Blog Archives

Superior Scaffold and the historical Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ

This neat old church at 1064 Penn Ave, in Wyomissing, PA, that began its life in 1909, needed some repairs to the high vaulted plaster ceilings – so they called Superior Scaffold.

superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental

Photo courtesy of Ed Reneger

Superior is known for its skill working with historical buildings and the care it takes around one of a kind artifacts and structures.  This was no different.  We had to construct some cool system scaffolding up, over and around pews, alters, and priceless objects at Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ

superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental  superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental

The ceiling was divided into sections with flying buttresses, so the layout had to be spot on accurate.

superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental  superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental

superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental

We used system scaffold with joists and plank to not only get to the hard to reach places but to also build a solid platform or dancefloor for the workers.

superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental

The steep, sloped, plaster ceilings had new sheetrock added over the old plaster, and then they were textured and painted.

superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental superior scaffold, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental

This gave the old girl the dress up she needed for the next 100 years.

We were proud to bring our skills and experience working with historic buildings to Bausman Memorial United Church of Chris.

Here are some articles detailing Superior Scaffold’s work with historic buildings:

A little history on this church.

Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ is part of a denomination which is a merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches of the United States.

Construction of a small church began in 1909 and it was dedicated in 1911. As the congregation grew, members decided to complete the church building with an addition begun in 1922. The completed building was dedicated in 1924.

1064 Penn Ave  Wyomissing, PA 19610
(610) 375-9790

Bausman Memorial United Church of Christ is a church of diverse learners seeking answers to life’s questions based on the teachings of Christ. We nurture each other with respect, share with each other as family, and engage God and others in worship, music, study and in service. Every Sunday we offer Church School programs for all ages at 9:00 a.m. and gather for worship at 10:15 a.m.

http://www.bausmanucc.org/tp40/Default.asp?ID=278557

http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=153612

Advertisements

Our Lady of Lourdes blessed morning photograph

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.

scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NJ, NY, MD, shoring, sales, service, emergency service

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.

Superior Scaffold uses unique earth anchors to hold canopy in place.

So, not only did we help scaffold the building for the new support steel but we just installed the canopy at the entryway.  In the background, you can see the 5 story steel structure where our scaffolding used to be.  They are making great progress on the new addition at the Chester County Hospital, and we are grateful to be a part of such a unique project.  (See the original blogpost here.)

canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ

And speaking of unique, this was a very cool and innovative way to tie-down a canopy.  It’s not something you see everyday.
canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ  canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ

Normally, there are many places to tie-down a canopy to keep it stable and secured from the elements.  But as you can see from the pics there wasn’t much to hold on to out here in the front of the hospital.  On the one side, you see the large cement Jersey Barriers (no problem) but the opposite side just had blacktop.  And how would we tie into that?

canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ  canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ

So our super duper team of engineers and builders came up with an awesome system to keep this baby anchored properly.

canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ

Look at this little gem – called an Earth Anchor.  Aptly named for its ability to anchor just about anything down to the good ole’ blue planet.  If you look carefully, you will see an X type of bracket that has two tubes on it at 45 degree angles.  X.

canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ   canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ

Long steel rods (about 2′ – 3’) are driven through those X tubes and down into the ground itself.  The idea is to create an apposing force in the soil that is virtually impossible to pull out.  “You would literally have to move something like 40 square feet of dirt to pull one of these ties from the clutches of mother earth,” said Superior Scaffold’s main man, Shawn MacDonald.

canopy, sidewalk shed, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, PA, DE, NYC, NJ

And then, at the top of the X bracket is a fastener where the tie-downs hook in.  The canopy then can be ratcheted down to these brackets making it super stable and virtually impervious to high wind.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Here are a few photos of the canopy (sidewalk shed) in place.

Superior Scaffold – innovative scaffolding solutions.  (215) 743-2200.  Philadelphia, PA

Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA is embarking on a $45.2 million building project to increase inpatient bed capacity with 72 new private rooms and to install a new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator for the treatment of cancer.

Scaffolding Sculpture

Artist Ben Long’s ‘Scaffolding Sculptures’ are series of three-dimensional constructions made from conventional scaffolding components.  By using these builder’s materials out of their everyday context, Long creates meanings and symbols an audience would not normally expect.  In this exhibit he creates the words Art and Work.

The word ‘ART’ embodies the creative thought-process inherent in the conception of a piece as well as the practical skill required to physically make it.
Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, scaffold philadelphia, Scaffold PA

Likewise, the word ‘WORK’ describes not only the intellectual endeavor in pursuit of a final idea, but also the effort involved in an artwork’s construction.
Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, scaffold philadelphia, Scaffold PA

By separating the word ‘artwork’ into its two component words, Long leads us to contemplate the key ingredients required in the making of any work of art; the initial spark and development of an idea, and the productive course of activity that makes an idea into an artifact. (from the Man&Eve exhibit blog)

He does amazing things with scaffold materials that we, at Superior Scaffold, use everyday.  Here are videos of him assembling his gallery pieces.

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.
Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, sales, service, support, (215) 743-2200, PA, NJ, DE, NYC  Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, sales, service, support, (215) 743-2200, PA, NJ, DE, NYC

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.

Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, sales, service, support, (215) 743-2200, PA, NJ, DE, NYC

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.

Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, sales, service, support, (215) 743-2200, PA, NJ, DE, NYC  Scaffolding rental, scaffold rental, sales, service, support, (215) 743-2200, PA, NJ, DE, NYC

And you can watch video here.

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

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.
Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding, sales, rentals, service, Swing, (215) 743-2200  Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding, sales, rentals, service, Swing, (215) 743-2200
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.

Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding, Canopy, sales, rentals, service, Swing, (215) 743-2200  Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding, sales, rentals, service, Swing, (215) 743-2200
Superior also provided two suspended scaffolds (swings, swing-stage) to allow crews greater access to all areas of the façade.

Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding, sales, rentals, service, Swing, (215) 743-2200
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.

Superior Scaffold, Scaffolding, sales, rentals, service, Swing, (215) 743-2200
“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.

Renovation at Princeton University Firestone Library

Superior Scaffold was selected to help in the renovation of Princeton’s Prestigious Firestone library because of its long history working with historic buildings on the campus.

Scaffold, scaffolding, (215) 743-2200, rentals, sales, service, www.superiorscaffold.com

In light of the library’s importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library. The renovation is a long-term project that is being done in multiple phases and will take almost 10 years to finish, during which time the library will remain open, and its collections available during normal hours of operation.

Scaffold, scaffolding, (215) 743-2200, rentals, sales, service, www.superiorscaffold.com  Scaffold, scaffolding, (215) 743-2200, rentals, sales, service, www.superiorscaffold.com

Superior erected system scaffold allowing crews to get access to all areas of this monumental restoration and parapet wall replacement project.  The library has to remain open while crews do the work.  Superior also provided a series of debris netting and trash chutes to the project.

Scaffold, scaffolding, (215) 743-2200, rentals, sales, service, www.superiorscaffold.com  Scaffold, scaffolding, (215) 743-2200, rentals, sales, service, www.superiorscaffold.com

The Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library opened in 1948 as the first large American university library constructed after World War II.  Roughly 1.5 million volumes were moved during the summer of 1948 from Pyne and Chancellor Green Halls, which until then had served as the University’s main library.  The library building was expanded in 1971 and again in 1988 and currently has more than 70 miles (110 km) of bookshelves, making Firestone one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence.  Though not the largest university library in the world, the library has more books per enrolled student than that of any other university in the United States.

You can keep tabs of the multi-phase renovation here:

New addition at Chester County Hospital calls for Superior scaffolding

Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA is embarking on a $45.2 million building project to increase inpatient bed capacity with 72 new private rooms and to install a new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator for the treatment of cancer.

Superior Scaffold, (215)743-2200, Scaffolding, Sales, Service, Rentals, Support, www.superiorscaffold.com     Superior Scaffold, (215)743-2200, Scaffolding, Sales, Service, Rentals, Support, www.superiorscaffold.com

As part of the plan, the Chester County Hospital and Health System called in Superior Scaffold to help work on the 93,000 sq. ft. Tower Project at 701 East Marshall Street.

The scaffolding, constructed on top of the first floor’s roof, allows crews to get to the floors above it to remove the skin (facade) and expose the steel to tie into.  The new addition will be 5 stories tall and as wide as the old section beneath it.

Superior Scaffold, (215)743-2200, Scaffolding, Sales, Service, Rentals, Support, www.superiorscaffold.com   Superior Scaffold, (215)743-2200, Scaffolding, Sales, Service, Rentals, Support, www.superiorscaffold.com

Those black squares you see on the lower roof are temporary coverings for the new steel columns that are underneath them.   “Once the facade is removed, horizontal steel will come out of building and connect to columns coming up and out of those holes,” said Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew.  Superior also provided a 70′ trash chute with a hopper on every level.

Superior Scaffold, (215)743-2200, Scaffolding, Sales, Service, Rentals, Support, www.superiorscaffold.com

The Chester County Hospital is the only non-profit, independent community hospital in Chester County, and it has been serving the county and its surrounding communities for 120 years.

How to adapt existing system scaffold (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital)

Even the best laid plans get interrupted from time to time.  So was the case at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

The Alumni Hall building on the Jefferson University Hospital campus in Center City has been undergoing some changes to the HVAC system.

Superior Scaffold was called out to install scaffolding on the 6th floor rooftop spanning the entire 42 foot long section of roof all the way up the the 9th floor so workers could get up to make piping tie-ins and add insulation.

The scaffolding was in place and functioning well when one of the contractors determined that he needed to get directly beneath one of the supporting legs of the scaffolding to install a new rooftop HVAC unit.  Normally, not a problem but this was directly in the middle of the already assembled and functioning scaffold – and to make matters worse – it was beneath one of the supporting legs.

So the call went out to Superior’s 24 hour emergency services line and within hours they came up with a solution.  See the reconfigured scaffolding below.

You can see how the weight was redistributed to free up the room for the new unit to be installed beneath the scaffold while still allowing work to continue safely overhead.

Who says you can’t adapt an already built system scaffold?

Superior Scaffold at (215) 743-2200 is the best at what they do.

Adding Graphics, Banners, and Advertisements to your Scaffolding Project

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.

Winter Classic in full swing