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.
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.
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.
Here’s a nifty little job. Something you might not see everyday: An Interior Canopy.
Now, you might be asking yourself, why would Superior Scaffold put something that is normally outside on the sidewalk, inside a hospital?
It’s simple, really – Chestnut Hill Hospital needed to remain open for business while repair crews replaced the skylights in the entire lobby and vestibule. By putting what amounts to a canopy or sidewalk shed inside, doctors, patients, visitors and guests can all pass safely through the entrance while work continues overhead.
It’s business as usual, as we say in the industry. I’ll post some pics of the all glass ceiling when I get them.
Chestnut Hill Hospital is a community-based teaching hospital with 164 beds offering a range of inpatient and outpatient, diagnostic and treatment services in Northwest Philadelphia.
Superior is the best in the business when it comes to canopies / sidewalk sheds. Call (215) 743-2200 for information.
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.
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.
Superior Scaffold is in the center of the latest issue of Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine for the work we did on Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. As we blogged before, it was all about how we secured the beloved statue on top of the building after the earthquake. Props go out to Gina Kellogg of SAIM – she did a great job!
You can read the article here: Scaffold Industry Magazine