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.
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.
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
Here is a video tour of the scaffolding and the Mother Mary statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ. It clearly shows the damage that the earthquake did to her as well as the necessary guy-wires to hold her down in case of aftershocks. Superior Scaffold had to transport all of the scaffolding materials through a maze in the hospital and even assemble most of the sections on a lower roof and then hoist them up where they could be put into place. You can see the difficulties in just getting to the statue in another video I posted called access.
You can help restore the statue on to of Our Lady of Lourdes by clicking here:
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.