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Hanging bridge platform, Smedley Park trestle, Springfield, PA

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SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) wanted to paint the structural steel beams and panels on the trestle that carries the trolley over Crum Creek at Smedely Park in Springfield, PA.

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Painters were only able to reach a portion of the exterior using a high-reach so they called Superior Scaffold to install a hanging bridge platform to give crews complete access to the exterior and interior of the trestle. 

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Superior’s crew clamped spreaders onto the flange of the steel beams on the trestle and then hung trees from them and then decked it in using steel plank.  

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I love these kinds of jobs!  They are not something you get to see everyday.  Just check out the photos.

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Here you can see Jimmy (Air Force) placing the plank while constructing the work platform that will give the crew access to the inside.

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We used outriggers or side brackets on one side so they could also reach the exterior beams and panels.

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We also installed a system scaffold stair tower with 8’ high security plywood for access.

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This is part of the SEPTA 101 trolley route. 

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Trolleys pass through Smedley Park on their way to 69th St. terminal in Upper Darby, PA and Orange St. in Media, PA.

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The trolley looks an awful lot like a city bus without wheels.  Just sayin’.  And remember, these photos were taken during the installation process and it might appear some necessary components are missing.  I assure you they are all in place now.

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St. Jimmy Dwyer powa’ lifts his breakfast.

The park is named after Samuel L. Smedley, the local founder of the Delaware County Parks and Recreation Board.  It’s located on 120 acres of land between Media and Springfield, PA.  The park has been transformed into a multi-purpose recreational area while still maintaining its natural beauty.  It now features play areas for children, picnic and hiking paths, walking bridges and playing fields.

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Moving of the morning steel with Father Will Collins.

If you need access to a hard to reach area or need a work platform of any kind call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And today’s musical number is dedicated to a Broadway show aficionado and Philly expatriate.

In case the link gets stripped out:  https://youtu.be/hmx1L8G25q4

 

Some links to additional info on Smedley Park and SEPTA:

http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/depts/parks/pdf/SmedleyTrails.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_Mill_Road_station

 

 

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Let it go. My Self-Awareness lesson.

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So, it happened again.  Yep.  And this time I got mad and thought I’d write about it.  And the worst part is it affects YOU.  Yes, YOU the viewer/reader of this blog because it involves some of the most incredible jobs you will NEVER get to see.  That’s right – NEVER get to see.

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This is for all of you who have tasted glory and held it in your hands, only to have it snatched from your grasp by some evil creature with nasty talons.  I am not going to name names here but there have been several in the last year and a half.  We have done some really spectacular scaffold and shoring jobs throughout the tri-state area that would have won awards, made magazine covers, set industry eyes ablaze, and given some recognition to the scaffold builders who’s hard work and creativity made them possible.

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But no.  This is what you get to see.

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All because someone got mad or asked for too many free items and then decided to shut down marketing access to an incredible project.  So anyway, this is just one example where one person’s push hurts everyone.  Because if you analyze the impact of what they lose; it could be huge.

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This blog is read worldwide. 

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And not only that, the content is often picked up by several awesome publications that then put the word out to an even larger audience.  The exposure for the companies involved grows exponentially, and it’s at no cost to them.   So why on earth wouldn’t you want your super, awesome, incredible, one of a kind job broadcast virally all over the place?

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 Roof Access to Lady of Lourdes statue  

This is where I get frustrated.  I risk life and limb hanging in precarious places all to bring you guys new and unique angles and shots of interesting scaffolding, shoring, swings stages, and more.  And I totally get the proprietary aspect of a new technology or a technique that hasn’t been shown to the world and I respect that.  But to shut down showing YOU awesome photos just because one person has a bug up his butt doesn’t seem very cool.

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Deep breath.

So, as I typed this article thinking I would just get this off my chest and let the administrators at these companies know that we would love to use material for their jobs sites and what a benefit it would be for them – it hit me like a ton of bricks.  This little rant has nothing to do with these companies who don’t want to give us permission to use my photos of their jobs. 

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This post really has to do with me.  Yup. 

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And as I sit here thinking about it – it has to do with my inability to let things go.  I have a tiny little problem.  I am now becoming keenly aware that I try to control things that are simply uncontrollable.  Oh boy.  And as I become more mindful I see it is actually part of a larger problem that has cost me relationships and caused massive heartache and stress. 

