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Superior Scaffold provided the intricate scaffolding ramp at the Penn Museum to get the priceless, 3,000-year-old, 25,000 pound Sphinx of Ramses II to its new location 250 feet away.

Photo from the Penn Museum time lapse video.
Photo from the Penn Museum time-lapse video. (link at bottom of blog)

It’s not everyday that you get a call to construct a ramp to move one of the world’s rarest objects 250 feet to its new exhibit location. And it’s even rarer when you have to take that 25,000 pound statue outside, through a window, across a courtyard and then back in through another window.

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Superior’s crew the day of the move. Jim Anderson, Drew Watson and Matt Mahoney.

Quite the challenge if I may say so myself. But the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has used us on some other very delicate items (read about it here) so they had the confidence that we could deliver the goods.

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From the Penn Museum time-lapse video. (Link at bottom of blog)

This is the anatomy of that once in a lifetime move.  

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Each piece of scaffold equipment had to be walked in because there was very little access to the courtyard.

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Our crew shored up the floor beneath the giant Sphinx with hi-load frames and post shores, just as security measure, in preparation for the move to the exit ramp.

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We then built an exit ramp out of system scaffold because we had height restrictions to elevate the Sphinx enough to get it through the window.

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Concurrently, they removed a large window and opened the wall a bit so it would fit through the opening.

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The outside ramp was constructed using hi-load shoring frames to hold the weight of the stone beast.

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We started with wood sills on the entire run over the dirt/grass followed by steel beams and then a variety of hi-load shoring frames down the entire 250ft run.

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Those frames had U-heads and steel beams crossed with aluminum beams then topped with solid plank and then ¾” plywood.

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The plywood was then covered by a special surface that would help the air dollies float beneath the Sphinx. We also installed an elaborate maze of guardrails or stanchions along the entire route.

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It took some creative layout to position our shoring frames around several pipes at the back end of the ramp.

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Another window was removed to get the Sphinx into its new resting place.

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And finally, we built another deck or loading platform out of system scaffold on the inside at the other end of the long ramp to receive the giant stone carving.

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Here is a series of photos as the priceless stone object made its way across the courtyard to its new resting place.

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The Sphinx was first hoisted onto our ramp using a hydraulic lift and placed onto 4 air dollies that used compressed air and essentially floated it off the ground allowing crews to push it the entire distance.

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Here is the Sphinx on its way out.

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You can see the air dollies under the corners in this photo – as well as the intricate carvings on the side of the Sphinx.

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Photo courtesy of Penn Museum time-lapse video.

This is the first time it had seen light since it was moved into the museum back in 1926, when the gallery was built around it. (see the pic from the museum’s website by clicking here). 

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Photo courtesy of Penn Museum time-lapse video.

The red granite, or stone of kings, as it was called, sparkled in the sunlight. 

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The Sphinx is a lion with a human head and represents the power of the Egyptian king. It is carved out of a single block of red granite.

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Photo courtesy of Penn Museum time-lapse video.

Alternate Design Solutions did the engineering on this job and they did magnificent work. John at ADS was given the weight and dimensions of the Sphinx and used soil compression test measurements to calculate the size and weight of the platform/ramp needed to make the move.  The resulting platform is something to behold.

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It moved at a slow pace while hundreds of spectators watched the event.

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It took between 4 and 8 people to move the behemoth along the route.

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Once to the other side of courtyard, there was only 1.5 inches of clearance on either side of the new opening for the stone statue to slide in between onto our second loading platform.

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As a precaution we shored up the floor beneath the entry point as well using 20 kip shores. Penn Museum had a new floor designed and poured just to accommodate the weight of the ancient object in its new display.

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A hydraulic lift removed the Sphinx from our platform and onto the concrete where it would be moved to its final resting spot.

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The entire move went off as planned and it was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are thankful that the Penn Museum trusted Superior Scaffold with this priceless object.

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The satisfaction of everyone involved was evident in this screen grab of our estimator, Pat McAndrew, just as the Sphinx passed the The Philadelphia Inquirer video camera.

Be sure to watch this incredible time-lapse video Penn Museum put together.

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They also have great links to the history of the Sphinx and how it got here in their blog. 

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Click on the image above from 1916 to read the history and explore their website.

And below are some other video links for you to check out.

If you need scaffolding, shoring or access trust the best, Superior Scaffold. Call (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see how we can help you.

It just makes sense to play this for today’s musical selection.

Pat suggested “You Belong to Me” from The Duprees – and what a nice track. Enjoy.

