The Philadelphia Auto Show runs from February 8 – 16, 2014 at the The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107
Toyota set up an indoor track complete with traction ramps, water hazards, sand traps and suspension bumps giving the user the ultimate car buying experience. Patrons are invited to ride along inside the new line up of Toyota vehicles to get a real world idea of how they will perform.
Toyota contacted Superior Scaffold to build the ramp that would test the climbing and traction control of their vehicles. We jumped at the chance. The ramp is 8’ high by 14’ wide and 53’ long. (see pic)
The challenge here was that the ramp not only had to support the weight of the cars driving up and over it but also the 100 tons of dirt that would be put on top of it.
Superior engineers put pen to paper and calculated weight ratios and all of their super mathematical formulas and came up with a superior design (which was stamped and authorized).
Work set out using beams, system scaffold, and shoring materials to construct the ramp.
Details: 14’ aluminum beams on 2’ centers were used at the ramps, 14’ steel beams at 2’ centers were used at the top (flat) section. 3’ and 4’ spans were used going side to side, and 2’ spans going ramp to ramp. They also used U-Heads on the flat sections and swivel U-Jacks on the ramps. Then they crossed everything with 18’ aluminum beams on the ramps at 1’ centers and 12’ aluminum beams at 1’ centers on the top section. And then the entire thing was skinned with 3/4’” plywood.
It’s a wild looking design that ultimately holds ton’s of weight. It’s so sturdy in fact that Superior Estimator, Pat McAndrew, and foreman, Kenny Foreman were putting finishing touches on beneath the ramp and Pat said, “We were under there for at least 20 minutes and unbeknownst to us – cars had been driving over it the entire time. We never felt a thing. It’s that sturdy.”
We were glad to help Toyota show off their new line up of vehicles. Now, if we can get a test ride around the track a few times we will be happy.
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This is amazing to me. How do you add 3 floors to an already existing building? You probably haven’t thought about that before. I know that I hadn’t but the people at Superior Scaffold have many times. In downtown areas space is a valuable commodity so sometimes the only place to expand is up.
But this leaves a myriad of challenges. The biggest one being how do we do all of the necessary heavy work outside of the building that needs to be done? Well, by creating working space outside of the area being built.
And in this case at the Parc Rittenhouse – there needed to be enough room and support to handle all of the weight for construction materials and the guys laying the bricks, facade and masonry work on the new addition.
Check out how Superior Scaffold engineers solved the problem. It wasn’t from scaffolding from the ground up (impossible on this job – the lower roof wouldn’t support it) but from beneath the floors that were being added onto. They used a high exposure cantilever scaffold system with giant weight supporting aluminum beams. Check out the photos!
These huge beams are levered inside the floors below and stick out the windows. They are then counter-balanced with another set of aluminum beams up against the ceiling joists to hold the weight outside of the building. The ceiling beams are shored up and the system is balanced.
It’s a crazy system but makes total sense. Let the existing building take the weight and leverage to support anything outside on the beams. See the photos.
In some cases, like on the corners, crews had to actually cut holes into the brick to stick out the aluminum beams. And then, they would deck them and add scaffolding.
Then, the crews deck it and put any scaffolding onto it to get up the next level. I don’t know the weight ratio of what it can hold (I’ll have to ask the engineers and get back to you) but it’s a tremendous amount.
Superior then erected a 45′ high systems scaffold to allow worker access to each of the floors as they were constructed. They also added several man material hoists to get building materials and equipment up to the top. There are suspended scaffolds on the job too helping install the new balconies.
Superior also had to install overhead protection all of the way around the building. This was quite an extensive job.
The building exterior also underwent a makeover bringing it back to its former glory of almost ¾ a century ago.
Here are a few (never before seen) shots of what the additional floors and subsequent penthouses looked like in their finishing stage. If you look carefully, you can still see some of the cantilever beams sticking out through the brick.
All in all, this is a very cool way to add additional floors to an already existing structure. Superior scaffold has done this many times and are experts at it – so don’t try this at home. Give them a call at (215) 743-2200 or visit them at www.superiorscaffold.com today.
So say it with me, 3 times really fast.
High exposure cantilever scaffold system
High exposure cantilever scaffold system
High exposure cantilever scaffold system
The Parc Rittenhouse is at 225 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA
To some this might seem a bit commonplace, since you see them everywhere, but to us it’s the key to commerce. These canopies are what keep industry rolling. Just think about it for a minute. If we didn’t construct these sidewalk sheds around buildings that were doing façade work or window replacement or brick and mortar repointing, everything would shut down. No food for the tenants, no around the corner morning coffees, no treats or ice cream – nothing. These are our very own little stimulus package.
Many times, just like with this canopy, it serves a dual purpose; one, keeping the building and byways open for business while protecting the patrons and two; it also works as a platform for our swing stages. (We will have some additional pics later).
