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.
At 8:00 pm Pinnacle’s emergency services team got the phone call about a wall collapsing at the Kmart at the Tri-State Mall in Claymont, DE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
On a Holiday weekend when most people are BBQ’ing brats and hot dogs, PSC and its crew was helping KMART prevent a disaster.
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.