 

 

 

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Superior Scaffold tackles difficult Christiana Hospital Expansion in Newark, DE

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Anyone who has been through an injury or watched a loved one struggle through a disease knows the incredible patience, love and support everyone must have. And this is especially true when trying to diagnose and treat someone. It takes patience as doctors experiment with treatments they have used in the past and patients see how their bodies react to those medications or modalities.

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Hospitals are an interesting mix of emotions for me. You see I’ve spent a fair amount of time in them. On one hand you have the very western medicine approach to saving, preserving, longing a life or repairing a body – albeit sometimes in a very clinically carbon copy, practicing medicine approach but at the same time you have these amazingly smart doctors and nurses who, when pushed, all want the same thing: a cure, a solution, a better way to help their patients.

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I think that like all of us we can settle into a routine and just do our job without searching out the best alternative, the best methodology for the patient. And thus we get what I call repetitive or insane healthcare where the cookie cutter solution doesn’t work (for everyone). So every now and then someone needs to come shake the box, turn it upside-down, inside out, rip it apart to get everyone to rethink the obvious, then and only then can real change happen. Actually listening to the patient is key. And if that person is tuned into their body they will help give the doctor the solution that is optimal for them.

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In essence, this is what we offer our clients. We aren’t saving lives like doctors or actors (for Guy – ha) but we do keep people alive when we erect scaffold projects that have hundreds of people, trades, and equipment on them. They have to meet the strictest safety guidelines to protect everyone on the job.

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And just like a doctor seeing a patient – we have to look at each job individually and come up with the best solution for our client (patient). If you were to look at this job on the outside it might appear standard fair but that’s not the case. You can see how awesome it looks with our red frame scaffold… But why use that and not the standard system scaffold?

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And digging deeper would also reveal the massive challenge on this job…

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That’s the elaborate shoring system below the surface that is holding up the weight of the entire scaffold above.

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When Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE decided to expand their South wing they called on trusted masonry experts, Joseph Rizzo & Sons. But Mark Rizzo, being a good production manager, took one look at this patient and realized that it was a little out of their normal scope – so he called Tony P at Superior Scaffold for assistance.

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Superior had to design and build a heavy duty, elaborate shoring system below the main level to hold the load of the entire frame scaffold, all the equipment and crews above it.

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Mark Rizzo, Tony P, and the engineers at Alternate Design Solutions put their heads together and came up with an answer. They took long steel beams and spanned the structural steel of the building so the entire load above would be dissipated through the columns of the building and not the roof below. They then used hi-load shoring frames to add support to the beams. It’s really quite an engineering feat.

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It allowed crews to load men and material onto multiple levels of scaffold at the same time while also giving them complete access to the entire façade. This in turn saved time and money for the GC and the hospital.

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They also realized that frames were the perfect solution because the base was really flat and the height of each deck level worked perfectly to give crews access to every inch of the façade. They erected a 300’ long X 90’ high X 5’ wide frame scaffold that was decked in at every level. It also included a 2000 pound material hoist and 3 stair towers so crews could get access from the sides or center.

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The second biggest challenge was the scheduling and timing for everything to happen. Like a good doctor we listened to the patient, anticipated their needs and took action to get the job erected on-time and within budget.

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So remember, when you need access to a what might seem like an easy job call the experts at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and they will come out and turn the box upside down and inside out and give you the best solution for the project. For more information you can also visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

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And today’s musical selection actually started the ball rolling on this article. It’s The Patient, by Tool.

And then the boss added another dimension with Parabola. Enjoy both.

 

 

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Say Something. 1617 JFK Blvd., Canopy, Overhead protection around entire block!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We even built it up and over the garage entrance.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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North by Northwest – Scaffolding at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Well, as we scour the city trying to bring you the greatest and most interesting feats of construction (using scaffolding of course) we find this.  And I must say, just when I think I’ve seen it all something comes along to tickle my fancy, stimulate my brain and restore my faith in creative construction techniques.

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Today we find ourselves on the roof of one of Center City’s premier apartment complexes. Park Towne Place premier apartment homes in the parkway museum district. Yes, just a stone’s throw from where Rocky ran up the steps at the art museum. I’m feeling rather nostalgic today so we might just chalk this post full of movie references. Ha.

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What’s unique about this post? Well, Superior Scaffold provided the scaffolding on the roof for crews to install a new flu pipe in the chimneys on the North and West towers.

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(Thus the Hitchcock movie reference – I think you are getting the point). But what’s wild is that they are installing 3 foot sections of steel flu-pipe one at a time from the bottom of the chimney and hoisting them up 19 floors into place using our scaffolding and their motor.