These are known by a couple of names – Canopy, sidewalk shed, overhead protection. It really doesn’t matter which one you use or prefer but the result is the same. I never really understood the term “Sidewalk Shed”. Maybe it’s because it’s shaped like a shed and provides protection overhead and from the sides? It’s sits on the sidewalk, that part makes sense but it’s really not a shed, it’s more of a walkway, a passage, a throughput… Hmm???? I looked up the term Shed in the dictionary and this is what it said: a slight structure built for shelter or storage; especially : a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed. Someone in the office suggested that the term might have come from train shed, or snow shed. He mentioned that it might be anything with sides and a roof and then said that it could have come from NYC – back when they used to use corrugated metal on the sides so they looked like a shed. I don’t know. Googling around really didn’t produce much – other than: A sidewalk shed must be erected whenever materials will be hoisted over the sidewalk, regardless of building height or horizontal distance between building and sidewalk.
This is a very well designed and constructed canopy at the corner of 20th and JFK, in Center City, Philly. It’s what we call an extra-tall canopy to clear the giant storefront windows. Superior Scaffold can accommodate any scenario – large, small, medium, wide, short, we customize them to every job. We can add different colors that accent the building (see our Amtrak canopy blog) put debris netting around the top for added protection, and even completely enclose the sides to protect against the elements.
So, the next time you are walking through Philadelphia or any city, for that matter, take a moment to thank your scaffolding company (Superior Scaffold on the East Coast) for their work helping to keep your city moving and open for business.
And if you find yourself in need of a Canopy, Sidewalk Shed, Overhead Protection, or sidewalk bridge – pick up the phone and call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 or visite www.superiorscaffold.com.
It’s time to pay tribute to the outsiders in our company. Yes, it’s the swing department. In fact, I hate to admit this but they came up with that very clever headline. I wish I could take credit for it but I can’t.
Is our swing department the “bad boys” of the company? You tell me? In their spare time all they do is race cars (fast cars) build hot rods, snowmobile through the frozen tundra (very fast) talk about driving fast, and taking chances. Have you detected a theme here? All except for the one VW building hippy who just likes to putter around at 50 brake horsepower thinking he’s going really fast… But then again, he’s got the pop-up camper lid and big screen TV in case he wants to take a nap. He’s the exception. (Also the one who came up with the headline – not to name names) He actually said, “Some might think that in this day and age of airbags and crumple zones driving a vintage VW bus is kind of living on the edge.” He’s a rebel..
I just thought about it for a second – and maybe I’m bestowing too much onto their “bad boy” image. It seems to me that the regular scaffold guys are just as loony. I mean, you would have to be to climb around on the outside of buildings held on only by a harness and your brute strength. At lest the boys in the swing department have a (sort of) cage to protect them AND motors to elevate them up and down whereas the scaffolding men have to climb up and down under their own power. Hmmmm.
I guess this debate could rage on for pages. Can we at least agree on one thing? No matter what reputation our guys have off the job – they do some pretty incredible work and they won’t take chances with safety.
Which brings us to the actual job.
I posted this because this isn’t something you see everyday. While doing facade restoration and window replacement at the high rise at 1900 Rittenhouse Square – our guys at Superior Scaffold used 3 foot and 6 foot porch brackets to allow contractors access to the setback facade of the building without having to reach out dangerously or make additional drops in work cages.
What are porch brackets, you ask? They are those unique pieces that so handily clip right into the Altrex staging that fill the gaps. In the photo above you can see one single 3 foot section on the left and two (3’ sections side-by-side) to make the 6’ section. They not only save time and money but also make it much safer for crews while working on buildings with setbacks and bump outs.
This 50’ section of staging spans the entire façade and fits perfectly on either side of the window balconies. The porch brackets allow workers direct access to the façade in one sweep. This superior scaffold is also rigged with the Bisomac 210 hoist for super strength and reliability. We can give a shout out to our supplier BeeAccees who provides us with all of these cool items. This just goes to show how versatile accessories like porch brackets can be when planning out a restoration project.
In this photo you can see the guys working on the windows actually standing on the porch brackets. Without them it would be an infinitely harder job and certainly more time consuming.
So, as the debate rages on – swing department = “bad boys” or not – we can be assured that the crews of this job at 1900 Rittenhouse had a positive experience with a few setbacks!
A bit of history on 1900 Rittenhouse: 1900 Rittenhouse Square Apartments is a historic high-rise building on Rittenhouse Square in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built 1923–1926. The 58-meter-tall, 18-story building has been converted to condominiums.
If you need a positive experience with a few setbacks call Superior Scaffold today – (215) 743-2200.
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.
Jimi Hendrix might have been thinking of other things when he wrote those lyrics but if he was around today in the new Dover High School auditorium (Dover, DE) he’d be singing about Superior Scaffold’s ability to get crews up to the ceilings of very tall structures, just like this state-of-the-art hall.
And that’s just what we did on this very cool job. Crews needed a way to get to very top of the new auditorium so Superior devised a system scaffold platform that was able to span the entire length and width of the space from the stage across the sloping floor all the way to the back.
