The Towson University in Maryland was beginning in 2014 the construction of phases 3 and 4 of "West Village Housing", a residential project to add 700 beds to the university campus that already has more than 2,100. For this, two 9 and 11-storey buildings have been built simultaneously in order to meet the growing demand for residences on campus. These homes were scheduled to be available in summer 2016.
To meet a tight schedule, the general contractor Whiting Turner Contracting Company (Baltimore, Maryland) and masonry contractor, Banner Masonry (Gwynn Oak, MD) asked Fraco Products to prepare an offer of work platforms capable of accommodating several trades with access to the building envelope. The offer of Fraco should take into account constraints such as limited access to buildings and an incessant back and forth pedestrian and vehicle near the site.
Fraco’s solution consisted to provide 28 FRSM-20K work platforms and two SEH Series construction hoists with a capacity of 7000 lb. The SEH Series elevators were made necessary because of the impossibility of reaching certain heights with forklifts.
Considering the tight schedule and the difficult conditions of the job site, Fraco platforms were considered the best solution to allow all exterior trades to work cooperatively to complete the exterior envelope of these two buildings.