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SWING, SWING, SWING, at The Sterling House, 18th & JFK (pt. 3)

As Louis Prima once sang, “Swing, swing, swing” – oh wait, close… “Sing, Sing, Sing – (with a swing)”.

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But that’s just what Superior Scaffold did on the third phase of this project (See part 1 – and part 2) – Swing, Swing, Swing.

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The Sterling Apartments is a unique building at the corner of JFK blvd and 18th in downtown Philly. Superior had 2 36’ foot straight platforms on the front and sides of this building so crews could polish the metal on the facade. Very cool.

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Here you can see crews working directly from the suspended scaffolding.

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The second part of the swing scaffolding on this job came in the back of the building where they are demoing the old weight room and expanding on the 30th floor. Superior provided 2 corner rigs so crews could work on the outside of the building at the top.

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Most people actually associate “Sing, Sing, Sing” with Benny Goodman’s famous instrumental classic but it was really Luigi (Louis) Prima who wrote and first performed the song in 1936. I’ve included both versions her so take a listen and you chose which one you prefer.

And just for grins – here are the lyrics in case you want to belt it out!

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

And when the music goes around
Everybody goes to town
But here’s something you should know
Ho ho baby ho ho ho

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

And when the music goes around
Everybody goes to town
But here’s something you should know
Ho ho baby ho ho ho

Sing, sing, sing, sing
Everybody start to sing
La dee da, ho, ho, ho
Now you’re singing with a swing

 

And as always, if you need to Swing, Swing, Swing around your jobsite or building – call Superior Scaffold at (215)743-2200 or visit http://www.superiorscaffold.com!

 

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Superior Scaffold Suspended / Swing Rental Division

In the last post we talked about our Scaffold Rental Division – but today we are going to look at our Suspended Scaffold or swing department – which is a part of our Powered Access Division.

Suspended scaffolds or swing stages are often used to provide access and working platforms in the construction, alteration, inspection, repair, refurbishment and maintenance of high-rise buildings, industrial plants, bridges and other large structures.

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Suspended scaffold is ideal for projects where traditional scaffolding is not practical or cost effective.  We carry the Altrex Modular Suspended Platform System that is super flexible and allows for access to the building at many locations simultaneously, allowing work to be done faster and more efficiently.

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Suspended scaffolds  (swing staging, suspended platforms) are great for working safely at heights.

Typical applications for our suspended scaffolds are:

  • Inspection
  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Renovation
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Concrete repair
  • Cladding

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Altrex offers solutions for various complex access situations.  With the wide variety of components for the Modular Suspended Platform System many custom-made configurations can be built.   (see above)  The experienced Altrex user can design a platform for safe access to even the most complex contours of any structure and height.  For example maintenance platforms for football stadiums, oil-tankers and silo’s.  (see our blog on adapting to a building’s shape)

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Benefits:

There are a multitude of accessories, such as corner and angle sections, double decker & double width kits that can be used to find a solution for almost any access situation.

Flexibility – The user can build any configuration necessary to fit the structure precisely and allow close access to the working surface.

Compact Transportation and Storage – The modular construction saves space and makes transportation easy.  A complete 40 foot swing stage fits in the back of a small truck!

Light Weight – High capacity – The smart design of the Altrex system results in high load capacities despite its light weight.

Fast Assembly and Disassembly – The complete Altrex platform can be disassembled quickly and without special tools.

Meets or Exceeds the most stringent Safety Standards.

Here are some popular rental items from our Suspended Scaffold (Swing) division.

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We carry the entire Altrex modular staging line and every conceivable part that goes with it.  Check our website or call Bob (215) 743-2200 (ext. 105)

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BisoMac 210 Motor  – Is a super strong hoist that has a 1500 pound capacity and can lift tremendously long platforms.
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PC1 Power Climber Motor – is a light weight, compact hoist that has 1000lb capacity and is perfect for most situations.

Superior Scaffold is an authorized dealer for BisoMac, Power Climber, Sky Climber and Tractel and supports their entire lines of products.

Whatever you have in your fleet we can service and get parts for it.

We also rent a full line of decorator scaffold (painter scaffold, baker scaffold), debris chutes, netting, safety equipment, and much much more.

