Category Archives: Shoring
Can you say needle beam? I just love that word. Needle beam, needle beam, needle beam.
Did one just appear?
It did. (See the photos below.)
That is a needle beam. I know, like me, you probably thought it would resemble an actual needle but no. It’s just a term that the engineers like to throw around loosely anytime a beam needs to be put through something for support.
Here’s the actual definition of needle beam from the free dictionary: in shoring, the horizontal cross timber which goes through the wall or a pier, and upon which the weight of the wall rests, when a building is shored up to allow of alterations in the lower part.
Well that makes sense. So now look at the picture. You see the needle beams?
A store in the Hillview Shopping Center in Cherry Hill, NJ wanted to expand the front entrance to their building so the call went out to Superior Scaffold, who are experts with all things shoring by the way (shameless plug). So the grand wizard of engineering, Bob Robinson, devised this nifty bit of shoring using 20 kip heavy duty post shores to support the exterior walls with needle beams sticking through.
And on the inside, Superior used their hi-load shoring frames with aluminum joists to support the bar joists.
How about that? I just realized that I’m going to have to do a post just dealing with scaffold terminology. Kind of like the urban dictionary for scaffolding. I’ll get to that so you all know what 20 Kip means, and what Bar Joists are, etc.
Anyway, the job went swimmingly and the client was thrilled. And I am happy to report that there were no Beetlejuice sightings or random appearances of needle beams either.
Needle beam, needle beam, needle beam….
The stone arch bridge was originally constructed back in 1875 and then rehabbed in 1947. So it was time for a reconditioning – seems that this old bridge still has over 5,000 cars travel over her every day in Doylestown, PA. Crews needed a way to support the structure and to get into the arches to repair the stones and masonry while keeping the road open above.
This was the challenge for Superior Scaffold.
First order of business was diverting the river through two of the arches so one could be fairly dry while the scaffolding was erected. Then, once that was built, the water had to be diverted again so the second, and then third arch could be constructed.
The next challenge was how to best shore up the arches so work could be completed but also support enough weight for heavy machinery traveling the road over head. Superior engineer Bob Robinson decided on 20k scaffold frames to hold up the shoring beams and wood supports. It allowed the road to remain open for business while construction crews completed the work below.
It’s a unique way to solve the problem and keep a major thoroughfare open.
The job went off without a hitch and the mighty river is flowing once again and cars are happily traveling over the old bridge in Buck County.
Call Superior Scaffold at 215 743-2200 or go to http://www.superiorscaffold.com for all of your scaffolding and shoring needs.
In the heart of Philadelphia sits an incredible treasure – the Temple Performing Arts Center. Purchased in 1974 by Temple University the Baptist Temple was designated as historic and a landmark building. It underwent an extensive remodeling and has since hosted many great performing artists.
Superior Scaffold was called in by Temple University to help with the renovation of the two copper domes on top of the center. Over the years, the copper had oxidized and the wood beneath had fallen into disrepair. It was Superior Scaffold’s job to get the crews up there to do the renovation.
The first challenge was to fashion a decorative but functional entryway / canopy that not only showed off the grandeur of the classic building but supported the tremendous load of scaffolding above.
“It not only had to allow pedestrians access to the center but it had to look great and allow crews to reach the top to work on the new copper domes,” said Tom Creighton of Superior.
The additional challenge was not to damage any of the decorate artifacts or stonework on the roof.
Superior has more experience working with historic structures in Philly and is the best when delicate items need to be considered. (see Independence Hall)
Superior crews built a super-stable platform extending all the way around the base of the dome and built two work decks above the entire diameter of the domes – allowing renovation crews total access.
The crews had to strip off the decaying copper and rebuild the wood support beneath.
The new domes look amazing and we will post a photo as soon as we can. Temple University is one of our favorite clients and we were honored to help with their renovation.
Historic buildings are our speciality. Don’t hesitate to contact Superior Scaffold
for all of your scaffolding needs (215) 743-2200 – Ask for Tommy.
The new Benjamin Franklin museum just off of 4th & Market in an area known as “Franklin Court” is under way. This will be Philadelphia’s newest exhibit about Ben Franklin and when completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground!
Yes, an underground museum. And that’s all well and good but it posed some real challenges when it came time to do the expansion. You just can’t take a hundred and fifty year old building and slap a bunch of exhibits inside. You need a complete redesign to support the architect’s vision. And that exactly what they got.
If ever you wanted to see what shoring actually does – this is the time. You can clearly see the work going on above the shoring and below the shoring. It always amazes me at the sheer weight that these post shores can hold when you take in consideration the cement and steel necessary to make a job like this happen.
This was an extensive demolition of an old structure to open up the building. Walls had to be removed, ceilings had to be shored up so new steel and concrete could be poured to support the new additions.
