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BrandSafway Wins Three Access Industry Awards

Kennesaw, Georgia, USA, Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA), the industry’s premier trade organization, recognized BrandSafway’s extraordinary achievements with three Project Awards at the convention annual SAIA & Exposition in Boston in August 2022, as follows:

  • Project of the Year Awards for Hoists and Mast Rigs: Central Park Tower, New York
    Provides the tallest hoist on a common tower and the largest continuous rack and pinion hoist in the world
  • Supported Scaffolding Project of the Year Award: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
    Design and installation of a debris shield and plywood barrier to withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour
  • Innovation Award: Fort St. John, British Columbia
    Custom designed motorized support combined with self-leveling hydraulic platform for water intake pipes at hydroelectric dam

“We thank SAIA for recognizing the efforts of the BrandSafway teams whose work goes beyond the ordinary to provide our customers with the most secure, productive and innovative access solutions,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of BrandSafway.

World Record Lifting Complex
The Central Park Tower, located on “Billionaire’s Row” and overlooking Central Park, is the tallest residential tower in the world and the second tallest building in New York City. Lendlease Corporation has contracted with SafwayAtlantic by BrandSafway to design, supply, install and dismantle a six-car construction hoist complex. The joint tower reached the 99th floor, a world record height of 1,515 feet 6 inches, and was erected and dismantled without incident. The common tower consists of shoring and scaffolding elements bridged at each entry level for access. SafwayAtlantic also fitted the winch complex with a Hydro Mobile mast climber positioned above the winch carriages. This improved planning efficiency and eliminated interference between construction crews and tower erection crews.

Managing the sheer load of the common tower also presented an extreme engineering challenge. Because the lift complex was too wide to fully accommodate the fifth-floor and eighth-floor building setbacks, it was partially cantilevered with solid steel bracing fabricated from I-beams.

Protection against demolition
Ahrens Contracting of St. Louis retained BrandSafway to erect Systems™ scaffolding and a dust and debris containment system around the 227-foot-tall Queeny Tower as it was demolished to make way for a new patient care facility at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis’ premier healthcare facility. To sufficiently contain demolition dust and debris and prevent it from entering the hospital’s HVAC intake system, three sides of the containment system required a plywood barrier, totaling 95,567 square feet, as well as a canvas.

When a floor was demolished, the scaffolding debris shield extended vertically (e.g., cantilevered) to provide containment. Once the demolition of one floor is complete, the cantilever section would be dismantled. However, since the shield would exist unsupported for some time before being dismantled, the cantilever section had to withstand wind forces in excess of 90 mph.

To be certain that the solution could withstand the forces of the wind, BrandSafway used a proprietary structural analysis and design program. The company also used tensile testing software and tools to confirm that the building’s crossbeams could withstand loads in excess of 3,000 psi. The anchors were tested on an actual part of the 55-year-old building, which is expected to support over 160,000 pounds. plywood alone.

Hybrid mobile access/scaffolding solution
BC Hydro’s Site C clean energy project on the Peace River in Fort St. John, British Columbia includes six 183-megawatt hydroelectric turbines. General contractor Groupe LAR has retained BrandSafway to design and deliver a hybrid access/scaffolding solution on six penstocks, which are 32 feet in diameter, 300 feet long fabricated steel conduits, and run from the reservoir to the above to the turbines below.

Aluma Systems, Hydro Mobile, Winsafe and Spider (all BrandSafway companies) collaborated to design a one-of-a-kind solution: an electrically operated conveyor integrated with a self-leveling hydraulically operated platform, which supported multiple levels scaffolding systems.

The self-leveling design allowed workers to safely and efficiently paint, weld, inspect, repair and sand the penstocks, which have a winding geometry and a steep slope. Additionally, the self-leveling mobile platform transported workers through the six months of the project without a safety incident, provided the lowest total cost of installation compared to erecting supported scaffolding, and reduces overall coating application time.

“These project awards affirm the excellence and innovation of our BrandSafway engineering, installation and project management teams,” Fessenden said. “We have a tradition of designing access solutions for even the toughest jobs, as well as developing new ideas that improve safety and efficiency for our customers.”

About the Safway brand
With a commitment to safety as a primary value, BrandSafway provides the widest range of solutions with the greatest expertise to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. Through a network of 360 strategic locations in 30 countries and more than 40,000 employees, BrandSafway offers a full range of formwork, shoring, scaffolding, labor access and industrial services solutions. BrandSafway supports maintenance and renovation projects as well as new construction and expansion plans with unparalleled service from expert local labor and management. Today, BrandSafway is At work for you™ — take advantage of innovation and economies of scale to increase safety and productivity, while remaining agile and responsive. For more information about BrandSafway, visit www.brandsafway.com.


John Smith

The author John Smith