Chestnut Hill College, Smokestack Scaffold

Deep on the northwestern edge of Philadelphia, on 75 acres overlooking the Wissahickon Creek, sits Chestnut Hill College and this giant smokestack.

Opened in 1924 as a Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college for women, the campus and smokestack, at 9601 Germantown Ave, have been a staple for almost one hundred years.

If you’ve been to Chestnut Hill College or the Morris Arboretum you have probably seen it towering over the main building on campus.

Well, as pretty as she is, it’s time to make her shine like she did when she was built.

Pinnacle Scaffold was called in to erect a system scaffold all the way around this 100’ tall functioning smokestack so restoration crews could get to every inch for repointing and repair.

Pinnacle also attached a material hoist to help get equipment up and down the entire smokestack.

The biggest challenge was super-fast turn around needed to get the scaffold up and crews working.  We literally had two weeks from the phone call to the completion to get this job done.  But one call to Pinnacle made it happen.

The other challenge was that we used steel beams to span over the to the structural steel of the roof on the building next door to help shift the weight of the scaffold off of the lower portion of the smokestack below. Everything went off without a hitch on time and within budget.

Thanks to Chestnut Hill College for bringing us along on this prestigious restoration.  We look forward to many more.  And if you get a chance to hike Wissahickon Creek I recommend it.

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