Commercial Signage Repairs

Case Study:

How to Fix Signage on Both Sides of a 100-Foot-Tall Building from a Single Setup Point in Six Hours

What was the challenge?

In the past, the company had used cranes and lifts by Sunbelt, United, and CMC Cranes, which they knew could not fulfill all their requirements for this job. The client needed to put two people plus materials and equipment in the cage, which conventional lift cages could not hold.

The head of operations for a nationwide commercial custom signage manufacturer and service provider was looking to change the lightbulbs in two signs near the top of the 100-foot-tall Penn Medicine building in downtown Philadelphia.

The challenge was to reach the building over 68 feet of walkways and lawns on a busy street. In addition, the client needed to fix some sign wiring.

What was the solution?

The client contacted Alpha Platforms for their second project with us because they knew about the extreme reach capabilities of our boom lifts and the value and convenience of the no-extra-cost operated rentals.
Accessing extreme heights at various height and side reach distances is precisely what Alpha's 230-foot high-reach aerial work platform was built for. Not only that, but Alpha’s all-inclusive service would also save them time and cost of getting the permit and managing the street traffic around the job site.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-230 lift:

What was the outcome?

With permit in place, on a Saturday morning in downtown Philadelphia, Alpha's traffic management team partially closed the street and diverted the traffic. After a 10-minute setup, two signage workers plus 50 pounds of lightbulbs were loaded into the basket. Alpha's IPAF-certified operator seamlessly and safely moved them along the large windows of the Penn Medicine building.

Within a few hours, the signage workers successfully placed LED lights in sign letters on both sides of the building and fixed wiring while our boom truck remained standing at the same setup point.

As a result, the job was completed in six hours. Having the full-time operators in the cage allowed the crew to focus on fragile sign installation work, saving them a day or two of labor.

Our precise German-made lifts have become the height access method of choice for those who try them, as they combine unmatched productivity, safety, and reach.
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Notable 230 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Side reach up to 115 feet
  • Unique "under and up" or "up and over and back" access
  • Smooth controlled motions to move close to and around glass and fragile structures
  • Jib length 31’6’’
  • Cage rotation 2 x 80°
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’6’’ wide

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Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Mike P.
Building restoration services family business owner

We wanted to give it a try and see what this boom truck could do. We loved the idea of a wide basket that could reach up to 30 feet and get to the brick wall over the roof. The main reason we loved the truck was how it maneuvered the boom to lower the bricks inside a dumpster, which was located behind the truck. It saved us at least one extra day of work. It all went great.

Joseph A.
Head stone mason, national cathedral

The project was performed successfully, and we were really glad to have contactless means of reaching the building, as we all know that pipe scaffold might damage the structure, in this case, very very sensitive.

Jason A.
Director of operations, family-owned regional electrical services provider

Alpha has the most efficient and leanest site setup time I’ve ever seen. My brother, who is the top climber of our group, first struggled to understand how this cage could go around the tower better than the crane - and when it did the whole 360°, he became a believer. Also, each laborer said how incredibly safe they felt - very different from the small crane basket. We were able to secure and push back the panels in place without the basket ever moving.

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