• Curious Facts About the Jefferson Memorial

    America’s third President, author of the Declaration of Independence and the first Secretary of State, lived during a time of inconceivable hardships, and he rose to the occasion unflinchingly. The Jefferson Memorial was built (and later, restored) to honor Thomas Jefferson’s service to the country. Work on the neoclassical building was begun in 1939 by contractor John McShain, working from designs by architect John Russell Pope. Although the building itself was completed in 1943, the bronze statue of the great man himself wasn’t installed until 1947.

    The Tidal Basin was once a popular swimming spot.

    Fill dredged from the Potomac River was used to create the solid ground on which the Jefferson Memorial stands today. But prior to that, the Tidal Basin had been a popular recreational spot for swimmers since the 1880s. In 1914, Congress approved a measure to create an official beach. Unfortunately, it was segregated, and black Americans were forced to swim at an area across the Tidal Basin that lacked facilities. About a decade later, swimming was banned at the Tidal Basin altogether.

    The Jefferson Memorial was almost a multipurpose memorial.

    By the early 1900s, there was some talk about building a memorial on the Tidal Basin dedicated to various “ illustrious men of the nation .” It isn’t clear exactly which men would have been honored by this multipurpose memorial. But apparently, the idea didn’t have many supporters, and it never came to fruition.

    Area residents didn’t want the memorial at the Tidal Basin.

    Quite a few people were opposed to the proposed location of the Jefferson Memorial. Some didn’t like the idea that the memorial’s construction would require the removal of some beautiful, fully grown cherry and elm trees. Others simply thought that Jefferson had been too humble of a man to have a memorial located so near the White House.

    Scaffold Resource has had the privilege of working on many of America’s National Treasures, including the Jefferson Memorial. We invite area builders to browse our website to view our extensive portfolio of scaffolding and shoring system projects in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. When you’re ready to plan your project, call our office at (301) 924-7223.

  • Inspecting Wire Rope Before Using Scaffolding

    Wire ropes are often used in scaffolding, and like the rest of your scaffold system, they require frequent inspections and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Using wire ropes that have deteriorated is dangerous to all workers on a job site.

    Wire ropes should be inspected every day for signs of rusting, corrosion, kinking, and abrasions, as well as signs of chemical, electricity, or heat exposure. If you’re using a sandblaster on the job site, look for signs of damage caused by it. You should also keep careful records of the inspections that note any signs of issues you see. This can help you track whether damage is getting worse. Any rope that has multiple areas of damage should be replaced.

    Scaffold Resource in Washington, D.C., offers both scaffold rentals and full support to help you use them safely. We’re here to answer your questions about getting the right scaffolding for your project and creating safe job sites. Call (301) 924-7223 to learn more.

  • Excavation Basics

    Excavations are part of many job sites, and shoring systems are often necessary to keep those working in excavated areas safe. Improper shoring can lead to collapse of the excavation area and put workers at risk.

    Watch this video to learn the basics of excavation, including methods for bracing the excavation zone. Shoring is one of the most reliable options, as long as the correct installation methods are used.

    At Scaffold Resource , we are committed to improving safety on job sites with our scaffolding and shoring rental in Washington, D.C. Our team can ensure that your excavation has the right kind of shoring to keep your team safe. You can learn more about our shoring rental and services by calling (301) 924-7223.

  • A Quick Look at the Mid-Hudson Bridge

    Scaffold Resource has been involved in construction and repairs of some of the most historic buildings and bridges across the country, such as renovations of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY, an important artery that connects Ulster and Dutchess counties. The bridge was opened to the public in 1930 and became part of the New York State Bridge Authority in 1933. Here is a closer look at the history of the bridge and our involvement in its upkeep.

    Mid-Hudson Bridge History

    In 1923, the approval to build the bridge was passed by the New York State Legislature with the idea of creating another roadway to cross the Hudson south of Albany besides the Bear Mountain Bridge. Design company Modjeski and Moran were tasked with creating the bridge design, while the New York State Department of Public Works was put in charge of the construction. The designers created plans for a gothic-style suspension bridge, which quickly gained a reputation as one of the most celebrated suspension bridges in the Northeast. On August 25, 1930, cars drove across the bridge for the first time. In 1994, the bridge was rechristened the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge.

