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

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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.

Pinnacle scaffold begins its tour of duty with Soldiers and Sailors Monument renovation, Wilmington, DE.

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Pinnacle scaffold is proud to be serving as the scaffolding provider for the renovation of the monument Soldiers & Sailor monument erected in 1871.  The memorial that sits in the triangle formed by Delaware Ave., W. 14th, and N. Broom street is dedicated to Soldiers and Sailors who gave their lives in defense of their country in the Civil War.
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The large marble column is from the Pennsylvania Bank Building, Philadelphia that was razed in 1868.  The monument itself was threatened by the sheriff after it’s unveiling because a construction debt was outstanding.  Eli Crozier, came to the rescue with the necessary funds to save it.  A thank you to him is engraved in the stone on the back of the monument.

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Pinnacle is starting its tour of duty with this monument and then will continue to all of the other monuments in the city of Wilmington.  (More posts to come).pinnacle scaffold, scaffolding, sales, rental, service, de, pa, nj, nyc, fl, md
Pinnacle’s scaffolding provides access to 100% of the monument so restoration crews can get to every nook and cranny.  Pinnacle also devised an ingenious ladder system that goes up through the center of the scaffold.  They hid the ladder in the center so local children wouldn’t climb up and either damage the statue or injure themselves.
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Finally, the monument was ensconced in debris netting.  We will provide some photographs when the restoration is complete.  The marble, eagle and placards should look as good as new once finished.

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Here are a couple of postcards from the turn of the century.  You can see what the original monument looked like in it’s current place.  Things certainly have changed.

Call Pinnacle today at (302) 766-5322.

For more information visit these sites.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMAP8X_Delaware_Soldiers_and_Sailors_Monument_Wilmington_Delaware

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sailors_and_Soldiers.JPG

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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.

Pinnacle scaffold is the non union scaffold and shoring leader.  (302) 766-5322.

Cool Scaffolding project – Smokestack demolition in Milford, Delaware.

Here’s something you don’t see everyday – scaffolding for an 80′ tall smokestack demolition in Milford, DE.

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I just love the pics of this job.  Normally, demo companies just tip these over or implode them but that was obviously not possible here because the stack is attached to the building beneath.  This particular smokestack belongs to the world-wide dental company called Dentsply.
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Pinnacle Scaffold was brought in because of their experience with historic buildings and their ability to build around odd shaped structures.  Thanks to Clean Venture for the referral.
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The challenge here was to have the correct architectural drawings designed and implemented on-site as the scaffold went up.  Anchor points were critical since the bulk of the structure was coming down.  It was designed so that demolition crews could begin dismantling at the top and work their way down.
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PSC has an on-site team, working in tandem with the demo crew, dismantling portions of the scaffolding as the crew moves down towards the ground.
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My question was, “what happens to the bricks and mortar when the crews demo the chimney?”  Well, they toss it into the stack and clean it out when they reach the bottom.  PSC also provided crews with several trash chutes for debris.  (those came after these pics were taken).
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It’s not everyday you see scaffolding around a smokestack that is coming down one brick at a time.

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

Here’s some information about the client Dentsply (from their web site)

DENTSPLY International has been committed to providing the global dental community with innovative, high quality, cost effective dental products. From our humble beginnings in 1899, the Company has grown to become one of the largest professional dental products company in the world. With operations in 40 countries, the Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well established brand names in the dental industry. Worldwide, dental professionals now depend upon DENTSPLY for innovative, new solutions that advance the practice of dentistry and improve oral health for patients throughout the world.

Contest. Spot the workers and win! Pinnacle’s giant tilt up wall bracing contest.

10 People could win Pinnacle Scaffold T-shirts!

Like us on facebook and leave your answer in the comments.  10 people will be chosen at random from the correct responses.  Good luck.
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Here are some new photos from Pinnacle Scaffold shoring division’s work on the new Penn Cinema IMAX theater at the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE.
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These photos really let you see just how TALL the Imax walls are!  You can see why the vertical bracing is needed for support.

Look carefully and you will see humans in and around the photos for perspective.
Can you spot them?
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Give us the correct number of workers in the shots and you could WIN a Pinnacle T-shirt!
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Like us on facebook and leave your answer in the comments and 10 people will be chosen at random from the correct responses.  Good luck.

