Superior Scaffold’s emergency services crew was called out to the Kennedy House Thursday night after a 25 foot long concrete wrapped beam fell to the ground from the 4th floor parking garage. Superior had a crew on the scene that morning and transformed the sidewalk…
TO THIS… In less than 12 hours!
A 70 foot long, double-wide sidewalk protection system to safely shuttle pedestrians around the building.
Thank goodness there were no injuries. The beam was decorative and not supportive. You can see were it came lose from the facade of the building four stories up.
On first inspection, it looks like one of the connectors might have rusted. City crews can now get safely up to the side of the building. They will be using a high reach to thoroughly inspect the area and then make determinations from there.
It only took one phone call to Tony Pini and several hours later Superior had a plan in place, equipment loaded up and crews ready to roll.
The Center City apartment complex also houses the Brazilian steakhouse restaurant, Chima.
If you have an emergency where you need scaffold, sidewalk protection, canopy or scaffolding – call Superior Scaffold anytime at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Tony P.
We have the fastest response times in the business.
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Surprise, surprise, surprise. I walked into this old building thinking I would find a few dirty post shores holding up a section of calapsing entryway or maybe even a portion of cieling that needed support but what I found was truly amazing.
Now, shoring isn’t the most glamourus sector of the construction industry – relegated to dusty old basements and haunted houses deep in the underbellies where ghosts and spiders live… So this renovation at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart at 1128 Great Road was a pleasant surprise. They are expanding this old structure in a big way, updating the old 4 story brick school building to a more open style learning environment. But to do that – they needed to take out most of their support walls and put new steel and concrete in to carry the weight. Normally, not a big deal because you do it one floor at at time.
But this job was doing it ALL AT ONCE… Yes, 4 massive floors of concrete and steel being supported or shored up at once.
These old buildings once had many rooms and walls that would support the weight of the ceiling/floor above them. Take a look at these pictures and see just how incredible a task it was to support the floors above one another simultaneously.
The really unique challenge here was that most projects like this work on one floor at a time as the new steel and concrete are added. Once that structure is stable and in place you move to the next floor up the line.
But with this project, Superior Scaffold engineer, Bob Robinson, had to design a shoring system that supported the existing steel and concrete for ALL 4 FLOORS AT ONCE! Crews could then modify and add the new steel and supports needed for the additional weight.
You can see the bottom floor in the photographs. This was where the bulk of the support weight was being carried from the floors above it. Robinson had to calculate the weight loads and provide the proper shoring equipment necessary to keep this project standing. All of the architectural drawings had to be PE stamped in NJ before the project could begin.
Currently, the bottom and the second floors are complete. We will bring you updates and photos as the job gets closer to completion.
Superior solutions for shoring projects call (215) 743-2200
Additional information on the school.
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent all-boys Catholic school located in Princeton, New Jersey and is part of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools. Princeton Academy serves students from Junior Kindergarten through grade 8 and is the only all-boys Catholic primary school in the state of New Jersey. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Here’s a nifty little job. Something you might not see everyday: An Interior Canopy.
Now, you might be asking yourself, why would Superior Scaffold put something that is normally outside on the sidewalk, inside a hospital?
It’s simple, really – Chestnut Hill Hospital needed to remain open for business while repair crews replaced the skylights in the entire lobby and vestibule. By putting what amounts to a canopy or sidewalk shed inside, doctors, patients, visitors and guests can all pass safely through the entrance while work continues overhead.
It’s business as usual, as we say in the industry. I’ll post some pics of the all glass ceiling when I get them.
Chestnut Hill Hospital is a community-based teaching hospital with 164 beds offering a range of inpatient and outpatient, diagnostic and treatment services in Northwest Philadelphia.
Superior is the best in the business when it comes to canopies / sidewalk sheds. Call (215) 743-2200 for information.
America for Jesus, (One Nation Under God, Inc.) called Superior Scaffold to provide the scaffolding for their giant assembly at the Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA Friday 9.28 (7pm – midnight) and Saturday 9.29 (9am – 5pm).
Superior was called in to provide much of the scaffolding support including 10 giant towers spread out all acrros the giant mall. Eight of those towers are for speakers, lights and video units and 2 are for speakers and cameramen who will be videotaping the events.
2000 pound counter weights were added the bottom of the towers to help anchor and stabilize the structures.
The mall sits adjacent to the Liberty Bell museum and directly in front of Independence Hall (where Superior provided the scaffold for the renovation).
The organization is a coalition of ministries who unite to organize national calls to prayer for the sake of the church and the nation.
It’s still not clear just how many people will attend this assembly but estimates have topped at over half a million people. We will follow up with photos after the event.
If you have scaffolding needs or questions call Jesus’ right hand scaffold man
Pat McAndrew at (215) 743-2200 for all of your scaffold needs.
When St. Mary’s Ukranian Church in Mcadoo, PA needed a scaffolding company to erect scaffold for painters to restore the exterior luster of their beloved church – they turned to Superior Scaffold. Our experience with historic buildings, churches and structures has made us the tri-state leader in the scaffolding industry.
The contractor wanted a stair tower to access the scaffold and a nice sized storage deck. And to eliminate ascending the scaffolding from the ground each time, Superior constructed a special walkway across the roof.
You will see the photos below but I think this Youtube video gives the best visual description.
At the front of the video you will see the newly painted surfaces. Also, about halfway through you will see the scaffold going up and the freshly painted gold domes. It’s quite impressive looking.
In an instant, lives can change. One second you are walking down the street and the next a car is careening out of control in your direction. To complicate things, you are beneath a canopy outside a hospital waiting for your scheduled appointment. That canopy supports a ton of weight in steel, aluminum and wood that could come crashing down around you.
But luckily, Superior Scaffold installed the canopy. As one of the best in the industry Superior builds them to withstand most anything that can be thrown at it – including being run into by a car.
Nobody wants their scaffolding or canopy to have to withstand that type of impact but it refreshing to know that even after being hit by an out of control automobile the canopy only sustained minor damage and didn’t collapse. The reason you hire a company that knows how to build a proper sidewalk shed or canopy is just for this reason. Don’t skimp on bargain basement products when doing a facade replacement or inspection – lives can be at stake.
Accidents do happen – and when they do – Superior’s 24 hour emergency services team is on the job. Just like the incident here at Jefferson Hospital at 9th and Sansom. Crews were on the scene in a few hours to replace the bent and broken parts bringing the canopy back to it’s full working capacity.
And if you think this is an isolated incident, think again. This is the second canopy to be hit by a car or truck in just a few months span. So if the good people at Jefferson Hospital trust the safety of their patrons to Superior Scaffold – Shouldn’t you?