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“Meet me tonight in Atlantic City” – Resorts Casino Renovation

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To quote Bruce Springsteen from the song, Atlantic City, “Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.  Maybe everything that dies someday comes back.” Not that Resorts Casino has died but the building is coming back, and in a big way. Yes, I’m gong to reach with a few parallels from the song to our job so hold onto your shorts.  To hear the song – scroll to the bottom or (click here).

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I’m just pointing out that like our young couple in the song looking to rebuild in Atlantic City – we too are from Philadelphia coming to Resorts Casino to help revitalize the building by providing crews access to bring it back to life.  So, in a round about way, you could say that Superior Scaffold could be seen as the protagonist of this story.

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Over time, the elements take their toll on the exterior, especially down the shore.  It’s our job to give crews access to do that restoration and repair work and make it look spectacular again.

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This is a great looking building and for you people into architectural terms I’m going to throw out a few today. (click here to see)  Let’s start with what they are doing to the structure.  For those who didn’t know, Resorts was the first legal casino outside of Nevada when it opened on May 26, 1978.  The Resorts site was originally the Chalfonte House and the Haddon House built at the turn of the century.  The Ocean Tower still stands and was the original Haddon Hall and was built in 1927.  It’s 260 feet tall and contains 460 guest rooms. The base is home to the casino floor, spa and main retail and dining rooms. 

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It’s on this building where we have provided one twin Mast Climber, 8 suspended scaffolds and about 125 feet of overhead protection.

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They are doing a total exterior restoration and we provided crews access to the entire façade all around the structure.  You can see just how intricate and awesome the detailing and work is.

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In several shots you can see where they have actually removed the belt course for cleaning and replacement.  It’s also called a stringcourse or sillcorse – it is a continuous row or layer of stones or brick in a wall.  Set in line with window sills, it helps to make the horizontal line of the sills visually more prominent.  You can also see other areas they are renovating from brick to sills to the stone headers.

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In many of the photos, the crews are at the top are working on the spindles or balustrade (this is a railing supported by balusters, especially an ornamental parapet on a balcony, bridge or terrace). These will be cleaned, repaired and or replaced and painted to make them look just like new!  I told you I would be giving you some new terms today.

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They are also working on the cornice and the frieze section (a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, especially on a wall near the ceiling) just below the cornice.  According to architectural terms it is the wide central section of an entablature between the architrave and the cornice.  😉

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Let’s talk about some old familiar terms like Altrex modular suspended work platforms, Power Climber and BisoMac210 motors.  We have eight suspended scaffold work platforms all around this building providing crews access.

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We also have one MC-3615 Mast Climber, work platform strategically positioned just to the right of the main entrance.  These are awesome when there is no access from the roof for the suspended scaffold units.

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And to protect the pedestrian traffic down below we have roughly 125’ of overhead protection systems up around the base of the building.

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This is one ornate, cool, colorful building that’s going to look incredible once it’s completely restored.  And I must say that the guys at Joseph Dugan, Inc. are doing an awesome job.

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So let’s recap.  We came from Philly, didn’t have anything to do with the Chicken Man ;), brought our gear and gave the crews the necessary access to bring this building back to life.  It sounds like we were the heroes of this story or at least a subplot, providing support for the main plot.

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And with that in mind, here is the musical inspiration for today’s post.  Bruce Springsteen with Atlantic City

In case the link gets stripped:  https://youtu.be/M3eu1gW-bQ8

And you know the drill.  If you need your building brought back to life or you need access or scaffolding for your project, call Bob “The King of Swing” today at (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you.  Or you can visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

 

 

 

 

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Scaffolding the massive front desk at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City

Superior Scaffold was proud to take part in the renovation of the 50 foot long front desk at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.  It was a great opportunity to provide a unique scaffolding platform for a renowned California artist to complete his work.  It’s all part of the casinos $13 million revitalization.

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The artist, who will remain anonymous, was installing a series of delicate glass pieces behind the new front desk and we had to provide enough of a working platform to get the job done.  This job was done in two phases – this is the second phase.  It’s over the main entrance desk so we had to design it in a way keep to the desk open and operational 24 hours a day during the entire process.

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The scaffolding was 20’ wide by 50’ long by 8’ high and had to actually straddle the desk in a semi-circle configuration.  We used a combination of system scaffold, plank, ladders, and much more.  They needed an extra wide working platform so we decked it as a double wide.   All of the material had to be brand new since it was going to be seen by the customers checking into the hotel and casino.  You can see the care we took to protect the delicate marble flooring.

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The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City offers an unparalleled travel experience on the East Coast. The 2,000 room stylish casino-hotel, located at Renaissance Pointe, presents a destination designed to rival those once found only in cities such as New York City and Las Vegas.

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And here’s a musical interlude from the Boss about Atlantic City…

GC – KHS & S Contractors Inc

 

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Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino cashes in with Superior Scaffold

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Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, turned to Superior Scaffold to get painting crews up to the high end of one of their buildings on the boardwalk.

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Crews needed to get all the way to the top of the building above world famous Harry’s Oyster Bar and Sea Food restaurant to finish painting and refinishing, but their high reach couldn’t get them there.

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Superior erected a system scaffold around and in between the buildings and over the roof and since crews couldn’t tie in anywhere on the building, diagonal bracing was used throughout to keep everything leaning into the roof. And this scaffold is over 100’ tall!

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Now, this wasn’t without its challenges. One of the hardest jobs on the world’s longest boardwalk is getting the material to the job and then up to the elevation itself.

