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.

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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.

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Patterson Park Apartments, Baltimore, MD Update – Scaffolding entire building

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We are updating our past blog on the Patterson Park Highlandtown redevelopment.  These are the latest shots at the $30 Million project to renovate the Hampstead Hill school building into rental apartments, retail space and underground parking.

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The six-story, 258,000-square-foot building occupies a full city block on the east side of Baltimore’s Historic Patterson Park and is just minutes away from the famous Johns Hopkins hospital.

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Patterson Park is one of Baltimore’s greatest treasures. There are so many activities to do and groups that call the park home.

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Pinnacle Scaffold’s client appreciation water fun day

In a move sure to go down in history as one of the finest moments on water, Pinnacle Scaffold took out one of its clients (Alternate Design Solutions) for client appreciation day.

The plan was simple.  Entertain some great clients.  Zip around on some cool toys.  Drink some frosty beverages.  And even have a fishing contest.Alternate Design Solutions, non union, scaffold rental, scaffolding rental, DE, PA, NJ, Philadelphia

But things didn’t quite go as planned.  Sure, the first toy up was the brand new Jetovator. (Akin to taming a full blast fire hose) and that was a burner.  But little did anyone know just how much energy it took to ride this contraption.
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Working harder than coal miners to tame this wile water beast, the guys got mighty tired and hungry.  Ah, the fatal flaw was found in otherwise perfect plan.  Pini forgot the food.  Now most times Pini and Pinnacle prepare for everything, except for on this fine occasion, where he only brought 3 Snickers and small bag of Doritos.  He remembered the beverages but didn’t count on these manly men to get so hungry so fast.
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So what started off as an exceptional day on the Delaware river soon became mayhem when the starving crew ravaged the boat for anything to eat.  Consuming the candy bars in exactly thirty seconds and then finding no more human food, Matt busted out the live fishing bait, consisting of worms, grubs, maggots, shrimp and minnows and began feeding it to everyone.  He failed to read the fine print (imported from China in 2009).  No one cared.  It was food and they were starving.

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They consumed almost all of the outdated bait that was stored in the galley.  This seemed to calm everyone’s hunger pangs.  There was a collective sigh of relief.  After about five minutes everything settled down.  The colors seemed brighter, their moods got lighter and their senses seemed to be more acute.  So after chugging a few adult beverages to wash the rotting fish taste, the day could continue.

Pini captained the boat to a remote section of river where fishing rods were taken out and the very last of the bait was put to good use.

Let the contest begin.  And there could only be one winner.

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Pauly D defeated all anglers with his pull of a giant Tigerfish!  Goliath Tigerfish in Delaware you say?  Incredible indeed.  Thank goodness no one was injured bringing in this bad boy. No net needed.  Pauly D just shoved his fist down the monster’s gullet (as if he was hillbilly hand fishing) and hoisted him on board.  They would ride him later.

Leave it to Pinnacle to find the most isolated spot on the river to catch fish, when low-and-behold, from out of nowhere, sped the one and only Australian Super Model, Elle Macpherson on water skis!
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With much grace, skill, and dynamite looks, she blasted past the boat leaving the men wet, awestruck and dumbfounded in her wake.

Not to be outdone Matt said, “Pini, throw me that water ski and hit the gas!”
Into the brine he went, carving like the super slalom champ he’d always wanted to be…
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But she was too fast and it was too late.  Like some apparition, Super Model Elle Macpherson was gone.  For a 47 year-old gal, she not only looked good, but could really put the pedal to the metal.  Where did she go?  Where did she come from?  As the men stood contemplating the mystery before them – another skiing beauty sped by in her wake.

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2 supermodels, on water skis in one day?  In Delaware?  This WAS the place to be.  Or had the rotten fish heads made them see things?   Pinnacle is in the erection business (just see their T-Shirts) and let’s just say things were getting “up air”.
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“Into the bat boat boys,” shouted Jimmy.  “We’ll catch them.  I’ve got a secret weapon,” he said, as he took the wheel of Pinnacle’s new toy – the Amphibi-car.  “It might not look fast but it’s got 450 horses under the hood.  Sea horses, that is.   “Yah” he screamed and cracked the whip, with Paul in tow behind the speedy car boat.
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Unfortunately, after a few minutes it became apparent that no one had fed the sea horses (and they had eaten all of the fishing bait) and they just petered out leaving the guys to swim back to the boat.

In a last-ditch effort to appease the client and find these two water skiing beauties, Pini decided to bust out the big guns.  Top Gun, literally.  “If we can’t find them in this – we must surely be hallucinating,” he screamed, as he rolled forward the throttle and gave new meaning to the word Jet Skiing.
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Unfortunately, that was the last time anyone saw the boys from Alternate Design Solutions.  We can only assume that they found Elle Macpherson and her friend and are living it up on some tropical island somewhere.  We hope.  We wish.

Like this post for a chance to win your very own Client appreciation day with Pinnacle.  If you dare!  One winner will be drawn at random to have fun with the Pinnacle crew.

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