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Sparks fly at Bahama Breeze

This particular location in West Windsor, NJ used to be a large Barnes and Noble store – and now it’s being converted into a new Bahama Breeze. The 26-year-old MarketFair shopping center is in the middle of design changes and a rebirth that promises new stores and lots of food.

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Superior Scaffold provided the scaffolding and shoring to support the giant steel girders overhead. You can see the enormous beams that had to be supported while crews cut them down.

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They left the ridge beam but the lower 4 had to go (for a new addition).

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But getting to those girders wasn’t an easy feat. You can see a large utility closet that would have to be used to hold 1 of our 4X4 shoring towers.

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And to boot, we had to assemble them all around the spider’s web of electrical conduit and machinery.

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Even on the outside of the utility room there wasn’t much room for our shoring, scaffolding or contractors to reach the upper steel beams.

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These are all good shots to show you just what our estimators look at when they are determining the best solution for a scaffolding problem.

In total, we had 4 shoring towers. 1 in the mechanical room, 1 outside the mechanical and then 2 outside.

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You can see our 4X4 hi load frames and shoring towers.

But when we did shore up all 4 of those giant beams, girders, rafters – the sparks really began to fly!

From the 1973 WARNER BROS RECORDS album TRES HOMBRES – ZZ TOP with Master of Sparks.

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Crews used a scissor lift to get high enough to cut the giant girders.

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The job went off without a hitch and we were proud to be a part of the MarketFair redevelopment project.

Here are some news clips.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/03/west_windsor_mall_rearranges_i.html

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/11/marketfair_celebrates_rebirth_in_west_windsor.html

And here are a few clips that will help you remember that Summer Bahama breeze on a cold day.

 

 

And for Pat and Tony P – this should bring back some sweet memories

Be sure to call Superior Scaffold for all of your shoring, scaffold, scaffolding needs at (215) 743-2200.  Or visit our website at www.superiorscaffold.com

Items used on this job:  Screw Jack, Shoring Head, Base, Top Plate, Nailing Plate, Hi-Load Frame,
Non-Load Bearing Ledger, Steel Junior Beam, Aluminum Joist, Aluminum Beam

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Superior Scaffold helps expand network gateway for US and Europe

Yes, you heard correctly. Superior Scaffold is an integral part linking domestic network carriers and fiber routes on the east coast and also several transatlantic submarine cable systems.

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Wait, we are just a scaffolding company – right?  No, we are much more than that – we are now a carrier neutral international conduit for all things network and colo in the high tech world – a fancy way of saying that we are a scaffolding company to the stars. What we really are is a company that makes these connections possible by providing scaffolding that allows crews to install new fiber, electrical, HVAC etc to companies that actually make those connections.

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I’ll be honest, I’d never heard the term “Carrier Hotel”. I first assumed it was an illegal operation for drug mules and international espionage types – but further research revealed that a “Carrier Hotel” is the term used by telephone networks for the place to house their highly sensitive, expensive telephony/computer equipment. In computer terms it would be called a colocation facility or Colo (data center) where data communications media converges and is interconnected.  It’s not a hotel in normal terms but a hotel where companies rent rooms for their gear (offsite of their location) to make connections all over the world.

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401 North Broad was originally constructed in 1931. The property was redeveloped into a major carrier neutral facility between New York and Virginia and serves as a major hub for traffic, as well as an interconnection point between carriers service providers and enterprise customers.  The building is also a gateway to long haul fiber in the region and offers direct access fiber routes to Europe.  New owners are doing a massive expansion and capital improvement to the tune of $70million.

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What we did is provide the system scaffold framework, as part of their $70 million improvement, so crews could install steam lines and electrical conduit from the upper rooftop down to the lower roof – along the wall where you see our scaffold. Our crews initially erected the 14’ long X 3’ wide X 90’ tall scaffolding from the 5th floor up 90 feet to the roof.  We also decked it every 6′ 6”, as you can see from these pics, to allow access all the way up the walls.

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Then the client needed us to install top rigging so crews would have a way to hoist the heavy pipe and conduit up so they could drop them into their chases (brackets).

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The biggest challenge for us was the circuitous route our guys had to take loading in the equipment and getting up to the lower roof.

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So you see we really are a networking connectivity company – connecting our clients with top notch solutions and results.

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So if you need to be connected with a live human that can provide solutions for your job or project – call (215) 743-2200 today and ask for Pat. He’s our resident networking guru. Or log onto www.superiorscaffold.com and look around. We have something for everyone.

You can read more about the expansion here:

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2014/03/06/new-owners-philadelphia-carrier-hotel-401-north-broad/

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/New-owner-pledges-70M-to-401-N-Broad-telecom-upgrade.html

 

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Truly amazing 4 story shoring project in Princeton, NJ

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Surprise, surprise, surprise.  I walked into this old building thinking I would find a few dirty post shores holding up a section of calapsing entryway or maybe even a portion of cieling that needed support but what I found was truly amazing.

Now, shoring isn’t the most glamourus sector of the construction industry – relegated to dusty old basements and haunted houses deep in the underbellies where ghosts and spiders live…  So this renovation at  the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart  at 1128 Great Road was a pleasant surprise.  They are expanding this old structure in a big way, updating the old 4 story brick school building to a more open style learning environment.   But to do that – they needed to take out most of their support walls and put new steel and concrete in to carry the weight.  Normally, not a big deal because you do it one floor at at time.

But this job was doing it ALL AT ONCE…  Yes, 4 massive floors of concrete and steel being supported or shored up at once.

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These old buildings once had many rooms and walls that would support the weight of the ceiling/floor above them.  Take a look at these pictures and see just how incredible a task it was to support the floors above one another simultaneously.

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The really unique challenge here was that most projects like this work on one floor at a time as the new steel and concrete are added.  Once that structure is stable and in place you move to the next floor up the line.

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But with this project, Superior Scaffold engineer, Bob Robinson, had to design a shoring system that supported the existing steel and concrete for ALL 4 FLOORS AT ONCE!  Crews could then modify and add the new steel and supports needed for the additional weight.

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You can see the bottom floor in the photographs.  This was where the bulk of the support weight was being carried from the floors above it.  Robinson had to calculate the weight loads and provide the proper shoring equipment necessary to keep this project standing.  All of the architectural drawings had to be PE stamped in NJ before the project could begin.

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Currently, the bottom and the second floors are complete.  We will bring you updates and photos as the job gets closer to completion.

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Superior solutions for shoring projects call (215) 743-2200

http://www.princetonacademy.org/main/index.html

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Additional information on the school.

Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent all-boys Catholic school located in Princeton, New Jersey and is part of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools. Princeton Academy serves students from Junior Kindergarten through grade 8 and is the only all-boys Catholic primary school in the state of New Jersey.[2] The school operates within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.