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Arts and Industry Building - Smithsonian Institution



Access to 50,000 square feet of facade for multiple trades on an intricate shaped building.

Existing roof was removed during restoration. Maintained structural integrity of the building. A waterproof deck was installed to create a work platform for the roof removal and provide a dry interior space.

Scaffold challenges included:
  • Not able to penetrate the facade so only compression tie-ins were used.
  • Owner required scaffold to be wrapped in netting. Engineering and additional tie-ins were required due to the increased wind loads
  • Security clearance for entire crew.
  • Protect historic fabric from weather conditions during roof removal
  • Engineered load transfers and spanned over a myriad of existing trenches.
  • Protect the building’s interior during restorations and repairs.