Lights Replacement on LDS Temple

Case Study:

How the LDS Temple Saved $6,600 by Accident In One Day on Spire Lights Replacement

What was the challenge?

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple is a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) located in Center City Philadelphia that was completed in 2016 and towers at 208 feet amidst the 1.6-acre temple complex. The temple’s facility manager urgently needed to replace the lighting around the spire and the rest of the roof three weeks before Christmas and was looking to lift a few hundred pounds of lights and two in-house electricians who would hang the lights.

Earlier, the client hired a crane company and a contractor with a lift who had to close down the whole street to set the lights on the roof and spire. That was half the problem: with crane movements in the wind, the work crew left without completing the required project due to a high risk to their safety and potential damage to the spire. The only other solution at that height would have been scaffolding, which would cost tens of thousands of dollars and take a couple of weeks to install and take down.

The building itself and the adjacent structures presented a challenging access problem: the building between the street and the church steeple was about 60 feet tall, and the distance to the spire's side was another 30 feet. It required up-and-over and side-reach capabilities that no JLG lifts have.

What was the solution?

Then, the client happened to see our A-250, a 250-foot aerial platform, working across the road, assisting a signage company in removing a large building sign at a height of 245 feet.
He hired Alpha Platforms on the spot, looking for immediate help, and was happy to have found the only lift option that worked for his building while cutting his budget more than in half.
The specs of our state-of-the-art A-250 lift:

What was the outcome?

Our truck-mounted boom lift only needed a portion of the street for parking. After the boom lift’s 15-minute setup, the IPAF-certified Alpha Platforms operator lifted the electricians, their tools, and the lights up and over the building and moved the crew all around the structure.

Thanks to the unparalleled capabilities of our 250-foot boom lift, Alpha Platforms enabled the client to complete the entire job in 8 hours, just three weeks before Christmas.

During the project, the operator moved the truck only two times, maximizing the A-250’s 125-foot side-reach capabilities, thereby shrinking the client’s total project time to just one day.

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.
Notable 250 Foot Boom Lift Capabilities
  • 12-foot extra large cage
  • 1,322 lbs lifting capacity for crew, equipment, and materials
  • Cage rotation 2 x 200°
  • Side reach up to 130 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 49’2’’
  • Parking in tight spaces 8’3’’ wide

Alpha Platforms has helped hundreds of teams like yours

Customer Testimonials
from Case Studies

Brian Rosado Hernández
The Telecom Company Foreman

Excellent service, arriving on time every day, responsible with the load limit, very attentive to the lubrication and controls of the crane.

Ryan Hughes

I had an emergency project on a 140' high voltage tower and needed Alpha Platforms next day. They were so helpful and expedient walking me through the entire process so I was comfortable with the deal. They showed up to my site next day and cut about 2 days off of the project due to the safety, speed and efficiency of their lift and operators. I'll never rent or hire another lift company. I would recommend Alpha platforms for all your high reach needs.

Elizabeth Radlbeck

Jon told me that it was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. City Sign Service, Inc. will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects

Byron Nivelo

We had an exceptional experience with Alpha! They are professionals, great operator team. Overall reliable, recommended will certainly return for my future needs hands down.

Nick Muhlon

My company used alpha lifts to clean a 14 floor building and they were great. Very accommodating, always on time, and will work with you to get the job done safe and sound. The lifts they provide are state of the art and can pretty much reach any low rise building under 250 feet. I’d recommend them to anyone doing window cleaning or facade cleaning, or anything king of height access work!

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.

Justin N.

That is a fine piece of equipment! And the competent, professional group that goes along with it is just the cherry on top. I really appreciate everything. I'm sure we'll be able to use Alpha again in the future as we get these opportunities. In fact, it will only help our business knowing we have a safe, reliable solution to these over 50‘ height challenges.

Thomas Inciarte
Telecom Company Representative

Excellent team working with us, always willing to do anything for the best

The Signage Company Owner

It was a pleasure to work with Alpha Platforms, the crew was skilled and helpful, the equipment was top-notch. Our installers appreciated the security of the platform vs working off of a swing stage, it made their job easier and more efficient. From the first meeting thru to the end of the work day everything ran as smoothly as it could. We will definitely be partnering with Alpha Platforms on future projects. Thank you for your help!

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