Monthly Archives: August 2013
This neat old church at 1064 Penn Ave, in Wyomissing, PA, that began its life in 1909, needed some repairs to the high vaulted plaster ceilings – so they called Superior Scaffold.
Superior is known for its skill working with historical buildings and the care it takes around one of a kind artifacts and structures. This was no different. We had to construct some cool system scaffolding up, over and around pews, alters, and priceless objects at Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ
The ceiling was divided into sections with flying buttresses, so the layout had to be spot on accurate.
We used system scaffold with joists and plank to not only get to the hard to reach places but to also build a solid platform or dancefloor for the workers.
The steep, sloped, plaster ceilings had new sheetrock added over the old plaster, and then they were textured and painted.
This gave the old girl the dress up she needed for the next 100 years.
We were proud to bring our skills and experience working with historic buildings to Bausman Memorial United Church of Chris.
Here are some articles detailing Superior Scaffold’s work with historic buildings:
A little history on this church.
Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ is part of a denomination which is a merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches of the United States.
Construction of a small church began in 1909 and it was dedicated in 1911. As the congregation grew, members decided to complete the church building with an addition begun in 1922. The completed building was dedicated in 1924.
1064 Penn Ave Wyomissing, PA 19610
Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ is a church of diverse learners seeking answers to life’s questions based on the teachings of Christ. We nurture each other with respect, share with each other as family, and engage God and others in worship, music, study and in service. Every Sunday we offer Church School programs for all ages at 9:00 a.m. and gather for worship at 10:15 a.m.
The renovation will take several years to complete at a cost of $60 milliion. The scaffolding will be erected to not only protect pedestrians but allow business as usual during a planned restoration of the limestone facade of the 80-year-old neo-classical building.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (philly.com) reported the story Aug 17, 2013 and quoted our very own man about town, Pat McAndrew (of the naked, fighting McAndrew clan) who had this to say, “the canopies – posts with “debris panels” on top – will be installed atop concrete barriers along the Market and Arch Street sidewalks and at the east and west entrances to the station. The station will remain “totally accessible” to pedestrians during the work.”
Well put Pat.
The $2 million canopy installation will start in a few weeks and is expected to be completed by the end of September.
The 30th Street Station is the main railroad station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the seven stations in SEPTA’s Center City fare zone. It is also a major stop on Amtrak’s Northeast and Keystone Corridors. It sits at 93 N. 30th St. & Market St. Philadelphia PA 19104 (215) 580-6500.Here’s a link to the philly.com article.
And some cool information:
Riddle Memorial Hospital has embarked on two-year expansion designed to increase its emergency-room capacity by 60 percent. The two-phase project is anticipated to cost $16.5 million and will expand the emergency room by 4,000 to 5,000 square feet. Riddle has 33,000 visits annually to the emergency department. The hospital, which was built in the 1960’s, was made to only accommodate 25,000 to 28,000 visits so this is a much needed expansion.
In the end, we provided exactly what they needed so the rennovation could continue and the hospital remain open for business. And a shout out to the hard working crew who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty erecting these complicated jobs!
Phase Two is still in the design stages, but is expected to begin construction in June after the Rapid Evaluation Unit is complete. It is estimated it will cost $15 million. Riddle Memorial Hospital is located at 1068 W Baltimore Pike Media, PA 19063.
They said it couldn’t be done. They said it was too far away. They said it was too costly.
But they were wrong. Only the awesome staff at Seneca Niagara Casino and one lone salesman at Superior Scaffold had the vision for this $26 Million dollar remodel of their main casino floor. And as part of the massive redesign the Casino is investing $6 Million toward a new HVAC system to greatly improve the air quality throughout the entire casino. This will be the first major renovation of the original casino since it turned the old Niagara Falls Convention Center into the Seneca Niagara Casino back in 2002.
Think of Anthony Pini as the Tom Cruise of this corporation, a rogue, a rebel, determined saboteur of the nay sayers… It was his lone persistence to make the 8 hour drive many times through many negotiations that led to Superior Scaffold’s participation of this very unique project. I mean, look at the similarities.
And what a project this has turned out to be. Gigantic doesn’t begin to describe the size of this job inside the main gaming floor. The interior is the size of 2 full length football fields.
What this project entails is getting crews up underneath the ceiling, while the casino remains open for business as usual so they can get the new HVAC and mechanicals installed. Look at the photos… Not only is the expanse vast, but it’s over 40 feet off of the ground and has to be self contained so people can come and go as usual below. How will they do it? How could they do it?
Leave that up to Tom Cruise, I mean Anthony Pini, to devise a Multi-Point Suspended Scaffold System to do the job. Yes, it is like something out of the movies… Giant work platforms actually hang from chains from the arched trusses at the ceiling. It’s netted in so nothing can fall off of the sides and its sturdy enough for crews to get their HVAC ducting and all necessary pieces parts onto it.
A Multi-point suspended scaffold system. Yes, it’s a mouthful but it’s also something quite incredible to see. We’ve done these before (see blog on Hanging bridge platform) but never at this scale. It’s 300 feet long by over 300 feet wide! That’s a massive undertaking. Check out the E shaped design drawings.
And look at the rendering. If you think it was easy – you’d be wrong. The ceiling has giant arches which of course curve and give different elevations along that curve. So the monster challenge for our crews was to get the lengths of chains correct over the entire spans of this platform. The segments had to hang at different elevations from the trusses to accommodate the particular ducting and venting going on up there. Some lengths would be 20 feet while others would be 10 and so forth. But once our guys go the proper lengths in place the platform was installed, level and sturdy.
We will be getting much more detailed photos – but you can see that this is something quite impressive and something that doesn’t happen very often.
Truly a mission impossible of a job. We are just proud to be a part of this prestigious job in Niagara Falls.
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home to the largest hotel in Western New York and received the impressive AAA Four Diamond certification every year since 2005. The casino floor has an area of 147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2) with 99 gaming tables and 4,200 slot machines. It is the largest hotel in New York outside of Manhattan.
Performers from Nelly Furtado, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis are regulars at the Seneca Niagara Casino.