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Scaffold Bridge for Disguised Substation in Avalon, NJ

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Now, what do I mean by disguised? Check this out.  This a rendering of what the new Peerman electrical substation in Avalon, NJ will look like.

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How cool is that? A house!!! Not some giant, nasty looking, electrical, transformer filled, barbed wire nightmare. No. This is a working substation/house with a balcony, windows, a garage, landscaping and more. This might be common practice but it’s the first I’ve seen of it. And I dig it, baby.

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So that leads us to just what is Superior Scaffold doing on this project? Well, take a look at the job site. This is a far cry from the glory of the finished renderings – but in due time, my friends, due time.

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They are currently constructing the new building and we were called in to erect a scaffold bridge from the old substation, up and over, into the new one. Crews working on this Atlantic City Electric job needed a way to get down into the new building safely.  If you look carefully at this photo you can see the trench, rebar, cement, dirt, and other obstacles that stood in their way.  

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We erected a scaffold bridge using system scaffolding that’s 4’ wide X 31’ long X 13’ high. It also incorporates a stair tower, deck, plank, guard rails, ladder and more.

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The surrounding upscale residential area has grown substantially in the last several years and has caused the existing substation and transmission lines serving this area to be near their load capacity. This is a substation and we are subcontractor for Ray Angelini, Inc. who is installing the conduit in the new structure.

The existing 23kV substation must be re-built at 69kV to accommodate this load growth and to allow for continued growth in the area. The new substation will benefit the entire 7-mile Island and areas surrounding the causeways to the mainland.

You can read more about the substation here:

Call Superior today at (215) 743-2200 for all your scaffolding, scaffold needs. Ask for Tommy – he’ll take care of you. Yeah, baby…

 

 

 

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Cantilever Scaffold on 28 Floor, Philadelphia, PA

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This is an update to our earlier cantilever post at 3601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA (many more photos and a video tour).

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If you recall, Superior Scaffold was called in to help crews get to the decorative steel structure on the outside of the top of this new building construction at 3601 Market Street.

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But how could we get them and their equipment out far enough to work safely on this structure at the top of the building?

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A cantilever scaffold from the floor below.  For those of you not familiar with a cantilever system it’s basically a way to use leverage to extend out so the weight of the new deck is  supported by the floor below.

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The initial thought was a traditional cantilever system using aluminum beams, stringers and joists like we’ve done many times before… but smarter heads prevailed and proposed this system scaffold cantilever. It’s lighter, easier to set up, and more efficient. Crews needed to get to the outside of this super structure to skin it and finish it. You can see in the wide shot the shiny metal structure at the top of this building.  We’ve essentially created a new floor around the exterior of the top of this building that will allow crews to get up to the next level.

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The pictures are a kind of chronological progression from nothing to starting to skin the exterior of the steel structure.

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Sit back and enjoy the view.  It’s a pretty radical job that’s proving to be a win, win for all of the trades involved.

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This is what estimator Pat McAndrew saw that allowed him to make the determination that we needed a cantilever scaffold for access.

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And this was the floor beneath the decorative steel structure that would house the cantilever scaffold.

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Here is it with Rich and crew starting the assembly process.

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Some great shots of Rich getting this scaffolding built and in place.  I will have video to add to this blog in a few days.

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You can see that crews had to build multiple levels for this cantilever.

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This gives you a view of how the scaffolding allowed crews to reach the top of the steel structure.

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This photo really shows the top of the structure and how far around the cantilever went.

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And from the ground you can really see just how large it was.  This was a U shaped design with a 220 foot long run on the 36th street side by a 40’ run or return on the Market Street side and then a 12’ run on the Filbert Street side. Each one of the decking planks also has to be tied down so it won’t shift or lift in the wind.

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This picture shows the work progressing down the steel structure.

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Here you can see the detail that went into erecting the cantilever.

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This gives you a good perspective on how the cantilever worked with the decking on top.

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It provides a super stable, safe, work platform for all the trades up there.

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Crews are starting to skin the exterior of the structure.

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I couldn’t fit all of the photos here in the blog but there are tons of pictures of this project on both our flickr and picassa pages.  Go there to check out all of them.

