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We have been all over the exterior of the Firestone Library, on the Princeton campus, doing renovations so this time I thought I’d take you inside.

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Just like our work on the outside, Superior Scaffold was brought in by GC, Massimino Building Corp. to give access to the entire ceiling area at the entrance of the library.

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Crews needed to demo the old ceiling to replace and upgrade ductwork directly above the entryway and lobby.

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The biggest challenge was that the ceiling encompassed the entire entrance/exit of the library and it had to remain open for students the entire time work was being done.

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The other challenge was that our work deck also needed to be outside of the entryway with as few legs as a possible so people could get through the doors easily.

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How did our guys accomplish this? By erecting a work deck in two sections roughly 40’ wide by 56’ long with long trusses spread between system scaffold legs to distribute the weight.

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This allowed the legs to be put strategically for the least bit of interference with pedestrian traffic.

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The work deck was skip plank and plywood and allowed crews to get to every inch of the ceiling for work.

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Here you can see the new ceiling going up. It’s a super sturdy and enclosed work space.

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We are proud of the work we’ve done in and around the Firestone Library and for Princeton University. This was another job that went off on time and on budget. If you are in the area, I urge you to stop by and check out this historic building. It’s really quite something to see.

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And as always, if you need access, scaffolding, scaffold call Tommy at 215 743-2200 today and he’ll educate you on the possibilities. Or log on to www.superiorscaffold.com to see more work.

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And I couldn’t resist today’s musical number. It’s from Animal House and has more to do with college than a library but it’s classic.

And since we are talking about a library – how about this classic clip from Star Trek.

 

 

 

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Unique Scaffold Applications, SEPTA Cantilever, Temple Rock Wall

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Now each of these could be its very own post but I thought I’d combine them into one article of cool scaffold jobs. The idea is to show two interesting applications for scaffolding that you might not have considered.

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Let’s start with this cantilever work deck at the newly renovated Arrott Transportation Center (originally the Margaret-Orthodox-Arrott station and formerly named Margaret-Orthodox station). Try saying that five times really fast.

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It is an elevated railway station on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line, located above the intersection of Frankford and Oxford Avenues, in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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As you can see from the pics we had to erect scaffold inside a decorative steel tower that would allow crews to get to the upper level so they could install 500lb pieces of glass. But the unique part is how our guys had to design a cantilvered work deck out from underneath the structure to allow the crew to work above. It was 7’ wide X 8’ long X 33’ high system scaffold with one top deck level with 6’ side brackets. Pretty cool.

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We came back and did the same thing at a lower elevation and then a complete second tower. The client was US Glass & Metal working for SEPTA.

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The second – is a job we did around the rock climbing wall at Temple University Pearson McGonigle Hall. It’s part of their newly expanded recreational facility.

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Patrons pass through the large glass entryway to see 12000 sq/ft retail space and the rock wall.

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Superior was called upon to build a scaffold up and over a large section of climbing wall so crews could install/finish drywall over the top. It’s unique because our crew used system scaffold to build up to the top of the wall and then stepped over with one of our legs and rested it on top of the wall itself. They then erected a work deck spanning over the section of climbing wall so crews could easily work close to the ceiling.

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The entire renovation is a site to see.

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Info on the rock wall is here.

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These are just two unique scaffold jobs in a vast array of fun and out of the box jobs Superior Scaffold erects all over the city. I will bring you more as I get approval.

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And if you need access to a hard to reach spot call Pat today at (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And for today’s musical selection we present an oldie but goodie from local greats the Hooters. “You can’t get to heaven on the Frankford El…” Thanks for the selection, Patrick McCakes.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is some information of the building.

 

 

 

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It’s a mystery to me. Scaffolding Conwyn Arms, Bryn Mawr, PA

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I do know a Bronwyn… so I had to hit the google and see just what is the definition of Conwyn. Here’s what I found. _______________

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Yep. Nothing. I couldn’t even get to the root of the word. So I looked up Bronwyn and this is what it said: English language feminine given name, which is an anglicized variant of the Welsh name Bronwen, meaning bron (“breast”) and gwen (“white, fair, blessed)”.

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Left with really no answer as to what exactly Conwyn Arms meant, I turned Superior Scaffold’s resident nerd, estimator, history buff, and garbage collector, Pat, to see what he knew. And I’ll be danged if he didn’t have something. He said that that entire area was settled by the Welsh in the 1700’s and the “wyn” would certainly be of that ancestry.

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He also pointed out that in Radnor, PA there are several monuments to their homeland erected off the Blue Route and E. Lancaster Ave; particularly a stone dragon and a stone hut. Wow. Now, we have something to go on. He was darn close. It wasn’t a dragon but a Griffin inspired by paintings in the British Isles, and the hut was a Cairn, inspired by shepherd’s cairns high in the rocky Welsh hills.

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But what about Conwyn? We still have don’t have a definitive on that. Pat did find a Conwy Wall around a Welsh castle but again there isn’t an N at the end. So the mystery continues. We’ve got a call into the owners to see if they just made up the name or if there is some historical significance. We will keep you posted.

