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Superior Scaffold wins big at the SAIA Scaffold Builders Challenge

A 1st Place win for the Superior Scaffold team at the Scaffold and Access Industry Association annual convention.

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A big shout out to the best scaffold building crew on the east coast for blazing a superfast time of 43 minutes 59 seconds, up, down and racked for a system scaffold in the ballroom at the Loews Philadelphia.  The final tally was 133 points for our team.  We beat worthy competitors – Vertical Access (56 minutes 50 seconds / 128 points), followed by Safway and Brand finishing in that order.

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Our team of Rich De Tora, Tomas Cotto, Nick Panatalone and Chris Ricketts

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Wasted no time in setting the pace for this competition. 

Watch the time lapse video above.

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This was all part of the SAIA’s annual scaffold convention held this year here in Philadelphia, PA. So it was only fitting that our hometown team took first place!

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The competition is not only judged on speed (up and down) but safety (meeting safety standards), ability to follow architectural drawings, teamwork, and communication.

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Teams were judged by industry giants from across the country. 

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We look forward to defending our title at next years’ SAIA convention in Indianapolis.

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If you want the best call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200

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Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see some of the jobs these champs have worked on.

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Here they are receiving their 1st Place trophy and swag from Robin Miller, Danielle Melson and Granville Loar from the SAIA.

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Again – Congrats guys!

 

 

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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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Shoring & Scaffolding at Forever 21

An appropriate title for this post would be “Shoring Exposed” – because that’s exactly what we are going to do here.  It’s not often that we get to show a complicated shoring job because they are usually buried deep in some dark nasty place but this one had just enough light to show the details.

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There were 2 phases of this job – the shoring and the scaffolding.  Let’s start with the shoring first.

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Forever 21 is building out their new location on Chestnut street and decided to enlarge the entranceway and windows on the first few levels.  Look at how their neighbor Sephora did it. They want theirs to look similar with lots of light coming in the front of the store.

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Initially the people at Forever 21 needed scaffold out front for the work on the façade. But once it was up they realized the amount of shoring required and asked if there was there anyway we could add shoring without removing the scaffolding.  So we came up with a solution where we only had to take the the decking off and remove some frames to get the shoring into place.

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The shoring was needed to support 2’ thick brick walls, steel and concrete 5 stories tall!  This is a great job to show as an illustration because we have so many different pieces of equipment on the scene.  We have everything from hi-load frames, steel beams, aluminum beams, kip shores, screw jacks, shoring heads, adjusting screws, etc.  

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On the first floor, there was an existing steel beam we had to work up and around by stacking post shores onto the high load frames.

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Here is a shot outside where you can actually see the steel beams popping out from the 3rd floor.

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Crews had to work around the existing standard frames with high load shoring frames to pickup the steel beams on the outside. And since the scaffold went up before the shoring it was tricky.

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Here you can see crews widening an entranceway.

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We had to carry the entire building load down to the second floor then down to the 1st floor.

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Here are 6” steel beams rated at 12 lbs per lineal foot that were placed 4 side-by-side at 28” centers on the third floor.

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Part 2 is the scaffolding.  Let’s start with what was required inside to support the crews.  We erected a system scaffold on the first level to get crews up the second floor ceiling above the escalator for demo work and for new mechanicals (electrical, HVAC, lighting, etc.).

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You can see where we continued the system scaffold all the way up to the ceiling on the second floor giving crews safe access above the escalator.

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This is a view from the second floor looking down the escalator to the shoring at the front of the store.

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The job initially started out front using regular J frames – 5’ wide X 6’6” high.  These are a quick and easy alternative to system scaffold when the ground is very level and you aren’t going up too many floors.

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Crews then decked the top 3 levels and added debris netting.

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The client asked for 16′ high wood panels out front to help block the view of the work being done inside – so we gladly obliged.

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One challenge: the scaffolding for the sidewalk out front was done at night.   Crews waited for vehicular and pedestrian traffic to subside and then they went to work.

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In the end, the customer got exactly what they needed and we got another satisfied client.  We are all about scaffold solutions and customer service.  If you have a job requiring scaffolding or shoring call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or check out our website at www.superiorscaffold.com today!

 

 

 

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Superior is on the cover of Scaffold & Access Magazine!

SA Magazine Nov - Dec 2014 cover lg Lindsay Minard and the people over at the SAIA (Scaffold & Access Industry Association) did a great job featuring Superior Scaffold on the cover of their latest issue. scaffolding, scaffold, rental, rents, rent, suspended, swing, stage, staging, stages, pa, ny, nj, de, md, philly, shoring, 215 743-2200 The article inside is about our suspended scaffold department and their involvement on the new Penn Presbyterian Medical center building. Great job everyone! Click the photo above or here to read the entire article.     #scaffolding#scaffold#rental#rent#superiorscaffold#restoration#inspection #contstruction#facade#masonry#canopy#protection#howto#erection#install #emergencyservices#masonry#suspendedscaffold#mastclimber#workplatform #canopy#philly#philadelphia#pa#electrical#2157432200#pa#de#nj#ny#md #rents#sales#design#erection#dismantle#deliver#swingstaging#swings#stages #shoring#USA#nationwide#national  


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How to have a positive experience with a setback – Porch brackets at 1900 Rittenhouse, Philadelphia

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It’s time to pay tribute to the outsiders in our company.  Yes, it’s the swing department.  In fact, I hate to admit this but they came up with that very clever headline.  I wish I could take credit for it but I can’t.