PSC did a very unique shoring system called a tilt up wall bracing.   As you can see from the photos this is not your normal shoring system.  It’s used specifically when the walls are really tall – some as high as 40’-50’.  It’s designed to keep the walls in place until the ceiling is put on.  This system had to be used to accommodate the enormous height of the IMAX screen.

This is the city’s first major movie theater in several decades.  With 14 digital auditoriums in addition to the 300-seat, eye-popping 75′-by-45′ IMAX theater, it’s set to anchor the new Riverfront complex.

Pinnacle Scaffold emergency services team comes to the rescue at Kmart – on a holiday weekend!

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.
wall bracing, shoring, scaffold, scaffolding, full service, DE, PA, NJ, NYCAt 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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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“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.
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On a Holiday weekend when most people are BBQ’ing brats and hot dogs, PSC and its crew was helping KMART prevent a disaster.
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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.

Pinnacle Scaffold shoring division adds unique tilt up wall bracing to IMAX in Wilmington, DE

Pinnacle Scaffold shoring division is proud to be working on the new Penn Cinema IMAX theater at the Riverfront Wilmington (the city’s first major movie theater in several decades).  With 14 digital auditoriums in addition to the 300-seat, eye-popping 75′-by-45′ IMAX theater, it’s set to anchor the new Riverfront complex.
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PSC did a very unique shoring system called a tilt up wall bracing.   As you can see from the photos this is not your normal shoring system.  It’s used specifically when the walls are really tall – some as high as 40’-50’.  It’s designed to keep the walls in place until the ceiling is put on.  This system had to be used to accommodate the enormous height of the IMAX screen.
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Pinnacle Scaffold is one of the few companies on the east coast who can use this type of shoring system from engineering to installation.
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Riverfront Wilmington, already home to a thriving neighborhood, flourishing employment center and popular cultural attractions, will add a premier Westin hotel and a state-of-the-art Penn Cinema movie theater complex with IMAX theater.

The $20 million Penn Cinema Riverfront will have 15 full stadium seating auditoriums along with a full IMAX theater brimming with the latest digital film technology.  The large scale of the building, along with dramatic lighting and timeless finishes, will serve as an anchor for Riverfront Wilmington entertainment options.

The Penn Cinema complex is expected to generate an additional 700,000 annual visits to Riverfront Wilmington.  It will enhance the entertainment options at the Riverfront, which already include multiple dining options, museums and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

For all of your shoring and scaffolding needs contact Pinnacle Scaffold at (302) 650-0520 or visit http://www.pinnaclescaffold.com

http://www.talkdelaware.com/showthread.php?19897-IMAX-Theater-Coming-to-Wilmington-Riverfront

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/penn-cinema-imax-theater-breaks-ground-at-riverfront-wilmington-2012-06-14

Pinnacle Scaffold at Mathey College, Princeton University, NJ

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As part of our continuing relationship with the University of Princeton, Pinnacle Scaffold is proud to be working on one of the historic buildings at Mathey College.  PSC takes great pride in providing the best client service possible and this job was no different.
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Princeton hired PSC because they knew we could accommodate some very specific requests.  And on this job, we designed a system scaffold with an access way off to the right side to keep the least amount of legs on the ground and out of the very unique foliage at the base of the building.
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The scaffolding allowed the restoration crews access to the areas they needed while providing much needed piece of mind to the University that their foliage would remain undamaged in the process.
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This historic building was undergoing a masonry restoration project including replacing and resetting the capstones.

Call Pinnacle Scaffold today (302) 766-5322.
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Take the video tour of Mathey College here.

 

Attitude is everything

This was on the back of one of my customer’s business cards.
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This really hit home on many levels.  For those who can’t see the text, it says:

Attitude
Attitude is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstance, than failure, than success, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a business…a home…a friendship…an organization.  The remarkable thing is, you have a choice every day of what your attitude will be.  We cannot change our past… We cannot change the action of others… We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can change is our attitude.  Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how you react to it.

I highlighted the part that really made sense for me.  Each day I wake up and chose to make it a great day no matter what is happening in my life.  I wish this for everyone – Choose to make it a great day everyday.  You do have a choice.

Your friends at Pinnacle Scaffold.
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