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Transport Platform at Broad and Walnut, University of the Arts

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This is one of those serendipitous situations where everything just falls into place. Our estimator, Tony P, was talking to C. Erickson & Sons about a job and they asked if we had an elevator, like a Buck Hoist, for their project at Broad and Walnut. They needed a way to get men and material in and out without using the interior elevators.

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“Well, actually we have something better,” said Superior’s Tony P. “We’ve got a TP-2500 transport platform that will let you bring personnel and material up and down without the need of a professional operator. It’s perfect for this type of multipurpose project. The rental is less than an elevator and it’s easier to install.”

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He explained how it would work, how much time and money it would save them and just like that, it was done. Up it went at 211 S. Broad St., in Center City.

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“It was an absolute job saver,” said Scott Kahan, Project Manager for Erickson. “Everything was great. It was a pleasure working with the entire Superior Scaffold team from the salesman to the installers.”

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The car on the platform itself has a modular design that allows it to be adapted to customer’s needs with a variety of car sizes and Erickson chose the largest configuration with almost 13 feet in length and the ability to hold roughly 3300 lbs of material or up to 7 people. It also has three access doors, one in the center and one on either end. The 8’ long version of this platform can carry over 5,000 lbs.

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But let’s take a minute to address a couple of unique challenges this job presented us before we even started. First, how do you fit a transport platform that’s 14 feet long on a 10-foot wide sidewalk? That was easy, turn the unit sideways. Which led us to our next big challenge.

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How do you rotate a cart, loaded with 12 foot sheets of drywall 90 degrees, 100 feet in the air to push it through a window?

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You erect two 15’ run-back platforms literally out over Walnut Street, one hundred feet in the air. That is really pretty cool.

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Originally, they only wanted it for two levels but it worked so well they recently added a third.

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Because of the architectural design elements, we used system scaffold to build out and away from the building and allowed us to deck in the levels where debris and material needed to be taken in and out. Then we mounted the transport platform directly to the building for a super secure structure.

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We also built a loading dock at the bottom with a ramp and cordoned off the sidewalk below at that busy intersection. We added an overhead protection system so the WaWa on the southeast corner could remain open for business while work went on overhead.

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We love it when a job just works. And of course there are always a few issues but at Superior we pride ourselves on being ready to solve any problem. Just ask Scott at Erickson. It was a pleasure working with him on this job and helping them bring their project in on time and on budget.

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If you need access, man/material transport platforms or anything scaffold related call Tony P today at (215) 743-2200 and he will take care of you. Or you can visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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And since this job involved the renovating floors at University of the Arts, Terra Hall, today’s musical number is fitting.

A little more about the job: University of the Arts

3½ floors of Terra Hall at Broad and Walnut are currently being renovated with a $1 million recording studio and space to accommodate music school functions.

 

 

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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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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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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.

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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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Changing ceiling tiles is MMM MMM good at Campbell’s Soup Headquarters.

This is one of those, once in a lifetime, cool jobs that you just have to brag about.  Superior Scaffold was called out to the Campbell’s Soup Worldwide Headquarters in Camden, NJ to rig a special scaffolding in the boardroom.

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This is the same boardroom where one of  the original Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can paintings lives.
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And even cooler was the job.  We had to come up with system to allow crews to change the ceiling tiles over the handmade wood table that resides in the boardroom.  Sounds simple, right?  Not really.  The table is 8 feet wide by 30 feet long and could not be moved.  It was hand picked by the Dorrance family (heir to the Campbell fortune) and cost over $100,000.

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Needless to say, they needed a company with a history of preserving priceless artifacts to erect scaffolding around this table without causing any damage.

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The table was first protected with poly, then foam, and then plywood as a precaution.

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Superior built scaffold over and around the table using 2 foot wide X 34’ long towers on either side and then connected them with 10’ trusses.  This made a solid platform.  “Then we decked it in solid – so the crews would have a nice safe place to work,” said Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew.

They decided to install long life light bulbs while they were up there.

The job came off without a hitch and the Warhol is back presiding over the elegant table (with new lighting and ceiling tiles in place).

And just for fun – I couldn’t resist:

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Superior Scaffold uses unique earth anchors to hold canopy in place.

So, not only did we help scaffold the building for the new support steel but we just installed the canopy at the entryway.  In the background, you can see the 5 story steel structure where our scaffolding used to be.  They are making great progress on the new addition at the Chester County Hospital, and we are grateful to be a part of such a unique project.  (See the original blogpost here.)

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And speaking of unique, this was a very cool and innovative way to tie-down a canopy.  It’s not something you see everyday.
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Normally, there are many places to tie-down a canopy to keep it stable and secured from the elements.  But as you can see from the pics there wasn’t much to hold on to out here in the front of the hospital.  On the one side, you see the large cement Jersey Barriers (no problem) but the opposite side just had blacktop.  And how would we tie into that?

