Job: University Tower
Location: Durham, NC
Building: Class A office tower, 17 stories tall built in 1987
Equipment Used: Swing Stage Scaffold
Need for Equipment: Waterproofing
When Tommy F. Stone began building the 17-story tall University Tower in 1985, he might not have known that in the nearly fifty years that followed, the building would become an instantly-recognizable landmark for anyone traveling the distance between Durham and downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Towering over an otherwise low-lying rural and urban portion of the landscape, this building stands out both for its height and for its unique geometric build and sparkling emerald exterior, made up of various shades of reflective green panels.
Now, University Tower offers Class A office space accessible to both bustling cities, nearby Interstate-40, Research Triangle Park, and the airport. In addition to being the headquarters for dozens of businesses and corporate offices, University Tower is also a social hub. Amenities include the University Club Restaurant and Bar, private dining rooms, and private meeting rooms. These, plus the on-site professional property management team, make the tower one of the most sought-after business spaces in the state.
Associated Scaffolding was contacted to provide access equipment that would make it possible for a team to perform waterproofing work on the glass building.
The University Tower job presented a unique challenge for the Associated Scaffolding local team because of the building’s geometric design and height. In addition, the building was still in use during the project, with hundreds of people coming and going each day.
In order to allow the waterproofing work to be done around the entire building, without disturbing the everyday life of the building and its residents, Associated Scaffolding got creative.
The solution came in the form of swing stage scaffolding. This type of scaffolding is often used by window washers to easily move up and down the height of buildings and across the length of them. The “stage” is a platform wide enough to give the team room to maneuver and carry their equipment. That is held up on either end by ropes or cables connected to stirrups on the platform, which can then be lowered or raised via pulleys.
The team used multiple engineered adjustable corners when building the swing stages that allowed the customer to change the configuration as needed. The stage and rigging were moved multiple times as the contractor performed the waterproofing work around the entire glass building. This was a very successful job for both Associated Scaffolding and our customers.
Swing Stage Scaffolding Rental & Sales
When the University Tower team came to Associated Scaffolding for the solution, they were able to work closely with us to determine what would best fit their needs. Then, they were able to set up their rental and delivery times at their convenience, to get the project started as soon as they needed to. This is just one example of how quick and easy it can be to find scaffolding solutions for any project.
All you have to do is give us a call or reach out online to set up a consultation. Then, our team will work with you to understand exactly what you need and draft a custom design. Finally, we provide a quote for your project and schedule the delivery and construction of the scaffolding.
We bring it straight to you on the scheduled date and time and complete the setup. Once the project is completed, we return to deconstruct the scaffolding and remove it. All you have to do is make that first call and watch as your project falls right into place.
Contact Associated Scaffolding
As the leading provider of scaffolding for sale and scaffolding rental in Durham and the Southeast, Associated Scaffolding has the solutions you’re looking for to make your project a success. Our services include providing scaffolding for sale and scaffolding rental, along with other types of fall protection and construction safety equipment. To learn more about our scaffolding for sale in Durham, call us at 1-800-768-2655 or contact us to request a quote.