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Love in an elevator – Mast Climber at Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the City of Philadelphia are joining forces to provide health care to children and adults in South Philadelphia. They are relocating two existing clinics, a CHOP-owned pediatric primary care practice currently located in South Philadelphia, and the City-owned Health Center, which serves children and adults into one new building.

They called Superior Scaffold to install mast climber work platforms inside the elevator shafts to assist the wall construction inside.

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I know we’ve shown you one mast climbing work platform in an elevator shaft this summer (at Eagles stadium) but this one is a touch taller than that one. This one spans 300 feet from the ground to the top of the elevator shaft. Yep. That’s a tall order but what a smart way to construct the inside of an elevator shaft.

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And just look at how snug that MC-10 is in there.  Like a glove.  So tight in fact, that crews often ask if it was designed for this very purpose.  It’s not but we can certainly say it’s becoming more common to use them in this manner.  It’s a match made in heaven.

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There is plenty of room for workers, gear, and material. As you can see from these pics the bricks are already up and now crews are putting on the insulation board and getting them finished.

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In this shot you can see just how far down the track goes.

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Here you can actually see the anchor points that hold the mast climber’s track in place.

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Superior provided two MC-10 mast climber platforms (one for each shaft). This is the inside of the new building – just to give you an idea of where they were located.

So the next time you think elevator shaft – think Superior Scaffold and mast climber. I know that’s a reach but seriously, look at what a perfect fit they are.

For all of your scaffold / scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold at 215 743-2200 and ask for the king of swing – Bob Sarkisian.


And this clip is for that hip, swinging, 60’s cat, Pat McAndrew.

 

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Superior Scaffold is built Ford tough

Some jobs go off just as planned and then others…well, let’s just say need a little extra attention.  You see, from the outside a job looks one way and then from the inside it turns into an entirely different animal.

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Pacific Ford was one of those animals.  A simple shoring job to create a large display room and offices overlooking the service center turned out to be more than anyone imagined.  But because we have the best guys in the business – it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle.  Just like Ford trucks we can go anywhere and do just about anything.

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Let’s take a look at this complex job one photo at a time.

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Just giving you a peek of what’s to come…

Pacifico Ford, serving Springfield, PA & Camden, NJ, wanted to expand the working space for their service guys so they decided to remove an entire wall facing the drive-in service bay.  No problem.  Oh, and they wanted both the service bay to be open every day for business as well as the offices on the 2nd floor above.  Again, no problem.

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In order to do that they called Superior Scaffold to shore up the wall so giant steel beams (headers) could be put in place to support the 2nd floor above the opening.

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You can see the start of the job was to cut holes in the wall where the needle beams would go to help support the office on the second floor.  This is where the entire 40’ wall or span was going to be removed to make the new opening.

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First obstacle – the electrical up in the ceiling hiding behind the ceiling tiles had to be moved.  Yes, moved.  We needed to get our high load frames and kip shores up there.

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Ths is the start of the shoring.  Needle beams support the offices on the second floor while the demoliton goes on below.

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The other end of these beams need to be supported as well.

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Up on the 2nd floor, these are the other end of the needle beams that we saw sticking out of the wall at the service bay.  They are now part of an elaborate shoring system that also carries the weight of the roof.  I hope this makes sense.  It’s like a giant 3 layer cake all supporting each other.

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These Hi-Load frames are carrying the second floor bar joists.

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You can see the spaghetti electrical we had to work around or in some cases, have moved.

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The containment wrap is up and the wall is about to be removed.  Remember, this is all while the service bay remains open for business.

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There were actually two areas in the service center that were being expanded and this was the second.  These walls were being removed as well to make an open area and offices.

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The wall has been removed.  You can see the beams, frames, and post shores holding up the floors above.

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This is where the real fun begins.  Second obstacle – After the wall was demo’d engineers realized that the standard support beams would not be enough for the new addition and crews were brought in to dig/remove/excavate enough room for helical piers.

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What is a helical pier?  Well, glad you asked.  A helical pier is a steel shaft, usually square with helices, similar to a large screw that provides a foundation support for various types of structures. Helical piers are often used when challenging soil conditions prohibit a traditional foundation system. They are also commonly used to correct and support existing foundations that have settled or failed.