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So our super duper team of engineers and builders came up with an awesome system to keep this baby anchored properly.

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Look at this little gem – called an Earth Anchor.  Aptly named for its ability to anchor just about anything down to the good ole’ blue planet.  If you look carefully, you will see an X type of bracket that has two tubes on it at 45 degree angles.  X.

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Long steel rods (about 2′ – 3’) are driven through those X tubes and down into the ground itself.  The idea is to create an apposing force in the soil that is virtually impossible to pull out.  “You would literally have to move something like 40 square feet of dirt to pull one of these ties from the clutches of mother earth,” said Superior Scaffold’s main man, Shawn MacDonald.

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And then, at the top of the X bracket is a fastener where the tie-downs hook in.  The canopy then can be ratcheted down to these brackets making it super stable and virtually impervious to high wind.

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Here are a few photos of the canopy (sidewalk shed) in place.

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Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA is embarking on a $45.2 million building project to increase inpatient bed capacity with 72 new private rooms and to install a new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator for the treatment of cancer.


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Scaffolding Sculpture

Artist Ben Long’s ‘Scaffolding Sculptures’ are series of three-dimensional constructions made from conventional scaffolding components.  By using these builder’s materials out of their everyday context, Long creates meanings and symbols an audience would not normally expect.  In this exhibit he creates the words Art and Work.

The word ‘ART’ embodies the creative thought-process inherent in the conception of a piece as well as the practical skill required to physically make it.
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Likewise, the word ‘WORK’ describes not only the intellectual endeavor in pursuit of a final idea, but also the effort involved in an artwork’s construction.
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By separating the word ‘artwork’ into its two component words, Long leads us to contemplate the key ingredients required in the making of any work of art; the initial spark and development of an idea, and the productive course of activity that makes an idea into an artifact. (from the Man&Eve exhibit blog)

He does amazing things with scaffold materials that we, at Superior Scaffold, use everyday.  Here are videos of him assembling his gallery pieces.


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Superior Scaffold at Frick Laboratory, Princeton University, NJ

Superior Scaffold was called out to the Frick Laboratory at Princeton University to build scaffolding for crews to get access to the 3 floors of the structure.  Crews will then install trash chutes so they can demo the entire interior of the building.
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Princeton University officials say that the former Frick lab will remain vacant until renovation funds become available.

The Frick Lab is named after industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919).  The lab, built in 1929, housed the academic chemistry facilities for over 83 years making it one of the oldest functioning labs in the United States.

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It has been moved into the gleaming new Frick Chemistry Lab.   It is part of the University’s commitment to green building.  You can read about the New Frick Laboratory here.

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And you can watch video here.

http://youtu.be/bEtD9u1Meb8

You can really see the new building’s design here.


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Superior Scaffold at the University of Pennsylvania, Market & 34th

University of Pennsylvania (U of P) is caulking and waterproofing the façade of their building at 3400 Walnut, (Market & 34th) Pennsylvania, PA  19104.
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Superior Scaffold provided an intricate sidewalk canopy (sidewalk shed), with overhead protection,
2 blocks long that would allow construction work to go on above while keeping the businesses open underneath.

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Superior also provided two suspended scaffolds (swings, swing-stage) to allow crews greater access to all areas of the façade.

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U of P turned to Superior because of the confidence they have for them to handle the safety requirements and guidelines set up by the city, state, and the university.  Superior is proud to continue their long relationship with U of P.

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“When work finishes along Market Street, the canopy will be relocated around the corner on 15th,” said Superior estimator, Anthony Pini.

For information call Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.


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Renovation at Princeton University Firestone Library

Superior Scaffold was selected to help in the renovation of Princeton’s Prestigious Firestone library because of its long history working with historic buildings on the campus.

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In light of the library’s importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library. The renovation is a long-term project that is being done in multiple phases and will take almost 10 years to finish, during which time the library will remain open, and its collections available during normal hours of operation.

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Superior erected system scaffold allowing crews to get access to all areas of this monumental restoration and parapet wall replacement project.  The library has to remain open while crews do the work.  Superior also provided a series of debris netting and trash chutes to the project.

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The Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library opened in 1948 as the first large American university library constructed after World War II.  Roughly 1.5 million volumes were moved during the summer of 1948 from Pyne and Chancellor Green Halls, which until then had served as the University’s main library.  The library building was expanded in 1971 and again in 1988 and currently has more than 70 miles (110 km) of bookshelves, making Firestone one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence.  Though not the largest university library in the world, the library has more books per enrolled student than that of any other university in the United States.

You can keep tabs of the multi-phase renovation here: