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Train kept a’ rollin’ all night long – Amtrak Hamilton Station rocks a new platform

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Superior Scaffold was called out to build an 1100 foot long temporary train platform at the Amtrak Hamilton Station in Trenton, NJ.

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Not only did crews have to work around the trains speeding past them at 85mph every 15 minutes but they had to work at night (in the dark) over a very busy weekend. (4,700 passengers per day) Imagine just getting your rhythm working when the whistle blows and you have to stop everything and wait for a passing train – every fifteen minutes. Ouch.

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But look at the work our crews did!  It integrates seamlessly into the existing platform. Had I not pointed this entire thing out – you probably wouldn’t have noticed and just boarded your train like you do everyday.

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Amtrak is upgrading the electrical lines above track number 1 so they called on Superior to build a temporary platform OVER the tracks extending to track 2 where patrons could board and exit the trains from the open and running track number two.  Look at how awesome the deck looks!

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The platform we built is 1100 feet long, 12’ wide, and 3’ 6” high. There are some pretty cool engineering specs going on under those planks. Superior engineer, Mike Leone, designed it to handle a load of 150 psf. Crews used 12’ long steel beam stringers and bypassed aluminum joists at 28” cc.

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The deck sits on top of the joists and is 2’X10’ pressure treated wood.

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In this photo you can really see the work put into the scaffold substructure. It’s a system scaffold comprised of 20” long cut trees with starter collars and jacks. And if you look carefully, you can see the banding that holds the entire structure down to the tracks themselves to keep it from moving. Each bay (8’ wide X 7’ wide) was strapped down for wind uplift.

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There was also extensive work agreeing on an adequate clamping system both for the steel beam stringers as well as for the aluminum joists. The jacks rested on a continuous stack of three 2”x10” fire retardant wood sills nailed together.

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We worked with the contractor on the anchoring system; we provided custom ties from Fazio Steel for anchoring into the existing concrete piers.

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And that’s how you construct a temporary train platform.

Remember, when you need to keep the trains a rollin’ call Superior Scaffold at 215 743-2200 and ask for Tommy (TuTone 8675309) Creighton.

And for you train buffs – of all types not just the commuter variety – this is for you.  And probably one of the greatest versions of this song EVER recorded!  Turn it up LOUD.  If this doesn’t want to make you go out and build something – or tear down something, for that matter, I don’t know what will.  Enjoy.

And my all time favorite southern rock band, Blackfoot, burning down the house – Train, Train.

 

From Wiki:

Trenton Transit Center, formerly known as Trenton Rail Station, is the main passenger train station in Trenton, New Jersey. It is the westernmost stop in New Jersey on theNortheast Corridor. It is the terminus for New Jersey Transit trains to and from New York City and SEPTA Trenton Line Regional Rail trains to and from PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, and an intermediate station for Amtrak trains traveling between the two cities along the Northeast Corridor.

 

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Are you ready for some football? Mast climber in elevator shaft – Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles Stadium) expansion

“Are you ready for some football?”  Well, the Philadelphia Eagles will be this year with some incredible upgrades to their stadium during the off season.  And Superior Scaffold is proud to have played a part.

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The Eagles are transforming the game day experience by placing nearly 1,600 more seats in the stadium. The Eagles and Panasonic have also teamed up to install the highest-definition LED video boards in the entire NFL. In all, 9,400 square feet of video and ribbon boards will make the in-game experience almost as visually stunning as the action on the field.

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Superior was brought in to provide a Mast Climber (MC-10) work platform to help construct the new elevator linking the lower section with the new sky bridge that links the top sections together. Now, putting a mast climber work platform inside an elevator shaft is nothing new – but it’s not something you get to see everyday, especially in such a revered place like Lincoln Financial Field. This particular platform was used to construct the entire shaft from the ground up.

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The second phase of this project is about three times the size of last year’s undertaking. In addition to the seats and the video boards, a bridge is being built to connect the East and West sides of the stadium – and the club levels are being renovated. There are 200 construction workers on site for the first of two shifts each day and up to 50 workers for the second shift.