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And finally, here you can see crews getting to the underside of the steel structure.

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I will add more pics once it’s completed and I will keep you up to date as this job progresses.

Check out the video tour!

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If you need specialty scaffolding solutions call Pat at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you.  Or you can visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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This 28-story mixed-use development will consist of ground floor retail space, five levels of parking to accommodate 201 cars, and 23 floors of residences. The 363 residential units will be a combination of studio/efficiency and one- and two-bedroom apartments. A rooftop amenity level with an outdoor pool deck is also planned.

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http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/220822691.html

GC – INTECH Construction
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Scaffolding the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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A 117 foot tall stair tower inside an elevator shaft. Wow!   Here’s a cool view before the the decks went in.

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Now that’s a seriously tall stair tower. (And inside an elevator shaft no less.)
So that begs the question – Why?


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Okay – so let’s shed a little light on this subterranean scaffold soiree. You see, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is commencing on a renewal and expansion of epic proportions. And it’s designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry (famous for the expressive sculptural forms of buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Spain).

This new expansion is going to utilize space that has never been used before – mainly the lower, levels and two top floor areas. Guests will be able to enter from the north (Kelly Drive) and the south (Schuylkill River) sides of the building to get to these new spaces.  In total the renovation is estimated to cost about $350 million.

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Surprisingly enough, there just happened to be an elevator shaft that was designed into the original building but was never used. So as part of their master plan, designers and contractors wanted to seal off the top two floors of the elevator shaft for new cement up there. (to expand exhibit space)

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This project is two fold, really. First, to get crews up to the top (or bottom of the new floors) to build the steel forms for the new concrete (pocketing steel beams into the shaft walls) that support the floor slabs of concrete that will be poured from above. And two, to get crews, subcontractors, contractors, and workers inside the shaft to lay in all of the mechanicals, conduit, electrical, HVAC, and new elevator rails to make this fully functional.

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Superior Scaffold came in and assembled this giant 117’ stair tower inside the elevator shaft using system scaffold.

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These shots are from beneath the Museum of Art and showed just how crews had to enter and move the equipment to the job site.

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But the cool thing is that all of this is part of the new construction design and will be utilized for art space and events. Just take a look at some of the renderings they have created to show what the final concept will look like.

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                        Illustration courtesy of PMA and Gerhy Partners

This vaulted underground walkway, long closed to the public will become a space for art and events, with entrances at the north (Kelly Drive) and south (Schuylkill River) sides of the building.

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This awesome renovation will be a massive and beautiful once it’s all complete. A total of 80,000 square feet of new public space—a 60 percent increase—is anticipated. We are excited to have been a part of this new expansion and renewal. Even Rocky Balboa would be proud to run up these steps to gain entrance.

For more information check out the links below.

http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/809.html

http://www.philamuseum.org/information/294-508-397.html

Call Superior Scaffold today for all of your scaffold, scaffold needs and solutions (215) 743-2200 or visit our website at www.superiorscaffold.com

 

Architects:

  • Gluckman Mayner & Kelly/Maiello
  • Atkin Olshin Schade & Vitetta
  • Gehry Partners

General Contractor, GC: LF Driscoll www.lfdriscoll.com

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Passariellos Pizzaria Italian Eatery – Update in Moorestown, NJ

I promised to give you guys an update to the post we did a few months back.

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This is actually a temporary kitchen built on top of a giant platform that we erected out back of the Passariello’s restaurant.

You can see the original post here:

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It’s not often that Superior Scaffold gets to construct a 16′ X 50′ platform that ties into the back of the restaurant – and then actually becomes their kitchen while the real one gets an update.  But that’s exactly what happened here.

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Using system scaffold, shoring heads, aluminum beams, and plywood we built another platform that would hold the kitchen and a Quonset hut type structure.  It had to be strong enough to support their entire kitchen, walk-in freezer, HVAC, and equipment.

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This renovation was going to take much longer than the bathrooms so the entire platform needed a more permanent cover.

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Our platform next to a portion of the new construction.