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Crews first had to have the Moffet bring material from 2 blocks away and then they had to build an 80’ long ramp to cart the material to the landing spot.  And they could only bring so much material up at a time because the space was limited.

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Superior always tries to leave the smallest footprint possible – and this was no exception.  After every morning break and lunch, crews would cart down more material that we needed to do the job.  And crews were literally working in a garden with pine trees all around so the utmost care had to be taken.

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The job proved to be a mental challenge as well. You can see there wasn’t much room in between the buildings. We really had to think and plan on what would get crews and the painters to the safe work area up top.

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In the end, the painters were able to reach their destination safely without a hitch.   The garden, pine trees and building were untouched.   Bally’s Casino and Hotel is looking as good as new.

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If you want to win big call Tony P at Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200 or go to www.superiorscaffold.com for all of your scaffold, scaffolding needs.

 

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Superior starts work at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA

Superior Scaffold has assisted with this type of surgical maneuver in and around elevator shafts many times.  This time, it just so happens to be at the Bryn Mawr Hospital  where iron workers need to install and weld new structural steel as part of the new addition to the hospital.

Some of these pics show what’s going on in the 4th floor elevator shafts where crews cut holes into the shaft walls to install aluminum joists that would span the opening.  Then they had to deck in over the joists to make safe platforms so crews could complete their work.

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It’s the little things that make the big companies run.  No job is too big or small for the guys at Superior Scaffold.


Cool Technology X-Ray for a facade renovation at the Golden Nugget Hotel Casino! Why?

Now I’ll be honest with you.  I’m a sucker for cool technologies being used in innovative ways (just see my previous blog entry about the hanging scaffold system).  But when I learned what Superior Scaffold had to go through to get their giant mast climbers up to do the renovation work, I had to blog about it.

Did you  know that they actually had to X-Ray the cement on the side of the building to locate floor slab tie locations?  Yep.  And after having it explained to me it makes total sense.  You see the tall (dual) masts for the Mast Climber 3615 have to be anchored to the building at their highest point (for obvious reasons) while also being stabilized on the ground.  This allows for the platform to climb up and down the masts effortlessly.  Now, I never gave much thought on how they did it – just that they had to be attached somehow.  But logically, you just can’t go drilling into any place on the side of a building.  You need a very sturdy anchor point.  But since the Trump Marina was constructed with post tension floors there was the possibility of having steel reinforcements inside the slabs. Thus – the X-RAY machine!

The X-Ray technician had to xray specific points on the building to determine if they were free of steel so the anchors for the mast climbers could be installed.  And while he was up there, he also Xray’d the masonry condition of the exterior so they would have a better idea of what needed to be repaired before they put the new facade on.

Once the technician gave the approval for the mast climbing anchor point – the crew had to cut out the exterior brick exposing the cement floor slab tie location so they could install the fasteners – and then the masts.

Here’s a great shot of the crew installing one of the masts at the Golden Nugget.

And here’s the underside of the MC-3615 platform.

And once both masts are anchored and the platform is in place – it can be put into service.  Here it is going up for the first time.

And once all of the 8 masts were anchored to the exterior of the Golden Nugget.  This is what it looks like.

If you look carefully, you can see the fourth unit on the right side of the building.  An X-Ray machine?  Who would have thought a scaffolding company would be so hip.

The work continues on the facade renovation.  The workers used the mast climbers to install a unique scratch coat of a new type of material (specifically designed for this job) over the existing brick – essentially giving it a facelift.  I’ll have more shots in my next entry.


Getting Press for our company Part 4 – Success story #2 – The Cover of Access Lift & Handlers Magazine.

It’s crazy just how the world works sometime.  We had just gotten our stuff to Vince at Scaffold Industry Magazine and the article hadn’t even come out yet when someone in our office remembered being contacted by Lindsey Anderson over at  Access Lift & Handlers Magazine (part of KHL group).  Again, we turned her name over the Erik who told her about the work we were doing over at Independence Hall.  She was excited when she saw the images.  She even thought that we would get the cover shot of the magazine.  Yeah!

So, we went back to the press release and tweaked it a bit so it wasn’t the exact same as the one we sent to scaffold magazine.  By the way, I did inform her that we had already had an article coming out in the other periodical – it’s just good business to be honest about where you stuff is being seen.  She assured us that there were no worries.  We went back and forth a few times as Lindsey prepared the article and layout… She was very cool and professional throughout the entire process.  And a few weeks later… Bam.

The cover of Access Lift & Handlers Magazine.

The article inside was great and we had accomplished our goal.

See the article inside – here.

A giant shout out to both Lindsey over and Access Lift & Handlers Magazine, and Vince at Scaffold Industry Magazine for the work they did on the Independence Hall project.

We thought that this worked so well that we are now making this part of our over-all marketing strategy.


Exterior renovation begins at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City

The former Trump Marina hotel and casino, in Atlantic City has been purchased by Landry’s Inc., an international gaming and restaurant operator and is being rebranded with the Golden Nugget name.

Superior Scaffold has been brought in as part of the $100 Million renovation to help restore the facade with an EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finishing System), restoration of the 90′ high Crystal and 220′ high Bay Towers of the Golden Nugget.

Superior’s rental department will be installing 18 swing stages and 4 mast climbing platforms!  They will also install 170′ of overhead protection for the Atrium glass on the pool deck and stair towers for access to the sixth floor roof.

We will post pictures soon – as it should be quite a site.

Here is an artist rendering of what the finished renovations will look like.