Go to our website and check it out for yourself or stop by our shop at:

Superior Scaffold Services
520 East Luzerne Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 423-2200
For a map click here:

Or you can download some of our catalogs for your own reference:

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As Dave says, “When it’s time to rent equipment – rent from the best.  Superior Scaffold.”

 

 

 

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Superior Scaffold Rental Department: Rent, lease and buy scaffolding

It’s true.  We rent just about everything.  Many people know Superior Scaffold as a premiere scaffolding company that designs and implements scaffolding and access solutions for all types for customers and general contractors.  But for those of you who don’t know we also have a top notch rental department where you can get all kinds of equipment for just about any project.   Here, let Dave give you a quick run down.

So whether you are a general contractor, a do it your-selfer, or a regular scaffolding guru – we have you covered.  I thought I’d feature a few items from frame rental division (all of which can be found on our website.)  We have thousands of items so call Dave at (215) 743-2200 and he will take care of you.

Here are some popular rental items from our Frame scaffold rental division.

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Standard Mason, masonry frames (151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 15602)

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Ladder frames (123, 124, 125, 126)

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Narrow Frames 36″ Wide.  We have a variety of scaffold, scaffolding, narrow frames (136, 135, 133, 13602, 13502)

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15606 – (aka J frame) has the widest walk through.
15607 – (aka h frame) The strongest design of walk thru frames

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Aluminum deck, decks, Plywood Planks (5307-19, 5308-19, 5310-19)
OSHA grade laminated scaffold plank (ml-06, ml-08, ml-10, ml-16)

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Braces, cross braces, single, double

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We have scaffold, access ladders, ladders, stairs, railings, guard rails and rope & wheel systems for scaffolding.

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Scaffold and scaffolding accessories like screw jack, base plate, caster, coupling pin, pins, saddle, and fasteners.

We also rent a full line of decorator scaffold (painter scaffold, baker scaffold), debris chutes, netting, safety equipment, and much much more.

Go to our website and check it out for yourself or stop by our shop at:

Superior Scaffold Services
520 East Luzerne Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 423-2200
For a map click here:

Or you can download some of our catalogs for your own reference:

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As Dave says, “When it’s time to rent equipment – rent from the best.  Superior Scaffold.”

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Double Wide, frame vs. system scaffold – when to use

At first glance, what do you see?  A double-wide canopy spanning the entire sidewalk?

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If you did – you would be correct but there is more to it than meets the eye.  You don’t think we would just toss up a double wide sidewalk shed using our famous 767-00 “Philly” frames would you?  Of course not.  What you have to remember is that this a large span we have to cover so the facade resoration can go on overhead.  And there are certain regulations that are mandated by our state as to the amount of weight this canonpy must support.  In Philadelphia it’s 300lb psf.

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My first thought was; why didn’t they use a system scaffold to bridge the gap?  I understand that there would have to be two foot towers to support the beams and that would be a bit of cluster (you know what).  But I’m no engineer.  So then I thought, why don’t I just ask Superior Scaffold top engineer, Mike Leone?  After all, he’s the man who has to design all these scaffold projects to meet code.  I’ll let him tell you in his own inimitable way.

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“You can make system scaffold work in a situation like this, but you would have to configure it properly and have enough posts/verticals and watch your leg spacing to get 300 psf rating.  It would be a lot more pieces than using the canopy frames and would take longer to erect.  So this is faster and less expensive and you get the same rating,” said Mike. “The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Streets Code requires a minimum interior opening of 6 feet. The Philly frame, as the name implies, was made specifically to comply with these codes.”

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So there you have it.  Not only is up to code but can also be faster to erect.  I noticed another feature of this type of set up as well.  It could help with the pedestrian traffic flow.  It creates an isle-like walkway where traffic can flow easily in both directions just like on a highway.

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And I just love to see the photos of how they erect these projects.  Take a look.

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They also painted the wood panels to help match the decor of the building.  That’s another little added touch that Superior offers.  Very cool.

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We at Superior are always spanning the globe for unique scaffolding solutions to bring you.

That reminds me… Cue the music.  “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of scaffold… the thrill of erection… and the agony of having to take it down… This is Philly’s Wide World of Scaffold!  Sorry, it just brought me back there for a minute.

