Superior Scaffold was called in to help rescue the statue after the earthquake – and now 5 months to the day – she is going back up on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Congrats to all! Here’s the video story from NBC news in Philadelphia.
We are providing scaffolding support for a complete facade and masonry restoration on this church constructed after the civil war.
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.
The First Presbyterian Church also has some beautiful artifacts and spires at the top of their steeples that required a special touch.
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.
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.
In the heart of Philadelphia sits an incredible treasure – the Temple Performing Arts Center. Purchased in 1974 by Temple University the Baptist Temple was designated as historic and a landmark building. It underwent an extensive remodeling and has since hosted many great performing artists.
Superior Scaffold was called in by Temple University to help with the renovation of the two copper domes on top of the center. Over the years, the copper had oxidized and the wood beneath had fallen into disrepair. It was Superior Scaffold’s job to get the crews up there to do the renovation.
The first challenge was to fashion a decorative but functional entryway / canopy that not only showed off the grandeur of the classic building but supported the tremendous load of scaffolding above.
“It not only had to allow pedestrians access to the center but it had to look great and allow crews to reach the top to work on the new copper domes,” said Tom Creighton of Superior.
The additional challenge was not to damage any of the decorate artifacts or stonework on the roof.
Superior has more experience working with historic structures in Philly and is the best when delicate items need to be considered. (see Independence Hall)
Superior crews built a super-stable platform extending all the way around the base of the dome and built two work decks above the entire diameter of the domes – allowing renovation crews total access.
The crews had to strip off the decaying copper and rebuild the wood support beneath.
The new domes look amazing and we will post a photo as soon as we can. Temple University is one of our favorite clients and we were honored to help with their renovation.
Historic buildings are our speciality. Don’t hesitate to contact Superior Scaffold
for all of your scaffolding needs (215) 743-2200 – Ask for Tommy.
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.
Here is another unique scaffolding job. It just goes to show you that when you think you’ve seen it all – think again. Here is a chapel inside of a hospital, and not just any hospital, mind you. This is in the heart of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, New Jersey.
And what makes this even cooler is that the altar literally sits directly below the statue of the
blessed Mother. It’s 6 floors beneath the giant statue but it’s very close to being directly beneath
her; pretty darn cool if you ask me. And you remember the Superior blog about
saving Our Lady of Lourdes? Well, this is the same place.
Except this time, it wasn’t quite a pressing emergency as after the earthquake.
But the earthquake certainly might have exacerbated the damage.
Superior Scaffold was called to erect a scaffold around the altar so repair crews
(Brandywine Historic Services) could get to the crumbling plaster on the ceiling.
The challenge here was that the church had to remain open for daily services.
So, Superior Scaffold master, Pat McAndrew devised a way to use 10’ horizontal trusses
to span the altar so the good father could conduct mass. They also used foam insulation
under the jacks to protect the vintage marble floor.
After starting work the repair crews discovered more damage and called Superior back to
enlarge the scaffold to reach the affected areas.
The chapel gets to remain open (business as usual) and the repair crews get access to the ceiling.
It’s a win win for everyone involved.
From the Lady of Lourdes Hospital web site:
The Chapel is always open for patients, visitors and associates. Visible upon entrance to the main lobby, the hospital Chapel is at the very heart of the Medical Center. It is a place of scripture, worship and prayer from which comfort, grace and blessing flow into the halls and rooms of Lourdes. Mass is held daily at Noon. Special schedules for holidays are posted outside the chapel.
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.
Superior Scaffold has been there from the beginning, after the earthquake, through the dismantlement, and now the reassembly.
This story from the people of Philly.com really shows the delicate work involved with putting the statue back up on top of the Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden, NJ one piece at time. And of course, that’s our scaffolding all around her.
Click on this Link or the photo below to see the entire story.