To some this might seem a bit commonplace, since you see them everywhere, but to us it’s the key to commerce. These canopies are what keep industry rolling. Just think about it for a minute. If we didn’t construct these sidewalk sheds around buildings that were doing façade work or window replacement or brick and mortar repointing, everything would shut down. No food for the tenants, no around the corner morning coffees, no treats or ice cream – nothing. These are our very own little stimulus package.
Many times, just like with this canopy, it serves a dual purpose; one, keeping the building and byways open for business while protecting the patrons and two; it also works as a platform for our swing stages. (We will have some additional pics later).
These are known by a couple of names – Canopy, sidewalk shed, overhead protection. It really doesn’t matter which one you use or prefer but the result is the same. I never really understood the term “Sidewalk Shed”. Maybe it’s because it’s shaped like a shed and provides protection overhead and from the sides? It’s sits on the sidewalk, that part makes sense but it’s really not a shed, it’s more of a walkway, a passage, a throughput… Hmm???? I looked up the term Shed in the dictionary and this is what it said: a slight structure built for shelter or storage; especially : a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed. Someone in the office suggested that the term might have come from train shed, or snow shed. He mentioned that it might be anything with sides and a roof and then said that it could have come from NYC – back when they used to use corrugated metal on the sides so they looked like a shed. I don’t know. Googling around really didn’t produce much – other than: A sidewalk shed must be erected whenever materials will be hoisted over the sidewalk, regardless of building height or horizontal distance between building and sidewalk.
This is a very well designed and constructed canopy at the corner of 20th and JFK, in Center City, Philly. It’s what we call an extra-tall canopy to clear the giant storefront windows. Superior Scaffold can accommodate any scenario – large, small, medium, wide, short, we customize them to every job. We can add different colors that accent the building (see our Amtrak canopy blog) put debris netting around the top for added protection, and even completely enclose the sides to protect against the elements.
So, the next time you are walking through Philadelphia or any city, for that matter, take a moment to thank your scaffolding company (Superior Scaffold on the East Coast) for their work helping to keep your city moving and open for business.
And if you find yourself in need of a Canopy, Sidewalk Shed, Overhead Protection, or sidewalk bridge – pick up the phone and call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visite www.superiorscaffold.com.