System towers were built and then spanned with 14 foot horizontal trusses. The entire surface was covered in plywood making a dance floor-like surface for crews and their equipment to gain easy access to those hard to reach spaces. What’s great about these photos is that they are 30′ in the air – but the super steady platform makes it look like they are sitting on the ground.
It’s a 2 phase process. The first phase was designed to get crews to the ceiling for mechanicals, electric, etc. Then phase 2 will drop the entire platform down 16 feet so they can install a special suspended material.
You can see the sheer size of the area to “kiss the sky” so to speak. Who knows, maybe Jimi Hendrix would have even played here…
(rendering courtesy of http://www.ediscompany.com)
This is all part of the $114 million new high school being built on a 100 acre site just west of Dover along Rt. 8. The school will be home to 1,800 students. It’s slated to open in September 2014.
See these sites for additional information:
When you have a very special building that requires some high flying expertise – call Superior Scaffold – “We’ll get you – up aire,” says Superior estimator, Pat McAndrew.
Call (215) 743-2200 today.
In the heart of Philadelphia sits an incredible treasure – the Temple Performing Arts Center. Purchased in 1974 by Temple University the Baptist Temple was designated as historic and a landmark building. It underwent an extensive remodeling and has since hosted many great performing artists.
Superior Scaffold was called in by Temple University to help with the renovation of the two copper domes on top of the center. Over the years, the copper had oxidized and the wood beneath had fallen into disrepair. It was Superior Scaffold’s job to get the crews up there to do the renovation.
The first challenge was to fashion a decorative but functional entryway / canopy that not only showed off the grandeur of the classic building but supported the tremendous load of scaffolding above.
“It not only had to allow pedestrians access to the center but it had to look great and allow crews to reach the top to work on the new copper domes,” said Tom Creighton of Superior.
The additional challenge was not to damage any of the decorate artifacts or stonework on the roof.
Superior has more experience working with historic structures in Philly and is the best when delicate items need to be considered. (see Independence Hall)
Superior crews built a super-stable platform extending all the way around the base of the dome and built two work decks above the entire diameter of the domes – allowing renovation crews total access.
The crews had to strip off the decaying copper and rebuild the wood support beneath.
The new domes look amazing and we will post a photo as soon as we can. Temple University is one of our favorite clients and we were honored to help with their renovation.
Historic buildings are our speciality. Don’t hesitate to contact Superior Scaffold
for all of your scaffolding needs (215) 743-2200 – Ask for Tommy.
Surprise, surprise, surprise. I walked into this old building thinking I would find a few dirty post shores holding up a section of calapsing entryway or maybe even a portion of cieling that needed support but what I found was truly amazing.
Now, shoring isn’t the most glamourus sector of the construction industry – relegated to dusty old basements and haunted houses deep in the underbellies where ghosts and spiders live… So this renovation at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart at 1128 Great Road was a pleasant surprise. They are expanding this old structure in a big way, updating the old 4 story brick school building to a more open style learning environment. But to do that – they needed to take out most of their support walls and put new steel and concrete in to carry the weight. Normally, not a big deal because you do it one floor at at time.
But this job was doing it ALL AT ONCE… Yes, 4 massive floors of concrete and steel being supported or shored up at once.
These old buildings once had many rooms and walls that would support the weight of the ceiling/floor above them. Take a look at these pictures and see just how incredible a task it was to support the floors above one another simultaneously.
The really unique challenge here was that most projects like this work on one floor at a time as the new steel and concrete are added. Once that structure is stable and in place you move to the next floor up the line.
But with this project, Superior Scaffold engineer, Bob Robinson, had to design a shoring system that supported the existing steel and concrete for ALL 4 FLOORS AT ONCE! Crews could then modify and add the new steel and supports needed for the additional weight.
You can see the bottom floor in the photographs. This was where the bulk of the support weight was being carried from the floors above it. Robinson had to calculate the weight loads and provide the proper shoring equipment necessary to keep this project standing. All of the architectural drawings had to be PE stamped in NJ before the project could begin.
Currently, the bottom and the second floors are complete. We will bring you updates and photos as the job gets closer to completion.
Superior solutions for shoring projects call (215) 743-2200
Additional information on the school.
Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent all-boys Catholic school located in Princeton, New Jersey and is part of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools. Princeton Academy serves students from Junior Kindergarten through grade 8 and is the only all-boys Catholic primary school in the state of New Jersey. The school operates within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
We get this call quite a bit. And even though it’s a smaller job, we wanted to show you what can be done when there doesn’t not seem to be an easy solution.
The good people at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy were installing a new HVAC unit and couldn’t figure out how to make the tie-in at the top safely using their ladders and scissor lifts, so they called Superior Scaffold.
Superior estimator and creative guru, Pat McAndrew, quickly devised a solution that put system scaffolding on either side of the unit and then added an access ladder and 2 decks for workers on the top so they could span the section across the apex of the HVAC unit. Crews were then able to safely tap into the duct work up top and then down into the HVAC unit itself.
It looks simple, but trust us, it takes an expert designer to devise a safe and simple solution like this.
Call Superior Scaffold (215) 743-2200 when you need creative scaffolding solutions.
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.