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Jacob’s Ladder – Superior Scaffold’s material moving hoist system.

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Now, we all know that the biblical version of Jacob’s Ladder is the bridge between earth and heaven as dreamt by Jacob and described in the Book of Genesis. The significance of that ladder was obviously greater than our version of Jacobs Ladder. But our ladder, if you will, or hoist at Jacobs Music (in Center City, Philadelphia, PA) moves heavy material from the earth skyward to its position on the façade of this structure and even to the roof of the building.

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Using a Patriot 1000 material hoist rigged atop of system scaffold at the top of our canopy and on the roof, masonry crews from Knapp Masonry are able to position super heavy pieces of marble anywhere on the façade of the building.

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As you recall, Superior was sent out on an emergency call a while back when it was discovered that pieces of the façade were falling off. Our emergency services crew quickly erected an overhead protection system or canopy to protect customers and pedestrians. We also erected an access scaffold to get inspectors and crews up to see the damage so a plan could be developed for the repair work.  

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After that inspection, they determined not only were portions of the façade in disrepair but portions of the large marble panels needed to be replaced.

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And in order to do that Superior had to come up with another solution to get the material from the ground up to the façade. Originally, a material hoist was to be added to get the marble up from the ground in between the scaffold and building itself. But our resident “King of Swing” Bob Sarkisian devised a monorail system to not only get the material up in between the building and the scaffold but to also get it anywhere on the façade and onto the roof where crews could work with it and store excess material. See the pics. It’s really a brilliant idea using system scaffold, steel beams and a Patriot 1000 material hoist.

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Here you can see crew members placing one of the heavy marble panels using the material hoist to get it into place.

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So not a ladder, per say, but a super intelligent way to move heavy material from the earth to the sky and even to a façade at Jacobs Music.

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And if you need solutions to move material call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com

 And what post would be complete without some Rush for your listening pleasure.

 

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Look closely – Park Towne Place Apartment Homes, PA

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In a world where even the smallest details get blow up on the interwebs it seems harder and harder to get someone’s attention or interest. But this was one of those cool jobs that seemed much less attention-getting from the outset but further digging proved just how creative our designers and crew had to be.

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What do you see when you look the picture of the debris chute sticking out from the side of the building? A plain debris chute?  Look again.

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It’s a 200 foot high debris chute with access on ALL 20 floors! And in order to have a hopper on each level Superior Scaffold needed to encase the chute in a system scaffold structure that would support the weight of the debris system. So the actual chute is supported by the system scaffold and not just dangling off of the roof.

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And then as an added precaution we encased the entire unit with debris netting to keep the dust and detritus contained.

 

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And there’s even more. More, you say?  Yes, unbelievable.  Superior also designed an ingenious loading platform at the back of the building for safe access to the hoist and all of the material. 

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It provided overhead protection as well as a safe place for crews to get on and off of the man material hoist.

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Superior was super smart on this one.  Aren’t ya’ glad you stuck around to take a closer look at these pics.

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If you need some Superior solutions to your access or trash problems call (215) 743-2200 today. Ask for Anthony – he will take care of you.

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Stairway to Heaven (Hi-Load tower and Material Hoist)

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Crews install new hand-cut, Golden Jerusalem Limestone stairs at the Rodeph Shalom synagogue.

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The challenge was how to get the 25 treads, at 800 pounds each and 8 feet long, from their shipping crates set onto the staircase inside the building.

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The solution, from Superior Scaffold, came in the form of two high-load scaffold towers with an 18’ long steel beam running in between them, then incorporating a Hi Tech Patriot 1000 cable hoist to do the lifting.

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The hoist was able to travel along the steel beam to pick up the heavy stairs and then move them over to the particular position and then lower them down into place.

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Each stair was dollied inside from the exterior staging area and set down near the hoist.

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This setup was done in two stages: the first actually having one of the stair towers standing directly on the staircase to set the lower sandstone stairs and then the second stage was moved up above the staircase to set the upper stairs.

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Here you can see the crew putting the Patriot 1000 into place on the steel beam.

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The hoist would then lower the massive stairs into place where crew members would use a concrete adhesive to permanently set them.

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This incredible upgrade goes with the unique motif of the rest of Rodeph Shalom that was inspired by the great Synagogue of Florence, Italy. It is one of the only synagogues in the United States that retains the Byzantine-Moorish style.

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Each stair was hand cut from Golden Jerusalem limestone and was 5.5” high X 1’ 2” wide X 8’ 2” long and shipped from Jerusalem.

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They were staged out in this courtyard and moved inside using a dolly (come-a-long) and straps.

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The scaffolding had engineered drawings to make sure the weight calculations were correct. The general contractor was Intech and the sub was Belfi Brothers.

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Superior Scaffold was proud to be a part of this prestigious project.

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Call Pat at (215) 743-2200 for your next scaffold/scaffolding, access project – he will take care of you. You can always visit www.superiorscaffold.com

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Our material hoists are great for this type of project.

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Rodeph Shalom is a Reform congregation in Center City Philadelphia. It is welcome all who come to explore or deepen their connection to Judaism and God.

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Amazing uses for scaffolding. Calpine energy turbine repair.

