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Thinking outside the box: Princeton Firestone Library Phase 3

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Yes, we are already on phase 3 of the renovations at the Firestone Library on the Princeton University campus. Crews are replacing the entire parapet around the top of this floor of the library.

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Each time we do a phase it presents a new set of challenges. This was a unique scaffolding job, in that, we literally had to design and build it from the top down. That was because of the glass windows or façade on the North side of the building, directly over the library.

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Crews needed access to the entire parapet and that included the portion over the glass windows. They also needed a place to store the incredibly heavy replacement stones while they were put into place.

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Superior Scaffold foreman, Ken Foreman, came up with a truss system similar to the type we would use under a bridge or dock. This would allow the weight to suspend from trusses above so that nothing would touch the glass atrium below.

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This out of the box thinking gave the crews the necessary impetus to design and build the rest below.

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They started with towers on each side of the atrium or glass – one that extended all the way to the ground or other roof roughly 20’ high and the other tower from the top roof 7’ high.

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They used 16’ aluminum beams to cross the 14’ span and then designed a system scaffold to hang from the beams below.   That scaffolding, in turn, supports a series of trusses that keeps the entire scaffold floating above the glass windows.

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Decking was then put into place to allow crews access to the parapet for replacement.

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We then used system scaffold around the entire section of library. Debris netting, wood panels and fencing was used for protection.

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The entire scaffold was designed to hold the crews, their equipment and the weight of the stones as well – estimated at between 500 – 1000 pounds each. . Initially, it was thought that the roof wouldn’t support the heavy weight so we designed the scaffold to store all of the stones as well.

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We added a Beta Max hoist to lift the stones from the ground to the crew up at the top.

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Here you can see the masonry crew from Joseph Dugan working on the parapet. They are removing the old stones and replacing them with new ones.

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They are doing a fantastic job. It really looks great.

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This is an historic building (and on the prestigious Princeton campus) so we had to tread lightly. You will see that we never tied to the building and used the utmost care when erecting any scaffolding around the grounds of the library.

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The first two phases have really brought this magnificent building back to its former glory and we can already see that phase 3 is adding another dimension to the overall renovation.

 

You can read about the first two phases by clicking on the pics above.

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Superior specializes in working on historic buildings. We are experts at making sure everything is just the way it was when we started.

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If you need out of the box thinkers who get the job done call Superior today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

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General Contractor: Massimino
Masonry: Joseph Dugan
Scaffold: Superior Scaffold

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Aces High – Trash Chute at SugarHouse Casino

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When it’s time to take the trash out this baby will do it – in spades!

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Superior Scaffold was lucky enough to be able to go all in at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. As part of their $164 Million addition we doubled down and provided the debris chute and the scaffolding around it to keep it in place.

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This sleek unit was 5 stories tall with hoppers on each of the floors so the detritus could be moved out and into the trash dumpster at the bottom. Our scaffolding was secured to the exterior of the garage to keep the debris chute securely in place – dealing the contractors the right cards to complete the job.

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You can see how nice it is to have access at each level. We’d like to think it gave SugarHouse Casino the “house edge” to get that garage finished on time for their big grand re-opening.

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We were proud to be dealt a hand in this renovation and hope that SugarHouse hits the jackpot with their new expansion.

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Win, lose or draw you can bet on Superior Scaffold to provide you the best in scaffold, scaffolding services. Give us a call today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Pat “Slappy” McAndrew and he’ll deal you a royal flush.  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.

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North by Northwest – Scaffolding at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Well, as we scour the city trying to bring you the greatest and most interesting feats of construction (using scaffolding of course) we find this.  And I must say, just when I think I’ve seen it all something comes along to tickle my fancy, stimulate my brain and restore my faith in creative construction techniques.

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Today we find ourselves on the roof of one of Center City’s premier apartment complexes. Park Towne Place premier apartment homes in the parkway museum district. Yes, just a stone’s throw from where Rocky ran up the steps at the art museum. I’m feeling rather nostalgic today so we might just chalk this post full of movie references. Ha.

