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4601 Market Street (Phase 2 – Scaffolding) Access

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We are back for phase two of the renovation process.  This time around we are providing restoration crews access to the top portion of the building, including the 7 foot long wind vane ship.  Yes, incredibly, that IS a giant wind vane.

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I wish I could have gotten a close up shot of that old ship but as you can see the scaffold crew was just erecting the base portion when I got there.

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Look at the corrosion that has built up over the years on the dome and the ship.  Those will be brought back to their former glory.  We’ve blogged about this project before and our work with asbestos abatement. You can read all about it here.

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You can see our guys assessing the situation from the roof where a crane had deposited most of the scaffolding needed for the job.  I love the action shots. I don’t get many of them so when I do, you get to see them as well.

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The equipment was staged on the lower roof and you can see, in the following shot, how they had to get it all up the additional levels.  It also shows just what care goes into making sure that the decorative portions are not damaged in the process.  Our guys are the best in the business at making sure we leave no trace.

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This post is dedicated to our own Miss Lourdes, who used to work inside this very building many years ago when it was the Provident Mutual Life Insurance company.

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Here she is making sure things run smoothly at the Superior office.  The previous talks were that this building was going to be turned into a new headquarters for the Philadelphia Police DepartmentPhiladelphia Health Department, and City Morgue.  I can’t be certain if that’s still the plan but I can be sure that we got crews to where they needed to be for a total exterior renovation.

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We used system scaffold, with stair towers, ladders, hoists, and decked it in on every level to give crews access.

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This incredible old building has come a long way since last year and it’s sure to be a magnificent renovation.  I will try to put up some additional pics once it’s complete.

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If you need access or scaffolding for any project call Tony P at Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

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And in honor of the glorious ship themed wind vane we present today’s musical numbers.

 

 

 

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Chasing Steam. Somewhere in Philadelphia…

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Here’s the skinny.  And I do mean “skinny” on this job, people.  You’d have to be the size of our marketing director to squeeze into this steam tunnel buried somewhere under the city of brotherly love.

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This utility tunnel, corridor or utilidor delivers steam to customers all around the city.  Just like most things, me included, they need repair over time. It seems there were some leaks and actual damage to the cement above that needed to be fixed.  So the call went out to the skinny guys at Superior Scaffold to give them access along two sections.

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The first section was about 500 feet long and second section was 375 feet long.  Now, normally, that’s not a huge deal but in this case look at where all the equipment had to come in from before the guys could even start erecting it.  Yep, right through that little opening.

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And then once it was below ground our crew had to move it along squeezing through the narrow passage ways and then maneuver back through what they had already set up to get more equipment.

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Oh, did I mention it was an active steam tunnel and hot as heck down there?  Extra water and Gatorade had to be provided while the guys rocked this one out.

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We used system scaffold consisting of 6’ trees, 2’ spreaders and steel plank.

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Is this super fancy, super big, super spectacular?  Maybe not, but I wanted to show you all this because we really can provide access in even the smallest spaces.

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So, if you need access in a tiny area or to an entire building exterior call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com and ask for the Pat, the mad lad, and he’ll take care of you.

Since we are someplace we might as well be somewhere (in time) from Iron Maiden…


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A Happy Thanksgiving to our Superior crew!

Here’s a shout out to everyone who makes Superior Scaffold great!  We couldn’t do it without you!  Thank you.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 


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Rodin College House at U Penn, Suspended Scaffold, Mast Climbers and Canopy

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The sister skyscraper to Harnwell and Harrison House is getting a much needed facelift after forty years of weathering the elements. (You can read all about the Harwell renovation job we did here last year on our blog.)

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This uniquely shaped building at 3901 Locust Walk is a 25-story apartment complex that houses roughly 820 residents and is part of the university’s student housing.

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Superior Scaffold was called in to give masonry restoration crews total access around the entire structure.

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We did so by providing ten swing stages or suspended scaffold platforms on three sides of the building, and also by installing one large twin mast climber (MC-3615)…

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and two single master climber units (MC-10) on the remaining side where there were recessed areas.

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Here is a close up photo of what is being repaired all over the exterior of the building.

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Over time, water got into small cracks in the concrete that caused the rebar to rust and expand and then crack and blow out the cement.

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For that reason, crews cut out the old, disintegrating pieces of concrete and rusted rebar and replaced it with new.

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After the repairs were made they repainted and resealed the concrete.

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We also provided this overhead protection system, or canopy, at the front entrance to keep pedestrians safe as they entered and exited the building.

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This job was rocked out on a deadline beginning when the students moved out and completed by the time they moved back in a few months later!

