Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern), a state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Philadelphia, has been offering patients integrated, patient-centered cancer care since 2005.
When they needed the best multi-trade scaffold to complete their renovation they called Superior Scaffold.
Not only did they need to get glazers, carpenters, painters and inspectors access to the exterior of the structure but they needed to wrap the top half of the building with weather protection so they could work through the winter elements. It’s a pretty common practice for the cold months. It really helps keep the elements out while keeping a warm, safe environment for the crews. Superior also installed a stair tower and large debris chute.
The biggest challenge with this job was securing the scaffold to the structural steel. It’s another shinning example of Superior craftsmanship.
If you need scaffolding, shoring, canopy / sidewalk sheds, or suspended scaffold, call Tom Creighton at Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200.
We will have more photos as the job progresses.
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.
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.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the oldest and top ranked children’s hospital in the United States, called Superior Scaffold to first come out and scaffold in a stairwell for removal of lights and mechanicals in a research center building on their new campus.
The hospital, located next to the University of Pennsylvania, then called Superior to return to the stairwell to see if they could adapt scaffolding, already in place, to provide shoring so a portion of the 8” concrete ceiling slab could be cut out and removed. Estimator and scaffolding expert, Pat McAndrew, took one look at the job and said, “no problem”. And then quickly came up with a solution to adapt the existing scaffolding into a superior shoring device.
The resulting design allowed the scaffolding to shore up the slab so it could be removed. It’s this kind of quick thinking and customer service that makes Superior Scaffold number one in the Tri-State Area.
For all of your scaffold and scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold at (215)743-2200.
Superior Scaffold was called back to Our Lady of Lourdes to add another level of scaffolding to the existing structure so crews could more easily remove the sections of the statue of the Mother Mary.
It has been taken down in sections and sent off for repair. As you know, it was damaged in the earthquake.
I’ve compiled a few of the news stories here – including a CBS news clip in which you can see the damage directly after the earthquake and the day before Superior’s emergency response team raced in and secured her in place.
The statue of the Virgin Mary will be restored to her former glory and reinstalled in her proper place.
TIMELINE OF HOW A SCAFFOLD COMPANY SAVED AN ICON – in less than 24 hours!
At 1:51 pm on Wednesday 8/23/11 an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude rocked the east coast. It was followed by two smaller aftershocks of 2.8 & 2.2. On the whole, structural damage was fairly limited – given the wide scope of the quake.
Immediately, inspectors were sent out to every scaffold job site to make sure nothing had shifted, moved, or changed with the scaffolding around any of the structures. As the world found out – there were a few national structures that were damaged, such as the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral. But up in Camden, NJ a national treasure was teetering on the brink of disaster.
The statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center had shifted and broken. The big fear was that an aftershock would topple the statue of Mother Mary – not only breaking the iconic figure but endangering patrons at the medical center. The call went out to Superior Scaffold’s emergency services unit.
Timeline for a rescue:
7:30am – Superior received the call the morning after the quake.
8:30 am – Superior was on site assessing the damage up on the roof. A material list was sent out, as well as calls to team members who assist in erecting the scaffolding on top of the roof. A truck was loaded at the yard and sent to Camden.
11:00 am – The equipment truck as well as 6 team members arrives. A plan was in place to get the scaffolding to the roof – not an easy task (which I will detail in another blog about access). Crews would have to use freight elevators to the highest point and then all of the necessary equipment would have to be taken up several staircases that wind up through the hospital to the second roof.
Once to the lower roof, a stockpile scaffolding to be used up on the next level was made. Portions of the scaffolding were actually assembled in the very small second roof and then handed up to the top section. Crew members had to climb through several more narrow areas of the hospital just to reach the statue on the roof. Once there, a rope and wheel hoist were used to get the scaffolding up to the statue where it could be put into place.
The superior team worked until the wee hours erecting the scaffolding and securing the iconic statue to make sure no further damage could be done should there be more aftershocks. Guy-wires were strapped all around the statue and tied down to make sure she couldn’t and wouldn’t topple over.
3:00 am – Less than 24 hours after receiving the emergency call Superior’s team finished the job.
In the oncoming months, restoration crews will come in and repair the damage that was done.
Even though the images of the guy-wires strapping her down are intense – the statue of the Mother Mary on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center is safe and secure.
Hospital administrators could now rest safely, knowing that one call to Superior scaffold saved an icon. (Our Lady of Lourdes)