If you have a large sidewalk or area that needs overhead protection (canopy, sidewalk shed) call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 or hit the website at www.superiorscaffold.com today.

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Superior Scaffold ramps up for Toyota at the Philly Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show runs from February 8 – 16, 2014 at the The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

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Toyota set up an indoor track complete with traction ramps, water hazards, sand traps and suspension bumps giving the user the ultimate car buying experience.  Patrons are invited to ride along inside the new line up of Toyota vehicles to get a real world idea of how they will perform.

Toyota contacted Superior Scaffold to build the ramp that would test the climbing and traction control of their vehicles.  We jumped at the chance.  The ramp is 8’ high by 14’ wide and 53’ long.  (see pic)

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The challenge here was that the ramp not only had to support the weight of the cars driving up and over it but also the 100 tons of dirt that would be put on top of it.

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Superior engineers put pen to paper and calculated weight ratios and all of their super mathematical formulas and came up with a superior design (which was stamped and authorized).

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Work set out using beams, system scaffold, and shoring materials to construct the ramp.

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Details: 14’ aluminum beams on 2’ centers were used at the ramps, 14’ steel beams at 2’ centers were used at the top (flat) section.  3’ and 4’ spans were used going side to side, and 2’ spans going ramp to ramp.  They also used U-Heads on the flat sections and swivel U-Jacks on the ramps.  Then they crossed everything with 18’ aluminum beams on the ramps at 1’ centers and 12’ aluminum beams at 1’ centers on the top section.  And then the entire thing was skinned with 3/4’” plywood.

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It’s a wild looking design that ultimately holds ton’s of weight. It’s so sturdy in fact that Superior Estimator, Pat McAndrew, and foreman, Kenny Foreman were putting finishing touches on beneath the ramp and Pat said, “We were under there for at least 20 minutes and unbeknownst to us – cars had been driving over it the entire time.  We never felt a thing.  It’s that sturdy.”

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We were glad to help Toyota show off their new line up of vehicles.  Now, if we can get a test ride around the track a few times we will be happy.

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Call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 for all of your scaffold needs.

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Scaffolding support for facade and masonry restoration @ First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

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Superior Scaffold is proud to be working on the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Philadelphia.

We are providing scaffolding support for a complete facade and masonry restoration on this church constructed after the civil war.

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Superior was called in because of our experience working with historic buildings, especially ones that might have delicate or sensitive objects.  This particular church was no different – they have one of the most extensive stainded glass window collections on the east coast.  See it here.

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The First Presbyterian Church also has some beautiful artifacts and spires at the top of their steeples that required a special touch.

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We also provided debris netting around the scaffolding for added protection as crews performed their restoration.  And we installed a canopy, sidewalk shed, for pedestrian protection and so the church could remain open while the restoration work went on.

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This wonderful church is getting back to it’s full glory.  Superior Scaffold is proud to have been a vital part of the restoration process.

This church has an incredible history.  The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia was organized in 1698, just 16 years after the arrival of William Penn.  For its first hundred years, the church occupied a site on High (now Market) Street, and both the first American presbytery and the first synod met in the church’s meetinghouse.  In the 1820s the congregation moved to the south side of Washington Square where it remained until the late 1920s, when it moved to 15th and Locust Streets.

After the Civil War, the Second Presbyterian Church constructed a new building at 21st and Walnut Streets. (201 South 21st Street (at Walnut) • Philadelphia, PA 19103 • 215.567.0532)  In 1949 the two congregations reunited to form one church, retaining the name First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia though occupying the building of the Second Presbyterian Church.

If you have an historic building that needs scaffolding support – call the best – Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.

Superior Scaffold Sidewalk Shed: The key to commerce.

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To some this might seem a bit commonplace, since you see them everywhere, but to us it’s the key to commerce.  These canopies are what keep industry rolling.  Just think about it for a minute.  If we didn’t construct these sidewalk sheds around buildings that were doing façade work or window replacement or brick and mortar repointing, everything would shut down.  No food for the tenants, no around the corner morning coffees, no treats or ice cream – nothing.  These are our very own little stimulus package.

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Many times, just like with this canopy, it serves a dual purpose; one, keeping the building and byways open for business while protecting the patrons and two; it also works as a platform for our swing stages.  (We will have some additional pics later).