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I have always tried to make things better even when they can never be that way.  Instead, I need to be happy with what I DO have and not what could be, even when it comes to jobsite photos.   This realization has come at a cost.  But I guess better seen than never realized.

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So, for all of you who are like me and find yourself frustrated at things that you simply just can’t control, maybe it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and start learning to let things go.  You can’t control the past or the future only the now.  And you certainly can’t control other people and their actions.  So let it go.  I’m working on it.

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And hey, back to the original theme, this isn’t the norm.  Most of our clients are so freaking cool that they love to see their work featured on the blog and in magazines.  So to them, thank you!!!  And keep up the good work.  And to those who won’t give us approval to talk about your super awesome, cool, one of a kind job, well, that’s your choice and your loss.

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I just have to let it go.  I think I just did.

And I’ll probably get a cease and desist from Disney for placing this into the blog. 
Woo hoo.  Bring it – because I’ll just “let it go”. 

And I have to thank Shawn MacDonald at Superior for the idea of this vent/rant/self realization.  And to my boss, Guy, for pointing out my doggedness when it comes to letting things go.  Thanks fellas!

 

 

 

 

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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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Workin’ for a livin’ – overhead protection and swings at 301 S. 19th St.

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You get up everyday and go to work. You just wish and hope and pray sometimes that you will have your mind blown or something extraordinary will come your way.  And when that happens, you get an extra charge, a jolt, a little pep in your step because you got to do something new and out of the ordinary.  I love those days.  So what do you do about the other 364 days out of the year?  How do you make your job exciting?  What do you do to keep your interest as you plow through what might seem like the same old, same old, day in and day out?

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Well, it’s pretty easy to see what I do to keep things going on a daily basis.  I’m just saying.  😉  So what do you do to keep your job fresh and exciting everyday? 

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I am just an optimistic person so the fact that I wake up above ground everyday is a total blessing.  It comes from years of sports injuries and horrible pharmaceutical meds gone wrong.  Maybe if you’ve all had a life altering or almost ending experience you can understand it.  But if not – there has to be something you do?  Do you think about your children, your wife, your pets, your next home project, the boyfriend sending you flowers, the new clothes you want to buy? 

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Can you look at the project you have right in front of you and think – okay, what simple thing can I do to make this better or even more interesting to keep my day rolling on, and not for anyone in particular, just you, your little secret to skirt the mundane.

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We can show you pictures of canopies and swings all day long here at Superior Scaffold but unless you realize that our guys put up literally hundreds of these per year you don’t know that they have to try to look at each one as a unique piece of work. And in essence, it’s all how you look at it – isn’t it?  Sure, it’s an overhead protection system that is designed to protect pedestrian traffic as work goes on up above.  But realistically, each one of the canopies presents its own set of problems, just like anything you do at work.

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So if you find yourself down and out about your job, remember, you are above ground, breathing the air, and working for a living!  So take the data entry and give it a twist, take that driving your boss to his meeting and buy him a coffee, look at that proposal a little differently today and think about what small thing you can do to kick it up a notch.

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On this job at the Townhouse apartments, our guys made sure to line up the red debris panels perfectly on top of the canopy.  Seem like a big deal?  No, but it really made the sidewalk shed look great.  They also took the time to wrap caution tape around the entry areas and the horizontals (spreaders) overhead to warn pedestrians.  Again, just the little things that keep the job interesting day in and day out.  And the guys on the suspended scaffolds are doing outstanding masonry renovation work!

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So, it goes without saying – be thankful you are alive, above ground and employed!  Make the little things in life stand out and maybe only you will notice.  But then again, maybe someone will come along and take a picture of something you do and put it up on a blog for the entire world to see!  You just never know.  So work like you really care and be proud of what you do.

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This has been a motivational message from the good folks at Superior Scaffold and MPG.

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And as always, thank you for your continued business and support.  Call Bob at (215) 743-2200 if you need overhead protection, access, scaffolding or just a good ole’ fashioned pump up!  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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And what else would I play for today’s post?

