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

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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