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1760 Market – Swings and Canopy for window work

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This office building between Rittenhouse Square and the new Comcast tower at 18th and Market is getting some window work done.

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Superior Scaffold provided the overhead protection system that runs down 18th and Market Street side of the building.  It’s a beautiful creation of system scaffold, steel and aluminum beams, topped with debris panels.  And it’s all for the protection of the many pedestrians that travel through that area daily.

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Superior also provided Premier Building Restoration crews with the Altrex swing stages (suspended scaffold) that allowed them to do the window caulking on both sides of the building.

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The building is getting a new look to attract tech companies and others looking for a great place to live, work and play in the area west of Broad Street.

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Emergency Scaffolding – Why you need Overhead Protection!

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I wanted to show this job because it’s very important to see why we erect overhead protection systems.

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Our emergency services team was called out to install this canopy around the entire perimeter of the building. Engineers and inspectors had seen that the façade was actually pulling away from the structure and wanted this sidewalk shed put into place while they booked crews for the repair work.

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It’s a good thing they called us. Because a few days after we installed it, there was a storm with pretty high winds and it actually blew sections of the façade off of the building and sent them crashing down on the overhead protection system we installed.

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These pieces fell from the 12th and 14th floors, respectively. I can only imagine the damage they could have done if there were people underneath and our canopy was not in place.

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You can actually see a corner of the façade material that penetrated the corrugated steel on our canopy.

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And in this shot, you can see how the falling debris dented their entryway. The façade looks to be a fake brick, stucco and mesh type of composition.

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Harrison Plaza is located in North Philadelphia and is a 16 story high-rise building consisting of 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments and is occupied and heavily trafficked throughout the day. These overhead protection systems can actually save lives and prevent serious injury.

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After this initial exterior failure, engineers called out our emergency services team and we were back on the job within 12 hours extending the size and scope of the canopy to protect the residents while the work commences.

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I will get shots of the new expanded version in the upcoming weeks.

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Again, this is why it’s important to have a qualified company install your emergency overhead protection system. Give Superior Scaffold a call at (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

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As always, here’s a groovy little gem that describes what went on inside the building after we installed our canopy. Yes, not only was the exterior having an issue but one of the units inside caught on fire.

Here’s a CBS news story about the fire.  See our scaffold in the background.

 

 

 

 

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Bridge over troubled Water or Water under troubled bridge – Swings and Canopy

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Okay, I know I’m reaching but that’s the way I do things around here. You see, the water or “crick” as my salesman pal, Patrick “Laddy” McAndrew, calls it is just fine as are the bike, walking and horse paths.  It’s the Walnut Lane Bridge in Philadelphia, PA that’s in a bit of trouble. I mean, heck, wouldn’t we all be at that age? Completed in 1908 that would put our gorgeous work of art at 108 years old and probably in need of a facelift.

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So that’s what they are doing, giving the old girl a facelift. And you have to admit she’s a thing of beauty.

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One hundred and forty seven feet high, five hundred and eighty five feet long with six majestic arches in her design. She carries roughly 16,810 cars across her per day.

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But you didn’t come here to the Superior Scaffold blog for a history lesson. You came here for the goods. And you know we always deliver the goods.

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The plan here is to remove the existing bridge deck and replace it with new concrete. And while they are at it they will replace the sidewalk, sidewalk supports and the handrail system and repair the bridge abutments and piers. Whew – that’s mouthful. But you can see some of the damage in these pics.

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So we did a couple of cool things on this job. We erected canopies at the bottom of 3 arches where there are trails for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding.

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One of the canopies we put up several years ago is still there…

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But they wanted it raised up a bit so the horseback riders could go underneath it.

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There was a news story about it but it has been removed. 

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On the others we used our big canopy frames and then decked them out on top for a couple of reasons. One, to protect the pedestrians passing beneath them two to use as landing pads for our swings that also ended up on the job.

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Each canopy or overhead protection system was 80 feet long X 8 feet wide X 10’ high. You can see some of the shots with the majestic bridge in the background as our crew erected the sidewalk sheds.

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The really cool thing about this job is not only did we assemble canopies in several arches of the bridge but we used a really cool system to provide crews with suspended scaffold to get to parts of the old gal that need repair.

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What’s cool is that we couldn’t use our standard method of hanging them over the side (it was just too fragile) so instead we drilled holes in the concrete and fed the drop line down through the hole to the swings below. Each line was attached on top of the bridge with this nifty tripod mount (from our friends at BeeAccess).

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It holds the weight on top of the bridge allowing the swing stage and the crews to dangle beneath and do their work.

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And then we used a tie-back cable that is attached to a steel plate mounted directly into the concrete behind the tripod mounts. Those are safety lines that will hold the suspended scaffold and their crews should the tripods fail. This system was designed by our resident “King of Swing” Bob Sarkisian. The swing stages are Altrex and the motors are PC-1.   I will try to get some pics of it.

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This system is allowing crews to get the job done while also protecting anyone hiking, running, walking or riding below.

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And it’s a great place to do all of these things. Just take a look at this bridge and the views of the creek.

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If you need to swing from the highest bridges or hike in the deepest forest call Superior today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com and we will get you there.

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Some history on the bridge:

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The Walnut Lane Bridge is a concrete arch bridge located in Northwest Philadelphia that connects the Germantown and Roxborough neighborhoods across the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park. Construction began on July 5, 1906 and was completed on October 14, 1908.

And man, oh man, can these two sing. Songbirds, I tell you! Wow. Pat only wishes he sounded like either one of them.

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And for you rockers… it’s what we do here at Superior (Delivering the Goods)

 

Will the Walnut Lane Bridge be repaired in time for summer? Can the crews remove and repave the entire span of the bridge? Will Underdog save the day? There’s plenty of excitement ahead in our next episode – so stay tuned!!!

 

 

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Step right up. Step right up. You won’t believe your eyes…

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This is a unique one. Take a close look at the photo.  What do you see?

This classic looking building was built in 1830. Or was it? Wait. The façade of the building, known as the Pennsylvania Building (Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Company), was built in 1830 but the actual building was demolished in 1971 and the façade was preserved as a screen in front of the newer office building.

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But that’s not all folks. Step right up and tell me what else you notice about this building?  Got it?

Look at the address. 508-10 Walnut St., crazy – it takes up two spaces with one address. I bet the postmen pull their hair out with that one.

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Okay – so what does any of that have to do with Superior Scaffold and the job we did there? Well, here’s the skinny on this job. I’ve got pictures of the overhead protection we provided to keep the building open while crews worked overhead using our swing stages. Now, the cool thing about suspended scaffold we employed there was that we used porch brackets to access the recessed areas. I can only tell you about them and point you to another post that actually shows you what they are because I didn’t get any photos of them in action (I know – lame – sorry – but it does happen from time to time when I get out to shoot photos).

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Crews were caulking, patching and repointing the building to make it look glorious again and repair any damage that needed to be fixed.

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Now, I can tell you about the canopy we erected out front. It was build using our 767 Philly frames and used our awesome red debris panels and incorporated our wonderful yellow warning banners! But it did keep the building(s) open for business as usual as work went on overhead.

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(warning – duplicate image – I know I blabbed to much text – oh well)

Bam. Another rock ‘em sock ‘em atta’ boy job well done.

And we will do the same for you! Just pick up the phone and call (215) 743-2200 today and ask for Bob “King of Swing” Sarkisian and he will set you up wit everything you need to get the job done right.

And what post would be complete without this little gem O’ tha day:

and LIVE…Wow!!!

And for your carnival freaks…

 

 

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All the World’s a Stage – St. James at Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA

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All the world’s a stage at the St. James in Washington Square, PA. At one time Superior Scaffold had 8 suspended scaffolds (swing stages) on the exterior of this 45 story high-rise.

