Scaffolding Delaware Landmarks

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Pinnacle continues its march through the historic district and landmarks in Delaware. (see our post on the Josephine Fountain) We are proud to help our hometown renovate and refurbish these incredible statues and edifices. We pride ourselves in being the very best at getting crews access to historic structures without leaving a trace – and this statue is no different.

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Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington, DE (Rodney Square) stands a statue to Caesar Rodney, an American lawyer, politician, signer of the Declaration of Independence and President of Delaware during most of the American Revolution.  The monument commemorates Rodney’s ride from Dover to Philadelphia on July 1-2, 1776 to cast a tie-breaking vote for the Delaware delegation, and thus ensuring Delaware’s support of the Declaration of Independence.

And around that statue is scaffolding erected by Pinnacle Scaffold, also from Delaware, to help crews get access to the entire statue for renovations. The statue was created by James E. Kelly and stands in the front of the square.

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Our crew took the utmost care to design, deliver, erect scaffolding that would allow renovation crews the ability to refurbish the base, (repointing, cleaning), shining and polishing the statue and bringing the monument back to its former glory.

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We also added debris netting for containment while the guys did their work.

As I’ve said before, we love working on historic projects and are proud to lend our support to this prestigious one.  If you need access, scaffolding, or lifts call Tony P at Pinnacle Scaffold today (302) 766-5322 or visit www.pinnaclescaffold.com to see more of our work.

More on Rodney square: Rodney Square presently includes green space with landscaped borders, paved, perimeter walkways, cast stone walls, stairs and balustrades, and 12 bronze lanterns. Two concrete fountains flanking the west steps serve as a memorial to William Poole (1853-1918), a descendant of an early Quaker family and former head of the Wilmington Fountain Society.

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Pinnacle Scaffold is on the front page of the Delaware Daily News Journal!

It’s always a welcome treat when you get a news story in a publication but it’s especially tasty when you land on the front page of the newspaper!

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Granted, this isn’t a story about how Pinnacle Scaffold is setting the world on fire with it’s scaffolding projects but none-the-less it’s a great story about revitalizing the downtown Wilmington area and it features one of our jobs.

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And furthermore, if you zoom into the right corner of the photo you will see our banner in full glory atop of the scaffold at 627 N. Market St.

You can read the entire story here:

We had also posted a story a while back on our blog about this particular job. You can take a look at it here:

Thanks to the Delaware News Journal for the great article and photo.

For all of your scaffold, scaffolding, shoring and mast climber needs call Tony P at (302) 766-5322.

Visit www.pinnaclescaffold.com for more information and past jobs.

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Peepin’ – Hidin’ – Scaffolding Anyway You Want it.

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There are certain jobs that scream – LOOK AT ME and there are ones that kind of creep up on you – like this job at 113 E. Main St., Newark, DE.Non union, scaffold, scaffolding, rental, rentals, rent, rents, construction, historic buildings, inspection, art, design, sales, DE, MD, PA, NJ, (302) 650-0520, pinnacle scaffold, repointing, masonry, shoring, subcontractor, GC, open shop
It’s right on the busy section of town where the college students roam. From the front you can see a gorgeous custom-built overhead protection system that was put into place to keep the pedestrians safe along the sidewalk and the businesses open during façade restoration.  But from the side you see… (Scroll to bottom for video of the job)
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Let’s start with the canopy first.  Pinnacle is a master of crafting functional yet attractive overhead protection systems for their clients. Safety for pedestrians is our main concern while the construction, renovation or masonry work goes on overhead.
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And this system canopy was no different. It allowed the Stone Balloon Ale House and all of the other businesses out front to remain open while façade work goes on around the building.
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This custom sized canopy protects the patrons on the patio, the tenants as they go about their daily routine and the pedestrians who pass by. And best of all it looks great like it could have been designed into the original architecture. Okay – maybe not that good.
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And then you have the “creep” factor on the rest of this job. It just kind of creeps up on you but behind the front of the building lays a very large scaffolding job.
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Hidden back there is a 60’ tall X 200’ long (800 lineal foot) scaffold that will allow restoration and masonry crews complete access to each floor and every inch of the façade.
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This 6 story system scaffold sits on the ground next to the walkway that spans between the two buildings. It’s a very busy complex and area with the University of Delaware students traveling to and fro.
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We also have a Beta Track material hoist that helps get equipment to the crew safely and efficiently.
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The entire scaffold will be wrapped in debris netting to further protect the pedestrians and tenants. Trash chutes will be added to help move debris from each floor to the ground level receptacles.Non union, scaffold, scaffolding, rental, rentals, rent, rents, construction, historic buildings, inspection, art, design, sales, DE, MD, PA, NJ, (302) 650-0520, pinnacle scaffold, repointing, masonry, shoring, subcontractor, GC, open shop
These photos and video were shot as the scaffold was being erected so there is more to come. I’ll try to update it with additional pics.
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The job is being done in phases so as one section finishes crews will move the scaffolding around to the next section. And that’s a lot of scaffolding.
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So the next time you’re a bopping around town and you see a cool overhead protection system out front of an establishment you might want to peek around the side to see if there is anything else going on. It might just surprise you.
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If you need scaffolding for a masonry, painting, construction etc., call Pinnacle Scaffold today at (302) 766-5322 and ask for Tony P, or visit www.pinnaclescaffold.com to get more information.
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Here’s a video of what’s hiding on the side of the building.

And for your listening and viewing pleasure, The King – Elvis with Baby, What You Want Me to do.

