Cool Scaffolding project – Smokestack demolition in Milford, Delaware.

Here’s something you don’t see everyday – scaffolding for an 80′ tall smokestack demolition in Milford, DE.

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I just love the pics of this job.  Normally, demo companies just tip these over or implode them but that was obviously not possible here because the stack is attached to the building beneath.  This particular smokestack belongs to the world-wide dental company called Dentsply.
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Pinnacle Scaffold was brought in because of their experience with historic buildings and their ability to build around odd shaped structures.  Thanks to Clean Venture for the referral.
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The challenge here was to have the correct architectural drawings designed and implemented on-site as the scaffold went up.  Anchor points were critical since the bulk of the structure was coming down.  It was designed so that demolition crews could begin dismantling at the top and work their way down.
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PSC has an on-site team, working in tandem with the demo crew, dismantling portions of the scaffolding as the crew moves down towards the ground.
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My question was, “what happens to the bricks and mortar when the crews demo the chimney?”  Well, they toss it into the stack and clean it out when they reach the bottom.  PSC also provided crews with several trash chutes for debris.  (those came after these pics were taken).
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It’s not everyday you see scaffolding around a smokestack that is coming down one brick at a time.

Call Pinnacle Scaffold today at (302) 766-5322.

Here’s some information about the client Dentsply (from their web site)

DENTSPLY International has been committed to providing the global dental community with innovative, high quality, cost effective dental products. From our humble beginnings in 1899, the Company has grown to become one of the largest professional dental products company in the world. With operations in 40 countries, the Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well established brand names in the dental industry. Worldwide, dental professionals now depend upon DENTSPLY for innovative, new solutions that advance the practice of dentistry and improve oral health for patients throughout the world.

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Contest. Spot the workers and win! Pinnacle’s giant tilt up wall bracing contest.

10 People could win Pinnacle Scaffold T-shirts!

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Here are some new photos from Pinnacle Scaffold shoring division’s work on the new Penn Cinema IMAX theater at the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE.
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These photos really let you see just how TALL the Imax walls are!  You can see why the vertical bracing is needed for support.

Look carefully and you will see humans in and around the photos for perspective.
Can you spot them?
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Give us the correct number of workers in the shots and you could WIN a Pinnacle T-shirt!
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Like us on facebook and leave your answer in the comments and 10 people will be chosen at random from the correct responses.  Good luck.

PSC did a very unique shoring system called a tilt up wall bracing.   As you can see from the photos this is not your normal shoring system.  It’s used specifically when the walls are really tall – some as high as 40’-50’.  It’s designed to keep the walls in place until the ceiling is put on.  This system had to be used to accommodate the enormous height of the IMAX screen.

This is the city’s first major movie theater in several decades.  With 14 digital auditoriums in addition to the 300-seat, eye-popping 75′-by-45′ IMAX theater, it’s set to anchor the new Riverfront complex.

Pinnacle Scaffold emergency services team comes to the rescue at Kmart – on a holiday weekend!

Late on a Thursday night while all of the other scaffold and shoring companies are tucked neatly in their beds and dreaming of how they will sleep in late and watch Good Morning America in the AM – Pinnacle is out working.
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Pinnacle’s owner and guru, Anthony Pini, was on the job site in 10 MINUTES!  Yes, he literally leaped out of his hot tub, slicked back his hair, threw on some clothes, and hit the streets running.  He was at the KMART meeting with the store manager about solutions ten minutes later.

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KMart’s restoration company called from Hayward, CA giving Pinnacle Scaffold full approval to come up with a solution.  This happens more than you would think.  Clients that are based out of state or even out of the country need a trustworthy company to literally handle all aspects of a repair job.  In time sensitive situations, like this, it’s easier to find a reputable company that can be their eyes and ears – and as a full-service scaffolding, shoring and restoration company Pinnacle has done this many times for clients.
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The west side of the building sits directly next to a  busy section of road.  Cars and pedestrians are constantly passing by this part of the building.  A wall collapse could have proven catastrophic.  As you can see from the photos, this was a fairly large section.
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The brick veneer was collapsing and it needed to be shored up immediately until repairs could be done.

The very next morning at 7:00 AM, Pinnacle had a structural engineer (from Alternate Design Solutions) onsite at the KMART to write up a report and create engineering drawings for the solution.
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“The blacktop is not an ideal anchor for the braces so we all put our heads together and thought outside of the box,” said Pinnacle’s Anthony Pini.  The innovative solution they came up with was to anchor the leg-end of the braces to large cement blocks or barriers for support.  Once the plan was presented to the client and the approval was given – Pinnacle’s crew got to work.
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On a Holiday weekend when most people are BBQ’ing brats and hot dogs, PSC and its crew was helping KMART prevent a disaster.
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Now that the immediate danger is out of the way, the next step is to remove the brick façade, locate the cause of the trouble, and then put a new brick exterior back up.

We will keep you posted with pictures and details as this job unfolds.
Scaffold, shoring, or restoration work – call Pinnacle Scaffold (302) 650-0520.