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The Sterling House (part 2) – “Can’t you hear me knocking?”

We showed you the brilliant landing platform on the 30th floor of the Sterling House Apartments (18th & JFK) in our previous blog.  See it here: It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  No, it’s a crane landing platform?  (part 1)  and I promised to bring you the second part.  So here it is…

Overhead sidewalk protection all around this building.

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It’s a multipurpose overhead protection system (as you will see in the following pics) not only did it have to provide protection for the pedestrians around this busy apartment building but it also had to provide support for our swing staging all around the facade.  If you look to the right on the photo below you will see the tops of the motors peeking out above the panels.

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And to do this – Superior Scaffold deployed the heavy duty 767 Philly canopy frames with steel beams on top.

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One of the biggest challenges was to create a canopy over the entryway to the Sterling House down over the sidewalk.  It was quite a distance and at several elevations.  To bridge the gap Superior incorporated a series of system scaffold pieces into the overall design to create the perfect overhead sidewalk protecton for the client.  It’s almost like 2 separate canopies but you can see in the pic below how the one actually rests on top of the other.

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This was a creative scaffolding solution to this problem.

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And I wanted to point out our two latest safety features.  You might have already noticed the long yellow banners attached to the legs of the frame scaffold in the photos.  These say “warning tripping hazard” and are in response to the number of people walking the streets while staring down at their cell phones.

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And the second safety change we’ve made recently comes at the bottom of the frame jack where the plate meets the concrete.  We now cut off the sides of the wood to fit the size of the jack plate completely – no more overhanging area for people to get caught up on while they walk and text and surf the web.  We are always looking for ways to make our scaffolding safer to the general public.  We will be constantly updating and improving as new insights become available.

Save some brain power for the Sterling House Pt 3 (“Swing, Swing, Swing”) coming real soon!

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

 

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The resurrection of the old M. Night Shyamalan house.

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Judging from the story and the new pics in todays Philadelphia Inquirer piece – the renovation of M. Night Shyamalan’s old house was a smashing success.

Superior provided scaffolding support all around the house during the renovation and even tented the entire structure with an enclosure system.

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You can see all of the before pics in our blogpost here:

https://scaffoldblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/superior-scaffold-helps-with-the-renovation-of-m-night-shyamalans-old-house/

To see what Superior Scaffold can do for you – don’t hesitate to call (215) 743-2200 today.

 

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Video killed the radio star – Scaffold projects in moving color

I wanted to do something a little different this time.  Instead of showing tons of photos and detailing each project I thought I would let the video do the talking.

Firestone Library / Princeton University, NJ

Amtrak 30th St. Station, Philadelphia, PA

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

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In case you can’t see the link below – click on the photo above.

Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY

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Customizing your overhead protection – The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, PA

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Superior Scaffold doesn’t just install the safest, best looking canopies (overhead protection) in the city we also customize them to our customer’s needs.  We can match the color and content of your brand to maximize exposure for your company.

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Case in point is the aluminum canopy we installed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, one of Philadelphia’s premiere hotels located at 10 Avenue Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

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The Ritz’s elegant brand needed to be conveyed all through their facade inspection and renovation process. (that can take up to two years).  Who wants an eyesore in front of their business for that amount of time?

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That’s why Superior Scaffold works with their clients to create the most aesthetically pleasing product on the market.  The first step on this job was to create an stylish aluminum canopy that would be tall enough to allow guests very few obstructions.  Our brushed aluminum scaffolding was just the ticket.

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The Ritz-Carlton also wanted their luxurious blue conveyed on the outside of the scaffold as well.  We custom painted the panels to match their logo – giving this sidewalk shed an almost regal feel.

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And the final touch was the special color debris netting we added to finish this functional masterpiece.

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Other challenges included the special beam sizes needed to span the load over the train station exit at one end of the canopy.

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This facade work was completed and the Ritz-Carlton is looking fabulous – another satisfied client.

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As always, I like to show you the project being erected – so here are a few shots as the job went up.  Enjoy!

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Call 215 743-2200 and ask Superior Scaffold how they can create a custom canopy for your project.

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Join us next time for completely customizing your canopy – or sprucing up your sidewalk shed!

 

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Scaffold solutions in tight spaces – Bryn Mawr Hospital mechanical room

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I wish that every job could be as expansive as Independence Hall, or Amtrak 30th St. Station or Citizens Bank Park / Philly Stadium but the reality is that a lot of the work we get is trying to come up with scaffolding solutions in very tight spaces. Our guys are some of the best at designing scaffold that will get crews access to just about any working space.

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The mechanical room at the Bryn Mawr hospital is a perfect example. There was virtually no room in there to get the scaffolding in – let alone set it up.  Crews needed to get on top of this maze of equipment to install pipe for new HVAC and to run two new electrical lines above that massive green tank.  But how could they get “up air” safely to do it?

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Superior scaffold devised a plan to navigate the spider web of equipment and get crews above it all where they could work safely and comfortably (check out the photos).

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Superior used a combination of system scaffold, diagonals, decking, handrail and various other gear to create a safe working platform. In one picture you can even see that we had to cantilever one leg around the green monster to carry the decking above, very innovative solution in a tight space.

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The job was a smashing success.  Crews got their work done safely and efficiently and the hospital was thrilled.

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Superior Scaffold can help you get to that hard to reach area on your job.  So when you need access, call the best (215) 743-2200 and ask for Pat – he’ll take care of you.

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You can also visit www.superiorscaffold.com for more information.