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What’s unique about this post? Well, Superior Scaffold provided the scaffolding on the roof for crews to install a new flu pipe in the chimneys on the North and West towers.

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(Thus the Hitchcock movie reference – I think you are getting the point). But what’s wild is that they are installing 3 foot sections of steel flu-pipe one at a time from the bottom of the chimney and hoisting them up 19 floors into place using our scaffolding and their motor.

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Crazy? Yes, but if you think about it very logical. There is an access port at the bottom of the chimney where crews feed in the 3 foot sections. Our scaffold at the top (high load frames) holds the steel beam that in turn holds their hoist that drops a cable down the 19 stories to the waiting crew below.

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The crew then hooks the cable onto the section of pipe and then hoists it up 3 feet where the next section is fed in and bolted on and then hoisted another 3 feet. This series of events continues until all sections of the pipe are lifted up the 19 floors and then are secured into place.

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The new flu will prevent future maintenance problems within the chimneys and give the residence an awesome functioning furnace for years to come.

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Now, there are 4 towers within this giant complex and we only did the North and West ones. I’m not sure if they are going to do the same on the East and South towers. I will keep you posted.

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The job went off without a hitch. We did have a few challenges like two different elevations on the roof for our scaffolding.

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One leg was 24 feet high and the other 6 foot high. Crews also had quite a maze to negotiate to get the equipment up to the roof. Getting it up through loading dock, elevator, to the floor then walk it up 3 fights of steps to get it up to the roof where it had to be erected.  We used hi-load shoring frames, aluminum and steel beams, leveling jacks, u-heads and more.

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This complex lends itself more to another Hitchcock movie, Rear Window… but the name dictated the title.

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Either way, we are sure that Park Towne Place Premier apartment homes appreciate all of the hard work that went into making that job a success.

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For all of your scaffold, scaffolding, shoring, hoist, and access needs call Superior Scaffold today!  (215) 743-2000 and ask for Patrick McAndrew Laddy.  He will take good care of you.  Or log onto www.superiorscaffold.com to see more of our work.

 

 

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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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Shoring for Willow Grove Sears massive remodel

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Superior Scaffold is providing the shoring for this massive 3 story renovation of the Sears store at the Willow Grove Park Mall. This enormous remodel is being done to open up the store, change the current layout and split it into two separate businesses.  But in order to do so they must move escalators, elevators and staircases. 

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And because they have to cut through the concrete slabs on all 3 levels they are also having to beef up and add new structural steel, new footers and support columns to carry the weight.  And that’s where Superior comes in.  (this is a view up from the 1st floor)

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These photos really show how Superior’s hi-load shoring frames support the sections of the floor above and below while the work is being done.

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We provided 4’ and 2′ frames.  Some of the 2’ frames were used where we had to get the shoring right up next to the walls.

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Here you can see where they were digging holes for new footers.  This job is being done in phases so the shoring towers will be moved around as the new concrete is being poured and the steel is being added.

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When it is all said and done the Sears store and Auto Center will continue to operate in 96,000 square feet on the lower level and European fashion retailer Primark will lease approximately 77,500 square feet, mostly on the second level.

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If you need shoring, scaffold or scaffolding call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Pat.  He will take care of you.  Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

 

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Scaffolding is our baby – 500 Walnut, Philadelphia, PA

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We don’t just broadcast the giant jobs around here. They all have a very important place in our heart, like our children. We’ve designed them, traveled with them, built them, and then put them out into the world where they must stand alone.

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I thought I’d put this up because we normally show you a canopy or overhead protection system that is at the base of a building protecting pedestrians from the work going on overhead.

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But this is a little different. It’s a canopy at a new construction site. And it’s not on the sidewalk but in the street. And because of that we added Jersey Barriers for added protection (to act as a curb, if you will).

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We erected this 60’ long beauty with one leg of the canopy actually resting on the barrier itself. The other leg is sitting on the curb where the normal sidewalk is located.

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This gem is located in the most historic square mile in America.  Independence Hall is directly across the street.

