levels where debris and material needed to be taken in and out. Then we mounted the transport platform directly to the building for a super secure structure.

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We also built a loading dock at the bottom with a ramp and cordoned off the sidewalk below at that busy intersection. We added an overhead protection system so the WaWa on the southeast corner could remain open for business while work went on overhead.

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We love it when a job just works. And of course there are always a few issues but at Superior we pride ourselves on being ready to solve any problem. Just ask Scott at Erickson. It was a pleasure working with him on this job and helping them bring their project in on time and on budget.

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If you need access, man/material transport platforms or anything scaffold related call Tony P today at (215) 743-2200 and he will take care of you. Or you can visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And since this job involved the renovating floors at University of the Arts, Terra Hall, today’s musical number is fitting.

A little more about the job: University of the Arts

3½ floors of Terra Hall at Broad and Walnut are currently being renovated with a $1 million recording studio and space to accommodate music school functions.

 

 

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Higher ground, Penn Medicine Canopy, 34th & Convention Center Blvd

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We’ve been all over this project and most of our work has seemed to come in and around the giant hole where Penn Tower once stood (and is now the home of the massive Penn Medicine Pavilion).

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But this bridge column canopy or overhead protection system at 34th and Convention Center Blvd really stood out. First, because it was on higher ground and second because it was a beautiful piece of work.

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Stretching 135’ long by 8’ wide with a 300 lb. per sq/ft rating this canopy ran parallel to Convention Center Boulevard and beneath the pedestrian walkway and new steel for the Pavilion.  We first erected 100′ of canopy and then were called back to add another 35′.

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We used bridge columns here to match the giant walkway and overhead protection system we built next to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology building. You can read about that here.

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We also installed 4 foot debris panels and lighting. Client, LF Driscoll, used interlocking Jersey barriers for extra protection on the side facing the street.  

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We love working with LF Driscoll and the University of Penn. If you should need access, scaffolding or scaffold, call Pat at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he’ll keep you elevated.

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Our musical number is from the one and only, Mr. Stevie Wonder… enjoy

 

 

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Take me to Funky Town, Canopy & Suspended Scaffold, 25 S. Stockton St., Trenton, NJ

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This funky building sits on the corner of S. Stockton and E. Front St. I liked how symmetrical it looked. I’m not sure what’s inside but just from the outside it reminded me of one of the old radio buildings from the thirties.

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Check out the crazy radio tower on the top. RKO came immediately to mind but I know that this is modern.

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So what was Superior Scaffold doing there? We provided roughly 150 feet of canopy or overhead protection on each side and a swing stage (suspended scaffold) so masonry restoration crews could get to every inch of the façade. They were brick pointing, caulking, cleaning and doing brick replacement.

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We used our largest walk-through scaffold frames with steel beams, corrugated aluminum roofing, debris panels, lighting and capped it off with our lovely fluorescent warning banners on both ends.

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It’s nothing fancy but I just liked the way it laid out around the building.

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If you need overhead protection, canopy or access, call Bob “King of Swing” Sarkisian at 215 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And our musical number today is for Pat who not only dances into work just like this but surprisingly still wears many of the clothes you will see here.

 

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Judgement Day, Scaffolding 402 E. State St., Trenton, NJ

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“I won’t run the guilt is mine.
Too long denying all my crimes.
Face what I deserve.
Here comes Judgement Day!”  (song below)

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Lots of indictments lately so I thought this post and song would be fitting. Seems that nobody wants to admit guilt in anything anymore no matter how complicit. What happened to honesty, honor and integrity? Instead, it’s all about how can I cover my own butt and not spend one single day in jail.

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Now, we could have a huge philosophical discussion about how wealth and influence tends to sway the judicial system but I won’t go there. Let’s just hope that all of these people who “did absolutely nothing wrong” get their comeuppance from the big fella.

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The reason we are talking about this job is because Superior Scaffold was brought in by Mara Restoration to provide access to the entire façade of the Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Building and Courthouse for exterior restoration and window refurbishing.

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It’s a great looking job. I have to hand it to the crew who erected a gorgeous system scaffold, decked it in at every level, added debris netting, a Maxial track material hoist, and built a beautiful canopy and stair tower.

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But like any good court case, it’s the challenges they had to overcome to get a conviction or an acquittal. These challenges are why we are writing today. You see, we weren’t able to store any excess material anywhere on the site so the crew had to calculate the exact amount of equipment needed to have a full day’s work and no more.   That is no easy feat given the size and scope of the job.

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Just calculating the exact material for the canopy around the front door alone took some mighty fine estimation. And it was the same for the dismantle. Any material taken down needed to be removed off site by days end.

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It’s these small details that make me appreciate the talent and skill of our crew. Kudos guys. It’s part of the reason we have cool jobs to write about.  Superior is always proud to help in the restoration of these older, classic buildings.

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So if you need scaffolding, scaffold, or access and need the precision of an Audi mechanic then call Bob “The king of Swing” Sarkisian at Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200.

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The lyrics at the top are from our musical number today – fitting. Enjoy.

In case the video link gets stripped: https://youtu.be/datRikK2DTY

Here is some information of the building.

 

 

 

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Check it out! Post installation inspection – Canopy, Penn Medicine

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This isn’t a big job but it has a very important distinction. If you look closely at the pictures you will see Superior’s Safety Director, Shawn MacDonald, doing a post installation inspection on this overhead protection system (canopy).

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Now, why is this important? Well, it’s part of our safety protocol and it insures the utmost safety for the contractors, subs and pedestrians.

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On the surface, this is a regular system scaffold canopy with debris panels and interior lighting but at it’s core it’s a pedestrian safety super structure. These things are made to withstand a tremendous amount of stress from all angles.

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It’s at 3600 Civic Center Ave and is part of a new Penn Medicine building. In fact, you can see the crane and structure going up in the photos.

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So, when you see Shawn out inspecting you will know that your job is getting top-notch attention, construction and safety ratings.

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Because if he does find something that might be suspect (which rarely happens with our builders) he calls and immediately has it remedied.  So say hi, buy him a donut, a coffee and some free movie tickets.

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This is just one way Superior Scaffold helps keep workers and pedestrians at your job site safe.

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If you need scaffolding, scaffold, overhead protection (canopy) or access call Pat today at 215 743-2200 and he will get you up and rolling or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And for our musical selection today it’s only fitting that we go with Check it Out by John Mellencamp.

And look at that hair.  That’s for Patrick – our rock and roll guy.

GC – LF Driscoll

 

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Superior Scaffold in the Philadelphia Business Journal

 

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Philadelphia Business Journal covers the GBCA’s Construction Excellence Awards and Superior Scaffold is there for winning Best Specialty Contractor Project for the The Metropolitan Opera House renovation.  (click on the link or the logos above to read)

Thanks to the GBCA, the BizJournal, and a big thanks to our crew! Great job!

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And click here to read about the entire job on our blog.

For more information about our products and services call 215 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscafold.com

 

And today’s musical number says it all.  Enjoy.

If the link gets stripped: https://youtu.be/HyHNuVaZJ-k

 

 

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