by Riley McGovern and Katherine Marr
Marr Scaffolding Company’s mast climber and scaffold divisions have been involved in a range of Harvard University campus improvements this summer.
Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
The Kennedy School of Government is modernizing its campus by creating new teaching spaces, common spaces, and upgrading the courtyard. General contractor Lee Kennedy Company contracted with Marr to install three F200 Hydro Mobile mast climbers for use by multiple trades for the installation of paneling, drywall, and masonry work on the exterior perimeter of the school. Mast climbers were the ideal work platform for this project given their versatility in configuration and ability to be loaded with tools and materials on a single platform. Both single and twin units were installed by tower crane to provide easy access for all tradesmen.
In addition, Marr has designed a scaffold configuration on top of the new Winter Garden, an elevated central courtyard, that will be protected from the elements by a glass ceiling, creating a year-round indoor-outdoor area. The scaffolding will allow workers to perform masonry work and install steel paneling on the façade. Lee Kennedy Company, recognizing the optimal access the scaffold configuration has allowed the subcontractors to perform their work, has further contracted with Marr to stage the remainder of the building’s exterior façade as the project progresses.
Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School
Marr Scaffolding is working for Folan Waterproofing at Andover Hall installing sectional scaffolding to provide access for needed masonry restoration. Built in 1911, Andover Hall is Harvard’s only example of what is known as the Collegiate Gothic architectural style — a style that can challenge even the most experienced scaffold installers. Marr designed and installed 427 linear feet of sectional scaffolding ranging in height from 30 ft. to 80 ft. with multiple custom configurations built on the slate roof to access the hard-to-reach lintels. Debris netting will wrap the building’s exterior to prevent unwanted access and to protect passers-by.
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Another part of Harvard’s renovation program is the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, located on the fifth floor of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Working for Corderman & Company, Marr Scaffolding designed and installed sectional scaffolding stair towers 70 feet high to access the roof for the installation of piping and duct work associated with new mechanical systems. Systems scaffolding was erected directly on the roof for safe and versatile access to all elevated areas.
Riley McGovern is E&D / sales coordinator and Katherine Marr is communications coordinator at The Marr Companies in Boston.