Is our swing department the “bad boys” of the company?  You tell me?  In their spare time all they do is race cars (fast cars) build hot rods, snowmobile through the frozen tundra (very fast) talk about driving fast, and taking chances.  Have you detected a theme here?  All except for the one VW building hippy who just likes to putter around at 50 brake horsepower thinking he’s going really fast…  But then again, he’s got the pop-up camper lid and big screen TV in case he wants to take a nap.  He’s the exception. (Also the one who came up with the headline – not to name names) He actually said, “Some might think that in this day and age of airbags and crumple zones driving a vintage VW bus is kind of  living on the edge.”  He’s a rebel..

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I just thought about it for a second – and maybe I’m bestowing too much onto their “bad boy” image.  It seems to me that the regular scaffold guys are just as loony.  I mean, you would have to be to climb around on the outside of buildings held on only by a harness and your brute strength.  At lest the boys in the swing department have a (sort of) cage to protect them AND motors to elevate them up and down whereas the scaffolding men have to climb up and down under their own power.  Hmmmm.

I guess this debate could rage on for pages.  Can we at least agree on one thing?  No matter what reputation our guys have off the job – they do some pretty incredible work and they won’t take chances with safety.

Which brings us to the actual job.

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I posted this because this isn’t something you see everyday.  While doing facade restoration and window replacement at the high rise at 1900 Rittenhouse Square – our guys at Superior Scaffold used 3 foot and 6 foot porch brackets to allow contractors access to the setback facade of the building without having to reach out dangerously or make additional drops  in work cages.

What are porch brackets, you ask?  They are those unique pieces that so handily clip right into the Altrex staging that fill the gaps.   In the photo above you can see one single 3 foot section on the left and two (3’ sections side-by-side) to make the 6’ section. They not only save time and money but also make it much safer for crews while working on buildings with setbacks and bump outs.

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This 50’ section of staging spans the entire façade and fits perfectly on either side of the window balconies.  The porch brackets allow workers direct access to the façade in one sweep.  This superior scaffold is also rigged with the Bisomac 210 hoist for super strength and reliability.  We can give a shout out to our supplier BeeAccees who provides us with all of these cool items.  This just goes to show how versatile accessories like porch brackets can be when planning out a restoration project.

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In this photo you can see the guys working on the windows actually standing on the porch brackets.  Without them it would be an infinitely harder job and certainly more time consuming.

So, as the debate rages on – swing department = “bad boys” or not – we can be assured that the crews of this job at 1900 Rittenhouse had a positive experience with a few setbacks!

A bit of history on 1900 Rittenhouse:  1900 Rittenhouse Square Apartments is a historic high-rise building on Rittenhouse Square in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built 1923–1926. The 58-meter-tall, 18-story building has been converted to condominiums.

If you need a positive experience with a few setbacks call Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200.

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Triple the action for Superior Scaffold at the Old Dublin Pike Bridge in Doylestown, PA.

The stone arch bridge was originally constructed back in 1875 and then rehabbed in 1947.  So it was time for a reconditioning – seems that this old bridge still has over 5,000 cars travel over her every day in Doylestown, PA.  Crews needed a way to support the structure and to get into the arches to repair the stones and masonry while keeping the road open above.

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This was the challenge for Superior Scaffold.

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First order of business was diverting the river through two of the arches so one could be fairly dry while the scaffolding was erected.  Then, once that was built, the water had to be diverted again so the second, and then third arch could be constructed.

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The next challenge was how to best shore up the arches so work could be completed but also support enough weight for heavy machinery traveling the road over head.  Superior engineer Bob Robinson decided on 20k scaffold frames to hold up the shoring beams and wood supports.  It allowed the road to remain open for business while construction crews completed the work below.

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It’s a unique way to solve the problem and keep a major thoroughfare open.

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The job went off without a hitch and the mighty river is flowing once again and cars are happily traveling over the old bridge in Buck County.

Call Superior Scaffold at 215 743-2200 or go to www.superiorscaffold.com for all of your scaffolding and shoring needs.


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Superior Scaffold and the historical Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ

This neat old church at 1064 Penn Ave, in Wyomissing, PA, that began its life in 1909, needed some repairs to the high vaulted plaster ceilings – so they called Superior Scaffold.

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Superior is known for its skill working with historical buildings and the care it takes around one of a kind artifacts and structures.  This was no different.  We had to construct some cool system scaffolding up, over and around pews, alters, and priceless objects at Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ

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The ceiling was divided into sections with flying buttresses, so the layout had to be spot on accurate.