    Bridge Upgrades

    Multiple upgrades have been made to the bridge over the years. An EZ Pass system was added in 1999, which significantly cut down on bridge traffic. A pedestrian walkway was added in 2000, and necklace lighting was installed on the bridge in 2001. Repainting, maintenance scraping, metalwork repairs, and lead paint abatement have also been performed periodically.

    Scaffold Resource Assistance

    Scaffold Resource has made upkeep on the bridge possible. We furnished and installed a scaffolding and containment structure for the top of the 260 feet tall suspension tower over active traffic. The scaffolding was designed to stand up to wind gusts of up to 100 miles an hour to ensure the safety of the workers and traffic below.

    At Scaffold Resource, we can create and manage scaffolding and shoring for everything from simple jobs to complex work on historical structures. Get more information about our project management and scaffold rentals in Washington, D.C., by calling (301) 924-7223.

  • Construction Hoist Safety Guidelines

    Hoist safety is an essential part of minimizing the risk of injury when using scaffolding. If scaffolding and a hoist are part of your construction site, some basic safety guidelines will keep everyone safe. When you’re using hoists for your construction project, keep these rules in mind.

    Perform a Pre-Start Inspection

    Before each use, the hoist should be examined exactly as recommended in the operation manual for the specific hoist that you are using. All job site hazards should be identified, inspected, and secured before work begins using the hoist. Never allow any passengers into the hoist until the pre-start inspections are complete. In addition, hoists should be inspected at least every 90 days by a representative who is trained in evaluating the specific hoist you are using. If this inspection is overdue, the hoist should not be used.

    Follow Weight Load Guidelines

    Every hoist has specific weight load guidelines that are listed in the operation manual. Check the guidelines before operation and never exceed the recommended load. Every person responsible for operating the hoist on the job site should have access to the manual to verify this information. All passengers, operators, and materials should be loaded onto the hoist before it is in motion.

    Monitor Field and Operator Conditions

    Check the weather forecast at the start of each period of operation. Do not operate, put together, or dismantle the hoist when there is a lightning storm occurring or when winds exceed 30 miles per hour. Discontinue operation in advance of approaching storms. Someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including over-the-counter medicines that can cause drowsiness, should never operate the hoist.

    Scaffold Resource offers project management and safety consulting services to ensure that your job site meets OSHA standards and keeps your workers safe. Contact us at (301) 924-7223 for more information about scaffold rentals and sales near Washington, D.C.

  • Take Advantage of Our Engineering Services

    At Scaffold Resource, our philosophy is that we should always go above and beyond what is expected of us. If you look at our engineering services , you’ll quickly realize that we could not be more dedicated to our work. If you’re thinking about taking advantage of our engineering services, read on to see what you’re in for.

    There’s no single solution that can be applied to every construction and engineering project. You have to think about the specific requirements of the task at hand and decide how you’ll overcome them in order to get the job done efficiently. The team of expert engineers at Scaffold Resource has the experience and creativity to take on any project, regardless of how complex it may be. We start with project consulting and field analysis, and then we work on scaffold design and engineering. Before you know it, the platform will be erected, and we will follow up thereafter.

    Scaffold Resource’s scaffolding engineering services in Washington, D.C., will help to ensure that your project is done safely and in a timely fashion. We offer different types of work platforms and services, and you can learn about them on our website or by calling us at (301) 924-7223.

  • A Look at the Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

    There’s plenty to see and do when you visit the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, and the Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden is a main attraction. Professionals used scaffolding to bring this building and its garden to life, and now we get to enjoy both. Watch this video for a closer look.

    There are somewhere between one and two hundred species of rose, but there are thousands of hybrids. The Alnwick Rose is named after the Alnwick Castle, where James Smithson’s father lived as a duke. Roses are primarily grown for their beauty and their pleasant aromas, but rose oils and water have their purposes as well.