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What we do know is that the Conwyn Arms is an apartment complex on the main line that was in need of masonry repair and restoration. Mara Restoration called Superior Scaffold to provide complete access to the façade so crews could repoint, repair, restore and clean the existing exterior.

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We provided a five-story system scaffold with a ladder and decked it in at every level and then added a ramp or gangway from the parking lot to the work area. We also provided a material hoist in the form of a Patriot 1000 to get material up to the crew.

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The job went off without a hitch and the building looks fantastic. I hope we can get to the bottom of the name mystery. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for these Welsh landmarks off the Blue Route and E. Lancaster Area. And look for the blue town seal elements on the bridge overpass as you’re heading East or West on Lancaster Ave.

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And if you need scaffolding, scaffold or access call Pat at (215) 743-2200 and he’ll give you a history lesson or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And for our musical selection we turn to that British band, Dire Straits, for the perfect song. Let it play. It’s a slow and awesome build. Enjoy!

Click here to see the google earth image of the Griffin and Cairn.

For more information on the Conwyn Arms and art installations:

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Click here to learn more about the Radnor enhancement project.

Click here to learn about William Reiman, the artist behind the installations.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GC – LF Driscoll

 

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Love, love, love… All you need is Love. Scaffolding St. Vincent de Paul Church

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I saw a quote today that said, “I have decided to stick with love…Hate is too great a burden to bear,” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and it made me think. If you let hate build up over time it becomes toxic and can cause dis-ease in the body, as Wayne Dyer used to say, and destroy your health. Therefore the person we hurt the most with hate, resentment, grudges and dislike is ourselves. We are not always treated fairly or with respect, even by the ones we love but when we carry anger, hate or hurt we become no better than the people or person we feel has hurt us. We can’t control their behavior only they can do that but we don’t need to be crippled by it either.

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HATE and LOVE have the same amount of letters so why don’t we choose LOVE instead of hate. I have been trying to eliminate that word from my vocabulary for a variety of reasons, especially when it comes to other humans. Why put out that energy for anyone? You can hate cream of corn or brussels sprouts but another human? Why? None of us are perfect but we are perfectly human, right? You can dislike the way someone behaves or mistreats you but to hate them isn’t very divine. Putting that energy out into the universe doesn’t do you or anyone any good. And trust me, it does come back around.

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This post came about when I saw the people in and around Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Germantown, PA. They have the most amazing support services for everyone in the community. They were so loving and caring at a time when this nation seems to be so divided.

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And then seeing the actual work being done to get this beacon of hope back to its full glory made me think that it was a great metaphor for the coming year.

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Here are a few photos of the work that’s being done to the dome.

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And, as crazy as it sounds, it was our scaffolding that got crews to the very top to make this project shine on.

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Seeing this image reminded me that for so many of us in life or business it’s easy to harbor resentment or dislike someone or for things that happened in the past but it’s better to forgive and understand that we are all human and who knows what was going on with the other person. Knowing that you approach another human being with love and respect and understanding while extending an olive branch is really the first step to learning about and loving yourself. And if, that realization mends a fence or lifts a spirit or builds a bridge then good on you, but start with love and end with love. Your world, and the entire world, will be a better place.

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So what does this have to do with scaffolding and this job? Just that we, at Superior Scaffold, really pride ourselves on only putting out good energy in every aspect of our business. We feel it makes for a better workplace and thus better employees and ultimately better work for you, the customer. And isn’t that what it’s all about – the best work for the customer.

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And in this new year, I think we can all benefit from a little love. So remember, the next time you find yourself feeling resentment, anger or hurt towards a client or customer or loved one, really look at what you dislike and remember what you learned or from that other person.  And then forgive and embrace a new mentality.  We are all on this planet for a short time so let’s work to make it a better place.

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As Dr. King said, “To love is to forgive and love is the most precious gift given to us. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.  He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love…Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act.  It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains as a barrier to the relationship.  Forgiveness is a catalyst creating the atmosphere necessary for a fresh start and a new beginning.  It is the lifting of a burden or the canceling of a debt…There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”  (Loving your Enemies – Sermon – Christmas, 1957, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church)

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Say, I love you! Then say, I love myself as many times a day as needed or pop into a place like St. Vincent De Paul Church (at 109 E Price St, Philadelphia, PA 19144) and feel the love.

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Let’s all start 2019 the right way.

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LOVE.

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If you need scaffolding, scaffold, or access call Tommy at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

And for our musical selection we have the Beatles. “Everybody.  All together now.” Enjoy and be safe.

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A little about the job: We had a stair tower out of system scaffold to get restoration crews up to the dome and cross. We then had 6 more levels of system scaffold decked in to give complete access around the dome and provide and safe and stable work platform. Crews were repairing & replacing metal, patching and painting the dome and cross.

 

 

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Superior Scaffold in the Philadelphia Business Journal

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Lift me up, Scaffolding Alumni Hall, Villanova University

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It’s our job at Superior Scaffold to lift people up; not only physically but emotionally as well. Clients will tell you that our crews are all about solving problems and being upbeat and positive even in the face of adversity. It’s why we have the best guys in the business.