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The purpose of a helical pier is to transfer the load of the structure through the unsuitable soil to a stronger, more suitable soil deeper in the earth. Helical piers are a deep foundation solution.

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And that’s exactly what we had here – difficult soil conditions and the need to correct an existing foundation.   We had to make room for the excavators while still supporting the floors above.  Surprise – our small shoring job has just grown exponentially.

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Here you can see where the crews took jack hammers to the existing floor and dug trenches for the helical peirs.  You can even see the helices in the dirt in the trenches.

Third Obstacle – Our biggest concern was that the crews digging and removing dirt and cement would compromise the integrity of the ground supporting the 2 floors above.

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You can see just how close our frames were to the holes.

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Here is a closer shot of the helices buried in the soil.  The are kind of like giant augers.

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And this shot shows the scoring in the cement where the new helical pier is to go once it’s dug out.

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And here is a nice neat shot of the troughs for the new cement and helical piers – all around our shoring posts.

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And above – support everywhere.

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New steel support beams are in place – awaiting the concrete and helical piers to be completed.

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When life gives you lemons – throw Ford trucks at it.

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In the end, the new bay looks great and the offices on the right side are in and running smoothly.  Proving once again that Superior Scaffold is truly built Ford tough.  Crews and engineers overcame all of the obstacles and challenges thrown at them to get the job done right.

Call Pat for your next job – he promises to bend, shape, morph and adapt as needed – although, he’d prefer to have most of it worked out ahead of time.  Heck, wouldn’t we all.

Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.  www.superiorscaffold.com.  Always open and ready.

You can also see more pics of this job here.

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Superior Scaffold at SAIA Annual Convention & Expo, Austin, TX

Put on your sittin’ britches – the Superior Scaffold boys travel where it’s so dry the catfish are carrying canteens – Austin, TX for the Annual SAIA (Scaffold & Access Industry Association) Convention and Expo.

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I have a ten gallon mouth about this show because there was lots of cool equipment (some of which might be on your next job) great people to mingle with and awesome BBQ to eat.

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Now, don’t sit on your spurs, I’ll get to the details of our visit.  And you can hang your hat on that!  But if you can’t wash off your war paint and want to get right to it – scroll down and it’ll take you right to the equipment.

But in order to set the mood for this adventure I have to show you a few of the sites around Austin.

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The Texas Capitol building is surrounded by 22 acres of grounds and monuments and is well worth a visit.

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The second pic is just one of the Hundreds of rockin’ blues performance venues scattered all about the town.

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There are many food vendors serving out of mobile trucks. You can find them all around the city and their food is surprisingly very good.

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And for you late night revelers out there – Austin is home to its very own mini Mardi Gras every Friday and Saturday night on 6th street where they close down the street for several blocks and let people run wild just like in the old west. Double and triple stacks of bars and bands provide a cacophony of blues, rock, and hip hop.

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And for those of you who wanted to get tattoo’d or pierced to commemorate the occasion – there were many opportunities.

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And at 2:15am the aftermath of partying all night spills out into the streets where drunken 20 somethings flock to the many pizza parlors for a sobering slice of cheesy confection.  If scaffolding ever falls through there is a mint to be made in pizza on 6th street!

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Now that you have a quick primer on downtown Austin, TX let’s get down to business – the SAIA annual convention and Expo. It’s the place where everyone in the scaffold industry comes to see the latest equipment, meet vendors, elect new board members, take classes, and attend awards ceremonies honoring a host of worthy candidates. This year it was held at the downtown Hilton, Austin.

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He we are about to enter the SAIA Convention when I excitedly said, “we can check out the new equipment and get a free lunch!”  Then Shawn interjected with his dry wit, “even the chickens under the porch know that.”  To which I replied, “go cork your pistol mister, I’m just sayin’.”  Then Bob piped in, “even a dead snake can still bite.”  Then Shawn fired back, “Just because a chicken has wings don’t mean it can fly.” I think he must have been hungry. At that point I decided to stop with the Texas expressions and high tail it inside.

