This is a monstor of a job. We promised some photos and since we, at Superior Scaffold, keep our promises – here they are.
It’s hard to believe that this all hangs 40 feet ABOVE the entire gaming room floor while people are hustling and bustling about underneath.
They sit above the interior that is the size of 2 full length football fields.
These wings or fingers are 300 and 400 feet long!
What this project entails is getting crews up underneath the ceiling while the casino remains open for business as usual so they can get the new HVAC and mechanicals installed.
The solution came in the form of what is called a multi-point suspended scaffold. It’s not only wide, but stable enough to hold equipment, rolling towers, HVAC piping, etc.
These giant work platforms actually hang from chains from the arched trusses at the ceiling. It’s netted in so nothing can fall off of the sides and its sturdy enough to support just about anything you can put onto it.
We’ve done these before (see blog on Hanging bridge platform) but never at this scale.
The ceiling has giant arches which of course curve and give different elevations along that curve. So the challenge for our crews was to get the lengths of chains correct over the entire spans of this platform while they were assembling them to keep the platform perfectly level.
The segments had to hang at different elevations from the trusses to accommodate the particular ducting and venting going on up there. Some lengths would be 20 feet while others would be 10 and so forth. But once our guys go the proper lengths in place the platform was installed, level and sturdy.
Here is a video so you can see in real time what these platforms look like.
There aren’t many comapanies that can or will undertake an immense job like this. Our star estimator, Anthony Pini, made it his personal mission to come up with solutions to solve this engineering problem – and his team succeeded without incident.
The new HVAC and mechanicals are installed and everyone at the Seneca Niagara Casini can literally breathe easier!
Call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 for solutions to your unique scaffolding project. Ask for Tom Cruise, AKA Tony Pini.
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 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
The ceiling was divided into sections with flying buttresses, so the layout had to be spot on accurate.
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.
The steep, sloped, plaster ceilings had new sheetrock added over the old plaster, and then they were textured and painted.
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
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.
This is one of those, once in a lifetime, cool jobs that you just have to brag about. Superior Scaffold was called out to the Campbell’s Soup Worldwide Headquarters in Camden, NJ to rig a special scaffolding in the boardroom.
This is the same boardroom where one of the original Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can paintings lives.
And even cooler was the job. We had to come up with system to allow crews to change the ceiling tiles over the handmade wood table that resides in the boardroom. Sounds simple, right? Not really. The table is 8 feet wide by 30 feet long and could not be moved. It was hand picked by the Dorrance family (heir to the Campbell fortune) and cost over $100,000.
Needless to say, they needed a company with a history of preserving priceless artifacts to erect scaffolding around this table without causing any damage.
The table was first protected with poly, then foam, and then plywood as a precaution.
Superior built scaffold over and around the table using 2 foot wide X 34’ long towers on either side and then connected them with 10’ trusses. This made a solid platform. “Then we decked it in solid – so the crews would have a nice safe place to work,” said Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew.
They decided to install long life light bulbs while they were up there.
The job came off without a hitch and the Warhol is back presiding over the elegant table (with new lighting and ceiling tiles in place).
And just for fun – I couldn’t resist:
On January 26th, Superior Scaffold was proud to help bring to the East Coast one of the most incredible Roman Mosaics ever unearthed. The challenge to get them inside the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was something of an engineering marvel taking scaffolding teams, crane operators, art curators, engineers, and scores of people.
But first… A real-life “Cover up”.
In 1996, workmen constructing a new highway in Lod, Israel (near modern-day Tel Aviv), made a shocking discovery: a 1,700 year old Roman mosaic under the surface of the road. At that time, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a rescue excavation that revealed a full series of mosaic floors, measuring roughly 50 feet long by 27 feet wide. Conservators provided preliminary treatment of the mosaics, but they were then reburied until funding could be secured for the full scientific excavation and conservation. In 2009, excavators unearthed the Lod Mosaic once again. The mosaics were then separated into panels and rolled away from the earth. Today, they remain in near perfect condition. Three of these panels are on display in Unearthing a Masterpiece.
This piece is very unique because it lacks human figures. It was likely commissioned by a high-standing Roman official for his private home. Alluding to gladiatorial games, the mosaic panels depict scenes of hunting, trading, and marine life.
And because these tiles date back to 300 CE and are some of the most complete, well-preserved, and largest Roman mosaics ever found, everyone involved wanted to keep them that way. So the call went out to Superior Scaffold to help get them into the building. Piece of cake, right? Wrong. Follow the photos below to see just what was involved. Now, we were just one cog in a very important machine. But our piece was of utmost importance.
These tiles were so large that they had to be placed into 7 gigantic wooden crates and shipped to Philadelphia. And on the morning of January 26, 2013 two large box trucks arrived and blocked South Street in front of the Museum.
The biggest challenge on this job, that required weeks of careful planning, was that these crates couldn’t just be waltzed through the loading dock and up to the third floor where they were going to be displayed. They were way too big and heavy to fit.
They had to be hoisted by a 100 foot crane up off of South Street and deposited onto a giant 16’ tall platform that Superior built over the main stairs and Warden Garden Coy pond that straddled two giant sliding wooden doors accessing the grand staircase on the third floor into the Pepper Gallery. Wow, that was a mouthful. But seriously, look at the photos. Superior’s platform allowed the giant crates to be maneuvered directly inside to the display area where curators could uncrate the masterpiece and put it together for display.
Sitting on top of the system scaffold, Superior used 9’ aluminum stringers crossed with solid plank and then topped with plywood.
Then entire unloading process took approximately 6 hours. Of course, our part started long before the trucks arrived and lasted well after the crates were unpacked.