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These are known by a couple of names – Canopy, sidewalk shed, overhead protection.  It really doesn’t matter which one you use or prefer but the result is the same.  I never really understood the term “Sidewalk Shed”.  Maybe it’s because it’s shaped like a shed and provides protection overhead and from the sides?  It’s sits on the sidewalk, that part makes sense but it’s really not a shed, it’s more of a walkway, a passage, a throughput… Hmm????   I looked up the term Shed in the dictionary and this is what it said: a slight structure built for shelter or storage; especially :  a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed.  Someone in the office suggested that the term might have come from train shed, or snow shed.  He mentioned that it might be anything with sides and a roof and then said that it could have come from NYC – back when they used to use corrugated metal on the sides so they looked like a shed.  I don’t know.  Googling around really didn’t produce much – other than: A sidewalk shed must be erected whenever materials will be hoisted over the sidewalk, regardless of building height or horizontal distance between building and sidewalk.

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This is a very well designed and constructed canopy at the corner of 20th and JFK, in Center City, Philly.  It’s what we call an extra-tall canopy to clear the giant storefront windows.  Superior Scaffold can accommodate any scenario – large, small, medium, wide, short, we customize them to every job.  We can add different colors that accent the building (see our Amtrak canopy blog) put debris netting around the top for added protection, and even completely enclose the sides to protect against the elements.

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So, the next time you are walking through Philadelphia or any city, for that matter, take a moment to thank your scaffolding company (Superior Scaffold on the East Coast) for their work helping to keep your city moving and open for business.

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And if you find yourself in need of a Canopy, Sidewalk Shed, Overhead Protection, or sidewalk bridge – pick up the phone and call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visite www.superiorscaffold.com.

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Amtrak rides the Superior Scaffold rails around the entire building

Superior Scaffold is proud to be providing scaffolding support for Amrak’s renovation of their 30th St. Station in downtown Philadelphia.  The historic building that opened in 1933 will get a much needed facelift.  It’s an incredible looking structure and can you just imagine what it’s going to be like when it’s finished?  Wow…

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Amtrak wants to make the neoclassical 30th Street Station a more welcoming gateway to West Philadelphia and Center City.  The 30th Street Station handles 120 Amtrak trains, 960 SEPTA trains, and 26 NJ Transit trains each weekday. More than four million Amtrak passengers went through the station last year.

Superior’s first order of business was to erect canopies and sidewalk protection around the entire building – and that’s a good sized building.  The station is a hustling, bustling metropolis all of its own with cars, buses, and lots of people all the time.   Those are just some of the challenges faced when erecting scaffolding around a busy building like this.  For that reason, most of the work was done at night as pedestrian and vehicle traffic was diminished.

I love this part of the description because we actually get to see BEFORE and AFTER shots of the scaffolding (something we don’t always get).  But this gives you an insider’s look at just what goes into scaffolding an historic building like this.  It also lets us see some the challenges crews face.

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The jersey barriers on each side were quite the problem.  Superior had to scaffold around all the physical obstacles, lamp posts, bollards, parking meters, taxi cabs, pedestrians.

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All of 30th Street Station is hollow underneath so Amtrak required Superior to build canopies on top of barriers to distribute weight load.

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This was done so scaffolding can be installed on top of the canopy to do facade restoration.

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Amtrak even specified the type and color of paint…a beautiful soft green. Customizing the look and color of a canopy is an option that many of our clients choose.

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This is going to be an 8 – 10 year project.

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Superior had to construct overhead protection at different elevations for buses, cars and pedestrians.

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The biggest challenge was finding jersey barriers with one flat side as Amtrak mandated.

Biggest challenge was finding jersey barriers with one flat side as Amtrak mandated.  Fortunately Rob Buckley from Buckley had what the doctor ordered.  177 - 12' barriers.   Next challenge was setting them in place. We used a lull and a unique clamp made just for lifting the barriers.  We had to cut many of the barriers to fit into Amtrak's layout (parking meters, doors, etc.) It is not easy cutting concrete barriers!, 45

Fortunately Rob Buckley from Buckley Construction had what the doctor ordered.  177 – 12′ barriers.

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Next challenge was setting them in place. We used a lull and a unique clamp made just for lifting the barriers.