    Scaffolding rental in Washington, D.C., makes beautiful projects possible, and the Smithsonian is an example of one that the Scaffold Resource team has worked on. Call us at (301) 924-7223 if your business needs work platforms like scaffolding.

  • Highlighting the Benefits of Our Project Management Services

    We want to help you in any way we can at Scaffold Resource, whether that means offering scaffolding rentals or designing shoring systems. Our project management services help complete your task within your timeframe thanks to our professional expertise, knowledge of safety practices, and the quality of our products. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of our project management services.

    Professional Consultation

    A project manager helps oversee the job to make sure it’s done properly and according to the industry rules and regulations. If you’re expanding an existing building or constructing a new one entirely, you need professional insight in order to prepare for the job. You can ask the Scaffold Resource team anything you want to know, and we’ll ask you what we need to know so we can help to the best of our ability.

    Safe Practices

    When you need work platforms like scaffolding or shoring equipment for a job, you want to make sure the equipment is in perfect shape. Scaffolding needs to be inspected before every use to make sure it’s safe, and a competent professional needs to be the one to do the inspection. Our team at Scaffold Resource has years of experience under its belt, and we use what we’ve learned in the industry to create nothing but the safest work platforms we can possibly offer. We can walk you through the entire project while maintaining OSHA standards, keeping people safe throughout.

    Scaffold and Shoring Rentals

    Since Scaffold Resource specializes in scaffolding and shoring materials, we have a leg up when it comes to choosing the right equipment for the job. If you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking for, seek our project management services for help. We’ll speed up the process and help you decide on the right scaffold and shoring options, and we can rent out our equipment so you don’t have to buy your own.

    Do you have any questions about what you can expect from Scaffold Resource’s project management services? Call (301) 924-7223 so we can answer them for you. Our website looks at our sidewalk canopies, shoring systems, and scaffolding rentals serving Washington, D.C.

  • FAQs About Our Shoring Project Services

    The Scaffold Resource team can help your business with the right kind of scaffolding rental, but there’s much more to us than that. We offer shoring rentals as well, in addition to other types of work platforms. We’ll do as much research as we need to learn about your project and provide you with the perfect equipment to stay safe on the job. Here are some frequently asked questions about our shoring project services.

    Can we rent our equipment?

    Unless you plan on physically expanding your business headquarters over a long period of time or you’re in the construction business, you don’t have to outright purchase your shoring equipment. Scaffold Resource would be happy to rent you the work platforms you need in order to get the job done. We can rent out whatever kind of shoring materials you’re looking for, so you can save money on equipment and don’t have to deal with maintenance or storage after the project is over.

    How do you know what we need?

    Every shoring project is different, so we need to know as much as possible about your project to give you the right materials. When you talk to our team about what you hope to accomplish, we can build you the right type of shoring materials. You’ll have extensive conversations with our team about the nature of the project and what kind of special challenges will need to be considered. Then we will look through our existing inventory and use our expertise to determine which materials will be most effective for your project.

    Are your products safe?

    No matter what kind of task you’re taking on, safety should always be a primary concern. At Scaffold Resource, we do everything in our power to offer only the safest products possible. Even the safest equipment can be misused, but we create safe and high-quality products that can make it easy to stay safe at work.

    We provide businesses with both scaffolding and shoring systems near Washington, D.C., at Scaffold Resource so we can help develop the ideal shoring rental for your next project. Call us at (301) 924-7223 today.

  • A Refresher on Scaffolding Safety

    When you’re going to be working high up off the ground on a work platform, safety becomes even more important than usual. Having safety precautions in place protects workers from injury and pushes the operation forward. Watch this video for a refresher on scaffolding safety.

    If you’ve never been trained to use scaffolding, then you shouldn’t be up on a work platform. Workers should know how to build and disassemble scaffolds as well as how to safely work with the necessary tools and materials. Whenever a scaffold is used, a scaffold expert must be there to design the platform and keep an eye on the workers to make sure they’re following protocol.

    Before you get up on the scaffolding serving Washington, D.C., know how to keep yourself out of harm’s way . At Scaffold Resource, we provide your company with the work platforms you need. Call us at (301) 924-7223 today.