Graciano Awarded 2000 BAC Craft Award

8/01/2000

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) has awarded Graciano Corporation the 2000 BAC Craft Award for Best Restoration Project for its exceptional work in the restoration of New York City’s Queensboro Bridge.

Graciano received this recognition despite some very tough competition. According to BAC Executive Board President John J. Flynn, “The response to our 2000 program was unprecedented in terms of both the volume and quality of the submissions received.”

The Queensboro Bridge project included what is considered to be the first-ever rebuilding of Guastavino vaults and one of the largest terra cotta repair and restoration projects in the world.

As masonry contractor, Graciano played a key role in restoring this historic landmark, after more than a half a century of neglect, to its original use as a public marketplace—the now-thriving Bridgemarket. At over 98,000 square feet, it is now home to several shops and a restaurant.

In announcing the award to Flynn said, “I congratulate you on your invaluable contribution to this impressive effort. Projects of this caliber would not be possible without the close collaboration of building professional and skilled union masonry craftworkers.”

Since 1988, the BAC Craft Awards program has recognized local unions, union craftworkers, union contractors and building professionals for excellence in masonry construction, and for outstanding union and community service.