I’ll be the first to admit that among the scaffold disciplines, “shoring” isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing. Most of the time it’s relegated to the dark dingy crawl spaces deep underground but every now and again we get to shed some light on this creature from the underworld.
This time, we have a mirrored image on the exterior so you can actually see what normally goes on in the inside! Yes, this pillar of shoring, if you will, is replicated on the inside of the school – with the exception of the additional floor supports.
Superior Scaffold was called out to Moorestown, New Jersey High School to shore up one of the structurally deficient exterior columns that support a significant portion of the floor and roof.
If you look carefully at this photograph you can see the cracks in the concrete column. The contractor can either repair or replace it. At the time of the shoring installation, the decision by the contractor had not been verified. But either way, we had to make sure that the roof was supported until that decision is made.
We used a combination of hi-load shoring frames and steel beams on both sides of the wall. They support the spandrel beams in between the columns on the first and second floors.
In addition, in the interior, we are supporting the smaller concrete joists, which bare on the spandrels, with heavy duty post shores.
The contractor excavated the existing soil and provided compacted fill for the footing where we placed the shoring. It’s hard to see but if you look out the window and down to the ground in this photo you can see the 4×6 wood sills we used on the ground to distribute the load to the compacted fill area.
I thought this was a great opportunity to show you what normally is buried deep inside a building. It’s a pretty cool puzzle of pieces that they have assembled to support a great load.
If you should need shoring or scaffolding of any type call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for “Iron” Mike Leone from our engineering department. He’ll carry that weight for you.
And for our musical interlude today we dedicate this song to the one and only KT who is needs some sunshine on this rainy day.
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