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Adapting to the building’s shape – innovative solutions at The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The angled exterior design of the Rittenhouse Hotel by architect Donald Reiff allows stunning views of Rittenhouse Square and the city below but poses an interesting challenge for crews that need to work on the facade of the building.

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Traditional wisdom would say hang a work cage and move it ten thousand times or a standard platform across the jutting corners and try your best to reach in to work on the windows.  But that’s where traditional wisdom ends and sheer innovative genius begins.

The guys at Superior Scaffold wanted something safer and more cost effective.  And sometimes when we come up with something that’s never been done before it’s necessary to turn to the designers of the equipment we use for assistance.  And in this case, it was Bee Access.  In collaboration, Superior Scaffold’s Bob Sarkisian and Bee Access’ designer Tom DeJong came up with a brilliant solution for this complex problem:  Saw-toothed porch brackets that mount directly to the modular staging and allow crews total access to the exterior of this uniquely shaped building.

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If you ask Bob – he’ll tell you he designed it and Tom blessed it but if you ask Tom he’ll say he designed it and Bob implemented it.  Either way, it is one of the coolest designs we’ve created.  One thing is for sure, Tom’s ability to think outside the box (coupled with his ability to put his stamp of approval on Superior’s designs) has lead to a most fruitful collaboration on many projects.

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Here, you can really see how these brackets are mounted onto the side of the staging as our guys were installing them prior to their deployment.

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You can see just how incredibly well these brackets fit inside of the corners of the building.

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Tom must have sounded like Dr Frankenstein saying “My Creation…It lives!” when we sent him these photos.

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It’s another example of just how adaptable our Altrex staging can be.  We have done many odd shaped jobs with great success.  You can see additional work on our website.  Even Frank Llyod Wright can’t design a building we can’t figure out how to access.

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The Rittenhouse Hotel has a long and fascination history.  Read more about it here.

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Photo linked to the world property channel.

Here is a shot of what the exterior of the entire building looks like.

If you need innovative solutions to your access challenges call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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Double Wide, frame vs. system scaffold – when to use

At first glance, what do you see?  A double-wide canopy spanning the entire sidewalk?

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If you did – you would be correct but there is more to it than meets the eye.  You don’t think we would just toss up a double wide sidewalk shed using our famous 767-00 “Philly” frames would you?  Of course not.  What you have to remember is that this a large span we have to cover so the facade resoration can go on overhead.  And there are certain regulations that are mandated by our state as to the amount of weight this canonpy must support.  In Philadelphia it’s 300lb psf.

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My first thought was; why didn’t they use a system scaffold to bridge the gap?  I understand that there would have to be two foot towers to support the beams and that would be a bit of cluster (you know what).  But I’m no engineer.  So then I thought, why don’t I just ask Superior Scaffold top engineer, Mike Leone?  After all, he’s the man who has to design all these scaffold projects to meet code.  I’ll let him tell you in his own inimitable way.

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“You can make system scaffold work in a situation like this, but you would have to configure it properly and have enough posts/verticals and watch your leg spacing to get 300 psf rating.  It would be a lot more pieces than using the canopy frames and would take longer to erect.  So this is faster and less expensive and you get the same rating,” said Mike. “The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Streets Code requires a minimum interior opening of 6 feet. The Philly frame, as the name implies, was made specifically to comply with these codes.”

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So there you have it.  Not only is up to code but can also be faster to erect.  I noticed another feature of this type of set up as well.  It could help with the pedestrian traffic flow.  It creates an isle-like walkway where traffic can flow easily in both directions just like on a highway.

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And I just love to see the photos of how they erect these projects.  Take a look.

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They also painted the wood panels to help match the decor of the building.  That’s another little added touch that Superior offers.  Very cool.

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We at Superior are always spanning the globe for unique scaffolding solutions to bring you.

That reminds me… Cue the music.  “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of scaffold… the thrill of erection… and the agony of having to take it down… This is Philly’s Wide World of Scaffold!  Sorry, it just brought me back there for a minute.

If you have a large sidewalk or area that needs overhead protection (canopy, sidewalk shed) call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 or hit the website at www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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Emergency Scaffold Services – Canopy and facade restoration

Here’s the deal.  Nobody likes to hear the word emergency.  Not even us at Superior Scaffold.  But the truth of the matter is that life does happen and we can help.

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Sometimes things just wear out or a truck backs into something or water leaks in.  But when it happens to your building, property or project we are there.  We are one of the few scaffolding companies that have an emergency services line set up just for this type of event.   (215) 743-2200.  And in most times we can be onsite within hours assessing the situation and implimenting a plan to getting you and your project, building or site up and running safely.

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Our website is populated with examples of where Superior Scaffold jumped in at a moments notice to provide scaffold support in emergencies.

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I just grabbed this one at 16th & Walnut where a piece of the building’s facade actually came loose and fell off.  Luckily, no one was around when it happened.

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But Superior was called in and was able to quickly provide a solution in a canopy and overhead protection for pedestrians.   A facade rebuild was required when inspectors found the entire exterior was damaged.  A much larger system scaffold was erected to address that facade and remodel. Containment wrap was also used to help keep debris locked in and out of the way.