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A crew member heads to the walk-in freezer that sits on top of the platform we built.  The renovations should soon be complete and we they will move operations back inside to their permanent location.

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For all of your scaffold, scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold at 215 743-2200 today.  Ask for Pat, he will take care of you – just like he did with the good people at Passariello’s.

 

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Big and Tall Aluminum Canopy for Torre Men’s Store, Philadelphia, PA

 

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How fitting is this?  A super tall canopy at Torre Big & Tall Men’s store at 1217 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Did we erect this jumbo sized overhead protection system for all of the giant men that enter the store from the street?  Well, yes and no.  There are some very tall customers that shop at Torre’s (that boasts the biggest and best independent collection of tall designer fashions in the word) but it’s really to protect those clients from the demolition of the building next door.

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Yes, they are tearing down the 3rd Regiment Armory building for a new apartment building and multi-use structure as part of the redevelopment of the area.  And what a great history and story on that old building…  You can read more about that at the bottom of this post.

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So Superior Scaffold erected this is a double-decker aluminum overhead protection system.  It’s two stories tall! It’s not as long as most of the ones we erect but it’s taller than most. The dimensions are 28’ high X 10’ wide X 32’ long.

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Aluminum beams rest on support beams on one end and on the building parapet on the other.

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It’s decked in with 4’ high debris panels. Debris netting is cantilevered up and out beyond the panels for added protection.

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The canopy is rated at 300 psf.

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Again, this canopy was erected to protect clients as the 3rd Regiment Armory building was being demolished.

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There is a huge history with that structure dating back to Benjamin Franklin. You can read about it here:

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Only Superior builder/salesman, Pat “Laddy” McAndrew can answer why they decided the build this tall canopy the way they did.  He might also be able to answer why such a beautiful old structure had to be torn down next door as well.  Either way, for all of your scaffold, scaffolding needs call Pat at Superior Scaffold – 215 743-2200 today!

Proposed rendering of project at Broad and Wharton

Proposed rendering of project at Broad and Wharton | Image Landmark Architectural Design that will take the place of the Armory building.

 

 

 

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Superior Scaffold Suspended / Swing Rental Division

In the last post we talked about our Scaffold Rental Division – but today we are going to look at our Suspended Scaffold or swing department – which is a part of our Powered Access Division.

Suspended scaffolds or swing stages are often used to provide access and working platforms in the construction, alteration, inspection, repair, refurbishment and maintenance of high-rise buildings, industrial plants, bridges and other large structures.

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Suspended scaffold is ideal for projects where traditional scaffolding is not practical or cost effective.  We carry the Altrex Modular Suspended Platform System that is super flexible and allows for access to the building at many locations simultaneously, allowing work to be done faster and more efficiently.

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Suspended scaffolds  (swing staging, suspended platforms) are great for working safely at heights.

Typical applications for our suspended scaffolds are:

  • Inspection
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Renovation
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Concrete repair
  • Cladding

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Altrex offers solutions for various complex access situations.  With the wide variety of components for the Modular Suspended Platform System many custom-made configurations can be built.   (see above)  The experienced Altrex user can design a platform for safe access to even the most complex contours of any structure and height.  For example maintenance platforms for football stadiums, oil-tankers and silo’s.  (see our blog on adapting to a building’s shape)

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Benefits:

There are a multitude of accessories, such as corner and angle sections, double decker & double width kits that can be used to find a solution for almost any access situation.

Flexibility – The user can build any configuration necessary to fit the structure precisely and allow close access to the working surface.

Compact Transportation and Storage – The modular construction saves space and makes transportation easy.  A complete 40 foot swing stage fits in the back of a small truck!

Light Weight – High capacity – The smart design of the Altrex system results in high load capacities despite its light weight.

Fast Assembly and Disassembly – The complete Altrex platform can be disassembled quickly and without special tools.

Meets or Exceeds the most stringent Safety Standards.

Here are some popular rental items from our Suspended Scaffold (Swing) division.

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We carry the entire Altrex modular staging line and every conceivable part that goes with it.  Check our website or call Bob (215) 743-2200 (ext. 105)

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BisoMac 210 Motor  – Is a super strong hoist that has a 1500 pound capacity and can lift tremendously long platforms.
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PC1 Power Climber Motor – is a light weight, compact hoist that has 1000lb capacity and is perfect for most situations.

