VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Project necessity proved to be the mother of scaffolding innovation in the recently completed Skylight Replacement Project for the HSBC Canada building in downtown Vancouver. The bustling 23-story office tower, home to HSBC Bank headquarters, boasts an expansive atrium lobby that posed a unique set of challenges during replacement.
For starters, the floor-to-ceiling tempered glass lobby measures approximately four stories and houses a variety of businesses – including a café and art gallery – and comes complete with a working 27-meter pendulum as its crown jewel.
When awarded the project, contractor Skyline Scaffold knew that a custom configuration was critical to getting the job done efficiently while accommodating operating businesses, customers, and the building’s unique art piece. “We typically take on a fair bit of gantry and hoist work, but this site made for a challenging combination, said Arka Chorbajian of Skyline Scaffold.
For the project, Skyline turned to Layher scaffolding and component parts, relying on traditional scaffolding pieces – like the Layher Allround® and 450/750 Lattice Beams – in addition to the Layher Keder XL Roof System and Layher Protect Panels to design the scaffolding arrangement.
“We put a premium on products that allow us to maintain an edge over our competitors,” said Chorbajian. “Layher is the only firm we trust to keep pushing the quality and innovative products we need to keep our clients safe and service their unique site requirements.”