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Reading Terminal Market (East Side) An intricate maze of scaffold

This is one of those jobs that blows my mind. It’s not huge, but it took a lot of ingenuity to get it done.  Premier Building Restoration is renovating the entire exterior of the Reading Terminal Market and this side has been challenging, to say the least.  We won the prestigious GBCA Scaffold Project of the Year award for our work a little to the left of this job.  You can read all about it here.  In that job, we had to create a suspended scaffold rig that sat on the parking garage next door.  On this job, we had to erect...

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Scaffolding a legend. Lucy the elephant, Margate NJ

You can’t miss her. They say you can see her from eight miles away. She’s big, bold, beautiful and a survivor!  Lucy the Elephant, the six-story tall piece of zoomorphic architecture located in Margate, NJ, is a national landmark constructed of wood and tin sheeting featuring several rooms accessed through staircases in her legs. She was built in 1881 by James V. Lafferty to promote real estate sales and attract tourists to Margate and the Jersey Shore. And boy has she delivered. As the world’s oldest surviving example of zoomorphic architecture, she is getting a major facelift. Lucy the Elephant is having...

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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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Scaffolding Four Falls – Cantilever, transport platform, work deck and more…

So, you’re sitting on the Schuylkill, just near the Conshohocken exit and what do you see?  Traffic, of course, but what else?  If you glance to the West you’ve probably seen the Four Falls office building shrouded in scaffolding and black netting.  If you took the GBCA Fall Protection Competent Person Training, you’ve been in the building. Just a normal day at the office for the Superior scaffold builders, right?  Well, from the highway it sure looks that way but in reality it’s an entirely different story.  One that starts in the bowels of the building and juts out over the stream...

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Mission Impossible: Scaffolding the Dome on top of the Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City

Ahhhhh, so here we are, 33 stories above the famed beach at Atlantic City.  On top of the world-famous Tropicana Atlantic City, Boardwalk Hotel & Casino.  Did I say on top?  I believe I did.  And not metaphorically either, but physically.  Why, you ask?  Well, today we are showing you one of those insanely crazy suspended scaffold designs that Superior Scaffold’s, Bob Sarkisian, came up with to solve a problem. And let me be the first to say, “this job looks much easier than it really is.”  If my boss would let me fly a drone or pilot a small helicopter like...

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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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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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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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