Inside Out at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood, PA
I love it when I can detail a unique job and this was a perfect example. Superior Scaffold was called into the Kaiserman JCC to help shore up the ceiling joists so crews could repair the support brackets up against wall.
There were a couple of challenges – the first being that the scissor lift had to get in behind the scaffolding so crews could get to the brackets for the repairs. Check out the picture and look to the bottom left – you will see the lift parked inside our scaffold.
The second challenge was also the water – anytime you work in or around water it adds a level of excitement to the job. But our crews did a rock solid job erecting this scaffold. Once tied in at the top and bottom they were able to remove the back-up towers clearing the path for the workers and the lift.
Even the best laid plans run into snags every now and then. Once crews were able to get to the top and look at the wall and the brackets holding the joists it was determined that the roof had to be replaced. Uh oh. But that was just the beginning…
How would the repairs be done in time for a June opening? Could they be done in time?
I’ll let Beth Segal, Executive Director explain it from here.
“We had consultations with several structural engineers, architects, contractors and the township.
First we were told the roof could not be repaired and must be taken down and replaced. The engineers then went back to the drawing board, brought in others for consultation and developed a plan for repairing the damaged joists, beams and bearing plates. The township engineers and inspectors were consulted, and the plan was approved. Construction started, we were relieved, and the construction team was still optimistic about a June opening. However, immediately into the project it was determined that when the pool building was built 40 years ago, the walls were not built according to code. Construction had to stop.
We were presented with 3 options:
1. Tear the walls down and rebuild to code. The cost of the total demolition and rebuild of the facility would be about $2.3 million.
2. Take the roof off and the walls down and make it an outdoor facility (if we could raise more money) at a cost of approximately $500,000
3. Close the pool building and let it sit empty until we could (if ever) raise the $2.3 million.
Rebuilding is certainly the direction we want to go but we do not currently have the funds to do so. Closing the pool building was becoming the only option!
Two weeks ago the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia stepped in and helped us with additional money to turn the indoor pool into an outdoor facility. This was finalized 2 weeks ago and work began this past week. Having an outdoor pool is better than having no pool.”
So, our indoor swimming pool shoring job soon became a demolition shoring job for an outdoor swimming pool.
Here are some great photos of the action (provided by the JCC).
Crews were able to remove the old roof and joists (with the help of our scaffolding), and then demolish the walls to create a brand new outdoor swimming pool area.
And the best part – they met their June deadline! Good job everyone, way to pull together to make something great out of a potentially bad situation.
You can see more pics of the pool reconstruction at the JCC website here:
And here is a little about the Kaiserman JCC
The JCC (Jewish Community Center) was designed to help individuals and famiies get the most out of their lives. Here at the Kaiserman JCC we follow the same principle. We are more than just a gym – we’re here to help you in almost every aspect of your life. From education to fitness and staff that knows you by name, we are a center dedicated to serving the community at the highest level.
We were proud to have helped with this project! If you need scaffolding, or scaffold related products call Superior at 215 743-2200 and ask for Tom or go to our website: www.superiorscaffold.com.