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I will get a photo of the completed job, but until then, here’s a shot of the finished sister building, the Harnwell House. You can see what amazing work they did; this building looks like new.

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If you need access for masonry or exterior repairs call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

Here is more the Rodin College House.

And for your entertainment we present classic John Belushi.

 

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Bryn Mawr Hospital Office Building North – Canopy, Overhead Protection System

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This is the second post of many about our overhead protection systems at Bryn Mawr Hospital.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Bryn Mawr Hospital is undergoing a massive $200 Million, 200,000sf Patient Pavilion addition and Superior Scaffold was called in to provide scaffolding support.

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This 205 foot long system scaffold canopy runs along the front side of the North Medical Office building to the garage entrance and provides a walkway for patients and pedestrians who would typically enter on the other side of the building.

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They are currently being re-routed from the other side of the building due to the fact that the bulk of the new construction is happening there and the walkway no longer exists.

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This is one of those cool instances where I can actually show you some during and after pictures.  HSC Builders & Construction Managers, the GC on the job, required some really cool stuff with this sidewalk shed.  Because it’s going to be up for an extended period of time they actually paved the grass area and created a new walkway that comes around from the parking garage.

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They had subcontractor Blasz Construction put some long term additions onto it as well; if you look carefully, you can see they added soffit and fascia, a more permanent fluorescent lighting system, gutters, and downspouts.

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Once the canopy was finished, they added landscaping and grass to complete the project.

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It looks great and will be a fully functional addition for several years until the new building is completed.

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There is one great feature that I wanted to point out in this post.  It’s the tie-in, or drop-in anchor system we use all the time.  This type of system provides a way for us to anchor the scaffold or canopy to the building for added stability.  I normally don’t get really clear pictures but here you can see just how it’s attached. 

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We drill a hole into the mortar joint , place a 3/8” anchor into the hole, and then use a set tool that flares the back open.  That secures a post to the building so that we can then tie in with our scaffold using an eye hook.

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We then add a spreader to the eye hook and then a knuckle to that.  It’s a push pull type system which adds a ton of stability to the structure and is easy to take down and patch once the scaffold is dismantled.

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We are proud to provide overhead protection at Bryn Mawr Hospital and will be back with another addition, as we have several more on the premises.

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If you should need a canopy or overhead protection of any kind call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

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Today’s musical number comes from the great Ray Charles.

 

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3 Story Loading Platform & Debris Chute, Wilmington, DE

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We normally talk about building a loading/work platform or a debris chute but not a combo loading platform and debris chute in one.  Well here it is – a combo platform at CSC (Corporate Service Company) in Wilmington, DE.

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Our customer called Superior Scaffold and asked if we could come up with a solution to load material into the building while at the same time allowing debris to be moved out.  And this is what we came up with. You see, this ain’t our first rodeo folks (see below).  But this one is constructed from shoring posts and hi-load frames and not system scaffold. That is because of the weight of the material being brought into the building. It needed to support heavier loads of everything necessary for the construction of the interior (skids of equipment, drywall, studs, electrical, mechanicals, etc).

You’ll also notice that the lower floors have steel beam support joists, for that very reason. The top has aluminum beams.  And obviously, there is a fantastic debris chute attached to the left side that allows access at each level.

Below, see the free-standing combo loading platform and debris chutes.  

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Yes, I said chutes!  Take a look at this beauty we erected for a major technology company a few years back. They were striving for a zero carbon footprint and wanted everything recycled on the job.

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This platform was constructed out of system scaffold that had 3 debris chutes that went into individual recycling collection dumpsters.

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How cool is that – striving to recycle all waste from a construction project!  You don’t realize just how much is generated on a single job.  So there you have it, two great examples of loading platform & debris chute combos.

If you need access solutions of any kind call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Tony P… He’ll hook you up. Or you an visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see more samples of our work.

And no post would be complete without our musical interlude. This is just perfect for today – for no other reason than I couldn’t get it out of my head. Earworm time.

 

 

 

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Customer installed rental equipment, suspended scaffold, swings, work platform

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We talk a lot about the jobs we do; mostly, those we design, deliver and erect.  But we need to recognize a giant portion of our business and customer base – and that’s the customer installed rental equipment.

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This is one of those jobs.

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It’s where a client (or customer) will call Superior Scaffold and request a specific type of scaffold or equipment like these swing stages.  We will pull the order, deliver it to the jobsite and then pick it up again once they are finished.

