Monthly Archives: August 2012
Superior Scaffold at Bachelors Barge Club (Est 1853), Philadelphia, PA.
Bachelors boathouse #6, (built in 1893) is repairing part of the exterior of their house on Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse row. Superior provided canopy protection for the side of the building while erecting system scaffold above – so crews could get access to the spots that needed repairing without hindering daily operations.
This is a unique opportunity to see a before and after view of the repair process. As you can see in the first series of photos taken by Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew, there are large cracks in the facade of the structure. And you can see just where they are located on the building and where crews will have to get access to affect repairs.
It’s Pat’s job to estimate the amount of man and materials it will take to finish the repairs. And in many instances, it’s also his job to configure the best scaffolding approach to access the job.
Here, he chose 767 Philly frames to construct a canopy (sidewalk shed) over the entryway so Bachelors members could use the building on a daily basis while work continued overhead. This is a great way to keep business as usual for the buildings being worked on while creating a very stable platform for the work crews to complete their tasks above.
Pat also chose a series of system scaffold on top of the canopy to create different levels, in essence, for better access. He also added a hoist and access ladders on the ends giving the scaffolding two separate levels. It’s all very stable and easy to get equipment up and down.
We will provide you with the finished photographs once the work is complete.
If you need an estimate for anything scaffold related (scaffolding, scaffold services, shoring, facade work, inspection) just give Pat a call. He’s one of the best in the business. (215) 743-2200.
A brief history of Bachelors Barge Club.
The club originally housed its boats in a wooded shack on the north side of the Schuylkill River constructed for the imposing sum of $67.85. Today its over 150 members row out of a stately brick boathouse constructed in 1893 on the original site, now known as #6 Boathouse Row. The boathouse is also home to four high school rowing programs and the Wharton Graduate Crew.
Bachelors Barge has hosted high school rowing on a continuous basis since 1948 when Lower Merion initiated a rowing program. Lower Merion was subsequently followed by Harriton High School, The Baldwin School, and Conestoga High School in that order. Wharton Graduate is the most recent tenant to join Bachelors Barge however they have historical ties to the club going back to 1864 when George W. Wharton was an active member.
Home of Drexel crew.
Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. Each of the boathouses has its own history, and all have addresses on both Boathouse Row and Kelly Drive (named after famous Philadelphia oarsman John B. Kelly, Jr.).
Even more green than the city is currently used to.
These names just kill me. What ever happened to Lambo Field, Giant’s Stadium, Mile High Stadium, Veteran’s Stadium, Soldier Field? Big, powerful, sports names…Okay, don’t get me started.
Anyway, to upgrade to a greener stadium the Philadelphia Eagles have partnered with NRG to install 11,000 solar panels and 14 micro wind turbines that will provide about six times the power (annually) used during all of the Eagles home games. That’s pretty darn cool, if you ask me.
Superior faced some pretty interesting challenges on this job. “Look at the pictures and you will see that we not only had to account for some pretty steep angles but we also had to build the scaffold to move and to fit precisely in between rows of seats,” said Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew.
It’s always fun to get to work in a cool place like Eagle’s Stadium. Now, we did get down to business too but who gets to say that they were on top of Lincoln Financial Field? (Okay, Eagles Stadium!) We do.
Superior brings its scaffolding experience and support to solar crews (see post about Camden County Wastewater treatment plant) so we were called in to provide access to the upper part of the Eagle’s nest where, on this day, crews installed new electrical conduit as part of the green upgrade.
The plan calls for the panels to be placed along 11th Street and the south façade of Lincoln Financial Field, and in the stadium parking lot. The micro wind turbines will be positioned along the top of the stadium on the north and south sides. I can’t wait to see what that’s going to look like.
We will provide you with photographs right here at Superior Scaffold blog as they become available.
You can learn more at the following links.
Artist Ben Long’s ‘Scaffolding Sculptures’ are series of three-dimensional constructions made from conventional scaffolding components. By using these builder’s materials out of their everyday context, Long creates meanings and symbols an audience would not normally expect. In this exhibit he creates the words Art and Work.
By separating the word ‘artwork’ into its two component words, Long leads us to contemplate the key ingredients required in the making of any work of art; the initial spark and development of an idea, and the productive course of activity that makes an idea into an artifact. (from the Man&Eve exhibit blog)
He does amazing things with scaffold materials that we, at Superior Scaffold, use everyday. Here are videos of him assembling his gallery pieces.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the oldest and top ranked children’s hospital in the United States, called Superior Scaffold to first come out and scaffold in a stairwell for removal of lights and mechanicals in a research center building on their new campus.
The hospital, located next to the University of Pennsylvania, then called Superior to return to the stairwell to see if they could adapt scaffolding, already in place, to provide shoring so a portion of the 8” concrete ceiling slab could be cut out and removed. Estimator and scaffolding expert, Pat McAndrew, took one look at the job and said, “no problem”. And then quickly came up with a solution to adapt the existing scaffolding into a superior shoring device.
The resulting design allowed the scaffolding to shore up the slab so it could be removed. It’s this kind of quick thinking and customer service that makes Superior Scaffold number one in the Tri-State Area.
For all of your scaffold and scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold at (215)743-2200.
Superior Scaffold was called out to the Frick Laboratory at Princeton University to build scaffolding for crews to get access to the 3 floors of the structure. Crews will then install trash chutes so they can demo the entire interior of the building.
Princeton University officials say that the former Frick lab will remain vacant until renovation funds become available.
The Frick Lab is named after industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). The lab, built in 1929, housed the academic chemistry facilities for over 83 years making it one of the oldest functioning labs in the United States.
And you can watch video here.
You can really see the new building’s design here.