North by Northwest – Scaffolding at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA
Well, as we scour the city trying to bring you the greatest and most interesting feats of construction (using scaffolding of course) we find this. And I must say, just when I think I’ve seen it all something comes along to tickle my fancy, stimulate my brain and restore my faith in creative construction techniques.
Today we find ourselves on the roof of one of Center City’s premier apartment complexes. Park Towne Place premier apartment homes in the parkway museum district. Yes, just a stone’s throw from where Rocky ran up the steps at the art museum. I’m feeling rather nostalgic today so we might just chalk this post full of movie references. Ha.
What’s unique about this post? Well, Superior Scaffold provided the scaffolding on the roof for crews to install a new flu pipe in the chimneys on the North and West towers.
(Thus the Hitchcock movie reference – I think you are getting the point). But what’s wild is that they are installing 3 foot sections of steel flu-pipe one at a time from the bottom of the chimney and hoisting them up 19 floors into place using our scaffolding and their motor.
Crazy? Yes, but if you think about it very logical. There is an access port at the bottom of the chimney where crews feed in the 3 foot sections. Our scaffold at the top (high load frames) holds the steel beam that in turn holds their hoist that drops a cable down the 19 stories to the waiting crew below.
The crew then hooks the cable onto the section of pipe and then hoists it up 3 feet where the next section is fed in and bolted on and then hoisted another 3 feet. This series of events continues until all sections of the pipe are lifted up the 19 floors and then are secured into place.
The new flu will prevent future maintenance problems within the chimneys and give the residence an awesome functioning furnace for years to come.
Now, there are 4 towers within this giant complex and we only did the North and West ones. I’m not sure if they are going to do the same on the East and South towers. I will keep you posted.
The job went off without a hitch. We did have a few challenges like two different elevations on the roof for our scaffolding.
One leg was 24 feet high and the other 6 foot high. Crews also had quite a maze to negotiate to get the equipment up to the roof. Getting it up through loading dock, elevator, to the floor then walk it up 3 fights of steps to get it up to the roof where it had to be erected. We used hi-load shoring frames, aluminum and steel beams, leveling jacks, u-heads and more.
This complex lends itself more to another Hitchcock movie, Rear Window… but the name dictated the title.
Either way, we are sure that Park Towne Place Premier apartment homes appreciate all of the hard work that went into making that job a success.
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