Hurricane Irene forces Independence Hall Scrim to be taken down then put back up.
This storm (Hurricane Irene) wasn’t the behemoth it was predicted to be but it caused a lot of headaches in the scaffolding and construction world. Directly on the heels of the earthquake, this one-two punch set shock waves, literally, through the industry and most jobs sites up and down the coast. Not only did we all have to scramble to inspect every one of our canopy and scaffold jobs (which we did – and everything was A-okay – thanks to Superior engineering) but we had then had to contend with hurricane force winds.
What did that mean for Superior and one of our premier jobs in Philadelphia? Lot’s of work for our scrim guys, and possible danger to one of the United States’ most beloved landmarks. As you know, we put a decorative scrim around the entire scaffolding at Independence Hall to give patrons a good idea of what the renovations would look like. We designed the scaffold to withstand some major Philly winds but a hurricane would be too much. The scrim sections are attached to the scaffolding and act like a sail on a boat, so when the wind gets blowing really hard they pull on the scaffolding. And with that much force from Irene, the scaffolding would actually sail away – taking the building with it. And we obviously, couldn’t have that.
So, as a precautionary measure our guys took down the entire decorative scrim. It’s mapped in sections and numbers (like a grid) so that they can put it up and take it down (if needed) in the proper order. Needless to say, they got it down in time with no issues. Irene obviously blew quite hard but nothing happened to Independence Hall.
Afterwards, our guys had to put it all back up again!
They did a great job and everyone is thankful for their hard work in preserving one of history’s most important buildings.