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Mast climbing work platforms come in handy to get to those hard to reach places . You can transport materials and quickly gain access to various levels inside the shaft without having to use cumbersome traditional scaffolding.

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At this phase, you can see the steel was in place and crews were adding insulation board and just starting to enclose the elevator shaft using cinderblocks.

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A second larger twin mast climber (MC-3615) was brought in to help finish the outside wall behind the new seating area. (I will add pics when I get them). But it looks like this guy right here.

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Adding the 1,626 seats to the formerly open corners of the stadium brings the new total seat count to 69,176. The idea is to keep more noise in during the home games, eliminate the blowing wind through the stadium and of course, sell more tickets. It is an incredible expansion and really pumps up the volume for Eagles fans at the game.

 

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You can read more about the expansion here:

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Eagles-show-off-improvements-to-Lincoln-Financial-Field.html#F8ame5SYlEgAO6Ro.99

http://www.lincolnfinancialfield.com/

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Eagles-show-off-improvements-to-Lincoln-Financial-Field.html

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/article-1/Fans-Can-Expect-A-New-Gameday-Experience/c6a77854-707f-46ec-9eb6-6f7a92e28863

If you have a multi-story commercial job with hard to reach places call Bob Sarkisian at Superior Scaffold, (215) 743-2200 and he’ll design a custom solution that meets your needs, just like he did here.

 

And yes, I prefer the Faith Hill version of the “Are you ready for some football” theme to the Carrie Underwood or Pink versions, but you be the judge.

Truth be told, I kinda miss Hank. This one really summed it up.

 

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Superior Scaffold ramps up for Toyota at the Philly Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show runs from February 8 – 16, 2014 at the The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

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Toyota set up an indoor track complete with traction ramps, water hazards, sand traps and suspension bumps giving the user the ultimate car buying experience.  Patrons are invited to ride along inside the new line up of Toyota vehicles to get a real world idea of how they will perform.

Toyota contacted Superior Scaffold to build the ramp that would test the climbing and traction control of their vehicles.  We jumped at the chance.  The ramp is 8’ high by 14’ wide and 53’ long.  (see pic)

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The challenge here was that the ramp not only had to support the weight of the cars driving up and over it but also the 100 tons of dirt that would be put on top of it.

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Superior engineers put pen to paper and calculated weight ratios and all of their super mathematical formulas and came up with a superior design (which was stamped and authorized).

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Work set out using beams, system scaffold, and shoring materials to construct the ramp.

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Details: 14’ aluminum beams on 2’ centers were used at the ramps, 14’ steel beams at 2’ centers were used at the top (flat) section.  3’ and 4’ spans were used going side to side, and 2’ spans going ramp to ramp.  They also used U-Heads on the flat sections and swivel U-Jacks on the ramps.  Then they crossed everything with 18’ aluminum beams on the ramps at 1’ centers and 12’ aluminum beams at 1’ centers on the top section.  And then the entire thing was skinned with 3/4’” plywood.

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It’s a wild looking design that ultimately holds ton’s of weight. It’s so sturdy in fact that Superior Estimator, Pat McAndrew, and foreman, Kenny Foreman were putting finishing touches on beneath the ramp and Pat said, “We were under there for at least 20 minutes and unbeknownst to us – cars had been driving over it the entire time.  We never felt a thing.  It’s that sturdy.”

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We were glad to help Toyota show off their new line up of vehicles.  Now, if we can get a test ride around the track a few times we will be happy.

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

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How to add floors to an existing building – high exposure cantilever scaffold

This is amazing to me.  How do you add 3 floors to an already existing building?  You probably haven’t thought about that before.  I know that I hadn’t but the people at Superior Scaffold have many times.  In downtown areas space is a valuable commodity so sometimes the only place to expand is up.

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But this leaves a myriad of challenges.  The biggest one being how do we do all of the necessary heavy work outside of the building that needs to be done?  Well, by creating working space outside of the area being built.

