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Swinging from the rafters at the Forrest Theater, Philadelphia, PA.

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These are the jobs that make my life fun!  Who gets to climb above the illustrious plaster dome of the Forrest Theater, 5 stories above the audience seating area?  Superior Scaffold does!  And a little later, I’ll show you just what our guys had to go through to get a job like this done.

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This is all part of the massive renovation the Forrest Theater underwent.  We also erected a giant scaffold to get crews to the underside of the ceiling.  You can read about it here.  I took most of these photos while the job was still being built.

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The plaster ceiling literally hangs from suspended cables and steel from the top of the building. And you cannot stand on it or you will fall right through.  So there is an intricate pathway of steps and catwalks that dangle precariously above the dome that we needed to climb on and over to get to the edges of the theater to replace the duct work.

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This job was done entirely using suspension.  We used beam clamps with tubes to anchor to steel when we could.

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And we also used standard drop-in cement anchors to hold the cables when there was no steel to tie-in to.

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As you can see, there was very little room for error – or bodies for that matter. 

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We tied our suspension cables to the anchors and then hung trusses from the ends of the cables and then spanned the trusses with scaffold planks.

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This was an innovative way to create working platforms in these tiny areas.

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Our guys really had to be creative to make this work.

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In addition to the crazy way we had to build these platforms was the circuitous route we had to navigate just getting the equipment to the site.  Check this out.  We had a rope and wheel outside in the alley where our guys could hoist equipment up to the fourth level.  From there they had to maneuver it up and through this small access port.

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And then the equipment had to be passed through this tiny walkway and up this staircase. 

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It then made it onto the tiny catwalks in the ceiling and to the final destination.  I love it when a plan comes together.

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The new duct work went in without a hitch and the theater made its opening night!  We are proud to have been a big part of both phases of this renovation.

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If you need scaffold, scaffolding or access call Pat at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he will get you “up air”.  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

And for today’s musical number; it’s time to trip you way back… Look at those clothes!

If the link gets stripped: https://youtu.be/ovo6zwv6DX4

 

 

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An article by Superior Scaffold is featured in Construction Today Magazine!

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It’s official.  Someone’s ego is sufficiently inflated.  It seems that our very own marketing director has been moonlighting for the GBCA (General Building Contractors Association).  The latest issue features an article written by him – no pen name, no alias, no nom de plume to hide his identity just 3 big pages of well written prose and nifty photos crafted around the concept of “Like a Thief in the Night.”

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The article details just how a scaffolding company (Superior Scaffold) goes about working on historic structures, erecting thousands of pounds of aluminum and steel without damaging the existing facade or outlying grounds.  It’s quite a feat, actually, if you stop to think about it for a minute.

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Check out the rest of the article below.  Or you can click here to open the PDF and see it in it’s full glory.

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Now, don’t tell mister ego – but the article was pretty entertaining and very easy to read.  And only those of us close to the machinery know that he also took the photos.  I’m going to recommend that he change his name to Captain Egostar and write any future articles under that alias so there is no conflict of interest.  We really hope that he sticks to his day job but we all know how those frustrated writers can be.  One taste of success and they are off dancing in their tutus and dreaming of greener pastures – or in this case larger erections.

Seriously, congrats to big E – and an even bigger shout out to the GBCA and Construction Today for including his article.  We are, and have been, proud members for a long time.  I urge all of you to check out the article, publication and their website.

And if you need scaffolding, scaffold, swings, shoring on any of your projects, whether regular or historic call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

It’s amazing how much these guys look like Captain Egostar…

And for Pat…

And for a member of the BAM world tour – here you go, babe.

 

 

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Temple University Performing Arts Center Dome Repair

In the heart of Philadelphia sits an incredible treasure – the Temple Performing Arts Center.   Purchased in 1974 by Temple University the Baptist Temple was designated as historic and a landmark building.  It underwent an extensive remodeling and has since hosted many great performing artists.

Superior Scaffold was called in by Temple University to help with the renovation of the two copper domes on top of the center.  Over the years, the copper had oxidized and the wood beneath had fallen into disrepair. It was Superior Scaffold’s job to get the crews up there to do the renovation.

The first challenge was to fashion a decorative but functional entryway / canopy that not only showed off the grandeur of the classic building but supported the tremendous load of scaffolding above.

  

“It not only had to allow pedestrians access to the center but it had to look great and allow crews to reach the top to work on the new copper domes,” said Tom Creighton of Superior.

  

The additional challenge was not to damage any of the decorate artifacts or stonework on the roof.

 

Superior has more experience working with historic structures in Philly and is the best when delicate items need to be considered. (see Independence Hall)

Superior crews built a super-stable platform extending all the way around the base of the dome and built two work decks above the entire diameter of the domes – allowing renovation crews total access.

The crews had to strip off the decaying copper and rebuild the wood support beneath.

The new domes look amazing and we will post a photo as soon as we can.  Temple University is one of our   favorite clients and we were honored to help with their renovation.

Historic buildings are our speciality.  Don’t hesitate to contact Superior Scaffold
for all of your scaffolding needs (215) 743-2200 – Ask for Tommy.


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New Copper Swages or Ferrules for Suspended Scaffold wire ropes

Our Superior Scaffold Suspended expert tells us about the new copper swages.

Why they are stronger, safer, and better than traditional bolt on ferrules or fist grips for wire ropes and tie-downs.

Very simply put – time and safety.  Traditionally, you had to make sure each of your fist grips were tightened sufficiently before getting to work.  With these new copper swages you are safe and secure and working the minute you hit the job site.

Another helpful hint from Superior Scaffold.  Also see scaffolding


Superior Scaffold introduces the new 4 wire electric system for suspended scaffolds

Our expert tells us about how this new 4 wire electric system replaces the traditional heavy 110 transformers on suspended scaffolds.

This is the first in a series of videos that will give tips and advice for the suspended scaffold / scaffolding users.


Getting Press for our Company Part 2 (writing a press release and searching contacts)

Okay – we’ve made our plan.  We’ve picked the project that would be great for all of America to talk about (the renovation of Independence Hall) and we’ve gotten some fantastic photos of both phases of the job site.

Now what?

How do we get press for the scaffold work we’ve done?   We started by compiling a list of contacts that we have had over the years.  Some are still valid and some are not – but we look at them as possible leads to run a story on us.  While we are culling through our possible contacts we write a press release detailing our role in the renovation process.  Since we were not the general contractor (GC) but the scaffold company, we have a slightly different role in the process (mainly designing, renting, transporting and erecting the scaffolding).

So we come up with our angle on the story.  Every press release needs an angle.  Since the major papers in the area have all done a generic story on the renovation of the beloved landmark we need something new, something fresh that will still tie into the overall renovation project.

We find it in the decorative scrim that was added to our scaffolding.  That’s a cool story because, not only does the scrim add a great look to building while renovations are taking place but the structural engineering changes that had to be made to accommodate it were pretty significant.  So we detailed the equipment, the procedures and even include a few quotes from the engineers and the CEO of the company – and boom.  We are ready to get it out to the public.

For the correct format of writing a press release and/or what to include you can google or hit any of the search engines “How to write a good press release” and you’ll get plenty of guidance.

We knew that we wanted to be placed in some of the industry magazines so that’s where we focused.

A home run.  See part 3.