Superior Scaffold is an authorized dealer for BisoMac, Power Climber, Sky Climber and Tractel and supports their entire lines of products.

Whatever you have in your fleet we can service and get parts for it.

We also rent a full line of decorator scaffold (painter scaffold, baker scaffold), debris chutes, netting, safety equipment, and much much more.

Go to our website and check it out for yourself or stop by our shop at:

Superior Scaffold Services
520 East Luzerne Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 423-2200
For a map click here:

Or you can download some of our catalogs for your own reference:

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As Dave says, “When it’s time to rent equipment – rent from the best.  Superior Scaffold.”

 

 

 

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Superior Scaffold Rental Department: Rent, lease and buy scaffolding

It’s true.  We rent just about everything.  Many people know Superior Scaffold as a premiere scaffolding company that designs and implements scaffolding and access solutions for all types for customers and general contractors.  But for those of you who don’t know we also have a top notch rental department where you can get all kinds of equipment for just about any project.   Here, let Dave give you a quick run down.

So whether you are a general contractor, a do it your-selfer, or a regular scaffolding guru – we have you covered.  I thought I’d feature a few items from frame rental division (all of which can be found on our website.)  We have thousands of items so call Dave at (215) 743-2200 and he will take care of you.

Here are some popular rental items from our Frame scaffold rental division.

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Standard Mason, masonry frames (151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 15602)

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Ladder frames (123, 124, 125, 126)

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Narrow Frames 36″ Wide.  We have a variety of scaffold, scaffolding, narrow frames (136, 135, 133, 13602, 13502)

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15606 – (aka J frame) has the widest walk through.
15607 – (aka h frame) The strongest design of walk thru frames

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Aluminum deck, decks, Plywood Planks (5307-19, 5308-19, 5310-19)
OSHA grade laminated scaffold plank (ml-06, ml-08, ml-10, ml-16)

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Braces, cross braces, single, double

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We have scaffold, access ladders, ladders, stairs, railings, guard rails and rope & wheel systems for scaffolding.

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Scaffold and scaffolding accessories like screw jack, base plate, caster, coupling pin, pins, saddle, and fasteners.

We also rent a full line of decorator scaffold (painter scaffold, baker scaffold), debris chutes, netting, safety equipment, and much much more.

Go to our website and check it out for yourself or stop by our shop at:

Superior Scaffold Services
520 East Luzerne Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 423-2200
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As Dave says, “When it’s time to rent equipment – rent from the best.  Superior Scaffold.”

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Double Wide, frame vs. system scaffold – when to use

At first glance, what do you see?  A double-wide canopy spanning the entire sidewalk?

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If you did – you would be correct but there is more to it than meets the eye.  You don’t think we would just toss up a double wide sidewalk shed using our famous 767-00 “Philly” frames would you?  Of course not.  What you have to remember is that this a large span we have to cover so the facade resoration can go on overhead.  And there are certain regulations that are mandated by our state as to the amount of weight this canonpy must support.  In Philadelphia it’s 300lb psf.

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My first thought was; why didn’t they use a system scaffold to bridge the gap?  I understand that there would have to be two foot towers to support the beams and that would be a bit of cluster (you know what).  But I’m no engineer.  So then I thought, why don’t I just ask Superior Scaffold top engineer, Mike Leone?  After all, he’s the man who has to design all these scaffold projects to meet code.  I’ll let him tell you in his own inimitable way.

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“You can make system scaffold work in a situation like this, but you would have to configure it properly and have enough posts/verticals and watch your leg spacing to get 300 psf rating.  It would be a lot more pieces than using the canopy frames and would take longer to erect.  So this is faster and less expensive and you get the same rating,” said Mike. “The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Streets Code requires a minimum interior opening of 6 feet. The Philly frame, as the name implies, was made specifically to comply with these codes.”

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So there you have it.  Not only is up to code but can also be faster to erect.  I noticed another feature of this type of set up as well.  It could help with the pedestrian traffic flow.  It creates an isle-like walkway where traffic can flow easily in both directions just like on a highway.

