"Urban Umbrella is a perfect combination of design elegance and construction safety."

Robert LiMandri

Former Commissioner, NY DOB

Our Philosophy

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.
 

Our Clients

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

Ben krall

Founder & CEO

Melissa Schwartz

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew Grainer

Director of Finance

Aram Muraydan,Esq

General Counsel

Grahm Barnard

Product & Design

Paul DeFeo

Engineering & Product

Leanne Iverson

Senior Project Manager

John Joyce

Project Manager & Field Supervisor

Nicole Jodoin

Project Manager

Stephanie Katona

Chief of Staff

Spencer Beattie

Product & Field

Erin Leonard

Controller, CPA

Jason Singleton

Field Ops & Quality Control

Luis Reyes

Field Ops & Quality Control

David Dick

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?”

Ignacio Mattos
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.” 

Brian Vickers
Board Member, 92 Greene Street 

Our People

Trusted by the best. 

We take great care to ensure a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Our team is plugged in to the latest trends and constantly thinking how to apply them to the benefit of our clients. 

"It's been an absolute pleasure working with the Urban Umbrella team. The scaffolding looks great and everyone has been incredibly easy to work with. I would highly recommend Urban Umbrella to anyone who is interested in scaffolding!"

Director of Facilities

 Avenues School

“Urban Umbrella’s solution was perfect for 101 Park Avenue. It provided attractive and effective protection for the property as we undertook our work. Many tenants and visitors commented very positively on the outstanding appearance of the product. Ben and his team worked professionally and collaboratively with my staff to ensure all schedules were met. I highly recommend the company.”

Peter Kalikow

 101 Park