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And in this case at the Parc Rittenhouse – there needed to be enough room and support to handle all of the weight for construction materials and the guys laying the bricks, facade and masonry work on the new addition.

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Check out how Superior Scaffold engineers solved the problem.  It wasn’t from scaffolding from the ground up (impossible on this job – the lower roof wouldn’t support it) but from beneath the floors that were being added onto.  They used a high exposure cantilever scaffold system with giant weight supporting aluminum beams.  Check out the photos!

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These huge beams are levered inside the floors below and stick out the windows.  They are then counter-balanced with another set of aluminum beams up against the ceiling joists to hold the weight outside of the building.  The ceiling beams are shored up and the system is balanced.

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It’s a crazy system but makes total sense.  Let the existing building take the weight and leverage to support anything outside on the beams.  See the photos.

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In some cases, like on the corners, crews had to actually cut holes into the brick to stick out the aluminum beams.  And then, they would deck them and add scaffolding.

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Then, the crews deck it and put any scaffolding onto it to get up the next level.  I don’t know the weight ratio of what it can hold (I’ll have to ask the engineers and get back to you) but it’s a tremendous amount.

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Superior  then erected a 45′ high systems scaffold to allow worker access to each of the floors as they were constructed.  They also added several man material hoists to get building materials and equipment up to the top.  There are suspended scaffolds on the job too helping install the new balconies.

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Superior also had to install overhead protection all of the way around the building. This was quite an extensive job.

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The building exterior also underwent a makeover bringing it back to its former glory of almost ¾ a century ago.

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Here are a few (never before seen) shots of what the additional floors and subsequent penthouses looked like in their finishing stage.  If you look carefully, you can still see some of the cantilever beams sticking out through the brick.

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All in all, this is a very cool way to add additional floors to an already existing structure.  Superior scaffold has done this many times and are experts at it – so don’t try this at home.  Give them a call at (215) 743-2200 or visit them at www.superiorscaffold.com today.

So say it with me, 3 times really fast.

High exposure cantilever scaffold system

High exposure cantilever scaffold system

High exposure cantilever scaffold system

The Parc Rittenhouse is at 225 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA


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Suspended Scaffold & Overhead Protection at Rittenhouse Plaza, Philadelphia

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Deep in the heart of Philadelphia’s most prestigious historic district (Rittenhouse Square) is this gem of a pre-war building called Rittenhouse Plaza at 19th and Walnut.  The historical structure of this building is being preserved to retain the integrity of the original design (1926).

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Superior Scaffold was called in to help get crews all around the perimeter of this 21 story art deco building while they give it an extensive exterior restoration.  Our experience working with historic buildings gave us the upper hand in designing a suspended scaffold plan to get crews onto the facade.  Bob Sarkisian, V.P. of Suspended Scaffolds worked extensively with the client on the best approach to complete this job.  Ultimately, there were multiple suspended scaffolds working simultaneously to finish the job.

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Because it the building’s design and limited access to the roof area, Sarkisian spent many hours working with the clients designing the rigging and platform layout for utmost access and safety.  You can see in this photo where he had to place the outriggers and counter weights to balance the suspended scaffolds.  If you look carefully at some of these other photos around the back and sides you can see the swings and the outriggers.

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And in these photos you can see the shape of the building and how the staging was building to accommodate the corners (to get the most real estate for crews)

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Superior also designed a fully functional overhead protection system that allowed the work to continue overhead while everything went on business as usual down below.

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Crews were able to complete the restoration work on time and within budget helping make the Rittenhouse Plaza shine to its proper glory.