And just in case the link gets stripped out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcIK3akktLU&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

 

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Sidewalk overhead protection at the Curtis Publishing Company building

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Superior Scaffold erected this two hundred foot long canopy at the Curtis Publishing Building (601 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA).  Once home of prestigious publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Country Gentlemen and more; it’s now a high end office building.

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Built in 1910, this beautiful structure takes up the entire block just across the way from Independence Hall.  It was renovated in 1990 and is currently undergoing an exterior renovation to get it looking as good as new.

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The canopy is constructed of system scaffold, aluminum and steel beams, and has netting on the inside and debris panels on top.  There is a tunnel that funnels pedestrian traffic towards the main entrance of the building on 6th Street.

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Crews are doing restoration work overhead and our sidewalk shed is protecting the pedestrian traffic down below.

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Once complete, this building will sparkle like its neighbor across the street.

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If you need sidewalk overhead protection or suspended scaffold for access call Bob at Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And for today’s musical number – I wanted to put an earworm in your head.

 

 

 

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Superior Scaffold thinking outside the box, 1500 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA

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So what happens when a client calls and says they need sidewalk overhead protection for a restoration project but the area where it’s needed is too narrow for traditional scaffolding?

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Well, enter the big brains at Superior Scaffold to solve the problem.  You see, there is a reason you hire guys who have been in the business for over 65 years: They have seen most everything and can think outside of the box when needed.  And that’s just what our King of Swing, Bob Sarkisian did on this job.

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There was no room for a traditional canopy or scaffold over the garage doors in the alley at 1500 Locust Street. But because of the restoration work going on overhead they needed something to protect pedestrians below.  So how do you solve the problem?  Leave it to a suspended scaffold expert to look up instead of down.

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His idea was to cantilever a section of overhead protection out from the second floor of the parking structure!  It would span the gap over the gargage doors that the traditional canopy could not provide.  Problem solved! 

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This cantilever overhead protection system left enough room for the trucks and deliveries to get in and out of the narrow passage while providing the necessary protection for everyone below.

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We also erected a traditional canopy down the rest of the block on Latimer St.  There was plenty of room to install that system scaffold.

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Combining the two disciplines was a bold move that paid off dividends and kept traffic flowing and client’s smiling.

When you need scaffolding or scaffold solutions that are out of the ordinary, call Bob at (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

And for today’s musical selection we have something that’s been rattling around in my head so I need to let it out.  Mr. Dobie Gray, Drift Away.

And in case the video gets stripped out:  https://youtu.be/gr_eVcCAUXo

GC: Mara Restoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just doin’ our job. Sidewalk Overhead Protection, Westbury Apartments, Philadelphia, PA

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So you find yourself walking through the city or maybe you are just driving around searching for the latest, greatest restaurant or fortune teller to make your night or day that much more spectacular. Because isn’t that what life is all about?  For living!  When was the last time you had your fortune read?  Or are you like me and want to make your own way and not let anyone dictate just what your reality might be.

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Either way, it’s your life.  You choose.  You are doing it!  What does this have to do with scaffolding and overhead protection?  Well, little did you know – EVERYTHING.

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Because when you trip the light fantastic through this great city of ours you will encounter many of these said canopies and they are NOT all the same.  Ours kick ass!  You know why?  Because we have the best crews in the business who actually care about your safety and how these steel, aluminum and wood contraptions are erected to PROTECT YOU.

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And it’s all about YOU.  We want you to LIVE your life, your way, in your time.  And if that means protecting you from anything and everything going on above your head then we’ve done our job. 

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Take a look around the next time you jaunt to the market or nightclub or to get your nails done at just how incredible our overhead protection systems look compared to the others out there.  Ours look like they were built by guys who actually care!  And they do.  You will notice a big difference.

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No, it’s not fancy, it’s not spectacular, but it’s awesome and does its job.

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So, dance your dance, walk your walk, love your love, enjoy your life!  Get it Done – whatever that might be.  Because we did our small part to help YOU and you didn’t even know it.  Sometimes it’s the little things that make life grand.

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Ain’t it good to be alive!

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You know the drill.  Call Pat at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

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And for our musical selection.  Well, we’ve got two.  The first is for everyone out there LIVING their life.  From Mr. Pat Travers – I am alive.

