In this edition of “Scaffolding Philadelphia” we get to show you how we can do double duty with our scaffolding creations.
This particular story was previously documented in the number 1 hit blog “Bend Me, Shape Me” that detailed the versatility of the altrex staging used by our suspeded scaffold division. But this soon to be number one blog hit “Double Duty” (I can see Foreigner singing the theme song here or since this is a Tony P job – even Journey with Steve Perry) details the lower half of the job at City View.
Not only did this overhead protection have to protect the general public from all of the window and facade work going on above them but it also had to become the platforms for the swings to sit on at the end of the day.
This is a fairly extensive canopy that had to allow for the entire walkway, entryway, and even shops to remain open during the entire phase of renovation.
The people at 2001 Hamilton St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 were more than gracious while Superior Scaffold erected this sidewalk shed out front. Here’s a shot of the job as it is being built.
Here’s a shot from the roof where you can see the outrigger for the swings dangling below.
And this is a shot of the building’s setback that the swing department had to negotiate. See the shots below on how they managed that – or read the “Bend Me, Shape Me” blog.
The day I was “up air” super salesman, Anthony Pini, provided coffee and donuts for the crew. It obviously paid off because not only did the overhead protection do the job but it looked great as well.
You can see the extensive work crews did to keep this patio restaurant open for business.
If you need a sidewalk shed, overhead protection, a canopy or even a custom swing (Suspended Scaffold) job call Superior Scaffold today at (215) 743-2200 and ask for Tony P.
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.
Superior Scaffold salesman, Anthony Pini rocked the house on this job at the University of Pennsylvania’s ARCH Building (Arts, Research and Culture House) in Philadelphia, PA. Not only did he meet the client’s needs on every phase, but he went so far as to bring the crews coffee and donuts on several occasions. He’s is certainly the king of customer service for Superior Scaffold.
This is a very deceptive job from the outside because it’s shrouded from trees, signs, and netting. It masks the major renovation going on both inside and outside of this historic building. Built in 1929, it was in desperate need of a renovation. This $15 million redo will add new flourishes while preserving the original ornate structure.
The job was unique because it required Superior to scaffold half of the building so crews could get to the roof, façade, gables, balconies, windows, and even interiors all at the same time. It was truly a multi-trade scaffolding job. But the truly challenging part was that Superior crews had to take it all down and put it back up again when the work moved to the other side of the building.
You can see here that intricate woodworking around the ceiling also needed to be addressed, so Superior provided the University of Pennsylvania with several rolling towers for the inside of the massive structure.
The U of P had strict deadlines and timeframes for each phase of the job which Pini and Superior Scaffold met and exceeded.
Superior Scaffold was called out to the Frick Laboratory at Princeton University to build scaffolding for crews to get access to the 3 floors of the structure. Crews will then install trash chutes so they can demo the entire interior of the building.
Princeton University officials say that the former Frick lab will remain vacant until renovation funds become available.
The Frick Lab is named after industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919). The lab, built in 1929, housed the academic chemistry facilities for over 83 years making it one of the oldest functioning labs in the United States.
And you can watch video here.
You can really see the new building’s design here.
In light of the library’s importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has committed to a comprehensive renovation of Firestone Library. The renovation is a long-term project that is being done in multiple phases and will take almost 10 years to finish, during which time the library will remain open, and its collections available during normal hours of operation.
Superior erected system scaffold allowing crews to get access to all areas of this monumental restoration and parapet wall replacement project. The library has to remain open while crews do the work. Superior also provided a series of debris netting and trash chutes to the project.
The Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library opened in 1948 as the first large American university library constructed after World War II. Roughly 1.5 million volumes were moved during the summer of 1948 from Pyne and Chancellor Green Halls, which until then had served as the University’s main library. The library building was expanded in 1971 and again in 1988 and currently has more than 70 miles (110 km) of bookshelves, making Firestone one of the largest open-stack libraries in existence. Though not the largest university library in the world, the library has more books per enrolled student than that of any other university in the United States.
You can keep tabs of the multi-phase renovation here: