Reimagining Public Space
We are Urban Umbrella
Urban Umbrella remains the designer, patent holder, and fabricator of the only alternative to traditional sidewalk scaffolding approved by the New York City Department of Buildings. While we are New York City-based, our partnerships allow us to provide our services in any North American city at a moment's notice.
We are currently operational in ten markets across the United States and Canada. Over the last seven years, we have completed 275+ jobs with the world’s top developers, property owners, property managers, and brands.
Past and present installs.
Eight Product Categories
For the built environment
A safer, better approach
Revolutionary and elegantly designed, Urban Umbrella was engineered to protect sidewalks from falling construction debris. Made of high-strength, recycled steel, and translucent plastic panels, the modern structure is resilient. We fabricate all of our products in-house with steel superior to anything on the current scaffolding market. Made from both chemical and mechanical properties, the material is commonly produced to be used in the construction of storage tanks, bridges, buildings, and other related structural uses.
The Comparison is Clear
1. Structural Integrity
Urban Umbrella qualifies as a New York City Heavy Duty Shed, with a capacity to sustain a 300psf impact load. It can support pipe scaffolding, is suitable for demolition work, complies with Local Law 11 regulations, and is appropriate for both new development and facade restoration / maintenance.
2. Patented Roofing System
Urban Umbrella’s 300 PSF heavy-duty, patented, translucent structural roofing system allows natural daylight to be distributed evenly over the course of the day. Designed and tested for the most extreme environments and applications, the panels exhibit the highest performance of any engineered resin. The roof is contractor-friendly, slip-free, and balanced for working and pipe-scaffolding support.
3. LED Lighting
Patented LED lighting fixtures create a safer sidewalk, deter homeless, and promote ground floor retailers. Each Urban Umbrella comes with the choice for custom designed lighting. Choose your shape and the color.
Urban Umbrella’s steel and column legs are much stronger than traditional sidewalk sheds which allow for the elimination of any cross-bracing. Urban Umbrella is designed to keep businesses open and create a cleaner and more open environment for pedestrians.
Our perforated parapet complies with engineering wind-load requirements while also allowing for signage to be displayed.
Adjustable height. Each Urban Umbrella is adjustable in height from 12' to 16'. The system can be adjusted on the fly to avoid sidewalk obstacles and awnings.