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Some fun facts about The Plaza:

*The building is a Co-Op and not a condominium.
*1901 Walnut St. is finished in an Art Deco Style, and has one of the most visually interesting lobbies in town.
*When first constructed in the 1920’s, the building was designed in such a way that it basically could be split down the middle,
and would be the same on both sides. Two elevator banks, serving 3 units per floor.
*Elevators were manned until the mid 1990’s…today, they are fully automated 🙂

http://www.centercitycondos.com/high_rises/rittenhouse_plaza.html

Call Superior Scaffold today for all of your suspended scaffold and overhead protection needs.  (215) 743-2200


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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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Superior Scaffold Sidewalk Shed: The key to commerce.

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To some this might seem a bit commonplace, since you see them everywhere, but to us it’s the key to commerce.  These canopies are what keep industry rolling.  Just think about it for a minute.  If we didn’t construct these sidewalk sheds around buildings that were doing façade work or window replacement or brick and mortar repointing, everything would shut down.  No food for the tenants, no around the corner morning coffees, no treats or ice cream – nothing.  These are our very own little stimulus package.

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Many times, just like with this canopy, it serves a dual purpose; one, keeping the building and byways open for business while protecting the patrons and two; it also works as a platform for our swing stages.  (We will have some additional pics later).

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These are known by a couple of names – Canopy, sidewalk shed, overhead protection.  It really doesn’t matter which one you use or prefer but the result is the same.  I never really understood the term “Sidewalk Shed”.  Maybe it’s because it’s shaped like a shed and provides protection overhead and from the sides?  It’s sits on the sidewalk, that part makes sense but it’s really not a shed, it’s more of a walkway, a passage, a throughput… Hmm????   I looked up the term Shed in the dictionary and this is what it said: a slight structure built for shelter or storage; especially :  a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed.  Someone in the office suggested that the term might have come from train shed, or snow shed.  He mentioned that it might be anything with sides and a roof and then said that it could have come from NYC – back when they used to use corrugated metal on the sides so they looked like a shed.  I don’t know.  Googling around really didn’t produce much – other than: A sidewalk shed must be erected whenever materials will be hoisted over the sidewalk, regardless of building height or horizontal distance between building and sidewalk.

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This is a very well designed and constructed canopy at the corner of 20th and JFK, in Center City, Philly.  It’s what we call an extra-tall canopy to clear the giant storefront windows.  Superior Scaffold can accommodate any scenario – large, small, medium, wide, short, we customize them to every job.  We can add different colors that accent the building (see our Amtrak canopy blog) put debris netting around the top for added protection, and even completely enclose the sides to protect against the elements.

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So, the next time you are walking through Philadelphia or any city, for that matter, take a moment to thank your scaffolding company (Superior Scaffold on the East Coast) for their work helping to keep your city moving and open for business.

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And if you find yourself in need of a Canopy, Sidewalk Shed, Overhead Protection, or sidewalk bridge – pick up the phone and call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visite www.superiorscaffold.com.

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Superior Scaffold doing double duty

In this edition of “Scaffolding Philadelphia” we get to show you how we can do double duty with our scaffolding creations.

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This particular story was previously documented in the number 1 hit blog “Bend Me, Shape Me” that detailed the versatility of the altrex staging used by our suspeded scaffold division.  But this soon to be number one blog hit “Double Duty” (I can see Foreigner singing the theme song here or since this is a Tony P job – even Journey with Steve Perry) details the lower half of the job at City View.

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Not  only did this overhead protection have to protect the general public from all of the window and facade work going on above them but it also had to become the platforms for the swings to sit on at the end of the day.

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This is a fairly extensive canopy that had to allow for the entire walkway, entryway, and even shops to remain open during the entire phase of renovation.

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The people at 2001 Hamilton St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 were more than gracious while Superior Scaffold erected this sidewalk shed out front.  Here’s a shot of the  job as it is being built.

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Here’s a shot from the roof where you can see the outrigger for the swings dangling below.

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And this is a shot of the building’s setback that the swing department had to negotiate.  See the shots below on how they managed that – or read the “Bend Me, Shape Me” blog.

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The day I was “up air” super salesman, Anthony Pini, provided coffee and donuts for the crew.  It obviously paid off because not only did the overhead protection do the job but it looked great as well.

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You can see the extensive work crews did to keep this patio restaurant open for business.

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If you need a sidewalk shed, overhead protection, a canopy or even a custom swing (Suspended Scaffold) job call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Tony P.


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Stop and smell the construction site – Philadelphia, PA

I am a reminded of a quote by Prince Phillip, “I declare this thing open – whatever it is,” while opening a new annex at Vancouver City Hall…  Now, why you say?  Well, because when I first saw this – I really didn’t pay much attention to it – other than what it would seem to be, on the outside; a couple of  mast climbers and some overhead protection. (which really worked well – see pic 5)

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But if you dug deeper into the first photo you would see, as I did, a much more complex set of circumstances at play here.  Not only did Superior Scaffold master estimator, Tom Cruise, aka Tony Pini, have to get the mast climbers up to the sky and into the stratus to do facade restoration but he had to build a custom entryway that would allow delivery trucks to maintain their daily routes in and out of the back of The Dorchester Apartments.

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So, you will see two different levels of overhead protection going on here.  Subtle, yes, but there nonetheless.  If you look carefully, there are two sections of the loading dock that needed constant access, the main dock and smaller trash pickup area.  And then the mast climbers sit on top of the overhead protection – all out of the way.

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If you actually take a minute to stop and smell the roses or construction dust – you might see something deeper than it appears on the surface.

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Like this shot.  Seems simple right?  You bet.  The debris netting that is put up to capture falling debris and prevent it from landing on the ground has done it’s job.

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Here you can also see the single mastclimber MC-10 (with platforms) on the left that fits nicely into the smaller recessed area of the building.  And to the right is the larger mastclimber that provides access to the entire wall and even around the corner with the added return.

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I am reminded of this quote:  “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.”
Oscar Levant

The Dorchester on Rittenhouse Square sits directly in the middle of the world famous Rittenhouse Square, 226 West Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 546-1111

People just rave about The Dorchester – but don’t take my word for it – or mine… read this:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-dorchester-condominiums-philadelphia

And if you should require custom built overhead protection while doing facade repair or mast climbers call Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200  or go to www.superiorscaffold.com


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Superior Scaffold hangs a whopper of a job at Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY

This is a monstor of a job.  We promised some photos and since we, at Superior Scaffold, keep our promises – here they are.

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It’s hard to believe that this all hangs 40 feet ABOVE the entire gaming room floor while people are hustling and bustling about underneath.

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They sit above the interior that is the size of 2 full length football fields.

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These wings or fingers are 300 and 400 feet long!

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What this project entails is getting crews up underneath the ceiling while the casino remains open for business as usual so they can get the new HVAC and mechanicals installed.

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The solution came in the form of what is called a multi-point suspended scaffold.  It’s not only wide, but stable enough to hold equipment, rolling towers, HVAC piping, etc.

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These giant work platforms actually hang from chains from the arched trusses at the ceiling.  It’s netted in so nothing can fall off of the sides and its sturdy enough to support just about anything you can put onto it.

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We’ve done these before (see blog on Hanging bridge platform) but never at this scale.

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The ceiling has giant arches which of course curve and give different elevations along that curve.  So the challenge for our crews was to get the lengths of chains correct over the entire spans of this platform while they were assembling them to keep the platform perfectly level.

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The segments had to hang at different elevations from the trusses to accommodate the particular ducting and venting going on up there.  Some lengths would be 20 feet while others would be 10 and so forth.  But once our guys go the proper lengths in place the platform was installed, level and sturdy.

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Here is a video so you can see in real time what these platforms look like.

There aren’t many comapanies that can or will undertake an immense job like this.  Our star estimator, Anthony Pini, made it his personal mission to come up with solutions to solve this engineering problem – and his team succeeded without incident.

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The new HVAC and mechanicals are installed and everyone at the Seneca Niagara Casini can literally breathe easier!

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Call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 for solutions to your unique scaffolding project.  Ask for Tom Cruise, AKA Tony Pini.