REMINDER WALKING WORKING SURFACES CODE CHANGES

On January 17, 2017 OSHA published changes to Sub Part D – Walking Working Surfaces which have a significant impact on building owners and employer’s responsibilities. These changes include but are not limited to the following: Mandatory roof anchorages for window cleaners Mandatory fall protection on low sloped roofs – varying distances where fall protection is required depending on frequency …

Verizon Centre (Formlery MCI Centre)

Bordering Chinatown on the east side of downtown Washington, D.C., Verizon Center, comprising 1,020,000 square feet (94,760 m²), is both a retail and multi-purpose entertainment complex hosting two major sports teams (NBA and NHL). The original design drawings and construction documents were reviewed to provide a practical window cleaning/exterior building maintenance and fall arrest system. In this project, many window …

The Ascent At Robebling Bridge

Greater Cincinnati’s newest riverfront icon, The Ascent at Robeling Bridge in Covington is a 22 storey luxury condominium tower project comprising 62 units that was inspired by the Ohio River and the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Its signature arcing profile and curved walls reaching, twisting, stretching, spiralling upward in motion is an unusual concept in building, posing a considerable challenge when …

Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute (MAHI), a $196 million, 9 storey “hospital within a hospital” was named after the Right Honourable Don Mazankowski, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, active Conservative politician and businessman. The Institute is a world-class centre of excellence in paediatric and adult heart disease prevention, treatment, research, and education. The MAHI establishes a separate identity from …

News Brunswick Lighthouse Casino

Sonco Gaming New Brunswick is building a $90 million casino and multi-use entertainment and convention centre in the Magnetic Hill area. Opening in 2010, the Casino complex will be comprised of three buildings – a 128 room hotel, a multi-function entertainment and 1500 seat convention centre named the Palladium and the casino. The buildings will be connected by an interior …

Equipment on Terraces

As architects continue to imagine and design complex projects; it is becoming increasingly common that fall arrest and tie-back equipment are located on terraces of buildings. As the condominium market is still as competitive as ever; builders and developers are coming up with special features and incentives to lure buyers.  Items like barbecues, bars, built in kitchens, gardens, lounges, hot tubs, …

Davit Systems

I often hear people referring to window washing systems as davit systems.  While this certainly is true it is not the only way to complete window washing (see The Roof Anchor and Roof Anchors Explained for more).  So what exactly are davits, davit arms, davit bases, and davit systems then? Davit Arm Assemblies Davit arms are commonly used to rig over non-structural parapets, decorative …

The Roof Anchor

There are many different types of equipment that are installed for window washing, suspended maintenance, and fall protection.  They can include (but are not limited to): roof anchors, wall anchors, soffit anchors, davits, rigging sleeves, horizontal trolley’s, monorail, gantry’s and roof cars. With all the customized equipment out there – nine times out of ten it is a simple roof anchor that gets the job done! …

Customized Rigging Sleeve

Pro-Bel was recently faced with the problem of installing a rigging sleeve on an existing building where we had no access to the ceiling below the roof. The interior atrium of the building could not be cleaned (or maintained) because there was no lift/platform that would reach the height required (and there was no other access point to install any …

Working With A Standing Seam Roof

We are often asked to provide our equipment on buildings with a standing seam roof.  In the past this request would make even our most knowledgeable designers cringe but alas we have engineered a solution. What is a Standing Seam Roof? A standing seam roof consists of a series of sheet metal panels that are connected “above” the panels (creating …