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Being present in the presence of beauty, 1800 Rittenhouse Square

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Look up… Look around.

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See what’s out there. Beauty is everywhere.

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I think as a society we tend to focus on keeping our feet on the ground – bills, children, traffic, work, our future. I am a lucky guy. I get to walk through this illustrious city with my head towards the heavens. I don’t take for granted the beauty of this city or my position in it. I have a slight advantage over most because I actually get to see close up and even touch some of the greatest architecture.

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And each time it stirs something inside me. Ethereal as this might sound, it shows me just how much incredible energy and talent there is out there in the universe. It’s there from the simplest flowers to the most complicated masonry work.

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Philadelphia is full of the most incredible art, architecture, murals, woodwork and ornamentation. I guess what I’m getting at is that it’s inspiring.

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It does take time to stop and take it in but I think in the end it’s worth those few moments each day to keep your spirit lifted, your creative juices flowing, your amazement with human talent buoyed.

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I look up at this building at 1800 Rittenhouse square and I don’t see the suspended scaffold we provided crews but the talent of skilled artisans and craftsmen beautifying this old structure. And that goes for our crew that delicately installed these swing stages to do a complete window replacement.

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I also see the ornamentation around the windows at the top of the building. I see a structure standing at the south side of the square having an upgrade or facelift.  I see the decorative stone work and detailed masonry work around the entrance near our canopy (overhead protection) at street level.

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Buddhists have a word for what the mind generates in its normal state: dukkha. Hindus call it maya. We call it misery, unsatisfactorines, stress. It’s all around us. Just turn on the news. Everyone is in a hurry, reactionary, filled with their own self perpetuating myths.

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I am guilty of this myself as I just try to get through each day. But I think that if you stop to look and even think about the achievements of humanity (they are impressive and immense like this building) then it just might motivate you to improve your current state, you could say, work towards enlightenment.

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Think about what it took to build this structure at the turn of the century without the advancements in modern construction. It’s pretty incredible.

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So my wish for this new decade is that everyone take a few moments to STOP, BREATHE, LOOK AROUND and revel in and absorb the incredible energy, talent and beauty that IS this city. The stillness will speak to you – if you listen.

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Maybe for a moment you will forget about the stress, fear, guilt, shame, or pressure that constantly bombards us and just BE… Feel the energy and enjoy some of the great works of art all around you.

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Be present in the presence of beauty.

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My wish.

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And as always, if you need to get close to or repair some of this incredible art call Bob “The King of Swing” at 215 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more info.

And today’s musical number is perfect for this post.  Enjoy.

GC: GMI, complete window replacement at this high end condominium.

 

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Adapting to the building’s shape – innovative solutions at The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

The angled exterior design of the Rittenhouse Hotel by architect Donald Reiff allows stunning views of Rittenhouse Square and the city below but poses an interesting challenge for crews that need to work on the facade of the building.

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Traditional wisdom would say hang a work cage and move it ten thousand times or a standard platform across the jutting corners and try your best to reach in to work on the windows.  But that’s where traditional wisdom ends and sheer innovative genius begins.

The guys at Superior Scaffold wanted something safer and more cost effective.  And sometimes when we come up with something that’s never been done before it’s necessary to turn to the designers of the equipment we use for assistance.  And in this case, it was Bee Access.  In collaboration, Superior Scaffold’s Bob Sarkisian and Bee Access’ designer Tom DeJong came up with a brilliant solution for this complex problem:  Saw-toothed porch brackets that mount directly to the modular staging and allow crews total access to the exterior of this uniquely shaped building.

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If you ask Bob – he’ll tell you he designed it and Tom blessed it but if you ask Tom he’ll say he designed it and Bob implemented it.  Either way, it is one of the coolest designs we’ve created.  One thing is for sure, Tom’s ability to think outside the box (coupled with his ability to put his stamp of approval on Superior’s designs) has lead to a most fruitful collaboration on many projects.

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Here, you can really see how these brackets are mounted onto the side of the staging as our guys were installing them prior to their deployment.

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You can see just how incredibly well these brackets fit inside of the corners of the building.

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Tom must have sounded like Dr Frankenstein saying “My Creation…It lives!” when we sent him these photos.

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It’s another example of just how adaptable our Altrex staging can be.  We have done many odd shaped jobs with great success.  You can see additional work on our website.  Even Frank Llyod Wright can’t design a building we can’t figure out how to access.

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The Rittenhouse Hotel has a long and fascination history.  Read more about it here.

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Here is a shot of what the exterior of the entire building looks like.

If you need innovative solutions to your access challenges call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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