Here is a sort of chronological assembly, if you will (from Superior Scaffold’s POV)
In the end, the Museum safely unloaded, unpacked, and assembled the Mosiac in time for their ribbon cutting ceremony on February 10, 2013 to start the exhibit (Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosiac from LOD, Israel) which runs for a limited time.
Estimator Pat McAndrew not only oversaw the installation but also attended the opening where he took these photos of the famous Mosaic.
Superior will be back out assembling the same scaffolding in May when the exhibit is packed up again and shipped to the Louvre in Paris. After a short time there, it will make the trip to Israel and it’s final resting place in a specially built museum. So see it while you can
And a shout out to Bob Thurlow in charge of Traveling Exhibits at Penn Museum for some of the great photos of the crates going in.
If you would like more information about the unearthing of the LOD Mosaic click here.
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.
The new Benjamin Franklin museum just off of 4th & Market in an area known as “Franklin Court” is under way. This will be Philadelphia’s newest exhibit about Ben Franklin and when completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground!
Yes, an underground museum. And that’s all well and good but it posed some real challenges when it came time to do the expansion. You just can’t take a hundred and fifty year old building and slap a bunch of exhibits inside. You need a complete redesign to support the architect’s vision. And that exactly what they got.
If ever you wanted to see what shoring actually does – this is the time. You can clearly see the work going on above the shoring and below the shoring. It always amazes me at the sheer weight that these post shores can hold when you take in consideration the cement and steel necessary to make a job like this happen.
This was an extensive demolition of an old structure to open up the building. Walls had to be removed, ceilings had to be shored up so new steel and concrete could be poured to support the new additions.
15” thick Concrete slabs were poured and giant concrete beams were brought in to help support the weight. That was probably the biggest challenge on the job. The steel was so long it took several cranes and expert crews to get them in through the alley and into place. Superior Scaffold shoring guru, Bob Robinson, had to calculate all of the weight loads so the proper equipment could be utilized and the work done safely and up to code.
Some of the concrete beams in the new design were 36” wide X 42” deep and spanned 42 feet column-to-column!
When it’s all done, the exhibits will be divided up into different rooms that reflect various aspects of his personality and his life. The museum will feature interactive displays exploring his life as a private citizen and statesman through individual, room-like installations. The library is intended to be the culminating experience. Other 21st century additions to the underground museum include interactive elements like touch screen kiosks, a computerized version of Franklin’s glass armonica a musical instrument employing glass and water to create sound, and two-minute animated vignettes designed to help visitors understand critical turning points in Franklin’s life.
CBS local news coverage on the job.
Click here for news on the construction job.
This is one of my favorites. Yes, it’s technically under a building – the Philadelphia VA Medical Center but it’s still underground.
Superior Scaffold set this up so crews could get to the electrical underneath the floor of the hospital.
But that’s not the half of it. Getting the equipment into and beneath the hospital building was the major challenge. Check out the video for what was involved.
Superior salesman Tom Creighton did a bang up job estimating the layout and materials to make this happen. Not only is it under the building but it’s on a radical inclined as well.
Crews had to lug all of the materials through a maze beneath the hospital and then out a tiny door and then climb up a rope just to get to the bottom of the bottom. And then they had to assemble the scaffolding; all of this intricate craftsmanship to run new conduit from one electrical box to another!
In the end, the client was happy. The job was completed. And we got another story to tell.
For all of your scaffolding needs call Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200
Superior Scaffold was called in to provide heavy-duty shoring for the New AAA building conversion into apartments. And when we say heavy duty, we mean it. The design for this 4 story building calls for adding an additional 8 FLOORS!!! Wow.
The building at 21st and Market (2040 Market) was built in 1968 and was a 5 story structure (including a floor of underground parking)
PCM Property Group and their architects Stephen Varenhorst Architects needed the best in the business when they had to shore up the existing structure, remove the old columns and replace them with new, even larger supports.
Superior salesman, Anthony Pini, worked with PCM to design a custom solution using heavy-duty kip shores that would allow enough room for crews to work in and around each column. Most of the pics show at least a 25 Kip (25,000 Lb) load capability. You can see where crews set up to pour new heavy duty footers and Superior gave them plenty of room while still shoring up the floor above.
The real challenge was that the engineers kept changing the size and scope of the building footers as they added new floors. At one time Superior had to shore up the entire length of the building to support the additional weight above. Instead of shoring up one portion and then removing the old footer and pouring a newer larger one (able to handle more weight), and then moving to the next one, engineers decided to remove all of the footers in one fell swoop and pour them all at the same time…
Think about that for a second… That means that the ENTIRE weight of the building is being supported by our steel beams and shoring columns. Sounds wonderful, and hey, we always accommodate… So after several site changes we settled on a solution and put it into place. We shored up the entire building while the new, stronger, larger, more incredible ones were poured to support the additional 8 floors that were about to be added on top of the structure. We rocked. It rocked. Everything was a huge (and I mean huge) success.
Several sections needed shoring; the larger exposed areas that where going to be modified to handle the new structure above, and then the smaller sections tucked back in the lower floors. Superior provided shoring support for both areas.
When it’s all said and done this building will have 282 units and will be the largest number of new apartments in the past two years. It will also increase the square footage from 120K to 300K.
To read more click on the following links.
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It sounds really simple, but every year we get photos like this one. Our experts are the best in the business and can quickly train you on the safest way to utilize the equipment.
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Don’t win one of the scaffolding Darwin Awards. Or worse, lose your life because you didn’t properly use the scaffold.
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Philadelphia, PA 19124
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.