Superior Scaffold provides mast climber for AQ Rittenhouse construction
The $33 million project is a redevelopment of the building at 20th and Chestnut that used to house the YWCA and will now be a 12 story, 110-unit first class luxury mixed-use multi-family apartment building with street level retail/restaurant and lower level full floor institutional tenant.
And since this is in the heart of Center City and on a main thoroughfare – Superior Scaffold crews had to wait until the wee hours of the night to deliver and unload the equipment when there was diminished auto and pedestrian traffic. But I digress.
The general contractor hired Superior Scaffold to provide a mast climber large enough so crews could have complete access to the entire façade of the building. Workers were installing insulation, new panels and putting finishing touches onto the outside of the structure. We brought out our heavy duty (MC-3615) for the job. It can hold as much as 8,000 pounds and the mast sections are light compared to other heavy duty climbers, only 110 lbs. It’s also easily installed by two men with no need for a crank up hoist.
Here you can see the Superior Scaffold trucks delivering the mast climber to the location at night and then unloading it with the forklift. They delivered the equipment and set up the base at night. They completed the rest of the set up during daylight hours.
Superior also installed sidewalk overhead protection (canopy) on both sides of this project. One side housed a school and the other a store that needed some protection for their customers. You can see the photo of the frame canopy in this shot.
A mast climber is a smart solution for a building like this. It allows crews and contractors a stable platform to work from and transport their materials up and down the exterior.
It also allows them total access to the front of the building. We even added platform extensions to the work platform, as you can see from these pics, so it gives workers a bit more space and access when up in the air.
You can see it’s coming along nicely when compared to the illustrations from the developer (Aquinas Realty Partners).
When complete AQ Rittenhouse will truly be a “live, work and play” building.
Enjoy this cool time lapse of the project courtesy of Clemens Construction Co.
Watch a video from CBS News here.
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