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One of the largest displays, the Bee Access / Altrex booth where product demos where going on all day long. That’s Rudie building the MiTower in the background (A one man aluminum scaffold tower that is compact, lightweight and extremely easy to assemble and transport.) They had several cool pieces of equipment that caught our eye.

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The first was an Aluminum Mobile Davit that integrates with existing their 5X5 beam system and is designed to eliminate traditional scaffolding to clear higher parapets. It features an adjustable height up to 8ft and an outreach of up to 4 ft with 1000lb load capacity. Shawn took one look at this and fondly named it, “the Up & Over beam”.

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And second was a Hinging Porch Bracket or Rotating Porch Bracket, if you will.

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It clamps to the swing stage and folds up so that crews can travel into position – and then it folds out into place allowing for ample room to access a facade or recessed area. It’s perfect for those places with varying surface extrusions.

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A little further in we ran into the guys from Sky Climber who were showing off their latest and greatest. One of the coolest features we saw was their new motor with the voltage meter built right in.

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Now, that might not seem like a big deal but to have the meter right there on the motor for crews to see is a giant asset.

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The boss-man checking out Honeywell’s mechanics gloves.  Guy and Shawn meeting with Tom from Miller fall protection.

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And the always entertaining Harrold Giddish from H&E Equipment Services, Inc and SAIA.

There was so much to do and learn we can’t possibly list it all but we did manage to meet and greet with many of our industry peers from Jay at Strong Man to Lindsey and Johnathon at Access Lift & Handlers Magazine.

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We were lucky enough to catch an invitation to Bee Access’ annual party at the one and only Stubb’s BBQ – so we bopped over there.

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Live music, great food and awesome conversation greeted us there – as did marketing genius and SAIA award winner (William T. Ayres Founders Award for Membership Growth) Ms. Nicole Belmonte.

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SAIA Spirit award winner, John Belmonte and Bill McAllister made everyone feel at home. Here is a link to their photos and blog.

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It wasn’t all business, we did cut out with a bunch of industry partiers and ended up at Pete’s Dualing piano bar on 6th St. for some singing and laughter.

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The last day of the convention was reserved for the awards ceremony, dinner, and after party.

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Well, it’s time to put the chairs in the wagon and say goodbye to Austin, TX, another convention in the books. We made many new friends and got to visit old contacts as well as see new products and services for the scaffold industry. A success! We look forward to next year where it will be held right here in Philadelphia!

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Anyway you want it – Renovations at Passariello’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery, Moorestown, NJ

They say that making a great pizza starts with the crust.  Now, I have to disagree slightly – because I think that the foundation of a truly good pizza lies in the sauce.  But for hypothetical purposes just go with me here…

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When Passariello’s called Superior Scaffold and asked if they could build a strong foundation out of the back of their restaurant for their renovation project we gladly accepted.  You see, the guys at Passariello’s Pizzeria – Italian Eatery had designs to renovate their bathrooms and their kitchen but had to remain open for business while doing it.  And just like on a pizza – they needed a strong platform to put their equipment (toppings) onto.  So we came up with a design that was exactly as they wanted it.

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So how did they accomplish these renovatons?  Well, by breaking them into 2 phases.

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Phase 1Bathroom Renovation – Build a platform out of the back of the restaurant where customers could walk to a very fancy portable restroom.

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Passariello’s cleared out a section out of the back of their structure towards the parking lot.

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Then Superior came in and used system scaffold with shoring heads and aluminum beams to construct the 16’ X 50’ platform that utilized the double doors out of the back of the restaurant. Then this platform was covered in ¾” fire retardant plywood and then topped with carpet. Like any scaffold job the biggest challenge was to get to the platform level on the uneven ground.

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You can see the trailer that housed the very opulent rest rooms that was parked right next to the platform. Then the entire structure was covered with an enclosure to keep the elements at bay. The design allowed customers to exit the building through the double doors and safely walk on the very sturdy platform to the bathrooms while the ones inside were receiving a makeover.

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Phase 2 – Kitchen Renovation.  Now, building a platform for customers to walk on to get to the rest rooms is one thing but moving the entire WORKING kitchen out back – is another.

