Graciano Corporation Takes Top Honors At 2005 Golden Trowel Awards

11/22/2005, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Graciano Corporation, one of the country’s leading architectural masonry restoration firms, was recognized for its outstanding work with a Best of Category award for masonry restoration at the 2005 Western Pennsylvania Golden Trowel Awards. Sponsored by the International Masonry Institute, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in masonry design and construction.

Graciano’s recognition results from its successful work at Two-Mellon Center, formerly known as the Union Trust Building, one of Pittsburgh’s most stunning landmarks. An imposing Flemish-Gothic style limestone structure, the building occupies a full city block and features a 65-ft. high mansard roof pitched at a 17-degree angle. Each elevation of the roof features 38 dormers of varying size positioned in three uniform tiers spreading across surfaces of the mansards.

As the masonry contractor responsible for the full scale-restoration of the building, Graciano Corporation partnered with the architectural and engineering firm of Raths, Raths and Johnson to develop a comprehensive system to stop water infiltration that had plagued the structure since its original construction in 1919. The five-year, multi-million dollar restoration effort involved repairs to both the main roof and the mansards, installation of a water diversion system and waterproofing of exterior surfaces. The assignment also included replacement of damaged terra cotta components, restoration of architectural elements, and significant repairs to the structure’s steelwork.

The assignment has attracted significant attention within the restoration industry, and was featured in the 2004 edition of Engineering News Record, as well as the August 2003 edition of Traditional Building. According to Bernard Koblinsky, an Assistant Vice President at Mellon Financial Corp., “Due to years of leakage, the 10th floor of the building had become completely unusable. The excellent work done by Graciano and Raths, Raths and Johnson has rectified that situation and we are now able to use the building’s floor space to its full potential.”

With offices in Pittsburgh and New York, Graciano Corporation, is known and respected nationwide for its expertise in historic restoration and preservation. Some of the company’s other recent local projects have included The Children’s Museum, the Fulton Building, The Cork Factory, Carnegie Museum and the Bost Building. The company has won numerous awards from the International Masonry Institute, New York Construction News, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and others.

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