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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Atlantic City, NJ is vying to become the destination spot of choice on the East coast. Much like the growth a few years back in Los Vegas, Atlantic City is pushing to modernize, update, and transform into the premier hotspot on the coast.
Caesars Atlantic City Resort has been expanding and renovating constantly in the past decade with a new hotel tower, parking garage and shopping center. It opened as Atlantic City’s second casino in 1979 as the Caesars Boardwalk Regency. Like it’s counterpart in Los Vegas, Caesars has an ancient Roman theme and boasts 145,000 square feet of gaming area, 3400 slot machines and is now one of the largest resorts in the area.
Superior Scaffold’s swing stage department was called in to help with the EIFS facade replacement on the towers. On this multi-phase job, Superior had to install a roof perimeter guardrail, duct protection and system scaffold beneath the swings. Superior used 3 full Swings, 2 Corner Swings, 1 C shaped swing (4 hoist platform), System scaffold and 1 material hoist.
The major challenges faced on this job were the odd shapes and capacity swings that had to be built to allow crews access to all areas of the exterior of the building.
We also had a very rapid turnaround time. In the end, the job was done in time and on budget allowing Caesars to have their new facade ready for their summer rush.
Caesars Entertainment operates the casino in Atlantic city. (from their web site) Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada more than 70 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions, and now owns or manages casino resorts on four continents The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names; Caesars also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos and the World Series of Poker.
Superior Scaffold was one of the contractors included in the Preservation Alliance Grand Jury award for the renovation of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA!
The prestigious award is given those companies and contractors that meet strict criteria set forth by the Preservation Alliance for a greater Philadelphia. Their mission is to actively promote the appreciation, protection, and appropriate use and development of the Philadelphia region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes.
The award is the culmination of work by many companies and workers who did more than just another job on this tower. They helped preserve a piece of american history. Everyone involved did a great job and should be proud of the role they played in the restoration process.
It was a slightly different Saturday night in January at the Academy of Music’s 155th Anniversary party. But this year the honored guests didn’t leave to enjoy the entertainment – they stayed for the entire event.
Thanks in part to Superior Scaffold and grand sales master Tony Pini, a special stage was extended all the way into the house with a floor that was built from the stage level to the low rise of the theater, over the orchestra seats. And for the first time, this allowed the guests to spread out and party all in one location.
Built using system scaffold, planking and plywood – it was constructed just like a work platform on many of Superior’s jobs – but this one was actually danced upon!
Superior Scaffold’s Tony Pini, working closely with Senior Project Designer, John Trosino, also constructed a special party area where revelers could mingle and
dance beneath the great chandelier that was lowered just for the special event.
Here are a few photos that show how the floor was constructed over the open areas of the theater.
“It’s long been a goal of mine to have an open house in the Academy and to be able to do it the way they did it in 1857,” Academy president Joanna McNeil Lewis said.
In attendance were Gov. Corbett, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Lisa Nutter, and her husband, Mayor Nutter among others.
(photos courtesy of MICHAEL BRYANT / the Inquirer)
Superior scaffold incorporates elevated “dance floors” in many of their scaffolding jobs but this was probably the first time it was actually used as a real DANCE FLOOR!.
They are also known as work platforms in the industry.
Proceeds benefited the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra Association. The 146-year-old Academy of Music is the oldest known continuously operating opera house in the United States. The building, constructed in 1857, was built using solid brick bearing walls and timber framed floors and roof. It has served for the last 147 years as Philadelphia’s premier opera house and served for over a century as home to The Philadelphia Orchestra.
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.
Superior Builds “Ice Bridge” at 2012 Bridgestone NBC NHL Winter Classic @Citizens Bank Park, Philiadelphia, PA
It’s a big game. Some even say “a holiday tradition“. This year’s game features an intense rivalry between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division as the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers battle outdoors at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, home of the Phillies. This is the fifth iteration of the NHL Winter Classic, an event created by both NBC Sports and the NHL.
Superior Scaffold was brought in to build the “Ice Bridge” that spans the fan’s walkway (concourse) down to the rink itself. The scaffolding allows the pipes that bring in the water and chemicals to make the ice to travel safely from the outside of the stadium all the way down to the rink on the inside. It allows the concourse to remain open to fans while still providing the ability to keep the ice flowing.
The scaffold is all wrapped in a decorative scrim with graphics from both teams and sponsors.
You can watch a very cool timelapse of the rink being built here:
NBC’s coverage of the Winter Classic will be hosted by Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner. He will be joined by NBC Sports Group studio analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick for coverage on NBC and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network. NBC’s game coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter).
Last year’s Winter Classic was the most-watched NHL regular-season game in 36 years. The game was watched by 4.5 million viewers.