Every now and then, a really cool use for scaffolding comes across my desk, and this is one of those times.  Maybe I’m just genuinely curious as to how stuff works but I thought I’d pass this along.

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This is the top of giant electric turbine at the Calpine Energy, Delta, PA power plant.   The plant is a state-of-the-art, combined cycle, power generating plant powered mainly by natural gas.  The plant consists of 8 electric generators – and these photos are of one of those turbines!  Basically, these gigantic turbines spin around at amazing speed to produce electricity for cities and towns.

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Calpine called Superior Scaffold out to construct support scaffolding around one of the giant Siemens V84.2 turbines so the top could be removed and stored while work was done inside.  As you can see from the photos, just the top of the turbine is enormous.  Once inside the turbine, crews had to pull the entire thing apart to find the problem.  Once that was addressed workers had to reassemble the entire unit – but this time they welded counter weights on the turbine to keep it spinning up to a tolerance factor of 1000th of and inch.

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It always amazes me at the different uses for scaffold – and this is just another in a long list of cool applications.

For a more technical description of how their plant converts energy read this blurb from their website.

The plant works like this:  Steam for the steam turbines is generated in heat recovery steam generators – unfired boilers that get their heat from hot gas exhaust leaving the gas turbines. The combustion turbines, which primarily burn natural gas, can also run on low-sulfur diesel fuel oil. When combined, these two power cycles (the gas turbine and the boiler/steam turbine) create a highly fuel-efficient plant, consuming significantly less fuel than needed by a traditional fossil-fired boiler/steam turbine generator plant.  This conversion spins the turbines which in turn convert steam into electricity for Delta, PA customers.

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A unique before and after look at Boathouse Row repair, Philadelphia, PA

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Superior Scaffold at Bachelors Barge Club (Est 1853), Philadelphia, PA.

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Bachelors boathouse #6, (built in 1893) is repairing part of the exterior of their house on Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse row.   Superior provided canopy protection for the side of the building while erecting system scaffold above – so crews could get access to the spots that needed repairing without hindering daily operations.

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This is a unique opportunity to see a before and after view of the repair process.  As you can see in the first series of photos taken by Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew, there are large cracks in the facade of the structure.  And you can see just where they are located on the building and where crews will have to get access to affect repairs.

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It’s Pat’s job to estimate the amount of man and materials it will take to finish the repairs.  And in many instances, it’s also his job to configure the best scaffolding approach to access the job.

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Here, he chose 767 Philly frames to construct a canopy (sidewalk shed) over the entryway so Bachelors members could use the building on a daily basis while work continued overhead.  This is a great way to keep business as usual for the buildings being worked on while creating a very stable platform for the work crews to complete their tasks above.

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Pat also chose a series of system scaffold on top of the canopy to create different levels, in essence, for better access.  He also added a hoist and access ladders on the ends giving the scaffolding two separate levels.  It’s all very stable and easy to get equipment up and down.

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We will provide you with the finished photographs once the work is complete.

If you need an estimate for anything scaffold related (scaffolding, scaffold services, shoring, facade work, inspection) just give Pat a call.  He’s one of the best in the business.  (215) 743-2200.

A brief history of Bachelors Barge Club.

The club originally housed its boats in a wooded shack on the north side of the Schuylkill River constructed for the imposing sum of $67.85.  Today its over 150 members row out of a stately brick boathouse constructed in 1893 on the original site, now known as #6 Boathouse Row.  The boathouse is also home to four high school rowing programs and the Wharton Graduate Crew.

Bachelors Barge has hosted high school rowing on a continuous basis since 1948 when Lower Merion initiated a rowing program.  Lower Merion was subsequently followed by Harriton High School, The Baldwin School, and Conestoga High School in that order.  Wharton Graduate is the most recent tenant to join Bachelors Barge however they have historical ties to the club going back to 1864 when George W. Wharton was an active member.

Home of Drexel crew.

Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive (named after famous Philadelphia oarsman John B. Kelly, Jr.).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boathouse_Row


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Superior Scaffold adapts scaffold for shoring at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the oldest and top ranked children’s hospital in the United States, called Superior Scaffold to first come out and scaffold in a stairwell for removal of lights and mechanicals in a research center building on their new campus.

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The hospital, located next to the University of Pennsylvania, then called Superior to return to the stairwell to see if they could adapt scaffolding, already in place, to provide shoring so a portion of the 8” concrete ceiling slab could be cut out and removed.  Estimator and scaffolding expert, Pat McAndrew, took one look at the job and said, “no problem”.  And then quickly came up with a solution to adapt the existing scaffolding into a superior shoring device.

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The resulting design allowed the scaffolding to shore up the slab so it could be removed.  It’s this kind of quick thinking and customer service that makes Superior Scaffold number one in the Tri-State Area.

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


Video Tour of the Virgin Mary Statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Here is a video tour of the scaffolding and the Mother Mary statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ. It clearly shows the damage that the earthquake did to her as well as the necessary guy-wires to hold her down in case of aftershocks. Superior Scaffold had to transport all of the scaffolding materials through a maze in the hospital and even assemble most of the sections on a lower roof and then hoist them up where they could be put into place. You can see the difficulties in just getting to the statue in another video I posted called access.