15” thick Concrete slabs were poured and giant concrete beams were brought in to help support the weight. That was probably the biggest challenge on the job. The steel was so long it took several cranes and expert crews to get them in through the alley and into place. Superior Scaffold shoring guru, Bob Robinson, had to calculate all of the weight loads so the proper equipment could be utilized and the work done safely and up to code.
Some of the concrete beams in the new design were 36” wide X 42” deep and spanned 42 feet column-to-column!
When it’s all done, the exhibits will be divided up into different rooms that reflect various aspects of his personality and his life. The museum will feature interactive displays exploring his life as a private citizen and statesman through individual, room-like installations. The library is intended to be the culminating experience. Other 21st century additions to the underground museum include interactive elements like touch screen kiosks, a computerized version of Franklin’s glass armonica a musical instrument employing glass and water to create sound, and two-minute animated vignettes designed to help visitors understand critical turning points in Franklin’s life.
CBS local news coverage on the job.
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Surprise, surprise, surprise. I walked into this old building thinking I would find a few dirty post shores holding up a section of calapsing entryway or maybe even a portion of cieling that needed support but what I found was truly amazing.
Now, shoring isn’t the most glamourus sector of the construction industry – relegated to dusty old basements and haunted houses deep in the underbellies where ghosts and spiders live… So this renovation at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart at 1128 Great Road was a pleasant surprise. They are expanding this old structure in a big way, updating the old 4 story brick school building to a more open style learning environment. But to do that – they needed to take out most of their support walls and put new steel and concrete in to carry the weight. Normally, not a big deal because you do it one floor at at time.
But this job was doing it ALL AT ONCE… Yes, 4 massive floors of concrete and steel being supported or shored up at once.
These old buildings once had many rooms and walls that would support the weight of the ceiling/floor above them. Take a look at these pictures and see just how incredible a task it was to support the floors above one another simultaneously.
The really unique challenge here was that most projects like this work on one floor at a time as the new steel and concrete are added. Once that structure is stable and in place you move to the next floor up the line.
But with this project, Superior Scaffold engineer, Bob Robinson, had to design a shoring system that supported the existing steel and concrete for ALL 4 FLOORS AT ONCE! Crews could then modify and add the new steel and supports needed for the additional weight.
You can see the bottom floor in the photographs. This was where the bulk of the support weight was being carried from the floors above it. Robinson had to calculate the weight loads and provide the proper shoring equipment necessary to keep this project standing. All of the architectural drawings had to be PE stamped in NJ before the project could begin.
Currently, the bottom and the second floors are complete. We will bring you updates and photos as the job gets closer to completion.
Superior solutions for shoring projects call (215) 743-2200
Additional information on the school.
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent all-boys Catholic school located in Princeton, New Jersey and is part of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools. Princeton Academy serves students from Junior Kindergarten through grade 8 and is the only all-boys Catholic primary school in the state of New Jersey. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Superior Scaffold was called in to provide heavy-duty shoring for the New AAA building conversion into apartments. And when we say heavy duty, we mean it. The design for this 4 story building calls for adding an additional 8 FLOORS!!! Wow.
The building at 21st and Market (2040 Market) was built in 1968 and was a 5 story structure (including a floor of underground parking)
PCM Property Group and their architects Stephen Varenhorst Architects needed the best in the business when they had to shore up the existing structure, remove the old columns and replace them with new, even larger supports.
Superior salesman, Anthony Pini, worked with PCM to design a custom solution using heavy-duty kip shores that would allow enough room for crews to work in and around each column. Most of the pics show at least a 25 Kip (25,000 Lb) load capability. You can see where crews set up to pour new heavy duty footers and Superior gave them plenty of room while still shoring up the floor above.
The real challenge was that the engineers kept changing the size and scope of the building footers as they added new floors. At one time Superior had to shore up the entire length of the building to support the additional weight above. Instead of shoring up one portion and then removing the old footer and pouring a newer larger one (able to handle more weight), and then moving to the next one, engineers decided to remove all of the footers in one fell swoop and pour them all at the same time…
Think about that for a second… That means that the ENTIRE weight of the building is being supported by our steel beams and shoring columns. Sounds wonderful, and hey, we always accommodate… So after several site changes we settled on a solution and put it into place. We shored up the entire building while the new, stronger, larger, more incredible ones were poured to support the additional 8 floors that were about to be added on top of the structure. We rocked. It rocked. Everything was a huge (and I mean huge) success.
Several sections needed shoring; the larger exposed areas that where going to be modified to handle the new structure above, and then the smaller sections tucked back in the lower floors. Superior provided shoring support for both areas.
When it’s all said and done this building will have 282 units and will be the largest number of new apartments in the past two years. It will also increase the square footage from 120K to 300K.
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