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Going off the deep end with scaffolding…

The Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro, NJ is adding on to their illustrious hospital with two new rehabilitation pools.   The crews needed to get access to the ceiling to do some repairs and additions.  Well, with swimming pools spanning the entire room it makes it a bit difficult to reach up that high.

So they called Pat McAndrew at Superior Scaffold and said, “Help.”   Since they had spent most of their budget on these incredible pools they were looking for a low cost alternative to just scaffolding the entire pools all the way up to the ceiling.   They also wanted to use Baker/Painter scaffolds to roll from one end of the pool area ceiling to another.

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So, they creatively devised a plan that would put an 8’ scaffolding tower down into the center of the large pool from the 3’ shallow end down to the 9’ deep end.  They used 8’ horizontal trusses at deck height and then ran aluminum joists from side walls to trusses at 16” centers.  The entire thing was then topped off with a deck of ¾” plywood.  This would allow the baker scaffold to roll freely around the entire room while allowing crews to reach to the ceiling.  You can see just how wide and deep this room is.

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Now, the small pool was a bit different.  They rested aluminum joists on the concrete side walls at 16” centers and then topped that off with plywood.  Since it was only 18’ in diameter the aluminum joists would be able to support all of the weight put upon them.

Bingo, bango, bongo… another Superior solution and satisfied customer.  Superior specializes in creative solutions for scaffolding problems.  Call 215 743-2200 to see what Superior can do for you.

Holy Erection, Batman – 13th & Chestnut Emergency Services call to Superior Scaffold

I love it when we can help someone out in a pinch.  That’s why we have the emergency services line.  (215) 743-2200.  Kind of like the Bat phone for scaffolding.  I’d like to think that our very own Bob Sarkisian is Batman (in a way).  But really, the only time he’s like the caped crusader is when he’s climbing the side of a building in one of his swing stages or answering the Bat phone, like this case.
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We say it – and we mean it.  We will have crews on-site within 24 hours and the problem solved or at least in motion shortly thereafter.  We really do have the fastest response teams in the industry.  And I’m not just saying that because Batman (Sarkisian) and his trusty partner Robin (Shawn MacDonald) have me squeezed tighter than Anita Bryant and some Florida orange juice.  But it’s true.  In reality, it’s mostly MacDonald who acts more like Batman on these emergency service calls.  I guess trusty sidekicks are always quick to slip into their leader’s shoes when they aren’t around.  But I digress…
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The guys over at 13th and Chestnut needed to get to the top elevation for some cornice repairs and reconstruction.  And they needed to get up “air” fast.  The job was put into overdrive.  From the time Batman (Sarkisian) at Superior Scaffold took the call – all the way through design, engineered drawings, approval, and erection it took only 7 days.   We even added containment netting too.
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Bam!  Pow!  Zap!  Done!  Holy Bat Erection.

Yes, another satisfied customer.  So when you need something in an emergency situation – don’t turn on the Bat signal (Sarkisian or McDonald will never see it – too busy analyzing what effect Bat guano has on steel cross braces) make the call to Superior Scaffold’s emergency service line (215) 743-2200.  You won’t be disappointed.

More pics to come, as the job continues.

Superior Scaffold at Frick Laboratory, Princeton University, NJ

Superior Scaffold was called out to the Frick Laboratory at Princeton University to build scaffolding for crews to get access to the 3 floors of the structure.  Crews will then install trash chutes so they can demo the entire interior of the building.
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Princeton University officials say that the former Frick lab will remain vacant until renovation funds become available.

The Frick Lab is named after industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919).  The lab, built in 1929, housed the academic chemistry facilities for over 83 years making it one of the oldest functioning labs in the United States.

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It has been moved into the gleaming new Frick Chemistry Lab.   It is part of the University’s commitment to green building.  You can read about the New Frick Laboratory here.

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And you can watch video here.

You can really see the new building’s design here.

Turnaround crews work to revitalize Trainer, PA refinery for Delta Airlines and Monroe Energy.

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Superior Scaffold is proud to be working with Monroe Energy (a Delta Airlines subsidiary) in an innovative move designed to cut jet fuel costs to the airlines by $300 million.

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Crews are revitalizing and renovating the once shuttered Conoco/Phillips refinery in preparation for the restart of fuel production in September.  Monroe is spending $100 million to modify and convert the refinery to produce jet fuel (with an estimated output of 52,000 pdp.

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Monroe Energy closed on the $180 Million purchase deal from on July 22nd and 3 days later Superior had turnaround crews onsite (which is a maintenance procedure basically restoring, optimizing and checking the integrity of the facility and its operations).

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In the end, Delta hopes the deal will lower its fuel costs, which reached nearly $12 billion last year, the largest expenditure on its balance sheet, while also putting 400 people back to work.

In its day, the old refinery, located on the Delaware River in Trainer, PA about 10 miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia, had a crude oil processing capacity of 185,000 barrels per day and processed mainly light, low-sulfur crude oil.

Superior Scaffold at the University of Pennsylvania, Market & 34th

University of Pennsylvania (U of P) is caulking and waterproofing the façade of their building at 3400 Walnut, (Market & 34th) Pennsylvania, PA  19104.
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Superior Scaffold provided an intricate sidewalk canopy (sidewalk shed), with overhead protection,
2 blocks long that would allow construction work to go on above while keeping the businesses open underneath.

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Superior also provided two suspended scaffolds (swings, swing-stage) to allow crews greater access to all areas of the façade.

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U of P turned to Superior because of the confidence they have for them to handle the safety requirements and guidelines set up by the city, state, and the university.  Superior is proud to continue their long relationship with U of P.

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“When work finishes along Market Street, the canopy will be relocated around the corner on 15th,” said Superior estimator, Anthony Pini.

For information call Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.

Superior Scaffold’s canopy withstands the harshest of tests.

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?

Superior Scaffold’s emergency services team saves the day at Aramark Tower, Philadelphia, PA.

No one ever wants to receive the call that a Fed Ex truck backed into the scaffolding on a job, especially one that sits in middle of one of Center City’s busiest intersections.  But that’s exactly what happened at the Aramark Tower.  Somehow, Fed Ex backed their truck into the aluminum canopy that was around the building at 11th and Market.  (Hey, accidents happen).

   

The call went out to Superior Scaffold and their 24-hour emergency services team was on the spot within hours to repair the damage, averting what could have been a very dangerous situation.

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Superior’s Anthony Pini got the call at 6:00pm on Thursday evening and immediately sent out a crew to repair the broken scaffolding.  Within hours everything was back to normal and the Aramark Tower was back in business.  And the canopy looks great too!

That’s precisely why Superior has a 24-hour emergency services team.  So if you ever have an emergency – don’t hesitate to call Superior. (215) 743-2200