In Collaboration with Tri-City Scaffolding
Certain buildings just catch the eye of a scaffolder. Interesting angles, odd leanings, and jutting spires fire their creativity and problem-solving abilities, igniting a desire to build up and surround with caged frame. Bring these architectural features together in an iconic landmark, and you’ve got a real dream project. The draw is twofold: to engage a unique engineering challenge head on while contributing to a piece of history. Only rarely do such projects come around, but we are sure glad when they do.
First Church in Albany, New York is one such project. This quintessential scaffolding project makes a 2-year renovation of the parish house and church roof possible for the first time since 1939-40. The final vision: to replace and repair the towers, restoring them to their original appearance as built in 1796, only with energy-efficient LED lighting.
And scaffolding makes it all possible.
The contrast between old and new is one worth noting. Structurally, First Church is a timber frame and brick building, with twin 115-ft spires capped with acorn-shaped finials. Historically, First Church is also a place of interest. The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is the parish where Theodore Roosevelt attended services while occupying the governorship of New York. Centuries ago, wood scaffolding surrounded the church during its initial construction. These days, the church is covered in steel and aluminum scaffolding that rises over 100 ft.