National Cathedral’s Organ Restoration  

Scaffold Resource is proud to be at the heart of a remarkable four-year endeavor at the iconic Washington National Cathedral. Our expertise in temporary vertical access solutions is playing a pivotal role in a project that is as much about artistry as it is about engineering. 

Excellence in Access Solutions: Elevating the Cathedral's Restoration

Our commitment to high-quality products and services is exemplified in our work at the National Cathedral. From straightforward rentals to comprehensive, turnkey engineered access systems, our clients rely on us for solutions that adapt to the most challenging environments.

Unveiling the Art of Concealment

The task at hand is both delicate and grandiose – the disassembly and reassembly of the Cathedral’s magnificent organ. To facilitate this intricate process, a unique partnership has been formed with Rose Brand, renowned for their innovative fabric solutions. Together, we’ve created a stunning spectacle of concealment, as Rose Brand’s fabric elegantly cloaks our robust scaffold structure. This collaboration not only ensures the safety and efficiency of the operation but also adds an element of aesthetic grace to the construction site. This innovative solution ensures full concealment of the scaffold platform while restoration work progresses seamlessly, allowing the Cathedral to continue its activities without interruption.

fabric cloaks the intricate scaffold structure at Washington National Cathedral

Innovative Access Platform Design

At the heart of our involvement lies the design and installation of a primary access scaffold platform in the Great Choir area. This platform, spanning an impressive 59 feet in length and 41 feet in width, is strategically positioned 45 feet above the Great Choir area. Supported by steel trusses spanning north to south, it provides essential access for restoration activities while ensuring structural stability by anchoring to the existing concrete ledge at the Triforium Level.

Completing the primary scaffold platform is a parapet wall, serving the dual purpose of lateral debris containment and visual concealment. This feature not only enhances safety by containing debris but also contributes to the aesthetics of the workspace, maintaining a clean and organized environment conducive to restoration efforts.

Precision in Restoration Activities

Integrated into the access platform is a cable hoist bay, facilitating the removal, restoration, and reinstallation of facade pipes by partnering entities Allen Built Incorporated and Foley Baker Incorporated. This streamlined rigging system ensures efficiency and precision in handling delicate organ components, essential for the successful restoration of this iconic instrument.

To ensure optimal working conditions during restoration activities, temporary lighting fixtures are concealed within the scaffold structure’s underside. Positioned strategically at all four corners, these fixtures provide essential illumination, ensuring adequate visibility and safety during work hours.

Excellence in Access Solutions: Elevating the Cathedral's Restoration

As the premier source for temporary vertical access solutions in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, Scaffold Resource is committed to delivering high-quality products and services at competitive prices. Our clients rely on us for everything from straightforward rentals to comprehensive, turnkey engineered access systems. 

This project at the Washington National Cathedral is a testament to our ability to adapt and excel in challenging environments. It’s a perfect example of how Scaffold Resource combines practicality with innovation, providing the hidden stage for masterpieces to be carefully deconstructed and reassembled, all while preserving the beauty and integrity of the surrounding architecture. 

To learn more about the fascinating history and musical wizardry of the Cathedral’s pipe organ, as we embark on its first major renovation in 50 years, visit https://cathedral.org/music/organ/.

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Stay Tuned: Follow the Journey of Preservation

Stay tuned for more updates on this captivating project, as we continue to support the restoration and preservation of one of the nation’s most treasured landmarks. 

For more information about Scaffold Resource and our services, visit our website or contact us today. 

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