In the Fall of 2012, a scaffolding company contacted Haight Davis & Associates, Inc. with an odd request. During the renovation of the North Atlanta High School, the scaffold company needed to provide a system for workers to reach up and under a section of the building extending over a pond. Workers needed to access the soffit area, measuring about 150 feet by 50 feet, in order to remove and replace materials.
Engineers from HDA designed a floating scaffold system that fit up and under the building. The scaffolding was designed to rest on a series of interconnected floating docks which were fastened together to form a platform. A network of small 6’x10′ pontoons, properly positioned to evenly distribute the load, buoyed the weight of the entire scaffold. Once the metal support structure was constructed, the working deck surface and guardrails were added, rendering the scaffold system ready for use.