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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