Who would have thought that the 1960’s cult hit from the band The American Breed would have been a perfect fit for this suspended scaffold job at the CityView Condos. But once you see what Superior Scaffold can do with modular swing stages you will understand the significance of, “Bend me, Shape Me”.
Every now and then you run into a job that doesn’t have a flat surface – like here at 2001 Hamilton St, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The building is unique, in that, it has 45 degree corners. This poses a challenge for most contractors trying to do any façade or window work. But with our staging we helped the contractors configure this job with the least amount of suspended scaffold.
We have the ability to configure the swings to almost any shape.
This particular building has a total of 8, 45 degree corners and is approximately 240 feet in length. We were able to cover then entire building using 6 suspended scaffolds.
Superior scaffold also provided 400 ft of overhead protection.
So the next time you hear:
Bend me, shape me
Anyway you want me
Long as you love me
It’s all right
Bend me, shape me
Anyway you want me
You got the power to turn on the light
Think about Superior Scaffold’s ability to custom fit any swing to access those hard to reach areas.
And for those nostalgia people – check out these videos.
(the back and white version)
If you prefer color – it’s here…
No mics, no horns, no orchestra… crazy stuff…
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.
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.
And boy does she look great. As you all know by now Superior Scaffold got the opportunity of a lifetime to provide the system scaffold and scrim on the historic structure. And now she’s ready for her close up. I did notice a few spots that are waiting for some custom carpentry but for the most part she is back to her former glory.
I won’t bore you with details – just have a look.
Congratulations to everyone involved with the Independence Hall renovation. She looks great!