In case it gets stripped out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjYzEV-NQLw&feature=youtu.be

And the second is perfect for our guys out there kicking butt and protecting you everyday.  From Rickey Medlocke and the boys in Blackfoot – Doin’ my job.  Enjoy, everyone!!!!

In case it gets stripped out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jugoHmz7sMw&feature=youtu.be

 

About the Westbury:

The Westbury Apartments are Philadelphia’s newly restored, historic high-rise that offers elegant and comfortable living. This historic landmark is near all the sophistication of Center City and within blocks of Philadelphia’s finest shopping, restaurants and theaters. Located directly across the street from the Kimmel Center and just a short walk to Rittenhouse Square and City Hall, the Westbury provides one of the best locations in Philadelphia. 

 

 

 

 

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Down in a hole – Penn Tower Walkway and Overhead Protection

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Superior Scaffold installed a 200 foot long walkway/loading dock with overhead protection right next to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology building.  It is adjacent to the massive hole where the old Penn Tower used to sit.

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It serves a dual purpose; giving access to the loading docks of the museum and also providing a way in to the new structure coming out of the ground. 

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We erected a bridge column canopy or overhead protection system. The GC laid down the pilings and structural steel foundation for us to build upon. 

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We put our aluminum beams down and then decked it solid with plank and plywood for a super smooth, stable surface.

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We provided stairs off to the side that allows crews to safely get their equipment in an out of the giant hole. 

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There is a gap in the platform on the left side and that is for an elevator that is to come in later.

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This is going to be up for approximately 4 years.

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Here’s a shot of our men who helped install this bad boy.  (Jim Anderson, Nick Pantalone and Zach Campanelli).

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We always love working with the University of Penn.  If you should need access or scaffolding, scaffold, call Bob at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 and he’ll take care of you.  You can visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And today’s musical number comes from Mr. Layne Staley and the boys from Alice in Chains.  What a voice!   Enjoy.

GC: JPC Group, Inc.

 

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Pulling back the curtain for opening night. Restoring the Forrest Theater.

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The Forrest Theater is a beautiful, classic, playhouse built in 1928 and located at 1114 Walnut Street in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Built at a cost of $2,000,000 it was one of architect Herbert J. Krapps more elaborate theaters. The interior is intricately decorated with gilt detailing (silver gilded with gold) and silk fabrics.  And that’s exactly why Superior Scaffold was brought in.  We provided the painting and restoration crews access to the entire perimeter of the theater, including the walls, ceiling and all surfaces, so they could restore it to it’s former glory.

Crews needed to paint and re-gild the highly detailed, multicolored embellishments and areas that had chipped or faded over time.

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There are so many great pictures; I urge you to scroll down and see them all.

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It might look great now but our scaffold crew had some huge challenges to get this built.

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The first big challenge was dealing with all of the theater chairs.  Imagine having to strategically place each of your scaffold legs in between or around the chairs and then build upwards five stories.  

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It’s quite the maze the team had to think around while laying it out. 

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The second was that they had to lay the scaffold out on a radius and as you know we are dealing with straight lines and rectangles.

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The third challenge was the fact that the theater is on an incline, sloping up and away from the stage.  So everything had to be leveled out so the work platform up top was perfectly flat.

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And the fourth was that the scaffold had to continue and seamlessly connect to the lower and upper mezzanine levels. 

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So not only did our team have to build around the maze of chairs and curves but they also had to balance out the difference in elevation and continue it into the balcony so that the dance floor at the top would be level.  Great job guys!

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As I mentioned, we erected scaffolding that gave the crews access to all of the surfaces so they could paint and restore it to its former brilliance. 

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The giant scaffold that we erected in the main part of the theater consists of system scaffold, 2 and 3 foot outriggers, trusses, steel plank, a stair tower for access and a rope and wheel to hoist material.  The elevation is 4’ in the rear and 54’ high in the front of the theater.  It’s 42’ wide across the front of the stage and 92’ wide at the rear.

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It’s primary purpose was to build this large work platform for the crew to reach the dome. 

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This dance floor consisted of skip plank and plywood.

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We also gave the crew rolling towers to reach the highest elevations.

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Here you can see them putting the final touches on the incredible ceiling.  It looks amazing.  They are doing a great job!

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You can see the intricate details of the multicolored embellishments.  I would guess they were made from plaster and not carved out of wood but you just never know.

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They lowered the chandelier down and out of the way.  We erected our scaffold around this delicate, priceless work of art.  It will be put back into place once the painting and restoration is complete.

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The stage was our lay down area.  We had to get the equipment in from the garage across the alley.  We also provide scaffolding and access in the attic as well.  That will be fodder for another blog.  It’s just too much to detail here.

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We had been called out the previous season to provide scaffolding in the balconies and perimeter to do some minor touch ups until they could do this entire restoration.  The photo isn’t the greatest but you can see what the theater looked like before.

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They are racing to meet the opening deadline of April 18th  for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Everything is on schedule.

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We are so pleased that the Shubert Organization asked us to be a part of this incredible restoration.   For a schedule of upcoming shows or to just stop in the lobby and see the wonderful restoration job visit:  http://www.forrest-theatre.com/

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If you need scaffolding or access call Pat at Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

The musical number is a perfect fit for today’s blogpost.  As the critics once said, “Geddy Lee sounds like Mickey Mouse on helium.”  I give you Rush!

Links

 

http://www.forrest-theatre.com/

http://www.myphillyalive.com/blog/the-forrest-theater-theaters-in-philadelphia/

https://www.philadelphiabuildings.org/pab/app/ho_display.cfm/91421

 

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Reading Terminal Market, Giant Work Platform and Overhead Protection System, Philadelphia, PA

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Superior Scaffold installed a 580 foot long work deck or platform on both sides of the barrel shaped Reading Terminal Market (RTM) to give crews access to replace the roof.

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The platform is 6 feet wide by 8 feet high by 580 feet long and allows crews to roll their equipment and material from the mast climber at one end to their location anywhere along building.

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Reading Terminal Market is a sprawling, somewhat chaotic, indoor farmer’s market and food haven where over 100 merchants offer culinary treats, fresh produce and unique merchandise.  It occupies an old train shed that was built in 1893 and is located at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown, Philadelphia.

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On the outset this might seem like a simple procedure but getting crews and equipment on top of a curved building took some ingenuity.  Leave it to our resident swing king, Bob Sarkisian, to come up with a unique design.

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The biggest challenges were tying into the wood truss that ran all the way down the inside of the barrel (needed to support and stabilize) and then setting the supporting scaffold. 

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This shows how we tied into that truss and then weatherproofed the connection with a sealed rubber boot.  This also gives you a good idea of the grade of the roof.

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The work platform was decked with steel plank and plywood the entire length of the building and enabled crews to use their rolling equipment carts to easily move material to their location. 

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It has toe board and guard rails down the entire length.  There is system scaffold, trusses and compression tie-ins underneath.  It’s really quite the design.

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Here you can see the permanent metal ladder built into the dome which allowed the crew to take their gear and material up to the top of the roof.

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Action shot!

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Let’s switch gears and talk about what we did at the ground level.

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This is the other part of this massive job – a giant overhead protection system.

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The canopy on 12th street is 580’ long by 8’ high by 8’ wide.  (above, you see it prior to debris panels and netting)

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You’ll notice that this overhead protection system is constructed of bridge columns instead of our normal system scaffold or frames.   We painted the debris panels green to blend in better and added debris netting for protection.

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It spans over Filbert St.  We had to have 2 giant 50 foot steel beams specially manufactured to span that gap.  You can clearly see them in this shot.  Cranes were brought in to set them into place.  Alternate Design Solutions engineered the steel beams for us.

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The canopy on the Arch St. side (and the crosswalk from the new convention center to the old one) is 120’ long by 8’ high by 8’ wide on each side.

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There is also a stair tower and mast climber on each side of the RTM to provide crews with access and the material they need up on the roof.

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If you haven’t been to the RTM, you should make it a destination – it’s really something to see and the food is awesome.

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This has been a great project to work on and we are thankful to GC – EDA for letting us be a part of it.

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If you need access solutions to any project call Bob at Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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I think the following photo gives you the best perspective on just how steep the roof is and what a marvel the platform turned out to be.

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I couldn’t decide on today’s musical number, they both seemed to hit the mark, so I put them both up… enjoy.

 

 

 

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