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Well, this job was no different. We had to provide crews access to the dome and cross on top of Alumni Hall, in the heart of the campus at Villanova University.

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Alumni Hall is the oldest building on Villanova’s campus. It was originally constructed in 1848. It serves as a great backdrop for events on the Campus Green and Mendel Field.

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Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. Within this suburban campus close to Philadelphia, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.

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And in this day and age, who can’t appreciate the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love? Maybe another gigantic institution should revisit these? Did I just type that? Well, am I really that far off? Just like Villanova University, Superior crews embody these ideals and also help lift people every day.

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Just look at this beautiful scaffold. Don’t get me wrong, the dome and cross are works of art too but what our guys did to get painting crews to the top is magnificent. The scaffolding is system scaffold approximately 50’ high up to the dome and the diameter around the dome was roughly 30’ by 25’ high. We erected the stair tower and then bridged across to the roof where crews built the scaffold around the dome and decked it in at every level. I just love way our guys can build all around a delicate object without touching it.  

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We gave crews access to the entire dome and cross and in turn they really knocked it out. We are proud of our relationship with Villanova University and always support the Wildcats. We thank everyone who has had a part in this job. We can’t wait for the official unveiling in the upcoming weeks.

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And if you need scaffold, scaffolding, access or just a good guy to lift you up – call Tom at 215 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And for today’s musical number we have a song about helping and feeling empowered again.  Help someone up today!

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Access, Lift & Handlers magazine features two Superior Scaffold jobs

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ALH Magazine featured two of Superior Scaffold‘s recent jobs.  The first was our work with Metropolitan Opera House – or Met.  It was quite a large project culminating in a work deck that was approximately 75 feet high.  Click here or on either picture to read the entire article or here to see our original blogpost.

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And the second article features our work at The Residences at Mid-Town Park at 9th & Orange, Wilmington, DE.  We had our new TP-2500 transport platform and several mast climbers there giving crews all access to this new building construction.

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Click on the image above to read the entire article or you can see our original blogpost about it here.

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We are absolutely thrilled and thankful to be featured in this issue of ALH Magazine.

If you need scaffolding, scaffold, transport platforms, mast climbers or access call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

And today’s musical selection is something I heard the other day but it fits… Enjoy.

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Swarthmore College, Hicks Hall mural removal

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Most of the time when people tell you “out with the old and in with the new” it’s a good thing. Technology has advanced, building practices are more efficient, materials are better – you name it. And they are usually right. But sometimes when you are making that switch something from the past grabs you and holds on. Maybe it’s a memory from an era long gone or maybe the craftsmanship is unparalleled or just maybe there is something unique and one of a kind about it. Which is what we have here.

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You see, while Swarthmore College was preparing to demo an old building and construct a new one they realized that they had some very unique pieces of art in Hicks Hall that could never be duplicated. So they decided to move them to a new building that actually houses the drawing and painting studio. Fantastic. But these fresco’s, painted by James Egleson (class of 1929) in 1938 were on plaster and there was no easy way to get them down and out safely. This project had an incredibly high level of planning and design, to make sure they weren’t damaged in the move, long before we got involved.

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Superior Scaffold was called to not only erect a canopy in between the two buildings, to protect pedestrian traffic, as the new one went up and the old one came down but they also needed a way to get the giant pieces of plaster out of the building and down to the ground where they could be transported to their new resting place.

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We used system scaffold to first erect the 140 long overhead protection system.

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Then we added three more stories on top of the canopy and decked it out with plank and plywood so the conservators from Materials Conservation LLC. could get access to the murals. The crew from Materials Conservation then moved the art through an enlarged window and then carted it down to the end where it was then taken off with a Lull.

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One unique feature of the scaffold was that we couldn’t tie into the side of the building in all of the places so we built back up towers that essentially make the scaffolding wider at the base and become push anchors.

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The murals were done on plaster in 30’s by an alumni of the college who studied with Mexican muralists at the time of WPA projects. And since they were on plaster the utmost care had to be used to get them out and down. There were 4 walls worth and they ended up taking them down in sections. The Biggest was 11’ X 7’, the rest were approximately 7’ X 5’. They installed an aluminum honeycomb epoxy material on the back and a mesh on top and then crated them.

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In his own words, “The frescoes at Swarthmore depict conditions and concepts out of the life of our times in America. Painted in a building devoted to the teaching of engineering science, out of which has developed industrialization as one of the orienting conditions of modern life, most of the work deals with the effects of that condition upon human beings, ourselves and our fellow-men. The murals do not pretend to give a factual account of those effects, nor to tell a story. Rather they are a dramatization of the human values involved, of the people of our times in the struggles and aspirations that constitute the fundamental realities of a civilization and a culture.”

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Superior used great care to make this transition as seamless as possible. The job went just as planned and the frescoes will enjoy life in their new building.

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If you have a job that needs a delicate touch and skills that are hard to find, in fact, like master craftsmen from a gone by era – call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you. Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And today’s musical selection is for the bossman – He’ll get the Hicks reference.

And for Pat – we go a little further back to a diametrically opposed musical genre.

More on the paintings here.

More on the Conservation team from Materials Conservation, LLC here.

 

 

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