Access, Lift & Handlers (ALH) Magazine shout out for Winterthur Job!

Pinnacle Scaffold is featured in the June issue of Access, Lift & Handlers Magazine for the work we did at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE.  It was a giant challenging job.  You can read all about it here.

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A huge shout out to Lyndsey at ALH Magazine for writing such a great piece.

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Scaffolding a burned out mansion. Where there’s smoke there’s fire and scaffold.

The famous “Bloomfield” mansion was almost “Gone with Wind” like Tara, or Xanadu in “Citizen Cane”.  But firefighters were able to coral the blaze and keep the structure so it could be brought back to life like Lazarus.

Video from ABC local:

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And that’s where Pinnacle Scaffold comes in to save the day.  Pinnacle has a reputation for extraordinary work on historic properties and this was no exception.

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Scaffolding around a burned out shell of a house is no easy feat but our experts handled it with great skill – giving crews the necessary access and room to do their work.

This Gilded Age Main Line mansion, known as “Bloomfield” was built in 1885 and later redesigned by architect Horace Trumbauer.  It boasts a grand ballroom, 14 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and three power rooms.  It has 24.000 square feet and sits on a 7 acre estate.  Check out the slideshow of the BEFORE pics.  It was movie set spectacular.  In fact, it’s been in several movies over it’s lifetime.

The home is part of what once was the George H. McFadden estate, which used to encompass most of the block.  And it sits just down the road from the Villanova campus.

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The blaze, with apparently started on the third floor quickly spread and caused significant damage to the entire building.

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Current owners, Dean Topolinski and Julie Charbonneau plan to restore the home after the fast moving fire ripped through the structure April 4, 2012.

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Restoring it to its former glory won’t be easy and is sure to cost millions of dollars.  Just look at the interior before the fire.

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The house has been somewhat of a firestarter (had to say it) for gossip around the area.  Accusations of arson and greed have been thrown around by both the past owner and the new buyers.  I’ll leave that to you readers to decide.  Either way, this is the second time on a year that Pinnacle Scaffold has been onsite scaffolding the old girl.

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As you can see from the photos, the real challenge was engineering a safe way to span the gaps and elevations all around this house.  A big shout out to Alternate Design Solutions for working with us to come up with certified drawings for solving that problem.

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You can also see in the photos that here are numerous verticals and horizontals throughout.  That is because the entire structure is going to be tented with debris netting.  These extra supports are needed to keep it strong enough to withstand the elements.  Crews plan to work straight through the winter on this project and it’s a wonderful way to keep the heat in and elements out when working in nasty conditions.

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So, with the utmost care Pinnacle Scaffold came in and scaffolded the entire mansion giving crews access to both the front and back sides.

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We will update this when we have photos of the tented house.

For any historic restoration or delicate work don’t hesitate to call the non union scaffold leader – Pinnacle Scaffold today.  (302) 766-5322 or visit http://www.pinnaclescaffold.com.

A bit more history on the mansion. (with plenty of links following)

Trumbauer, a famous Philadelphia architect, designed an expansion and renovation to Bloomfield at the behest of George H. McFadden Jr., a cotton-magnate who bought the estate in 1911. The first home there had been built by naturalist A. E. Gallatin in 1883, according to “American Splendor: The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer” by Michael Kathrens.

Trumbauer had transformed the original building, creating an entry hall lined with caen-stone, a creamy, yellow limestone from France, marble floors and a grand staircase with wrought-iron railings in the style of Versailles. Outside, the Olmsted Brothers designed parks and formal gardens to frame the gracious chateau.

Although McFadden died in 1931 from an accidental electrocution from a steam cabinet in one of the home’s bathrooms, his family continued to own the manse until 1984, when the land was subdivided.

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2013/08/02/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc51fbd640b9710120401352.txt

http://articles.philly.com/2013-07-15/news/40571560_1_dean-topolinski-insurance-money-arson

http://radnor.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/mansion-was-couples-dream-come-true

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http://www.philly.com/philly/gallery/20130714_Couple_starting_over_with_grand_plans_for_Main_Line_manse.html?viewGallery=y

http://radnor.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/breaking-news-spoke-pours-from-ithan-ave-home

http://www.brynmawrfirecompany.org/apps/public/news/newsView.cfm?News_ID=22

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8608239

Another great use for System Scaffold

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In honor of the X Games and Bob Burnquist’s unfortunate faceplant in Big Air – Pinnacle Scaffold gives you another great use for system scaffold.  See if you can spot it.
(Hint:  Check the :42 second mark)

This video is pretty darn amazing. See if you can spot the scaffolding and then catch the last couple of tricks involving the helicopter.

Ever wonder how people in other parts of the world scaffold their projects?

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Bamboo Scaffolding.  This is how they chose to scaffold the side of a mountain while carving a giant Buddha image in Battambang, Cambodia.

Would you feel safe on this?  Leave your comments below.

Pinnacle Scaffold donates time and material to move antique organ back to the Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE.

Pinnacle Scaffold donated its time and equipment to help Saint Anthony of Padua Cahtolic Church in Wilmington, DE move their antique organ back to the historic Queen Theater.

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The organ was donated to St. Anthony’s church back in the late 1920’s when the Queen Theater underwent new upgrades to accommodate motion pictures with sound.  For over 90 years the old Kimbal organ reigned supreme at the church.  This year, St. Anthony’s is getting a new, custom built, Peragallo Pipe organ to replace the organ donated from the Queen Theater many years ago so the old organ had to go.  In a unique twist of fate, this year the Queen Theater underwent a massive rebirth as the anchor of an ambitious public-private partnership to breathe new life into a nine-block stretch of Market Street.  And as part of the restoration the developers thought it would be great to get the old organ back into the Queen Theater to put on display.  They had already saved many items during the restoration like rows of seats, ornamental drinking fountains and the original movie projector, but this would be the crown jewel to have the actual organ that once graced the theater halls.

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But this would be no easy task and would require skilled technicians who could get the giant organ down off of the upper balcony and out of the church unscathed.  This organ was not only heavy but extremely delicate as well.  The slightest misstep could lead to disaster for the wonderful instrument.

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In stepped Pinnacle Scaffolding Corp and its crew to get the job done.  A scaffold had to be erected to get the workers up to the second story balcony where the organ lived.  Then crews had to lift the organ over to a rolling tower where they secured the organ with rope and used a hoist to lower it down to the lower level where a manual forklift was waiting to whisk it out to a waiting delivery truck.  After the short drive, PSC crews unloaded the organ and carefully delivered it to the Queen Theater where it is now mated with it’s original pipes and is on display for all to see.

Here is a quick note from Paul Desrosiers about the move:

Hello Anthony:

I wanted to thank you again for bringing your men and scaffolding over to St. Anthony’s removing the organ and delivering it to the Queen this morning.

This would not have been possible with out your help.

Thanks again,

Paul Desrosiers

Project ManagerBPGS Construction, LLCThe Buccini/Pollin Group 

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

The Pinnacle Scaffold blog is now Online!

As the mid-Atlantic’s non-union scaffold and shoring leader we thought it was about time to keep you up to date on just what we’ve been doing and will be doing in the future.

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Thanks for all of your help and support.

Call Pinnacle Scaffold today at (302) 766-5322 for all of your scaffolding, access, and restoration needs!

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