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We also had to cut many of them to fit into Amtrak’s layout (parking meters, doors, etc.) It’s not easy cutting concrete barriers!

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Some shots to give you an idea of the scope of work with the canopies and overhead protection.

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Before.

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After.

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Some of the detailed work that goes into doing an extensive job like this.

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These structures are just the first phase in an extensive renovation.  They have to be strong enough to support additional scaffoling when they start renovating the facade of the building.

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Superior provides scaffolding for renovations, inspections, new construction – just about any type of project.

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Give us a call today at (215) 743-2200 or visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

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Superior Scaffold – Firestone Library, Princeton Univeristy (Last Phase) Scaffolding the entire building

This is the last phase of the scaffolding and exterior renovations.

It’s also a follow up to our original post.  (scroll down for link)

Princeton University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library
and Superior Scaffold has been there every step of the way.  The entire building is scaffolded
and debris netting has been added.

Superior Scaffold was selected to help in the renovation of Princeton’s Prestigious Firestone library because of its long history working with historic buildings on the campus.

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Superior Scaffold provided netting around the entire structure so that the Firestone Library could remain open during renovations

The renovation is a long-term project that is being done in multiple phases and will take almost 10 years to finish, during which time the library will remain open, and its collections available during normal hours of operation.

This the back of the library. You can see just how large the scope of this scaffolding job is.

Superior erected as system scaffold allowing crews to get access to all areas of this monumental restoration.

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This is directly above the main entrance.

As stated above, the library has to remain open while crews do the work.

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This is the right side of the Firestone Library – scaffold continues all the way around.

Superior also provided a series of debris netting and trash chutes to the project.

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Directly above the main entrance. The masonry work is outstanding. Everything will look like new when crews are finished.

The Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library opened in 1948 as the first large American university library constructed after World War II.  Roughly 1.5 million volumes were moved during the summer of 1948 from Pyne and Chancellor Green Halls, which until then had served as the University’s main library.  The library building was expanded in 1971 and again in 1988 and currently has more than 70 miles (110 km) of bookshelves, making Firestone one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence.  Though not the largest university library in the world, the library has more books per enrolled student than that of any other university in the United States.

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A view of the entire Firestone library from the back.

You can keep tabs of the multi-phase renovation here:

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The stair tower up to the top.

You can see our original post about the Firestone library here:

https://scaffoldblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/renovation-at-princeton-univeristy-firestone-library/

For all of your scaffold and scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold today (215) 743-2200

or visit http://www.superiorscaffold.com

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Univeristy of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology completes phase 2 of $15 Million renovation

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology | Penn Logo
at 3260 South Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 898-4000 has just completed
phase 2 of it’s extensive rennovations.

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Widener Lecture Hall now looks like this after a complete restoration – thanks to the many craftsman and companies that took part – including us – Superior Scaffold.

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The completion of the Widener Lecture Hall marks the end of the second phase of the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology’s $15 million renovations of its west wing, which began in 2010.

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This is what it looked like when Superior was brought in to provide scaffolding support so crews could get to the arched ceiling for mechanicals, electric, HVAC, sprinklers, and more.  The challenge was to get workers to the hard to reach areas while allowing the ground below to remain open for access.

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Superior used system scaffold towers connected with trusses up top to free up space for other trades below.  Everything was decked in high above the ground to make a safe working platform.

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The new space got air conditioning for the first time in its history, as well as new windows, lighting, and a state of the art audio visual system.

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Built originally as a lecture hall in 1899, Widener Lecture Hall has most recently been used for woodshop exhibitions.

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The first phase of the renovations of the west wing of the Museum was the renovation of the second and third floor galleries.
Following the completion of the Widener Lecture Hall, the third phase of the project will be the renovation of the conservation labs and teaching labs, which are on the first floor of the building.

For more information check out these sites:

http://www.penn.museum/

http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/05/penn-museum-completes-phase-two-of-renovations

http://www.penn.museum/press-releases/610-penn-museum-begins-a-major-renovation-including-climate-control-of-its-west-wing.html

http://www.penn.museum/upcoming-exhibits/111-support/capital-campaign/840-building-renovations-project.html

For all of your scaffold / scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200