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We have many clients who install and operate our equipment.  There is a caveat, however, and that is that per OSHA regulations these companies have to have a competent person onsite to oversee the installation and operation of the equipment.  And the crew using the equipment must have scaffold user hazard awareness training.  It’s all in the name of safety.

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These are certifications you get by taking courses right here at our SAIA accredited training facility.  Click on the link to see just what classes and certifications we offer.  Most of the customers we rent to have already completed their training with Superior.  Call Shawn MacDonald, our accredited trainer, at (215) 743-2200 / 105.

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You can see that we provided several Altrex swing stages to our client, Masonry Preservation Group (MPG), so crews could get access to the exterior of this building.  The were doing window work (caulking, weatherstripping and resealing).  They did an incredible job.  It really looks great.

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We provide the equipment and they set it up and use it.

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This post is really a thank you to all of our clients who continue to rent, install and operate our equipment.  And it’s an open invitation for potential customers who have thought about renting this type of scaffolding to come in and get certified.

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Now, I will point out that we did, indeed, design and erect the 4 small overhead protection systems that you see at the main, and side entrances. 

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It’s a wonderful thing when our divisions work together like they did here at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at Penn Medicine.

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If you would like to rent equipment, take training classes, or have us do the entire set up call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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And one of my favorite, most groove-a-licious, funk bands brings you this musical gem! 

Everyone get up and dance!!!  It’s a great day.

 

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Thrill of victory canopy (on Jersey Barriers) in Old City!

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Spanning the globe to bring you constant variety of Scaffold.  And this is certainly the thrill of victory – because in the shadows of the Ben Franklin Bridge sits a unique feat of engineering.  A canopy

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All right, calm down all you adrenaline junkies out there (you know who you are – Bee) I’ll get to the point.  This isn’t just your ordinary canopy, no.  This one sits on top of Jersey Barriers.  “How you doin’?”

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Is this the first time we’ve ever done these?  No.  And it won’t be the last but it is unique and something fun to see to break up the monotony of staring at your blank computer screen all day.

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This sits in Old City at the corner of N. 2nd St. and Race where there is a ton of automobile and pedestrian traffic.  The new 197 foot tall new high rise is going up and Superior Scafffold was called in to provide the overhead protection system so work could continue above.

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Only one issue; the client had already placed Jersey Barriers (for obvious reasons) and we had to work around them.  Easy Peasy – erect our canopy using the barriers on one leg. 

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This sidewalk shed is 125’ long using system scaffold with steel and aluminum beams.  It features lights, corrugated aluminum, tie-downs or anchors to the Jersey barriers, debris panels and then, as added protection, we’ve added 5 foot spreaders that are anchored to the sides of the jersey barriers.

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Why?  You ask.  Well I’ll tell you?  That extra spreader helps resist horizontal wind forces, prevents sway, and adds stability – especially if a vehicle were to clip the canopy.  So, you see – it’s all about safety here at Superior.

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I will continue to try to make your days as interesting as possible with these unique little interludes.  Oh, don’t thank me.  I thank YOU for taking the time to view our “Thrill of victory” canopy today.  You all have an incredible day.  You deserve it!

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If you need overhead protection call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Pat (the photographer on this post – good job!) – or click on www.superiorscaffold.com.

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And for your audio/video experience we present…

Some additional info on the building here.

 

 

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Put your weight on me (or Mirror Mirror) Shoring at Moorestown, NJ High School.

I’ll be the first to admit that among the scaffold disciplines, “shoring” isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing.  Most of the time it’s relegated to the dark dingy crawl spaces deep underground but every now and again we get to shed some light on this creature from the underworld.   

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This time, we have a mirrored image on the exterior so you can actually see what normally goes on in the inside!  Yes, this pillar of shoring, if you will, is replicated on the inside of the school – with the exception of the additional floor supports.

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Superior Scaffold was called out to Moorestown, New Jersey High School to shore up one of the structurally deficient exterior columns that support a significant portion of the floor and roof. 

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If you look carefully at this photograph you can see the cracks in the concrete column.  The contractor can either repair or replace it.  At the time of the shoring installation, the decision by the contractor had not been verified. But either way, we had to make sure that the roof was supported until that decision is made.

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We used a combination of hi-load shoring frames and steel beams on both sides of the wall.  They support the spandrel beams in between the columns on the first and second floors. 

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In addition, in the interior, we are supporting the smaller concrete joists, which bare on the spandrels, with heavy duty post shores.

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The contractor excavated the existing soil and provided compacted fill for the footing where we placed the shoring.  It’s hard to see but if you look out the window and down to the ground in this photo you can see the 4×6 wood sills we used on the ground to distribute the load to the compacted fill area.