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This good looking apartment complex sits along Walnut St. and W. Washington Square and is the 12th tallest building in Philadelphia.  With it’s massive glass windows it has great views of the entire city.

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Using our Altrex modular staging with BisoMac 210 and PC1 hoists we got crews access to all levels of the exterior for concrete patch work and repainting.

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If you look carefully, you will see that the first two stories are actually several historic 19th-century buildings that lined Walnut Street. These buildings included three Federal-style rowhouses built in 1807 called York Row and were designed and included into the St. James’ architecture.

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We also erected a system scaffold canopy all around the base of the building giving both pedestrians and delivery access at all times.

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They took the nifty idea of decorating the debris panels with their advertisements for the building. It’s a great idea that more people should ask us about.

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Call (215) 743-2200 and ask for Erik or Shawn for more information.  They will take care of you.

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The luxury residential skyscraper has a sparkling new look and will be ready for years to come.

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If you’d like to make your world a stage (a swing stage) or need suspended scaffold or even overhead protection like the one you see here call Bob at (215) 743-2200. He will take care of you.

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And if you are making your world a stage – you’d better bring these boys along for the ride! (one heck of a Live album).

 

 

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The art of scaffolding at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)

 

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What a great looking building this is, smack dab in the middle of downtown. This is the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. It’s a historic Victorian museum and Art school (offering 19th & 20th century American works). I would have loved to enter that place everyday to learn. Incidentally, it’s the first and oldest art museum and school in the United States.

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I’m going to put a link to some pics from their website to show you just how cool the structure is beneath our scaffolding.  Check out the giant paintbrush just to the right. I love it.

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Okay, enough about the building and onto just what we at Superior Scaffold do for a living. That’s right. We specialize in working on historic structures and buildings. Of course, it’s not all we do but we do it well. We are masters at leaving the job just as it was before we erected our scaffold, minus the renovations and additions of course – you get the idea. This version of the building opened in 1876.

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We had to erect a canopy out front for pedestrians and students to gain access to the building and sidewalk.

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We also erected a superb system scaffold and decked it at every level so crews could access the façade (for cleaning and power washing) and the roof for repair.

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And we took the utmost care when building around the wild juggling jester character (The Young Punch Juggling – a 16 foot fiberglass and steel sculpture) in the center of the front of the façade. PAFA wanted it open and exposed so people could still see him (even at night) so we had to incorporate several trusses into the design to keep the area exposed while supporting the scaffolding.

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We also built a section around the side that gave crews access to the roof as well. Here you can see them using a type of Beta Hoist to get the new material up to the top. I’m not really sure if they were replacing the entire roof or just patching areas.  The were also working on the eaves.

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Then we used a debris netting all around the scaffold for added protection.

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And look at this very cool statue of a wrecked plane I found while wondering around the building. 

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All in all, our scaffolding was built and decorated to perfection as anyone at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts would approve of. I mean, come on, we can only make the scaffolding look so good but our crew did a bang up job.

So if your façade needs renovation and an artistic touch call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200. Ask for Tony P – he will paint up a miracle for you.

Or log on to www.superiorscaffold.com to see additional work we’ve done.

 

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Jacob’s Ladder – Superior Scaffold’s material moving hoist system.

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Now, we all know that the biblical version of Jacob’s Ladder is the bridge between earth and heaven as dreamt by Jacob and described in the Book of Genesis. The significance of that ladder was obviously greater than our version of Jacobs Ladder. But our ladder, if you will, or hoist at Jacobs Music (in Center City, Philadelphia, PA) moves heavy material from the earth skyward to its position on the façade of this structure and even to the roof of the building.

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Using a Patriot 1000 material hoist rigged atop of system scaffold at the top of our canopy and on the roof, masonry crews from Knapp Masonry are able to position super heavy pieces of marble anywhere on the façade of the building.

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As you recall, Superior was sent out on an emergency call a while back when it was discovered that pieces of the façade were falling off. Our emergency services crew quickly erected an overhead protection system or canopy to protect customers and pedestrians. We also erected an access scaffold to get inspectors and crews up to see the damage so a plan could be developed for the repair work.  

