"Urban Umbrella is a perfect combination of design elegance and construction safety."
Former Commissioner, NY DOB
It's not scaffolding, it's urban design
For over 50 years, there had been just one option for city scaffolding, and there's no denying a need for a better option.
The dark narrow debris-filled boxes ubiquitous across cities, have driven away pedestrians, customers and retail tenants for too long. They are a strain on communities and do not reflect the progress construction embodies.
Honoring the rich culture of cities, world-class architecture, and brilliant urban design, we envisioned a product that would seamlessly blend in, even complement a city's appeal. Our sidewalk sheds would attract pedestrians, helping keep businesses alive during construction while adhering to the highest safety standards.
In 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DOB's Commissioner Robert LiMandri unveiled Urban Umbrella as the winning design in a NYC-sponsored competition.
Our architects and engineers worked tirelessly to create a safe, modern, harmonious structure worthy of the city. And an esteemed jury of industry professionals and policy-makers praised its sustainable characteristics, increased safety elements, and, of course, beauty.
The unique design resembled a gracefully unfurling Umbrella. And thus, Urban Umbrella was born.
We officially launched the DOB approved Urban Umbrella in 2016 with the first design substitute for traditional scaffolding in over 50 years.
Our scaffolding comprises recycled steel, translucent plastic panels, and LED lighting, combining a highway bridge's strength with artful elegance.
High-touch service and collaboration.
Urban Umbrella has transformed scaffolding from an eyesore to an elegant thing of beauty. But perhaps the most significant change is our white glove customer experience.
Whether our marketing team is collaborating on a brand experience or a project manager is on-site to answer questions and keep the job running smoothly, our clients are our highest priority. That's why we're quickly becoming the product of choice for developers, building owners, and general contractors in NYC and Toronto. We're proud to count The Plaza Hotel, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Arts and Design, and Trader Joe's among our many happy clients.
"We just removed the Urban Umbrella that was installed over the last seven months, we were delighted with the entire process. The structure enhanced the entire plaza immensely.
Greystar Property Management
Founder & CEO
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Finance
Product & Design
Engineering & Product
Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Field Supervisor
Chief of Staff
Product & Field
Field Ops & Quality Control
Field Ops & Quality Control
Head of Fabrication
Board & Advisors
Our team is bolstered by a dedicated board and advisory committee. Their experience spans multiple disciplines, benefitting our product, operations, and the value we deliver our clients.
“Urban Umbrella allowed us to keep our outdoor restaurant seating open during construction, otherwise who is eating dinner under traditional scaffolding?”
Chef and Owner of Café Altro Paradiso
“Without the use of Urban Umbrella at my Soho ground retail space, I would not have filled the vacant tenant as quickly as I did. Urban Umbrella saved me six figures. All my tenants appreciated the exposure it gave to their brand.”
Global Property Holdings LLC
237 Lafayette Street, NYC
“Ben and the Urban team were professional, efficient and gave us the white glove service we expected. The Urban team responds to emails within 20 minutes, always puts the client first and went above and beyond to make the installation a great experience for the Board, the tenants and most importantly, the ground-floor retailers. We would not be happier with the product and will fully support the use of Urban Umbrella throughout the Soho neighborhood.”
Board Member, 92 Greene Street
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