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I just love seeing the during and after shots of the project!   You kind of get an idea of what the guys on the crew have to go through the erect one of these.

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If you should find yourself in need of emergency scaffold services call our hotline at (215)743-2200 and follow the prompts.  If it’s after hours don’t despair, just follow the prompts and one of our estimators will call you back.

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How to erect a canopy – Aramark Tower, Philadelphia

It’s not every day that you get to see just how we erect a sidewalk shed (canopy).  We usually concentrate on the finished product and how well the client liked our work.  But today is another story.  You get to see just what it looks like before, during and after we install overhead protection on a job site.  We are going to look at the work done in the middle of one of Center City’s busiest intersections at 11th and Market – the Aramark Tower.

Crews usually start at night to avoid the massive traffic that will ensue during the daytime.  In this first shot they have started building the base framework which consists of the 2 inner and outer main posts (or tubes), the bracing frame (s), the jack (s) and the intermediate plate (s).

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Here we see crews are just starting to put the steel beams on top of the aluminum posts.  These will be placed all the way down the run and act as support for the aluminum joists to follow.  Rolling towers are used to get crews up high enough to place the beams.

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You can see here how the Superior Scaffold trucks deliver the equipment to the job.  Again, in the evening or early in the morning to avoid traffic.

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This shot shows the main framework as well as the steel beams that will support most of the weight overhead.

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Crews have carefully designed the layout so that doors and staircases are still accessible to pedestrians.

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The aluminum joists are then laid over the steel beams for added support.   These will handle the weight of the planks and/or corrugated steel panels that will lay over top.

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You can see how the pieces intertwine to create a super stable base for anything going up on top of it.

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You can see how the height of the rolling tower is adjustible to reach diffrerent eleveations.

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And then finally, in this case, the Microlam wood planks are added to the top of the sidewalk shed.  In downtown Philly, canopies have to have a 300 lb/sq foot rating so you can put suspended scaffolds on top or even additional scaffold, if needed.

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And the last part of this very long process is adding the 4X8′ debris panels that can be painted to match the client’s decor (which these will be) or left a beautiful Superior Scaffold red.

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As a finishing touch, temporary lights will also be strung beneath to illuminate the walkway at night.

And in a very simplified form, that’s how a canopy, sidewalk shed, overhead protection is assembled.  There are many different types of sidewalk bridges too – some made from scaffold frames, some from bridge columns and some from aluminum posts.  You can go here and see the different options we have available at Superior Scaffold.  Call (215) 743-2200 today if you need one of these beauties for your project.


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Superior Scaffold – Firestone Library, Princeton University (Last Phase) Scaffolding the entire building

This is the last phase of the scaffolding and exterior renovations.

It’s also a follow up to our original post.  (scroll down for link)

Princeton University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library
and Superior Scaffold has been there every step of the way.  The entire building is scaffolded
and debris netting has been added.

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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Superior Scaffold provided netting around the entire structure so that the Firestone Library could remain open during renovations

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.

This the back of the library. You can see just how large the scope of this scaffolding job is.

Superior erected as system scaffold allowing crews to get access to all areas of this monumental restoration.

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This is directly above the main entrance.

As stated above, the library has to remain open while crews do the work.

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This is the right side of the Firestone Library – scaffold continues all the way around.

Superior also provided a series of debris netting and trash chutes to the project.

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Directly above the main entrance. The masonry work is outstanding. Everything will look like new when crews are finished.

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.

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A view of the entire Firestone library from the back.

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

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The stair tower up to the top.

You can see our original post about the Firestone library here:

Renovation at Princeton University Firestone Library

For all of your scaffold and scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200

or visit www.superiorscaffold.com

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Superior Scaffold Shoring up the Mid-Atlantic

Can you say needle beam?  I just love that word.  Needle beam, needle beam, needle beam.

Did one just appear?

It did.  (See the photos below.)

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That is a needle beam.  I know, like me, you probably thought it would resemble an actual needle but no.  It’s just a term that the engineers like to throw around loosely anytime a beam needs to be put through something for support.

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Here’s the actual definition of needle beam from the free dictionary:  in shoring, the horizontal cross timber which goes through the wall or a pier, and upon which the weight of the wall rests, when a building is shored up to allow of alterations in the lower part.

Well that makes sense.  So now look at the picture.  You see the needle beams?

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A store in the Hillview Shopping Center in Cherry Hill, NJ wanted to expand the front entrance to their building so the call went out to Superior Scaffold, who are experts with all things shoring by the way (shameless plug).  So the grand wizard of engineering, Bob Robinson, devised this nifty bit of shoring using 20 kip heavy duty post shores to support the exterior walls with needle beams sticking through.

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And on the inside, Superior used their hi-load shoring frames with aluminum joists to support the bar joists.

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How about that?  I just realized that I’m going to have to do a post just dealing with scaffold terminology.  Kind of like the urban dictionary for scaffolding.  I’ll get to that so you all know what 20 Kip means, and what Bar Joists are, etc.

Anyway, the job went swimmingly and the client was thrilled.  And I am happy to report that there were no Beetlejuice sightings or random appearances of needle beams either.

Needle beam, needle beam, needle beam….

Poof.


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.