Safway Featured in 'Scaling Washington' Exhibit at National Building Museum

Photographs by Colin Winterbottom Highlight Scaffold and Access Solutions

WAUKESHA, Wis. – The National Building Museum is presenting an exhibit of photographs by Colin Winterbottom, documenting post-earthquake repairs on two of the nation's most recognizable architectural icons — the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral. The exhibition, entitled "Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom," prominently features the remarkable custom access techniques provided by Safway Services among approximately 100 large-format color, black and white, and sepia-toned images. Safway is a leading provider of scaffold, access and industrial service solutions. The exhibition, which combines Winterbottom's inspired, atmospheric imagery with finely textured documentary photographs, transforms "scaffolding from an industrial eyesore into a geometrically complex set of rhythms that accentuate the architecture."

Safway designed and engineered the award-winning access and scaffold solutions for the National Cathedral, which allowed the facility to remain open for worship, tours and other daily activities throughout the two-year interior phase of the project. By using a HAKI® truss product, which can span as much as 45 feet across, masonry repairs could take place more than 80 feet above the floor, while pews and other public areas below remained in use. Rolling scaffolds were erected on the elevated platforms to provide access to all areas of the curved ceiling and stained glass windows.

Providing access to the area above the "crossing" of the church, where the nave and great choir intersect the transepts was also challenging. There was no ledge on which to rest anything, and the cathedral's leadership insisted that no support equipment be placed on the church floor in this area. By using QuikDeck®, a modular, rigid suspended access system, Safway was able to meet the specified requirements, while delivering a highly efficient and safe access solution.

Scaling Washington marks Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition and will remain on view through January 3, 2016. The exhibit is made possible by generous support from DAVIS Construction; Grunley Construction Company, Inc.; Universal Builders Supply Inc.; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; Holland Knight LLP; Safway Services, LLC; Lorton Stone, LLC; and the Director's Exhibition Fund.

About the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is America's leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. For more information, visit

About Colin Winterbottom

As sole photographer for restoration efforts at the Washington Monument and National Cathedral, Winterbottom has sought to blend his artistic expressions with the responsibility to document work processes, and to make photographs that share his unusual access to remarkable, fleeting vantage points with the many others who admire remarkable architecture. More information can be found at

About Safway Group

With more than 95 locations in the U.S. and Canada and a growing system of distributors worldwide, Safway Group companies deliver efficient, high-performance multiservice solutions – THE SMART WAY™ – by collaborating, communicating and sharing resources. Offering experience and expertise in access, scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing, surface preparation and coatings, Safway Group companies include CL Coatings; Industrial Coatings Fireproofing (ICF); Redi Solutions; Safway Atlantic; Safway Services; Safway Services Canada; S&E Bridge & Scaffold; and Swing Staging. With the largest engineering staff, an exclusive project management system, award-winning safety excellence and a full line of products and services, Safway Group companies design and implement innovative, quality solutions at the lowest installed cost for projects of any size and scope. Safway has been an industry leader since 1936. Safway Group companies serve the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, refining, marine, manufacturing, transportation and commercial construction industries worldwide. For more information about Safway Group's services and capabilities, visit:

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