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Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, Renovations & Scaffolding

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Saint Mark’s Church, at 1625 Locust St., is undergoing some renovations and called Superior for the scaffold support and access it needed. The church was founded in 1847 and actually built between 1848 and 1849 and as an historic building needed the utmost care when completing said renovations. Superior Scaffold has a long history of exemplary work on historic buildings and structures in the tri-state area so they were the logical choice.

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These upgrades were being done in phases and Superior needed a way to get the many disciplines (roofers, masonry crews, windows, painters, and the like) to their destinations.

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An elaborate combination of system scaffold & frame scaffold was used in this design.  I also wanted to show you a few pictures of our crew and truck(s) outside so you can get an idea of what to expect when they roll up to your location.

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The truck(s) will pull up front and block off any unwanted access so that crews can take inventory and unload for the job.

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Here you see the guys getting the materials off the truck and up to their designated location.

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The steep roofs and many angles of the church made it a challenge to scaffold.

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Extra care was taken all around the job because of the delicate nature of the structure itself. Superior’s crews are very cognoscente of their surroundings and are skilled at keeping even the smallest items intact while erecting scaffolding.

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Another challenging access point was the chimney. It sat very close to the sidewalk so Superior had to devise a way to get crews up while protecting the traffic down below. Engineer, Mike Leone, created a scaffold frame system that sat on top of the canopy. The canopy frames would provide the support for the 40’ tall scaffold system while also providing the walkway for pedestrians.

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Two stair towers were also erected around the church to give crews access to different areas.

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There was even a 70’ run of system scaffold down the South (Locust) side giving masonry and painting crews access.

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It was another successful job by Superior Scaffold at an historic building. Call Mike, at (215) 743-2200 if you have work on an old or historic building that needs scaffold, scaffolding, he will take care of you. Visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more samples or information.

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Some additional information about Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church here:

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, at 1625 Locust St, Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an Episcopal church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. It is part of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

 

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Princeton, Firestone Library, scaffold rental, scaffolding, (215) 743-2200

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

http://libblogs.princeton.edu/renovations/

http://library.princeton.edu/


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Shoring up the Ben Franklin Museum, Philadelphia, PA

The new Benjamin Franklin museum just off of 4th & Market in an area known as “Franklin Court” is under way.  This will be Philadelphia’s newest exhibit about Ben Franklin and when completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground!

The exterior or top of the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
Ben Franklin Museum – new concrete slabs and support steel.

Yes, an underground museum.  And that’s all well and good but it posed some real challenges when it came time to do the expansion.  You just can’t take a hundred and fifty year old building and slap a bunch of exhibits inside.  You need a complete redesign to support the architect’s vision.  And that exactly what they got.

If ever you wanted to see what shoring actually does – this is the time.  You can clearly see the work going on above the shoring and below the shoring.  It always amazes me at the sheer weight that these post shores can hold when you take in consideration the cement and steel necessary to make a job like this happen.

Beneath the concrete slabs you can see the shoring necessary to hold up the new steel and cement.

This was an extensive demolition of an old structure to open up the building.  Walls had to be removed, ceilings had to be shored up so new steel and concrete could be poured to support the new additions.

The view from below the concrete pour going on above in the first shots.
Another view from the basement.

15” thick Concrete slabs were poured and giant concrete beams were brought in to help support the weight.  That was probably the biggest challenge on the job.  The steel was so long it took several cranes and expert crews to get them in through the alley and into place.  Superior Scaffold shoring guru, Bob Robinson, had to calculate all of the weight loads so the proper equipment could be utilized and the work done safely and up to code.

The underneath shot.
What’s going on above the shoring.

Some of the concrete beams in the new design were 36” wide X 42” deep and spanned 42 feet  column-to-column!

When it’s all done, the exhibits will be divided up into different rooms that reflect various aspects of his personality and his life.  The museum will feature interactive displays exploring his life as a private citizen and statesman through individual, room-like installations. The library is intended to be the culminating experience.  Other 21st century additions to the underground museum include interactive elements like touch screen kiosks, a computerized version of Franklin’s glass armonica a musical instrument employing glass and water to create sound, and two-minute animated vignettes designed to help visitors understand critical turning points in Franklin’s life.

A clear view of the shoring necessary to support the work going on above.

More information:

CBS local news coverage on the job.

Click here for news on the construction job.


Superior Scaffold was called in to assist with the renovations of the historic Strawbridge & Clothier building in downtown Philadelphia.  The 100 year-old building was once the worlds largest dry goods building.  Over the years it has sat in disrepair until they decided to bring it back to it’s former glory.  They new center will be home for 100 businesses as 1000 residential units.  They are doing a superb job of keeping the old style while giving the new structure nice upgrades.

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The bank of 20 elevators, yes, I said 20 elevators, wow, are a glorious site to see, however, only 10 will remain in service.  The other shafts will be used for vents, electrical, plumbing and other things.  It’s really a smart use of space.

Superior was called in to help assist crews working in the elevator shafts.  Aluminum beams were placed across the open shafts on specific floors and then planked so crews could work inside the actual shaft.  The units were moved up each floor as needed.

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I just find it fascinating the ways crews can use scaffolding to access different parts of jobs, all kinds of jobs, large and small.