Superior Scaffold was called in to help rescue the statue after the earthquake – and now 5 months to the day – she is going back up on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. Congrats to all! Here’s the video story from NBC news in Philadelphia.
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.
Superior Scaffold has been there from the beginning, after the earthquake, through the dismantlement, and now the reassembly.
This story from the people of Philly.com really shows the delicate work involved with putting the statue back up on top of the Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden, NJ one piece at time. And of course, that’s our scaffolding all around her.
Click on this Link or the photo below to see the entire story.
Superior Scaffold is in the center of the latest issue of Scaffold & Access Industry Magazine for the work we did on Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. As we blogged before, it was all about how we secured the beloved statue on top of the building after the earthquake. Props go out to Gina Kellogg of SAIM – she did a great job!
You can read the article here: Scaffold Industry Magazine
Here is a video tour of the scaffolding and the Mother Mary statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ. It clearly shows the damage that the earthquake did to her as well as the necessary guy-wires to hold her down in case of aftershocks. Superior Scaffold had to transport all of the scaffolding materials through a maze in the hospital and even assemble most of the sections on a lower roof and then hoist them up where they could be put into place. You can see the difficulties in just getting to the statue in another video I posted called access.
You can help restore the statue on to of Our Lady of Lourdes by clicking here:
Superior Scaffold was called back to Our Lady of Lourdes to add another level of scaffolding to the existing structure so crews could more easily remove the sections of the statue of the Mother Mary.
It has been taken down in sections and sent off for repair. As you know, it was damaged in the earthquake.
I’ve compiled a few of the news stories here – including a CBS news clip in which you can see the damage directly after the earthquake and the day before Superior’s emergency response team raced in and secured her in place.
The statue of the Virgin Mary will be restored to her former glory and reinstalled in her proper place.
TIMELINE OF HOW A SCAFFOLD COMPANY SAVED AN ICON – in less than 24 hours!
At 1:51 pm on Wednesday 8/23/11 an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude rocked the east coast. It was followed by two smaller aftershocks of 2.8 & 2.2. On the whole, structural damage was fairly limited – given the wide scope of the quake.
Immediately, inspectors were sent out to every scaffold job site to make sure nothing had shifted, moved, or changed with the scaffolding around any of the structures. As the world found out – there were a few national structures that were damaged, such as the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral. But up in Camden, NJ a national treasure was teetering on the brink of disaster.
The statue on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center had shifted and broken. The big fear was that an aftershock would topple the statue of Mother Mary – not only breaking the iconic figure but endangering patrons at the medical center. The call went out to Superior Scaffold’s emergency services unit.
Timeline for a rescue:
7:30am – Superior received the call the morning after the quake.
8:30 am – Superior was on site assessing the damage up on the roof. A material list was sent out, as well as calls to team members who assist in erecting the scaffolding on top of the roof. A truck was loaded at the yard and sent to Camden.
11:00 am – The equipment truck as well as 6 team members arrives. A plan was in place to get the scaffolding to the roof – not an easy task (which I will detail in another blog about access). Crews would have to use freight elevators to the highest point and then all of the necessary equipment would have to be taken up several staircases that wind up through the hospital to the second roof.
Once to the lower roof, a stockpile scaffolding to be used up on the next level was made. Portions of the scaffolding were actually assembled in the very small second roof and then handed up to the top section. Crew members had to climb through several more narrow areas of the hospital just to reach the statue on the roof. Once there, a rope and wheel hoist were used to get the scaffolding up to the statue where it could be put into place.
The superior team worked until the wee hours erecting the scaffolding and securing the iconic statue to make sure no further damage could be done should there be more aftershocks. Guy-wires were strapped all around the statue and tied down to make sure she couldn’t and wouldn’t topple over.
3:00 am – Less than 24 hours after receiving the emergency call Superior’s team finished the job.
In the oncoming months, restoration crews will come in and repair the damage that was done.
Even though the images of the guy-wires strapping her down are intense – the statue of the Mother Mary on top of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center is safe and secure.
Hospital administrators could now rest safely, knowing that one call to Superior scaffold saved an icon. (Our Lady of Lourdes)