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Crazy? Yes, but if you think about it very logical. There is an access port at the bottom of the chimney where crews feed in the 3 foot sections. Our scaffold at the top (high load frames) holds the steel beam that in turn holds their hoist that drops a cable down the 19 stories to the waiting crew below.

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The crew then hooks the cable onto the section of pipe and then hoists it up 3 feet where the next section is fed in and bolted on and then hoisted another 3 feet. This series of events continues until all sections of the pipe are lifted up the 19 floors and then are secured into place.

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The new flu will prevent future maintenance problems within the chimneys and give the residence an awesome functioning furnace for years to come.

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Now, there are 4 towers within this giant complex and we only did the North and West ones. I’m not sure if they are going to do the same on the East and South towers. I will keep you posted.

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The job went off without a hitch. We did have a few challenges like two different elevations on the roof for our scaffolding.

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One leg was 24 feet high and the other 6 foot high. Crews also had quite a maze to negotiate to get the equipment up to the roof. Getting it up through loading dock, elevator, to the floor then walk it up 3 fights of steps to get it up to the roof where it had to be erected.  We used hi-load shoring frames, aluminum and steel beams, leveling jacks, u-heads and more.

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This complex lends itself more to another Hitchcock movie, Rear Window… but the name dictated the title.

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Either way, we are sure that Park Towne Place Premier apartment homes appreciate all of the hard work that went into making that job a success.

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For all of your scaffold, scaffolding, shoring, hoist, and access needs call Superior Scaffold today!  (215) 743-2000 and ask for Patrick McAndrew Laddy.  He will take good care of you.  Or log onto www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

 

 

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Scaffolders

“I’m gonna live for the music
give it everything you got
live for the music
you know you’re gonna find a lot
to ease your mind”
                                Bad Company

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Superior Scaffold rocks people’s troubles away every day and even some nights. Yes, it’s our job to ease the minds of our clients and their audience so they can do what they do best.

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We not only protect the customers from the myriad of construction projects that can go on but we also allow businesses to remain open while said project rocks on.

Consider us the “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Scaffolders” of the tri-state area.

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And how do we do it?  By composing the best scaffolding for the job.  Just like this overhead protection (canopy) at Jacobs Music in Center City, Philadelphia, PA. It’s not big, it’s not fancy but it looks great and, most importantly, it does the job. Not only did we provide a sidewalk shed (using scaffold frames, steel beams, aluminum beams and debris panels) but if you look carefully there is a small section of shoring as well.  It was all part of their facelift to give the storefront more exposure with new windows and entryway.

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We also put a Jacobs Music banner on the ends of the canopy – insuring customers knew exactly which proprietor was behind the stage (so to speak).

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This allowed Jacobs Music to rock on!

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You can see the finished results here.  On this job, you could say that we lived for the music.

In all fairness, they are a refined piano merchant so with that I give you…

In their day, these guys were the true rock stars!

To learn more about Jacobs Music – click here.

And if you need the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Scaffolders” call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com

 

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Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, Renovations & Scaffolding

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Saint Mark’s Church, at 1625 Locust St., is undergoing some renovations and called Superior for the scaffold support and access it needed. The church was founded in 1847 and actually built between 1848 and 1849 and as an historic building needed the utmost care when completing said renovations. Superior Scaffold has a long history of exemplary work on historic buildings and structures in the tri-state area so they were the logical choice.

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These upgrades were being done in phases and Superior needed a way to get the many disciplines (roofers, masonry crews, windows, painters, and the like) to their destinations.

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An elaborate combination of system scaffold & frame scaffold was used in this design.  I also wanted to show you a few pictures of our crew and truck(s) outside so you can get an idea of what to expect when they roll up to your location.

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The truck(s) will pull up front and block off any unwanted access so that crews can take inventory and unload for the job.

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Here you see the guys getting the materials off the truck and up to their designated location.

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The steep roofs and many angles of the church made it a challenge to scaffold.

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Extra care was taken all around the job because of the delicate nature of the structure itself. Superior’s crews are very cognoscente of their surroundings and are skilled at keeping even the smallest items intact while erecting scaffolding.

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Another challenging access point was the chimney. It sat very close to the sidewalk so Superior had to devise a way to get crews up while protecting the traffic down below. Engineer, Mike Leone, created a scaffold frame system that sat on top of the canopy. The canopy frames would provide the support for the 40’ tall scaffold system while also providing the walkway for pedestrians.

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Two stair towers were also erected around the church to give crews access to different areas.

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There was even a 70’ run of system scaffold down the South (Locust) side giving masonry and painting crews access.

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It was another successful job by Superior Scaffold at an historic building. Call Mike, at (215) 743-2200 if you have work on an old or historic building that needs scaffold, scaffolding, he will take care of you. Visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more samples or information.

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Some additional information about Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church here:

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, at 1625 Locust St, Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an Episcopal church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. It is part of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

 

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Overhead protection for John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School

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In honor of 40 years of SNL (Saturday Night Live) I thought I’d post some pics of our emergency services overhead protection job at Hallahan Catholic Girl’s School.

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Superior Scaffold was called in to provide overhead protection so crews could repair pieces of the façade that were falling off.  If you look carefully, on this photo, you can see some of the damaged masonry work covered by blue plastic.

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Superior quickly erected this canopy to protect students and pedestrians coming in and around the school.  Our emergency services line is open 24 hours a day and we specialize in getting crews out to a job site and solutions in place within 8 – 12 hours.  (Tops in the industry).

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Masonry crews needed to get in there and repoint and repair some of the brick and mortar before there was more damage.  It’s quite normal on buildings this old to need an occasional touch up over time.  It was built in 1912.

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Superior provided this overhead canopy using scaffold frames.  It was 65’ long by 8’ high X 8’ wide and incorporated aluminum beams, decking, screw jacks, cross braces, U heads, and debris panels.  It also included our fabulous yellow warning banners at each end.

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Here you can see the intricate detail of the school logo that was etched into stone for this masthead.

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I didn’t notice, but I guess all around the top of the build, carved in stone, are the faces of famous Catholic women.

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And now you are finally asking what does this post have to do with the 40th anniversary special of SNL?  Well, when I saw Molly Shannon dressed as Sister Mary Catherine Gallagher it made me think of this job.

 


With Whitney Houston

Superior Scaffold has a fastest response times in the business.  Just take a look at our website to see some examples.  Call 215 743-2200 today to see what scaffold solutions we can present to you.

 

Some history on the school:

John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, located at 311 N. Nineteenth Street and originally called Girls’ Catholic High School, was finished in June 1912 and opened on September 18, 1912, to 326 students. Financed by Mary E. Hallahan McMichan (1861-1925), it was renamed for her brother John W. Hallahan in 1925 in accordance with her will. Cut into the stone at the top of the building are etchings of famous women who were dedicated to Catholic life and education.


From the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

 

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Overhead protection for an icon at 6th and Walnut, downtown Philly

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Now, if you’ve ever owned a white car you know what a royal pain it is to keep clean in the winter. That white paint shows every piece of dust, dirt, and grime that you pick up driving around.

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So, imagine if you are a white building, built in 1913, 7 to 8 stories tall, smack dab in the middle of hustling, bustling Philadelphia. There are cars, buses, trucks, trains and pedestrians all kicking up dust around your base. And when the wind and rain kick up all of that debris floats upwards and sticks right to your sides. And just like your white automobile this giant structure gets dirty.

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So every now and again you have to give her a bath to get her back to her former glory. And that’s just what happened here. Superior Scaffold was called to the iconic Penn Mutual Life Insurance Building (or Penn Mutual) to help out.

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In order to get crews up to do the power washing necessary Superior Scaffold had to install some overhead protection (canopy) for the pedestrians below. This was a good sized canopy too – traveling from 6th and Walnut around to 6th and St. James.

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It was a pretty level surface so crews used heavy duty frames to build the sidewalk shed. You can seen in the pics we’ve also got screw jacks and base plates, aluminum beams, U heads, our glorious red debris panels, and our wonderful yellow tripping hazard banners.

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This is a good sized canopy and it helped crews get this old building back to her former glory.

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We were glad to help. If you need overhead protection, canopy, sidewalk shed or suspended scaffold, call Bob at (215) 743-2200 and he will take care of you.

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Some history on the building:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Penn_Mutual_Life_Insurance_Company_Building.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_Mutual

 

 

 

 

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Shoring & Scaffolding at Forever 21

An appropriate title for this post would be “Shoring Exposed” – because that’s exactly what we are going to do here.  It’s not often that we get to show a complicated shoring job because they are usually buried deep in some dark nasty place but this one had just enough light to show the details.

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There were 2 phases of this job – the shoring and the scaffolding.  Let’s start with the shoring first.

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Forever 21 is building out their new location on Chestnut street and decided to enlarge the entranceway and windows on the first few levels.  Look at how their neighbor Sephora did it. They want theirs to look similar with lots of light coming in the front of the store.