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And I just love to see the photos of how they erect these projects.  Take a look.

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They also painted the wood panels to help match the decor of the building.  That’s another little added touch that Superior offers.  Very cool.

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We at Superior are always spanning the globe for unique scaffolding solutions to bring you.

That reminds me… Cue the music.  “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of scaffold… the thrill of erection… and the agony of having to take it down… This is Philly’s Wide World of Scaffold!  Sorry, it just brought me back there for a minute.

If you have a large sidewalk or area that needs overhead protection (canopy, sidewalk shed) call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 or hit the website at www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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Superior Scaffold ramps up for Toyota at the Philly Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show runs from February 8 – 16, 2014 at the The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

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Toyota set up an indoor track complete with traction ramps, water hazards, sand traps and suspension bumps giving the user the ultimate car buying experience.  Patrons are invited to ride along inside the new line up of Toyota vehicles to get a real world idea of how they will perform.

Toyota contacted Superior Scaffold to build the ramp that would test the climbing and traction control of their vehicles.  We jumped at the chance.  The ramp is 8’ high by 14’ wide and 53’ long.  (see pic)

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The challenge here was that the ramp not only had to support the weight of the cars driving up and over it but also the 100 tons of dirt that would be put on top of it.

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Superior engineers put pen to paper and calculated weight ratios and all of their super mathematical formulas and came up with a superior design (which was stamped and authorized).

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Work set out using beams, system scaffold, and shoring materials to construct the ramp.

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Details: 14’ aluminum beams on 2’ centers were used at the ramps, 14’ steel beams at 2’ centers were used at the top (flat) section.  3’ and 4’ spans were used going side to side, and 2’ spans going ramp to ramp.  They also used U-Heads on the flat sections and swivel U-Jacks on the ramps.  Then they crossed everything with 18’ aluminum beams on the ramps at 1’ centers and 12’ aluminum beams at 1’ centers on the top section.  And then the entire thing was skinned with 3/4’” plywood.

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It’s a wild looking design that ultimately holds ton’s of weight. It’s so sturdy in fact that Superior Estimator, Pat McAndrew, and foreman, Kenny Foreman were putting finishing touches on beneath the ramp and Pat said, “We were under there for at least 20 minutes and unbeknownst to us – cars had been driving over it the entire time.  We never felt a thing.  It’s that sturdy.”

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We were glad to help Toyota show off their new line up of vehicles.  Now, if we can get a test ride around the track a few times we will be happy.

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Call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 for all of your scaffold needs.

Visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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Scaffolding support for facade and masonry restoration @ First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

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Superior Scaffold is proud to be working on the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia.

We are providing scaffolding support for a complete facade and masonry restoration on this church constructed after the civil war.

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Superior was called in because of our experience working with historic buildings, especially ones that might have delicate or sensitive objects.  This particular church was no different – they have one of the most extensive stainded glass window collections on the east coast.  See it here.

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The First Presbyterian Church also has some beautiful artifacts and spires at the top of their steeples that required a special touch.

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We also provided debris netting around the scaffolding for added protection as crews performed their restoration.  And we installed a canopy, sidewalk shed, for pedestrian protection and so the church could remain open while the restoration work went on.

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This wonderful church is getting back to it’s full glory.  Superior Scaffold is proud to have been a vital part of the restoration process.

This church has an incredible history.  The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia was organized in 1698, just 16 years after the arrival of William Penn.  For its first hundred years, the church occupied a site on High (now Market) Street, and both the first American presbytery and the first synod met in the church’s meetinghouse.  In the 1820s the congregation moved to the south side of Washington Square where it remained until the late 1920s, when it moved to 15th and Locust Streets.

After the Civil War, the Second Presbyterian Church constructed a new building at 21st and Walnut Streets. (201 South 21st Street (at Walnut) • Philadelphia, PA 19103 • 215.567.0532)  In 1949 the two congregations reunited to form one church, retaining the name First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia though occupying the building of the Second Presbyterian Church.

If you have an historic building that needs scaffolding support – call the best – Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.