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Smart access and debris solution for Walgreens, Wilmington, DE

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This Walgreens at 839 N. Market Street in Wilmington, DE is undergoing some renovations and re-roofing so they called Pinnacle Scaffold to design a scaffolding stair tower for access and then create a custom scaffold enclosure for the trash chute and dumpster beneath so crews could use it from several levels. We also wrapped the entire thing in debris netting to keep the detritus contained.

It’s not a huge job but another smart access and debris solution for a happy client.

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Remember, no job is too large or small at Pinnacle Scaffold. Call us today at (302) 766-5322 or visit www.pinnaclescaffold.com.

This classic Walgreens building has quite a history. You can read more about it here:

 

 

 

 

 

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Shoring is like a good support bra

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So, our shoring frames (which there were many) had to support the main trusses and entire side of the structure.  Non union, scaffold, scaffolding, rental, rentals, rent, rents, construction, historic buildings, inspection, art, design, sales, DE, MD, PA, NJ, (302) 650-0520, pinnacle scaffold, repointing, masonry, shoring, subcontractor, GC, open shopCrews are remodeling this building at 1225 N DuPont Highway, to become 3 stores instead of one.
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Non union, scaffold, scaffolding, rental, rentals, rent, rents, construction, historic buildings, inspection, art, design, sales, DE, MD, PA, NJ, (302) 650-0520, pinnacle scaffold, repointing, masonry, shoring, subcontractor, GC, open shopSo when you need extra support for your project, and want your building to look perky and new – call Pinnacle Scaffold today at (302) 766-5322 today – or check out www.pinnaclescaffold.com.Non union, scaffold, scaffolding, rental, rentals, rent, rents, construction, historic buildings, inspection, art, design, sales, DE, MD, PA, NJ, (302) 650-0520, pinnacle scaffold, repointing, masonry, shoring, subcontractor, GC, open shopThis video pretty much sums it up (just substitute old shoring/scaffold company for Bra)

And this is just for fun.  I’m sorry but I found this to be hysterical.

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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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Click on the photo to read all about it at our website.

We will have more jobs coming so check back.

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Winterthur museum, garden and library renovation

Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont
(1880–1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.

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Winterthur Museum, garden & library is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by Henry Francis Du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color.

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The exterior of the museum is undergoing a massive renovation. Crews needed to get to windows, siding, gutters, chimneys and more without disturbing a single part of it – and Pinnacle Scaffold was called in to provide access all the way up.


See the video for the real perspective on the size and scope of this job.

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Courtesy, Winterthur Museum. Photo by Jim Schneck

Pinnacle was hired because of our experience working with historic structures. This project had several major challenges to overcome. The first was that this enormous job (Approximately 1300 lineal feet of scaffolding) had to be completely self-supported and not tied into the building at all. That’s why you see so many support towers all the way around.

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Look closely at the photos and you will see the feet resting on top of wood then plastic leaning into the building. This design had to be completely engineered to support not only the weight of the scaffold but of the wind pressure added by the debris netting. We used compression ties where appropriate and push ties where needed, all to protect the integrity of this historic building.

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The next challenge was how to span the 60’ gap over the top of the glass atrium.

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The next challenge was how to span the 60’ gap over the top of the glass atrium. That was done by having two of the largest trusses ever built (by Etobicoke) locked together to create one giant 60’ span able to handle the weight load.

The next challenge was how to span the 60’ gap over the top of the glass atrium.   The next challenge was how to span the 60’ gap over the top of the glass atrium.

There are two levels of 2 X 60’ trusses over the atrium (again, see the photos). And Pinnacle smartly put debris netting beneath each level over the atrium just in case something were to slip off it would be stopped by the netting.

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The next challenge was erecting the scaffold so not to disrupt the landscaping, gardens, or flowers. (See the photos of the base and of where the feet were placed.) That factor alone was an enormous challenge but put them all together and you get one tough scaffold job that Pinnacle was more than ready to take on.

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This job will encase the entire building in scaffolding and debris netting and then jump to another adjoining building.

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Courtesy, Winterthur Museum. Photo by Jim Schneck

Scaffolding was chosen over aerial work platforms because of the sheer amount of work needed to be done on the entire outside of the building. It was also the least invasive method to the grounds and the structure itself. The length of time was another factor. The first phase of the renovation will take at least 9 months to complete.

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When you have an historic building or a delicate situation – call Pinnacle Scaffold today (302) 766-5322 or visit http://www.pinnaclescaffold.com.

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Saving the Spires at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Wilmington DE

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Constructed in 1927, St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Wilmington, DE, has withstood almost everything mother nature could throw at her.

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But the recent earthquake on the east coast damaged some of the masonry and 4 spires at the top of the clock tower. You can see in the pictures that several of the limestone spires actually broke off.

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The back chimney was also almost ready to collapse. 9 pieces of marble actually fell to the ground during the earthquake. Luckily, no one was injured. Also, as a result of the quake, there needed to be a lot of repointing done to the upper section (The stone is called Baxter Station marble and is very hard to find.)

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Pinnacle Scaffold was called in because of our experience with historic buildings. The mission was to erect a scaffold that would allow workers to reach the delicate parts of the towers while keeping the church open for business as usual and not damaging any part of the landmark building.

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One of the coolest things to see is the awesome stair tower and lift assembly that was erected to get crews and equipment to the top.

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A sidewalk shed was erected to allow parishioners to enter and exit through the front doors while the tower is being repaired.

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I just love it when a job comes together and everything works out great.  The church was happy to be open and we were grateful to be able to work on such an awesome structure.

Call Tony P at (302) 766-5322 for all of your scaffold / scaffolding needs.

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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.