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Scaffolding Drexel University Main Building – The “Great Court”!

This building is a fantastic example of old world craftsmanship. Completed in 1891 it features some the coolest artwork on the 35 foot tall archway entrance to the main building on Chestnut Street – known as the “Great Portal”.  Just look up and you’ll see 12 relief medallion portraits of leaders in their various fields, from Galileo to Newton, forever emblazoned on the building’s Italian Renaissance stucco representing the wide of array of disciplines taught at the university.  Now, with that said, we are doing work on the inside of the main Drexel University building on the Great Court that still...

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Spring Garden Street bridge, hanging bridge platform

Here is a really cool and really long hanging bridge scaffold job on the Spring Garden Street bridge in Philadelphia, PA.  It’s a 690 foot-long highway bridge that crosses the Schuylkill river below Fairmont Dam.  It connects West Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Museum of art and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  It is the fourth bridge at this location. I’m going to put a link to the history of the bridge because it’s fascinating how many different structures have been built there since 1812.   The Spring Garden Street Bridge and its sister bridge, The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Bridge, opened in 1966 to...

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301 S. Broad Street – Arthaus monorail, hoist and swing system

This one is spectacular.  It really is something to see.  I’m just the guy who gets to climb around on things (like a kid on a jungle gym) and take photos but I was blown away.  Maybe it was the fact it was 47 stories up?  Maybe it was that I got to see our crew guys casually strolling on the edge of the world carrying giant aluminum beams on their shoulders with nothing protecting them except a harness?  I don’t know.  Maybe it was truly the scope of the job?  Or it might have been a combination of everything.  I’ve been...

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There is no i in team

I’ve been watching a lot of Rick Beato videos lately.  He’s the guitar guru who breaks down the coolest songs on the planet lick by lick.  His enthusiasm is priceless.  Even if you don’t understand the music theory it’s just fun to watch his facial expressions. Like a great song, it’s the collective entirety of the band that collaborates to make one cohesive, emotional, awesome piece.  And our scaffold team is no different. I shot the photos of this job and thought about the different elements that came together to make it work. The first thing that came to mind is that...

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Retiring a legend

There comes a time in every man’s life when they have to lay down their tools. Thirty years at the same company is a long time.  Most of that spent in the field on some of the most creative and impressive scaffold jobs you’d see around Philly.  And you’d ask yourself, “how’d they do that?”  Oh, he didn’t do ANY of those… he was just sitting in the truck eating fruit and bologna sandwiches while the “real” scaffolders did all of the hard work. Let’s face it, anyone who worked with Pat knows he hung up his tools back in 1995 when...

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Scaffolding the bridge of sighs

Somewhere deep in the center of New Jersey, in the “Blueberry Capital of the World” is a bridge being reconditioned to transport the masses to worlds unknown.  Now, I could have gone two ways on this one: Monty Python and the Holy Grail – “Answer me these questions three…” or “Why so unforgiving and why so cold?  Been a long time crossing bridge of sighs…”.  Either way, you are looking at bridges with historical (or farcical) significance.  I chose the latter, Bridge of Sighs, that actually existed.  Ponte dei Sospiri, is an enclosed bridge in Venice, Italy that passes over the...

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Romancing the Renovation

“Overlooking beautiful Diamond Beach on the quiet side of town, ICONA Diamond Beach Resort offers the perfect NJ vacation location: directly on one of the only private beaches in New Jersey. Also, one of only a few hotels in the Wildwood Crest area open year-round, this upscale Jersey Shore resort delights with sparkling clean, “feel-the-ocean-air” interiors by celebrity designer Blanche Garcia, spacious suites with galley kitchens, and beach attendants who set up chairs and umbrellas and serve fresh cocktails and delicious bites right on the beach." I don’t know who wrote that brilliant first paragraph from the ICONA website but they...

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SA Magazine features giant Superior Scaffold mast climber!

It's always great to see your work in a prestigious industry magazine but it's even better when it's on the cover!  Thanks to everyone at SA Magazine for their hard work and dedication to the industry and for putting Superior Scaffold out front. The article features a job in Rittenhouse Square that had a very particular set of circumstances and challenges that had to be overcome.  Estimator, Tony P, came up with a great solution using our new, giant MC7000 mast climbers.  Click on any of the images to get the details. Thanks to everyone involved with this job from the crew...

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Superior Scaffold in ALH Magazine’s Top Mast Climber & Hoist Issue

ALH Magazine compiled their annual list of top mast climber companies in the US and once again Superior Scaffold made the cut! ALH Magazine also featured a quote from estimator extraordinaire, Tony P, about the current and future state of the market.  He says, "MCWPs offer customers flexibility, which in turn makes the machines suitable for a range of applications. Everyone is looking for a new cost-effective access solution and mast climbers and transport platforms fit the bill as an alternative to traditional scaffold,” Pini says.  “And of course, if it can save a little money, they’ll love it even more. ...

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Bridging the Future

These two pedestrian bridges span Convention Avenue and connect the brand new patient Pavilion to the existing Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine – permanently linking two of the most advanced medical facilities on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. They will allow patients and doctors to cross easily between the two. We had a huge hand in dismantling the old building where the Pavilion now sits. (read about it here)  We also worked with Penn Medicine several times on the new building construction (read here) so it was only fitting that when CM, LF Driscoll, Balfour Beatty JV,...

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