 

 

 

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Toyota, Superior Scaffold, the Philly auto show and Vermont? An update.

I wanted to follow up on a post we did last month about the ramp we built for Toyota at the Philly Auto Show.  I didn’t have the photos at the time but now I do and boy are you in luck!   These picks are after the skeleton was erected and just as the dirt was bing poured.

It’s not everyday that you get to see the behind the scenes workings of an auto show, especially one where they constructed a ramp and obstacle course to test their vehicles.

The previous blog can be seen here (on how the ramp was constructed)

Let me show you a few pics of what the ramp looked like going up and then I’ll show you the finished product and how it was used.

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This is what the space looked like when we were erecting the ramp.

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Here you can really see what went into constructing a ramp strong enough to hold dirt, cars, and passengers.

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The dump truck unloading all of the dirt for the ramp.

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Crews feverishly moving dirt up and onto the ramp itself.

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And the moment of truth!  The first test car to go up and over the ramp.  Success!!!

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Even though the show was in Philly – Toyota thought it might be more realistic to  have a sign that said welcome to Vermont?  Where’s the love?

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This is the Vermont snow that was placed on the side of the ramp and all around the obstacle course.

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These are some of the test vehicles that Toyota brought out to take customers out and around the course.

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Be prepared for adventure!

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This shows you where the course flows once you come down the other side of the ramp.  There is a very large photo of a snowy environmnent and a cross country skier coming right at you – I guess somewhere in Vermont?

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Every obstacle course needs a water hazard complete with rocks, sand and mud!

Superior Scaffold was proud to work with Toyota on this ramp for their course.  It weathered 3 days of constant abuse without a scratch.  There was much more to the actual course but I just wanted to give viewers an update to the ramp we constructed.  It’s fun to see just how the finished product looks and functions sometime.

For all of your scaffold, scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 or visit http://www.superiorscaffold.com

Ask for Pat.  He will take good care of you.

 

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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
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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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Emergency Scaffold Services – Canopy and facade restoration

Here’s the deal.  Nobody likes to hear the word emergency.  Not even us at Superior Scaffold.  But the truth of the matter is that life does happen and we can help.

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Sometimes things just wear out or a truck backs into something or water leaks in.  But when it happens to your building, property or project we are there.  We are one of the few scaffolding companies that have an emergency services line set up just for this type of event.   (215) 743-2200.  And in most times we can be onsite within hours assessing the situation and implimenting a plan to getting you and your project, building or site up and running safely.

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Our website is populated with examples of where Superior Scaffold jumped in at a moments notice to provide scaffold support in emergencies.

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I just grabbed this one at 16th & Walnut where a piece of the building’s facade actually came loose and fell off.  Luckily, no one was around when it happened.

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But Superior was called in and was able to quickly provide a solution in a canopy and overhead protection for pedestrians.   A facade rebuild was required when inspectors found the entire exterior was damaged.  A much larger system scaffold was erected to address that facade and remodel. Containment wrap was also used to help keep debris locked in and out of the way.

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I just love seeing the during and after shots of the project!   You kind of get an idea of what the guys on the crew have to go through the erect one of these.

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If you should find yourself in need of emergency scaffold services call our hotline at (215)743-2200 and follow the prompts.  If it’s after hours don’t despair, just follow the prompts and one of our estimators will call you back.

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How to erect a canopy – Aramark Tower, Philadelphia

It’s not every day that you get to see just how we erect a sidewalk shed (canopy).  We usually concentrate on the finished product and how well the client liked our work.  But today is another story.  You get to see just what it looks like before, during and after we install overhead protection on a job site.  We are going to look at the work done in the middle of one of Center City’s busiest intersections at 11th and Market – the Aramark Tower.

Crews usually start at night to avoid the massive traffic that will ensue during the daytime.  In this first shot they have started building the base framework which consists of the 2 inner and outer main posts (or tubes), the bracing frame (s), the jack (s) and the intermediate plate (s).

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Here we see crews are just starting to put the steel beams on top of the aluminum posts.  These will be placed all the way down the run and act as support for the aluminum joists to follow.  Rolling towers are used to get crews up high enough to place the beams.

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You can see here how the Superior Scaffold trucks deliver the equipment to the job.  Again, in the evening or early in the morning to avoid traffic.

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This shot shows the main framework as well as the steel beams that will support most of the weight overhead.

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Crews have carefully designed the layout so that doors and staircases are still accessible to pedestrians.

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The aluminum joists are then laid over the steel beams for added support.   These will handle the weight of the planks and/or corrugated steel panels that will lay over top.

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You can see how the pieces intertwine to create a super stable base for anything going up on top of it.

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You can see how the height of the rolling tower is adjustible to reach diffrerent eleveations.

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And then finally, in this case, the Microlam wood planks are added to the top of the sidewalk shed.  In downtown Philly, canopies have to have a 300 lb/sq foot rating so you can put suspended scaffolds on top or even additional scaffold, if needed.

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And the last part of this very long process is adding the 4X8′ debris panels that can be painted to match the client’s decor (which these will be) or left a beautiful Superior Scaffold red.

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As a finishing touch, temporary lights will also be strung beneath to illuminate the walkway at night.

And in a very simplified form, that’s how a canopy, sidewalk shed, overhead protection is assembled.  There are many different types of sidewalk bridges too – some made from scaffold frames, some from bridge columns and some from aluminum posts.  You can go here and see the different options we have available at Superior Scaffold.  Call (215) 743-2200 today if you need one of these beauties for your project.

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.