Scaffolding the new pedestrian bridge at the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
As part of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia expansion project a very cool looking pedestrian bridge was built to allow easy access from the main hospital to the new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care. Crews needed to get to the exterior of the bridge at the corner of Civic Center Blvd and E. Service Drive in downtown Philly. You have to admit that this is one great looking building.
You can see from this shot what a unique pedestrian bridge this is and also where crews needed to be to to finish work.
Superior Scaffold came in and erected a system scaffold and platform to allow access to the sides and underbelly of the walkway.
This is the side where the new pedestrian bridge connects to the main hospital. We had to make sure that crews had access and pedestrians had clearance as well.
Here is a view looking across the street from the main building to the new Buerger Center. We had to make sure the street below was clear as well so traffic could run unimpeded.
This is one cool looking pedestrian bridge and one awesome looking new building. I totally get the idea behind the design of the Buerger Center at CHOP. I mean, think about it – how many kids want to go into a drab, ordinary, even scary looking building for medical care?
Heck, I don’t. I want to go someplace unique looking that will help take my mind off of my illness. And I think they’ve done just that.
The Buerger Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will revolutionize care for children, standing as the nation’s most state-of-the-art facility for outpatient medicine. A stunning addition to the skyline of West Philadelphia, right across the street from the Main Hospital, this new building will enable smoother and more efficient visits, provide a hub for comprehensive medical services and grow CHOP’s capacity to meet the most complex pediatric health needs from across the country and around the world.
From this shot you can see the decking or workspace we provided for the crews to get in and around the exterior of this bridge.
We used system scaffold, steel plank decking, and a combination of debris netting and snow fence to create both a debris barrier and a warning system. The footprint was basically 23’ wide X 39’ long X 15’ high.
There were plenty of obstacles we had to erect around. Like brick walls…
Trees and landscaping…
We had to maneuver around the steel bridge support columns.
We also had to erect scaffold around highly sensitive hospital air intake units. Crews also had to come in early in the morning to erect the scaffolding before the morning rush at the hospital.
As part of the overall design we included a stair tower off to the side to crews could get access to the project while not blocking any entrances or walkways out front of the main hospital.
This gives you a couple of good shots at what the crews had to gain access to while “skinning” (as we say in the biz) the outside of the walkway.
We used 3 foot outriggers to eliminate putting legs onto the sidewalk to keep the pedestrian walkway free and clear.
And this is how it looked for pedestrians on the sidewalk below.
This is an awesome pedestrian bridge at the Buerger Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We are glad to be a part of such a prestigious project.
Here is some additional information on the new center at CHOP:
If you should need any scaffold or scaffolding like this please call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Pat. He will get you all set up. Or log onto our website at www.superiorscaffold.com to get more info or see more samples of our work.