About the Company

Our Story

Our Philosophy

Beauty. Safety.

Traditional scaffolding is based on antiquated engineering standards and made with low quality materials. The first new design on the market in 50+ years, Urban Umbrella has undergone the most rigorous testing standards and brings the most innovative practices to the industry. Safety is our number one concern; our clients never have to question the quality or integrity of our structures.  

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

– Robert LiMandri, Former Commissioner, NY DOB

“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 History

It's not scaffolding, it's urban design

In 2011, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri proclaimed Urban Umbrella the new exemplar of scaffolding for NYC after it beat out 260+ contestants to win an international design competition. Since then, we have advanced the product and the company through a commitment to innovation and high-touch service.