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Once the bathrooms were finished, Superior crews dismantled the platform and moved the entire operation over to utilize the double doors and make more room for the larger kitchen area. Using the same type design incorporating system scaffold, shoring heads, aluminum beams, and plywood they built another platform that would hold the kitchen and a Quonset hut type structure. This renovation was going to take much longer than the bathrooms so the entire platform needed a more permanent cover.

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Needless to say that the building of the crust (foundation / platform) went off without a hitch and the sauce (the kitchen) was added to the customer’s satisfaction. All in all, Superior built a pretty good pizza platform for Passariello’s. I’ll add some pics of the kitchen on the platform when I get them.

As the band Journey once sang “Any Way You Want it” – is just what Superior Scaffold can do for you.  Give Pat a call at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com and he’ll take care of you.

And just for fun:

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Some information on Passariello’s –

www.passariellos.com/

Pasquale Passariello’s idea was to combine several different food offerings, like in a food court, into a single restaurant concept. Thus the Passariello’s Pavilion idea was born! The Pavilion concept would provide a large variety of authentic Italian upscale pizzas, entrées, salads, sandwiches, and dessert options in a quick-service, casual dining format.

MOORESTOWN
Passariello’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery

HOURS OF OPERATION 

Sunday – Thursday: 9:00AM – 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 9:00AM – 11:00PM

13 West Main Street
Moorestown, New Jersey
Phone: 856-840-0998
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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center – New 178,000 square foot advanced care pavilion

Penn Medicine began construction on their new 178,000 square foot advanced care pavilion (Powelton Avenue and N. 38 Street) and called swing stage specialist Bob Sarkisian at Superior Scaffold to provide the suspended scaffold necessary to get the facade work done.

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It’s fun for me to see an illustration and then show some photos of what it looks like along the way. Check these out.

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Image Courtesy of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

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This is an enormous job with many phases. We have had as many as 25 swings on and around the building (including inside the elevator shafts) at any one time.

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The new pavilion is set to open in January of 2015 so work is being done around the clock.

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This is a three step process for our crews – first the vapor barrier had to be put up, then the blue board (panels) and then the final facade of the building.

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And like any job there were challenges we had overcome. The first was getting roof clearance by elevating the beams – and you can see from our on the job photographer, Charles “Chad” Larzelere, we did just that. It’s not often we show what the job looks like from the top when we talk about swings but these photos give you a bird’s eye view.

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We also had to line up all of the platforms (in sequence) so the crews could complete the work without having to move the entire rig.

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And last, we added porch brackets on the backside of the swing stages so the panels could be loaded on and moved to their specific locations.

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If you look at the center of the swing staging you will see the bracket.

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Superior is proud to be a part of this massive expansion.  Here are some photos of out suspended scaffold on the back of the building.

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We will keep you updated as the building progresses.

So if you have a project that requires suspended scaffold – call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 and ask for the “Sultan of Swings” – Bob Sarkisian, he can design a system for your needs no matter how large or small.

And as a little treat for all of you swing fans out there…

Here are some details about the new building from the Penn Med website – as well as a video detailing their new pavilion.

http://bcove.me/z0rhz75l

Additional story links:

http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v59/n13/ppmc.html

http://www.pennmedicine.org/penn-presbyterian-medical-center/

 

 

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Inside Out at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood, PA

I love it when I can detail a unique job and this was a perfect example.  Superior Scaffold was called into the Kaiserman JCC to help shore up the ceiling joists so crews could repair the support brackets up against wall.

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There were a couple of challenges – the first being that the scissor lift had to get in behind the scaffolding so crews could get to the brackets for the repairs.  Check out the picture and look to the bottom left – you will see the lift parked inside our scaffold.

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The second challenge was also the water – anytime you work in or around water it adds a level of excitement to the job.  But our crews did a rock solid job erecting this scaffold.  Once tied in at the top and bottom they were able to remove the back-up towers clearing the path for the workers and the lift.

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Even the best laid plans run into snags every now and then.  Once crews were able to get to the top and look at the wall and the brackets holding the joists it was determined that the roof had to be replaced.  Uh oh.  But that was just the beginning…

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How would the repairs be done in time for a June opening?  Could they be done in time?