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After that inspection, they determined not only were portions of the façade in disrepair but portions of the large marble panels needed to be replaced.

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And in order to do that Superior had to come up with another solution to get the material from the ground up to the façade. Originally, a material hoist was to be added to get the marble up from the ground in between the scaffold and building itself. But our resident “King of Swing” Bob Sarkisian devised a monorail system to not only get the material up in between the building and the scaffold but to also get it anywhere on the façade and onto the roof where crews could work with it and store excess material. See the pics. It’s really a brilliant idea using system scaffold, steel beams and a Patriot 1000 material hoist.

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Here you can see crew members placing one of the heavy marble panels using the material hoist to get it into place.

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So not a ladder, per say, but a super intelligent way to move heavy material from the earth to the sky and even to a façade at Jacobs Music.

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And if you need solutions to move material call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com

 And what post would be complete without some Rush for your listening pleasure.

 

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Scaffolding is our baby – 500 Walnut, Philadelphia, PA

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We don’t just broadcast the giant jobs around here. They all have a very important place in our heart, like our children. We’ve designed them, traveled with them, built them, and then put them out into the world where they must stand alone.

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I thought I’d put this up because we normally show you a canopy or overhead protection system that is at the base of a building protecting pedestrians from the work going on overhead.

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But this is a little different. It’s a canopy at a new construction site. And it’s not on the sidewalk but in the street. And because of that we added Jersey Barriers for added protection (to act as a curb, if you will).

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We erected this 60’ long beauty with one leg of the canopy actually resting on the barrier itself. The other leg is sitting on the curb where the normal sidewalk is located.

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This gem is located in the most historic square mile in America.  Independence Hall is directly across the street.

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We added a steel fence material to the both sides and the developer put a nice screen print graphic over that.

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The idea here is to keep that walkway open and protect the pedestrians while the new construction takes place.  Here you can see why crews needed to use the existing sidewalk.

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Our little baby is out there doing its part to make the world a better place; and how proud we are as parents.

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Just ask Pat. He’ll tell you. And if you have any scaffolding needs give him a call at (215) 743-2200. Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

 

 

 

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Emergency Services to the rescue at 1805 Walnut St.

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Crews were renovating the Alison Building, in Rittenhouse Square, and discovered a piece of the parapet was falling off.  The building was built in 1924 and is being revamped for 19 super high-end luxury apartments.

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Superior Scaffold got the call Friday afternoon and had a crew on the scene within hours. The decision was made to install a 40’ long, double-wide canopy (sidewalk overhead protection system) the next day.

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The sidewalk shed was completed using our 767 Philly frames, steel and aluminum beams, and 3 foot high debris panels.  Barneys placed their placards on the panels to let customers know they were open for business.

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The canopy sits at the entrance of the building where the Barnes & Noble and Barneys New York, needs to be open daily for patrons. Superior specializes in keeping businesses and sidewalks open while work goes on overhead.

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Part two of this project involved extending the overhead protection an additional 40’ after inspectors noticed damage to one of the flagpoles that are anchored to the façade. We also installed an 8’X8’ stair tower and then a 20’ tall system scaffold on top of the canopy to allow crews to repair the flagpole. I will see if I can get some pictures of that.

This entire episode reminded me of the old Underdog cartoon where he was always called to save the day!  Best theme song ever.

If you need someone to save the day, call Superior Scaffold.  Our emergency service crews are the best in the business. Call (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

 They did have 2 different versions of the open.

 

 

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Construction Today Magazine features Superior Scaffold Job

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A big shout out to the GBCA (General Building Contractors Association) who featured Superior Scaffold and our work at the Amtrak 30th Street station in their latest issue.

Construction Today Spring 2015-2 

Click on any of the images to read the entire article.  It details many of the challenges faced when putting up a scaffold canopy (overhead protection) that will have to stand the test of time for up to 10 years.

Call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

 

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