Posts Tagged ‘PA’

Repaired Statue Returns to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Superior Scaffold was called in to help rescue the statue after the earthquake – and now 5 months to the day – she is going back up on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Congrats to all! Here’s the video story from NBC news in Philadelphia.


Superior helps Academy of Music keep its 155th-anniversary Concert and Ball – Rolling

It was a slightly different Saturday night in January at the Academy of Music’s 155th Anniversary party.  But this year the honored guests didn’t leave to enjoy the entertainment – they stayed for the entire event.

Thanks in part to Superior Scaffold and grand sales master Tony Pini, a special stage was extended all the way into the house with a floor that was built from the stage level to the  low rise of the theater, over the orchestra seats.  And for the first time, this allowed the guests to spread out and party all in one location.

Built using system scaffold, planking and plywood – it was constructed just like a work platform on many of Superior’s jobs – but this one was actually danced upon!

Superior Scaffold’s Tony Pini, working closely with Senior Project Designer, John Trosino, also constructed a special party area where revelers could mingle and

dance beneath the great chandelier that was lowered just for the special event.

 

Here are a few photos that show how the floor was constructed over the open areas of the theater.

“It’s long been a goal of mine to have an open house in the Academy and to be able to do it the way they did it in 1857,” Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis said.

Party goers were treated to an incredible night of entertainment including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz singer Diana Krall, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

 

In attendance were Gov. Corbett, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Lisa Nutter, and her husband, Mayor Nutter among others.

(photos courtesy of MICHAEL BRYANT / the Inquirer)

Superior scaffold incorporates elevated “dance floors” in many of their scaffolding jobs but this was probably the first time it was actually used as a real DANCE FLOOR!.

They are also known as work platforms in the industry.

Proceeds benefited the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra Association.  The 146-year-old Academy of Music is the oldest known continuously operating opera house in the United States. The building, constructed in 1857, was built using solid brick bearing walls and timber framed floors and roof. It has served for the last 147 years as Philadelphia’s premier opera house and served for over a century as home to The Philadelphia Orchestra.


Superior Builds “Ice Bridge” at 2012 Bridgestone NBC NHL Winter Classic @Citizens Bank Park, Philiadelphia, PA

It’s a big game.  Some even say “a holiday tradition“.   This year’s game features an intense rivalry between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers battle outdoors at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, home of the Phillies. This is the fifth iteration of the NHL Winter Classic, an event created by both NBC Sports and the NHL.

Superior Scaffold was brought in to build the “Ice Bridge” that spans the fan’s walkway (concourse) down to the rink itself.  The scaffolding allows the pipes that bring in the water and chemicals to make the ice to travel safely from the outside of the stadium all the way down to the rink on the inside.   It allows the concourse to remain open to fans while still providing the ability to keep the ice flowing.

The scaffold is all wrapped in a decorative scrim with graphics from both teams and sponsors.

You can watch a very cool timelapse of the rink being built here: 

NBC’s coverage of the Winter Classic will be hosted by Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner. He will be joined by NBC Sports Group studio analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick for coverage on NBC and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network.  NBC’s game coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter).

Last year’s Winter Classic was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in 36 years.  The game was watched by 4.5 million viewers.


Superior Scaffold / Scaffolding Rental, sales, repair, service

New Copper Swages or Ferrules for Suspended Scaffold wire ropes

Our Superior Scaffold Suspended expert tells us about the new copper swages.

Why they are stronger, safer, and better than traditional bolt on ferrules or fist grips for wire ropes and tie-downs.

Very simply put – time and safety.  Traditionally, you had to make sure each of your fist grips were tightened sufficiently before getting to work.  With these new copper swages you are safe and secure and working the minute you hit the job site.

Another helpful hint from Superior Scaffold.  Also see scaffolding


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.


Insert into Catholic Star Herald – Save Our Lady of Lourdes

Superior Scaffold’s photos were used in the press releases and this insert into the Catholic Star Herald.

See additional photos here.

If you would like to help with the preservation of this beloved landmark…

Click on the image above to read more about this worthwhile cause.

