Superior Scaffold estimator Pat McAndrew was at Our Lady of Lourdes medical center early last week and snapped this gem of the Mother Mary statue in her full glory. Yes, it’s an iphone picture but you can clearly see that she’s up and beaming once again.
I particularly like the halo at the top.
Pat was at the medical center for another scaffold install we are doing up “air” (as they say in Philly). I’ll get you details on that just as soon as them become available.
Until then – enjoy.
You can read the original article about saving our Lady of Lourdes here:
And the follow up article in scaffold magazine – here.
A capacity crowd of 46,967 braved temperatures in the 30s and intermittent snow flurries to see the visiting New York Rangers edge the Flyers 3-2, when the NHL and Bridgestone Winter Classic came to Citizen’s Bank Park, home of baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies. But little did the capacity crowd know what it took to get that ice onto the ground. Weeks of preparation, hard work, and yes, advertising.
Advertising? Yep. All over the place. And it’s a brilliant way to cover up scaffolding that might be necessary for the “behind the curtain” workings of an event like this.
If you recall, Superior Scaffold wrapped the entire Independence Hall tower in a decorative scrim that would give visitors a rough idea of what the renovated building would look like. And there is really no difference here. BAAM Productions wanted to promote the NHL and sponsor Bridgestone and used the system scaffold carrying the water and chemicals necessary to create the ice down to the field as their billboard. They knew that 46 thousand humans would be walking directly beneath this “Ice Bridge” going to the field, so they put it to good use.
Carefully hidden behind these graphics is the scaffolding that supports the real going’s on. It’s just beautifully wrapped in color graphics.
So when you’ve got scaffold being used in public – why not USE IT – for your advertising or promotional needs. It only makes sense. And Superior Scaffold can help you figure out the best way to do that.
We can create banners, graphics and scrims to almost any configuration to put onto your scaffold project. If the NHL and the NPS can do it – why can’t you?
This is what the stadium looked like in FULL – Action mode.
TIMELINE OF HOW A SCAFFOLD COMPANY SAVED AN ICON – in less than 24 hours!
At 1:51 pm on Wednesday 8/23/11 an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude rocked the east coast. It was followed by two smaller aftershocks of 2.8 & 2.2. On the whole, structural damage was fairly limited – given the wide scope of the quake.
Immediately, inspectors were sent out to every scaffold job site to make sure nothing had shifted, moved, or changed with the scaffolding around any of the structures. As the world found out – there were a few national structures that were damaged, such as the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral. But up in Camden, NJ a national treasure was teetering on the brink of disaster.
The statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center had shifted and broken. The big fear was that an aftershock would topple the statue of Mother Mary – not only breaking the iconic figure but endangering patrons at the medical center. The call went out to Superior Scaffold’s emergency services unit.
Timeline for a rescue:
7:30am – Superior received the call the morning after the quake.
8:30 am – Superior was on site assessing the damage up on the roof. A material list was sent out, as well as calls to team members who assist in erecting the scaffolding on top of the roof. A truck was loaded at the yard and sent to Camden.
11:00 am – The equipment truck as well as 6 team members arrives. A plan was in place to get the scaffolding to the roof – not an easy task (which I will detail in another blog about access). Crews would have to use freight elevators to the highest point and then all of the necessary equipment would have to be taken up several staircases that wind up through the hospital to the second roof.
Once to the lower roof, a stockpile scaffolding to be used up on the next level was made. Portions of the scaffolding were actually assembled in the very small second roof and then handed up to the top section. Crew members had to climb through several more narrow areas of the hospital just to reach the statue on the roof. Once there, a rope and wheel hoist were used to get the scaffolding up to the statue where it could be put into place.
The superior team worked until the wee hours erecting the scaffolding and securing the iconic statue to make sure no further damage could be done should there be more aftershocks. Guy-wires were strapped all around the statue and tied down to make sure she couldn’t and wouldn’t topple over.
3:00 am – Less than 24 hours after receiving the emergency call Superior’s team finished the job.
In the oncoming months, restoration crews will come in and repair the damage that was done.
Even though the images of the guy-wires strapping her down are intense – the statue of the Mother Mary on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center is safe and secure.
Hospital administrators could now rest safely, knowing that one call to Superior scaffold saved an icon. (Our Lady of Lourdes)