Project Manager Dave Sinclair said Graciano handled the museum building with special care. Architect’s guidelines were followed precisely, many samples were required, and because the structure is made of marble, a stone that is somewhat soft, great care was taken not to harm it, especially during cutting and pointing.
Von Ryan noted the particular challenges of restoring a museum building. “You have to be as delicate as possible with the materials—not to damage or over-clean the stone and to protect the bronze work. It’s also crucial to make the exterior walls as airtight as possible and to monitor the galleries to guard against water infiltration: there are valuable works of art behind those walls.”
“The importance of aesthetics is even greater in restoring a museum, where people who work and visit are more attuned to aesthetics and attentive to details,” added von Ryan. “In museum projects, you’re dealing with a very enlightened group of people, who also appreciate the age value of a building. A good working relationship is also crucial. Vitetta and Graciano both worked in lockstep with me in terms of design and in handling any concerns that arose.”
Graciano Corporation is known and respected nationwide for its expertise in historic preservation. Some of the company’s projects have included the Queensboro Bridge, Rockefeller Center, Shea Stadium, Almas Temple and MetLife Tower. The company has won awards from the International Masonry Institute, New York Construction News, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and others.