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I’ll let Beth Segal, Executive Director explain it from here.

“We had consultations with several structural engineers, architects, contractors and the township.

First we were told the roof could not be repaired and must be taken down and replaced. The engineers then went back to the drawing board, brought in others for consultation and developed a plan for repairing the damaged joists, beams and bearing plates.  The township engineers and inspectors were consulted, and the plan was approved.   Construction started, we were relieved, and the construction team was still optimistic about a June opening.  However, immediately into the project it was determined that when the pool building was built 40 years ago, the walls were not built according to code. Construction had to stop.

We were presented with 3 options:

1. Tear the walls down and rebuild to code. The cost of the total demolition and rebuild of the facility would be about $2.3 million.

2. Take the roof off and the walls down and make it an outdoor facility (if we could raise more money) at a cost of approximately $500,000

3. Close the pool building and let it sit empty until we could (if ever) raise the $2.3 million.

Rebuilding is certainly the direction we want to go but we do not currently have the funds to do so.  Closing the pool building was becoming the only option!

Two weeks ago the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia stepped in and helped us with additional money to turn the indoor pool into an outdoor facility.  This was finalized 2 weeks ago and work began this past week.  Having an outdoor pool is better than having no pool.”

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So, our indoor swimming pool shoring job soon became a demolition shoring job for an outdoor swimming pool.

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Here are some great photos of the action (provided by the JCC).

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Crews were able to remove the old roof and joists (with the help of our scaffolding), and then demolish the walls to create a brand new outdoor swimming pool area.

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And the best part – they met their June deadline!  Good job everyone, way to pull together to make something great out of a potentially bad situation.

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You can see more pics of the pool reconstruction at the JCC website here:

And here is a little about the Kaiserman JCC

The JCC (Jewish Community Center) was designed to help individuals and famiies get the most out of their lives. Here at the Kaiserman JCC we follow the same principle. We are more than just a gym – we’re here to help you in almost every aspect of your life. From education to fitness and staff that knows you by name, we are a center dedicated to serving the community at the highest level.

We were proud to have helped with this project!  If you need scaffolding, or scaffold related products call Superior at 215 743-2200 and ask for Tom or go to our website: www.superiorscaffold.com.

 

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SWING, SWING, SWING, at The Sterling House, 18th & JFK (pt. 3)

As Louis Prima once sang, “Swing, swing, swing” – oh wait, close… “Sing, Sing, Sing – (with a swing)” so we just added the W.  Sounds better this way.

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But that’s just what Superior Scaffold did on the third phase of this project. (See part 1 – and part 2).

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The Sterling House Apartment Homes is a unique building at the corner of JFK blvd and 18th in downtown Philly. Superior had 2 36’ foot straight platforms on the front and sides of this building so crews could polish the metal on the facade. Very cool.

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Here you can see crews working directly from the suspended scaffolding.

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And the second part of the swing scaffolding on this job came in the back of the building where they are demoing the old weight room and expanding on the 30th floors. Superior provided 2 corner rigs so crews could work on the outside of the building at the top.

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Most people actually associate “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Benny Goodman’s famous instrumental classic but it was really Luigi (Louis) Prima who wrote and first performed the song in 1936. I’ve included both versions her so take a listen and you chose which one you prefer.

And just for grins – here are the lyrics written by Joe Bishop and Woody Herman in case you want to belt it out!

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

And when the music goes around
Everybody goes to town
But here’s something you should know
Ho ho baby ho ho ho

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

And when the music goes around
Everybody goes to town
But here’s something you should know
Ho ho baby ho ho ho

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

And as always, if you need to Swing, Swing, Swing around your jobsite or building – call Superior Scaffold at (215)743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com!

 

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The Sterling House (part 2) – “Can’t you hear me knocking?”

We showed you the brilliant landing platform on the 30th floor of the Sterling House Apartments (18th & JFK) in our previous blog.  See it here: It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  No, it’s a crane landing platform?  (part 1)  and I promised to bring you the second part.  So here it is…

Overhead sidewalk protection all around this building.