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Initially the people at Forever 21 needed scaffold out front for the work on the façade. But once it was up they realized the amount of shoring required and asked if there was there anyway we could add shoring without removing the scaffolding.  So we came up with a solution where we only had to take the the decking off and remove some frames to get the shoring into place.

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The shoring was needed to support 2’ thick brick walls, steel and concrete 5 stories tall!  This is a great job to show as an illustration because we have so many different pieces of equipment on the scene.  We have everything from hi-load frames, steel beams, aluminum beams, kip shores, screw jacks, shoring heads, adjusting screws, etc.  

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On the first floor, there was an existing steel beam we had to work up and around by stacking post shores onto the high load frames.

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Here is a shot outside where you can actually see the steel beams popping out from the 3rd floor.

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Crews had to work around the existing standard frames with high load shoring frames to pickup the steel beams on the outside. And since the scaffold went up before the shoring it was tricky.

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Here you can see crews widening an entranceway.

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We had to carry the entire building load down to the second floor then down to the 1st floor.

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Here are 6” steel beams rated at 12 lbs per lineal foot that were placed 4 side-by-side at 28” centers on the third floor.

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Part 2 is the scaffolding.  Let’s start with what was required inside to support the crews.  We erected a system scaffold on the first level to get crews up the second floor ceiling above the escalator for demo work and for new mechanicals (electrical, HVAC, lighting, etc.).

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You can see where we continued the system scaffold all the way up to the ceiling on the second floor giving crews safe access above the escalator.

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This is a view from the second floor looking down the escalator to the shoring at the front of the store.

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The job initially started out front using regular J frames – 5’ wide X 6’6” high.  These are a quick and easy alternative to system scaffold when the ground is very level and you aren’t going up too many floors.

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Crews then decked the top 3 levels and added debris netting.

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The client asked for 16′ high wood panels out front to help block the view of the work being done inside – so we gladly obliged.

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One challenge: the scaffolding for the sidewalk out front was done at night.   Crews waited for vehicular and pedestrian traffic to subside and then they went to work.

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In the end, the customer got exactly what they needed and we got another satisfied client.  We are all about scaffold solutions and customer service.  If you have a job requiring scaffolding or shoring call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or check out our website at www.superiorscaffold.com today!

 

 

 

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Iconic PNB letters come down in Philadelphia via helicopter

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Sunday was a big day in downtown Philadelphia as the skyline was forever changed.  The giant PNB letters that adorned the top of the majestic, 28 story, Philadelphia National Bank building for almost a half a century were brought down via helicopter.

This isn’t the first time crews tried to get the 16′ tall, 3000 lb letters down.  They attempted it back in August but were only able to remove 3 letters in a four hour span.  This time they removed all of the remaining 9 letters in just around 45 minutes.  The helicopter landed the letters onto waiting trucks just in front of the City Hall building.  (See news videos – pretty cool stuff)

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Why are we posting this on our blog?  Well, I’ll tell you. Originally, this was supposed to be done when there was diminished pedestrian traffic – however, there were a few problems.  Unbeknownst to crews, because there was no lightning rod system on the building, years of lightening strikes had actually welded the letters to the their framework.  So when they thought they had loosened all of the bolts the helicopter couldn’t lift the letters because they were still welded to their frames.  So plan B went into effect and we were called in.

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Superior Scaffold erected the overhead protection around the base of the PNB building that allowed crews to work on the letters above preparing them for the move while businesses like McCormick & Schmicks could operate as normal below.

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Keeping businesses operating as usual is our specialty and this was no different.

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Superior Scaffold built a canopy around the McCormick Schmicks steakhouse at ground level on the 1 South Broad location.  (Located right across the street from City Hall in the heart of Center City)  We erected an 8’ wide X 100’ long X 10’high overhead protection system using our frame scaffold and aluminum beams,  The scaffolding also had 4’ debris panels and was 300 psf rated.  It was finished off with our lovely bright yellow warning banners.

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Crews waited for a weekend with limited pedestrian traffic to shut down the roads into the area and then went into action.  And on Sunday – the plan went off without a hitch!

See the news footage from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and more here:

 

 

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/morning_roundup/2014/11/watch-pnb-letters-removed-from-philadelphia.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/morning_roundup/2014/11/watch-pnb-letters-removed-from-philadelphia.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20141117_Copters_swiftly_remove_50s-era_PNB_letters_atop_1__S__Broad__changing_skyline.html

If you need giant letters removed from the top of your building and need to either get to them or protect your customers below – call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Pat.  He’ll fly right up there and take care of you (He has wings you know, and not the fake Red Bull kind either.)