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I thought this was a great opportunity to show you what normally is buried deep inside a building.  It’s a pretty cool puzzle of pieces that they have assembled to support a great load.

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If you should need shoring or scaffolding of any type call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for “Iron” Mike Leone from our engineering department.  He’ll carry that weight for you.

And for our musical interlude today we dedicate this song to the one and only Philly girl who is needs some sunshine on this rainy day.

 

 

 

 

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Divine Intervention – Access and Renovation of Biblical Proportions!

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This is a giant job with many phases.  Just scroll through the pictures and you’ll see its size and scope.  I’ll do my best to condense all of the parts into a cohesive post.  So here goes!  Superior Scaffold was brought in, by General Contractor – Domus, Inc., to provide the scaffolding and shoring support to give crews complete access to the exterior of this 10-story structure for a massive renovation.

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This is part of the $44 Million redevelopment of the Divine Lorraine Hotel.  In a nut shell, this beautiful hotel is coming back to life.  And what a life its had. 

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This old building has some absolutely fantastic architecture.  Built back in 1892, the Divine Lorraine is going back to its original function; apartments.  Back in the day, it housed some of Philadelphia’s wealthiest residents and soon will again.  Here’s a link to an article that shows what she looked like in her glory.

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I would love to do an entire article devoted strictly to the Lorraine and how it became Philadelphia’s first racially-integrated hotel under cult leader, Father Divine, who declared himself God Almighty here on earth (oh my).  But we will stick to our cool scaffolding job in and around this building.

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The plan is to create over 100 luxury apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. (see what they will look like here)

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The renovation of the Divine Lorraine can be seen as an indicator that North Broad Street itself is on its way back to economic vibrancy.

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There are several cool parts to this and tons of great photos so we will have to break this down into areas. Let’s start with the massive amount of scaffolding all over the building and then talk about shoring and then move into the courtyard.

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The West side went up first and then the North elevation.  Eventually, we will work our way all the way around.

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There is approximately 120 lineal feet of system scaffold.  It was roughly 128’ high by 120’ long and runs the entire length of the building on Broad St. It has a work deck for crews every 6’6” and a Beta Max Maxial Track hoist to lift equipment.

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Our Scaffold is providing restoration crews access all over the exterior of the building for renovations, repointing, surface cleaning, parapet and soffit work, brick replacement, balcony repair, window painting and replacement.  This entire façade should look incredible once crews are finished.  

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Check out these decorative gargoyles/figures!

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And what you can’t see is the shoring underneath the sidewalk on 3 sides.  These post shores and aluminum beams are from under the East wing.  They are all part of the over-all plan to support the weight of our scaffold, crews, and equipment that sit above.

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The scope is essentially the same on each of the sides.  I’ll show you in pictures just how that looks.  This is a very cool job! (The following pics are of the North elevation going up)

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It’s always nice to catch some action shots of our guys rockin’ the house! (Chris Ricketts, Mike Esposito) Here you can see them removing equipment from the Beta Max Maxial Track Scaffold Hoist.

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Here’s the North side with debris netting for containment.

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Let’s talk about our work in the courtyard! 

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It’s roughly 90’ long by 80’ high. 

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But the cool thing is that we couldn’t rest our scaffold on what appears to be the second story roof area because it’s really a false skylight. 

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So our guys had to bridge the gap with 21’ aluminum beams that rested on the window sills and then erect the scaffold on top of that!  Those large aluminum beams had to come out of windows every 3rd floor to support the weight of the scaffold.

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This is really very cool and amazingly stable.  Superior Scaffold’s own engineer “Iron” Mike provided the drawings.

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And this is the view from the top after it was completed.  It allowed renovation crews incredible access.

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There is so much to this job it’s very hard to put it all into one post but I wanted you all to see just how complex this it really was.

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Some of the challenges included loading materials into the courtyard area (see below) and also building the scaffold and stepping back into the balconies.

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This is how most of the scaffold material had to be loaded in for the crews to erect the West elevation and courtyard area… (up and over) Ouch…

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We also have stair tower to access to two sides.  Another one will be added when we move to the East elevation of the building.

This has been one amazing project and Superior Scaffold is proud to be a part of this renovation.  If you need access, scaffolding, scaffold or shoring for any of your projects call us today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Tommy – he’ll give you the Divine treatment.

And for our musical selection for the day – well, look at that!  Sweet!

Yes, Divine Intervention can happen when you least expect it.  Trust me, I know.  Never give up hope!

ABC did a story on the renovation of the Divine Lorraine Hotel – click the hyperlink to check it out.

 

 

 

 

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