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We used system scaffold with joists and plank to not only get to the hard to reach places but to also build a solid platform or dancefloor for the workers.

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The steep, sloped, plaster ceilings had new sheetrock added over the old plaster, and then they were textured and painted.

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This gave the old girl the dress up she needed for the next 100 years.

We were proud to bring our skills and experience working with historic buildings to Bausman Memorial United Church of Chris.

Here are some articles detailing Superior Scaffold’s work with historic buildings:

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Our Lady of Lourdes

A little history on this church.

Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ is part of a denomination which is a merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches of the United States.

Construction of a small church began in 1909 and it was dedicated in 1911. As the congregation grew, members decided to complete the church building with an addition begun in 1922. The completed building was dedicated in 1924.

1064 Penn Ave  Wyomissing, PA 19610
(610) 375-9790

Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ is a church of diverse learners seeking answers to life’s questions based on the teachings of Christ. We nurture each other with respect, share with each other as family, and engage God and others in worship, music, study and in service. Every Sunday we offer Church School programs for all ages at 9:00 a.m. and gather for worship at 10:15 a.m.

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Nothing’s easy – The Road from Israel to South St. Philly for the famous LOD Mosaic

On January 26th, Superior Scaffold was proud to help bring to the East Coast one of the most incredible Roman Mosaics ever unearthed.  The challenge to get them inside the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was something of an engineering marvel taking scaffolding teams, crane operators, art curators, engineers, and scores of people.


Waiting at the door

But first…      A real-life “Cover up”.

In 1996, workmen constructing a new highway in Lod, Israel (near modern-day Tel Aviv), made a shocking discovery: a 1,700 year old Roman mosaic under the surface of the road. At that time, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a rescue excavation that revealed a full series of mosaic floors, measuring roughly 50 feet long by 27 feet wide. Conservators provided preliminary treatment of the mosaics, but they were then reburied until funding could be secured for the full scientific excavation and conservation. In 2009, excavators unearthed the Lod Mosaic once again. The mosaics were then separated into panels and rolled away from the earth.  Today, they remain in near perfect condition.  Three of these panels are on display in Unearthing a Masterpiece.

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This piece is very unique because it lacks human figures.  It was likely commissioned by a high-standing Roman official for his private home. Alluding to gladiatorial games, the mosaic panels depict scenes of hunting, trading, and marine life.

And because these tiles date back to 300 CE and are some of the most complete, well-preserved, and largest Roman mosaics ever found, everyone involved wanted to keep them that way.  So the call went out to Superior Scaffold to help get them into the building.  Piece of cake, right?  Wrong.  Follow the photos below to see just what was involved.  Now, we were just one cog in a very important machine.  But our piece was of utmost importance.

A crane hoists a crate onto Superior's platform
A crane hoists a crate onto Superior’s platform

These tiles were so large that they had to be placed into 7 gigantic wooden crates and shipped to Philadelphia.  And on the morning of January 26, 2013 two large box trucks arrived and blocked South Street in front of the Museum.

Crews position the first crate

The biggest challenge on this job, that required weeks of careful planning, was that these crates couldn’t just be waltzed through the loading dock and up to the third floor where they were going to be displayed.  They were way too big and heavy to fit.

A crane hoists the crate to the platform

Another crate coming over

They had to be hoisted by a 100 foot crane up off of South Street and deposited onto a giant 16’ tall platform that Superior built over the main stairs and Warden Garden Coy pond that straddled two giant sliding wooden doors accessing the grand staircase on the third floor into the Pepper Gallery.  Wow, that was a mouthful.  But seriously, look at the photos.  Superior’s platform allowed the giant crates to be maneuvered directly inside to the display area where curators could uncrate the masterpiece and put it together for display.

Platform at Museum  Plaform from 3rd floor looking out  Platform from 3rd floor looking in

Sitting on top of the system scaffold, Superior used 9’ aluminum stringers crossed with solid plank and then topped with plywood.

Then entire unloading process took approximately 6 hours.  Of course, our part started long before the trucks arrived and lasted well after the crates were unpacked.

Tiles being assembled inside
Tiles being assembled inside

In the end, the Museum safely unloaded, unpacked, and assembled the Mosiac in time for their ribbon cutting ceremony on February 10, 2013 to start the exhibit (Unearthing a Masterpiece:  A Roman Mosiac from LOD, Israel) which runs for a limited time.

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Estimator Pat McAndrew not only oversaw the installation but also attended the opening where he took these photos of the famous Mosaic.

Superior will be back out assembling the same scaffolding in May when the exhibit is packed up again and shipped to the Louvre in Paris.  After a short time there, it will make the trip to Israel and it’s final resting place in a specially built museum.  So see it while you can

And a shout out to Bob Thurlow in charge of Traveling Exhibits at Penn Museum for some of the great photos of the crates going in.

If you would like more information about the unearthing of the LOD Mosaic click here.