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We added a steel fence material to the both sides and the developer put a nice screen print graphic over that.

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The idea here is to keep that walkway open and protect the pedestrians while the new construction takes place.  Here you can see why crews needed to use the existing sidewalk.

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Our little baby is out there doing its part to make the world a better place; and how proud we are as parents.

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Just ask Pat. He’ll tell you. And if you have any scaffolding needs give him a call at (215) 743-2200. Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

 

 

 

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Emergency Services to the rescue at 1805 Walnut St.

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Crews were renovating the Alison Building, in Rittenhouse Square, and discovered a piece of the parapet was falling off.  The building was built in 1924 and is being revamped for 19 super high-end luxury apartments.

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Superior Scaffold got the call Friday afternoon and had a crew on the scene within hours. The decision was made to install a 40’ long, double-wide canopy (sidewalk overhead protection system) the next day.

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The sidewalk shed was completed using our 767 Philly frames, steel and aluminum beams, and 3 foot high debris panels.  Barneys placed their placards on the panels to let customers know they were open for business.

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The canopy sits at the entrance of the building where the Barnes & Noble and Barneys New York, needs to be open daily for patrons. Superior specializes in keeping businesses and sidewalks open while work goes on overhead.

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Part two of this project involved extending the overhead protection an additional 40’ after inspectors noticed damage to one of the flagpoles that are anchored to the façade. We also installed an 8’X8’ stair tower and then a 20’ tall system scaffold on top of the canopy to allow crews to repair the flagpole. I will see if I can get some pictures of that.

This entire episode reminded me of the old Underdog cartoon where he was always called to save the day!  Best theme song ever.

If you need someone to save the day, call Superior Scaffold.  Our emergency service crews are the best in the business. Call (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

 They did have 2 different versions of the open.

 

 

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Construction Today Magazine features Superior Scaffold Job

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A big shout out to the GBCA (General Building Contractors Association) who featured Superior Scaffold and our work at the Amtrak 30th Street station in their latest issue.

Construction Today Spring 2015-2 

Click on any of the images to read the entire article.  It details many of the challenges faced when putting up a scaffold canopy (overhead protection) that will have to stand the test of time for up to 10 years.

Call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com today.

 

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Article in ALH Magazine features Superior Scaffold’s Amtrak 30th Street Station job

The latest issue of Access, Lift and Handlers magazine features an article on the scaffolding at Philadelphia’s Amtrak 30th Street station. Lindsey Anderson does a wonderful job covering the challenges involved with this large scaffold project.  This is a long term project with many phases to come.  We will keep you updated as things unfold.

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Click the Magazine cover to read the article.

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And again, thanks to Lindsey for featuring Superior Scaffold in ALH.

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Superior Scaffold wins big at the SAIA Scaffold Builders Challenge

A 1st Place win for the Superior Scaffold team at the Scaffold and Access Industry Association annual convention.

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A big shout out to the best scaffold building crew on the east coast for blazing a superfast time of 43 minutes 59 seconds, up, down and racked for a system scaffold in the ballroom at the Loews Philadelphia.  The final tally was 133 points for our team.  We beat worthy competitors – Vertical Access (56 minutes 50 seconds / 128 points), followed by Safway and Brand finishing in that order.

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Our team of Rich De Tora, Tomas Cotto, Nick Panatalone and Chris Ricketts

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Wasted no time in setting the pace for this competition. 

Watch the time lapse video above.

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This was all part of the SAIA’s annual scaffold convention held this year here in Philadelphia, PA. So it was only fitting that our hometown team took first place!

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The competition is not only judged on speed (up and down) but safety (meeting safety standards), ability to follow architectural drawings, teamwork, and communication.

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Teams were judged by industry giants from across the country. 

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We look forward to defending our title at next years’ SAIA convention in Indianapolis.

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If you want the best call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200

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Or visit www.superiorscaffold.com to see some of the jobs these champs have worked on.

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Here they are receiving their 1st Place trophy and swag from Robin Miller, Danielle Melson and Granville Loar from the SAIA.

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Again – Congrats guys!

 

 

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