Or click on the following link:

Save Our Lady of Lourdes insert into Catholic Star Herald


Independence Hall Update – 10.4.11

Well, things are surely coming along at the Independence Hall Tower.  Crews have really done a terrific job getting the spire repainted, the ball and weather vane re-guilded, the roof flashing in place.  It’s looks great.  They have even taken most of the decorative urns down to have them repainted as well.   I saw it with my own eyes.  It’s been a good 6 months since I was last up on the scaffold.  I do have photos and will post them up tomorrow.   We got to see inside the bell housing as well.  They have put new metal flashing down in there as well and completely repainted the surrounding bell housing.  This new refurb should last another 100 years.  It’s pretty cool to see how the tower is taking shape as they move down further towards the ground and take down the decorative scrim.  We did notice that they are getting the gold colors in the clock faces as well.  Just a quick entry here but I will post more details when I get the photos up.


How we got Press for our Company – Part 3 (Success)

Everyone will tell you, that in business you need a bit of luck once in a while – and this was no different.  We had everything together and ready to go but who would we get it to?

And as bit of luck would have it, while going through our contacts, we remembered an email we had gotten from Vince Brennan, the editor at Scaffold Industry Magazine a few months prior, asking what we had going on.  Bam.  We gave Erik Highland, our photographer and marketing guy,  Vince’s name and number and said – “have it him.”,  which he obviously did, because a week later we were answering a list of questions he had prepared for us about our roll in the Independence Hall renovation.  Erik sent him some of the photographs (with and without the scrim) and Vince thought they might even be good enough to garner the cover shot!  How cool would that be?    We were all very excited about this opportunity.

For several weeks we went back and forth with the photographs and text that Vince had written for the article.  It was a terrific story and the photographs really helped accentuate the work we had done.

We crossed our fingers that our scaffold and scrim project would make it onto the cover of one of the biggest magazines in our industry.  But as fate would have it – we lost out to a man wearing a safety harness.  The issue was all about safety so they went with a logical choice.  But Vince did an awesome job with the article!  Superior Scaffold from Philadelphia got a 4 page spread on the inside of the magazine.

 

It worked.  Our small idea about documenting the job we did and then finding an angle for the story paid off.

And that wasn’t the end.  There was more to come!

See part 4.


Getting Press for our Company Part 2 (writing a press release and searching contacts)

Okay – we’ve made our plan.  We’ve picked the project that would be great for all of America to talk about (the renovation of Independence Hall) and we’ve gotten some fantastic photos of both phases of the job site.

Now what?

How do we get press for the scaffold work we’ve done?   We started by compiling a list of contacts that we have had over the years.  Some are still valid and some are not – but we look at them as possible leads to run a story on us.  While we are culling through our possible contacts we write a press release detailing our role in the renovation process.  Since we were not the general contractor (GC) but the scaffold company, we have a slightly different role in the process (mainly designing, renting, transporting and erecting the scaffolding).

So we come up with our angle on the story.  Every press release needs an angle.  Since the major papers in the area have all done a generic story on the renovation of the beloved landmark we need something new, something fresh that will still tie into the overall renovation project.

We find it in the decorative scrim that was added to our scaffolding.  That’s a cool story because, not only does the scrim add a great look to building while renovations are taking place but the structural engineering changes that had to be made to accommodate it were pretty significant.  So we detailed the equipment, the procedures and even include a few quotes from the engineers and the CEO of the company – and boom.  We are ready to get it out to the public.

For the correct format of writing a press release and/or what to include you can google or hit any of the search engines “How to write a good press release” and you’ll get plenty of guidance.

We knew that we wanted to be placed in some of the industry magazines so that’s where we focused.

A home run.  See part 3.


Independence Hall Renovations Continue

Superior Scaffold is wrapping up it’s role in the renovation of Independence Hall.

Here are some shots of the guys installing the scrim.

These amazing photos were taken by erik at highfilms.com.

Get a more in-depth look at the project including pictures and details at  Superior Scaffold.com.

The top section is coming down now revealing the reguilded lightening ball and weathervane as well as the freshly painted spire.  Click here to see what they looked like prior to renovation.

The second section will be coming down soon revealing the newly renovated glass clock faces and bell housing.

This project is managed by the National Parks Service.  For details and times to see the renovations go here:

The scrim was provided by Friends of Independence.

This has been a wonderful project to be involved with. Tell us what you think.