Gonna’ Carry That Weight – Shoring Pennovation Works – Lab
Just the word Pennovation is inspiring. Maybe that’s why our crew took something as utilitarian as shoring and made it exceptional. Truthfully, they amaze me all the time. They might want to rent space at the new Lab. I’ll ask the boss. It might just be the place to be. Let’s invent a new scaffolding system, shall we!
You see, this is the home of future innovations that could shape the next decade. “The 23-acre property adjacent to Penn’s campus (3401 Grays Ferry Ave) accommodates state-of-the-art facilities, researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry partners solving real world problems and translating inventiveness into viable ventures.” (from their website)
Penn envisions a diverse technological, artistic, facility for harnessing and commercializing the greatest potential in the region. “It’s anchored by the Pennovation Center, a business incubator that provides lab space and acts as a hub for collaboration and exchange of ideas for innovators from all disciplines.”
And this building is that Lab building… Check out what it is going to look like. (You can also read more about it here)
So, being one of the innovators, incubators and leaders in the scaffold world, it only made sense that GC, Intech, and sub, Brightline Construction called Superior Scaffold to bring in our shoring expertise for this great old building.
Some of the concrete columns and box beams had become compromised over the years and needed attention. Superior was called in to shore, or to take weight off the box beams, while crews worked to renovate, revitalize, repair and replace parts of the columns so they could support the building’s new look and purpose.
We used our whole compliment of shoring options. Depending on the application, we used our post shores, 20 kip shores, 2′ wide high load frames, 4′ wide high load frames and needle beams.
The most challenging aspect was shoring the beams near the corner columns. We had to install 4′ wide high load frames on the inside of the building on each floor and on the outside of the building from grade up to the top floor and use needle beams from inside tower to outside tower, at each floor to support box beams.
“Jason Harrison, from Intech, and John Lewis, from Brightline, were a pleasure to work with, making this a seamless project,” said estimator, Pat McAndrew. In the end, the new building will have the support to drive creative innovations well into the future.
Soon, Pennovation Lab will be renting 2,000 – 12,000 square feet modules to companies. The Lab building’s proximity to Pennovation Center and other research facilities contributes to the spirit of community and collaboration developing at Pennovation Works. Hey, depending on what the boss says, we might just see you there!
Interestingly, this property has a colorful history. It’s been an incubator for industry and innovation in the Philadelphia area for over 200 years. It was also part of the former DuPont Marshall Research Labs. You can read about its rich history here.
We were proud to play a part in the renovation of this old building and look forward to seeing what great things incubate at Pennovation Works!
If you need innovative shoring solutions, call Pat today at (215) 743-2200 today or visit www.superiorscaffold.com.
Today’s musical journey just fits. Enjoy!
You can read more about Pennovation Works here.
And more about the Lab here.
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