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It’s a multipurpose overhead protection system (as you will see in the following pics) not only did it have to provide protection for the pedestrians around this busy apartment building but it also had to provide support for our swing staging all around the facade.  If you look to the right on the photo below you will see the tops of the motors peeking out above the panels.

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And to do this – Superior Scaffold deployed the heavy duty 767 Philly canopy frames with steel beams on top.

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One of the biggest challenges was to create a canopy over the entryway to the Sterling House down over the sidewalk.  It was quite a distance and at several elevations.  To bridge the gap Superior incorporated a series of system scaffold pieces into the overall design to create the perfect overhead sidewalk protection for the client.  It’s almost like 2 separate canopies but you can see in the pic below how the one actually rests on top of the other.

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This was a creative scaffolding solution to this problem.

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And I wanted to point out our two latest safety features.

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You might have already noticed the long yellow banners attached to the legs of the frame scaffold in the photos.  These say “warning tripping hazard” and are directly correlated to the number of people walking the streets while staring down at their cell phones.

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And the second safety change we’ve made recently comes at the bottom of the frame jack where the plate meets the concrete.  We now cut off the sides of the wood to fit the size of the jack plate completely – no more overhanging area for people to get caught up on while they walk and text and surf the web.  We are always looking for ways to make our scaffolding safer to the general public.  We will be constantly updating and improving as new insights become available.

Save some brain power for the Sterling House Pt 3 (“Swing, Swing, Swing”) coming real soon!

Call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 for all of your scaffold, scaffolding needs.

 

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The resurrection of the old M. Night Shyamalan house.

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Judging from the story and the new pics in todays Philadelphia Inquirer piece – the renovation of M. Night Shyamalan’s old house was a smashing success.

Superior provided scaffolding support all around the house during the renovation and even tented the entire structure with an enclosure system.

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You can see all of the before pics in our blogpost here:

http://scaffoldblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/superior-scaffold-helps-with-the-renovation-of-m-night-shyamalans-old-house/

To see what Superior Scaffold can do for you – don’t hesitate to call (215) 743-2200 today.

 

 

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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a crane landing platform? (part 1)

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A lot of the renovation work at The Sterling House Apartments (18th & JFK Blvd) is being done at the TOP of the building.

  1. Updating the fitness center with an additional 1500 square feet, new equipment, personal TV’s, and larger windows with fantastic views of the city.
  2. Adding a rooftop social deck with lounge seating, gas fireplace, and glass windscreens all around.
  3. They are also doing modifications to the rooftop pool itself.

So, the million dollar question is:  How do they get all of the necessary building material up to the top floor without disturbing the tenants or damaging the interior of the building?

A BRILLIANT IDEA. (Not new, but just smart)

Superior erected a cantilevered LANDING PLATFORM on the 30th floor so a crane can deposit materials outside and then they can be quickly rolled into the building right where the construction takes place. Brilliant.

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Thanks to Karl Kalbach – Competent Person, Scaffold Builder, for the great pics.

The platform can accommodate 2000lbs of material and 2 men. It was rigged out of the back of the building so it’s accessible from the alley behind the complex. There is a ramp down the back so material can rolled directly into the construction area.

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Photo by Karl Kalbach – Competent Person, Scaffold Builder

This is beneficial in several ways. First, the tenants can have regular use of their elevators and building while construction goes on. Large pieces of dry-wall and materials that might not fit into the elevators or up the stairs to the 30th floor can get up quickly without any damage to the interior.  Not a new idea but a very cool one.

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Courtesy Karl Kalbach – Scaffold Builder

Crews use the crane to get the necessary materials up to the desired floor.  It’s all set up behind the building so it won’t disrupt the busy traffic out front.

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Here you get to see the crane in the background – as well as Superior Scaffold’s awesome overhead protect and swing staging working on the facade of the building.

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Superior had all of it’s disciplines represented at this job –  I will detail those in part 2 (“Can you hear me knockin’?”)

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We just don’t get to see debris chutes very often and sure enough – we had one down below on this job – so here you go.

For all of your scaffold, scaffolding, equipment rental, needs call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 today.

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