Multiple canopies at The Gallery Mall redevelopment, now known as the Fashion District Philadelphia
Hailed as the epicenter of Center City’s revival back in 1977, The Gallery Mall is finally getting its recognition as the preeminent shopping experience in downtown Philadelphia. It opened to the tune of $105 million; big bucks back in the day. But forty years has gone by and with it so has the sheen and promises on this old structure.
Jump forward to right now as three city blocks and roughly 1,000,000 square feet of redevelopment are occurring. And when it’s all said and done it will be the largest retail repositioning project in the region. Once called The Gallery Mall, developers are re-branding it as the Fashion District Philadelphia. Sounds much better than the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia doesn’t it? It will be a more expansive mix of retail, entertainment and dining. And it will finally give the mall the accolades that were supposed materialize all those years ago. There are some great photos of the redevelopment here.
We don’t get involved with the politics of adding movie theaters in favor of outlet shops. We just provide the best access and overhead protection systems and do our part as seamlessly as possible. Superior Scaffold provided six, yes six, canopies around this three block area down Market St. from 8th to 10th and two of them were almost 400 feet long.
Take a look.
We had to do most of the erecting at night when there was a minimum of both pedestrian and automobile traffic. It’s nice to see some night shots, courtesy of Mr. Pat McAndrew, our crack estimator. (this is his job).
The overhead protection systems or canopies sat on top Jersey barriers. The customer provided police for traffic control while our guys did their work.
Each canopy was constructed using system scaffold, steel and aluminum beams, corregated metal roofing, U-heads, cement anchors, lighting, debris panels, and even debris netting on one side. I believe our engineer even added a few structural elements to give each more stability as they sat on top of the Jersey barriers.
He added some diagonal bracing beneath the overhead sections but also added a type of tie-down or anchoring method at each bay to the outside of the Jersey barrier for more support.
This is how the sidewalk sheds laid out.
9th St. West – 7′ wide x 200′ long x 10′ high
10th St. West – 7′ wide x 160′ long x 10′ high.
833 Market St. – 7′ wide x 105′ long x 10′ high.
HPP Entrance – 30′ wide x 30′ long x 10′ high.
900 Market St. – 7′ wide x 390′ long x 10′ high.
1000 Market St. – 7′ wide x 390′ long x 10′ high.
The owners then applied custom decorative vinyl panels to the exterior of our debris panels advertising the newly renovated mall.
I think I can honestly say that when this is complete it will be a shining beacon of retail goodness in the heart of Center City.
And you know the deal. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, tip your wait staff and call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 when you need scaffolding, scaffold, access or overhead protection! Those are the three most important things in life. 😉 Oh, and ask for Pat – he’ll take you shopping.
And for our musical number today we have some grungy, sludgy, swampy rock from my boys in COC in honor of the Gallery Mall redeeming itself – in a way. Enjoy. And if the link gets stripped: https://youtu.be/x5J6glCmaqE
We’d like to thank D’Angelo Bros for bringing us along on this fashion ride!
And here’s a cool timelapse of the glass glass cube entrance being built caught by EarthCam from April 2017 to November 2017.
If the link get’s stripped: https://youtu.be/7xPFJGbmXd4