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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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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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Scaffolding support for facade and masonry restoration @ First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

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Superior Scaffold is proud to be working on the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia.

We are providing scaffolding support for a complete facade and masonry restoration on this church constructed after the civil war.

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Superior was called in because of our experience working with historic buildings, especially ones that might have delicate or sensitive objects.  This particular church was no different – they have one of the most extensive stainded glass window collections on the east coast.  See it here.

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The First Presbyterian Church also has some beautiful artifacts and spires at the top of their steeples that required a special touch.

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We also provided debris netting around the scaffolding for added protection as crews performed their restoration.  And we installed a canopy, sidewalk shed, for pedestrian protection and so the church could remain open while the restoration work went on.

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This wonderful church is getting back to it’s full glory.  Superior Scaffold is proud to have been a vital part of the restoration process.

This church has an incredible history.  The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia was organized in 1698, just 16 years after the arrival of William Penn.  For its first hundred years, the church occupied a site on High (now Market) Street, and both the first American presbytery and the first synod met in the church’s meetinghouse.  In the 1820s the congregation moved to the south side of Washington Square where it remained until the late 1920s, when it moved to 15th and Locust Streets.

After the Civil War, the Second Presbyterian Church constructed a new building at 21st and Walnut Streets. (201 South 21st Street (at Walnut) • Philadelphia, PA 19103 • 215.567.0532)  In 1949 the two congregations reunited to form one church, retaining the name First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia though occupying the building of the Second Presbyterian Church.

If you have an historic building that needs scaffolding support – call the best – Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.


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A renovation for the ARCH Building at University of Pennsylvania

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Superior Scaffold salesman, Anthony Pini rocked the house on this job at the University of Pennsylvania’s ARCH Building (Arts, Research and Culture House) in Philadelphia, PA.   Not only did he meet the client’s needs on every phase, but he went so far as to bring the crews coffee and donuts on several occasions.  He’s is certainly the king of customer service for Superior Scaffold.

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This is a very deceptive job from the outside because it’s shrouded from trees, signs, and netting.  It masks the major renovation going on both inside and outside of this historic building.  Built in 1929, it was in desperate need of a renovation.  This $15 million redo will add new flourishes while preserving the original ornate structure.

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The job was unique because it required Superior to scaffold half of the building so crews could get to the roof, façade, gables, balconies, windows, and even interiors all at the same time.  It was truly a multi-trade scaffolding job.  But the truly challenging part was that Superior crews had to take it all down and put it back up again when the work moved to the other side of the building.

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You can see here that intricate woodworking around the ceiling also needed to be addressed, so Superior provided the University of Pennsylvania with several rolling towers for the inside of the massive structure.

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The U of P had strict deadlines and timeframes for each phase of the job which Pini and Superior Scaffold met and exceeded.