Graciano Corporation Assumes Key Role In Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant Restoration And Expansion — New York Estate Journal

10/11/2004, New York, New York

Graciano Corporation, one of the country’s leading architectural restoration organizations, has been named the masonry subcontractor on the Bowery Bay DEP Facility Upgrade, being undertaken by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the owner of the facility. New York City’s Bower Bay facility is located in Astoria – just off the shore of Manhattan. The $150 million project entails the construction of several new structures, as well as restoration of exterior and interior surfaces on existing buildings that were constructed in the 1930s to house wastewater treatment operations.

Approximately $7.5 million of the total project budget is dedicated to new building construction, and $1.4 million is earmarked for restoration initiatives. New structures include housings for two electrical substations and a froth-control building. Additions to existing buildings include a new boiler house facility and a residual handling building. All structures will feature masonry construction. The project is scheduled for completion fall of 2006.

As masonry contractor on the Bowery Bay job, Graciano’s responsibilities will include general masonry restoration and repair, extensive reconstruction of parapets, resetting of coping materials, and replacement of several three-story high windows that were installed when the buildings were built nearly 70 years ago. The assignment will also include the installation of pre-cast lintels – including complex circular lintels that will border several sets of round louvers — and replacement of damaged structural glazed facing tiles that line the interior of the buildings.

The project has been designed and is being managed by Hazen and Sawyer, design engineers. The construction management is being handled through a joint venture formed between the engineering firms of Frontier-Kemper Constructors, Inc., Durr Mechanical Construction and Perini Corporation.

“This project provides us with a number of unique challenges,” remarked Larry Tielsch, Graciano’s site manager on the job. “There is a great deal of cleaning and repair that needs to be done on the existing structures, and particular attention needs to be focused on matching up bond patterns, as well as colors and textures. In addition, we are responsible for all masonry work on the new buildings, and are charged with coordinating the appearance of the new materials with the existing structures.”

Bill Volmer, project leader for Frontier-Kemper, was pleased with the selection of Graciano for the assignment. “Graciano has an excellent reputation in the areas of masonry restoration and construction. Their exceptional experience will undoubtedly be an asset on this project.”

The Bowery Bay assignment is one of many projects Graciano has undertaken in the New York metropolitan area over the past twenty years. “We have had the privilege of completing award winning work on many of New York’s most beloved structures,” commented Glenn Foglio, President of Graciano Corp. “This project is a critical one for the citizens of New York City — all of whom depend on reliable wastewater services on a daily basis. We are pleased to partner with the firms comprising the joint venture, and look forward to providing exceptional results.”

With headquarters in Pittsburgh and offices in New York, New Jersey and Ohio, Graciano Corporation, is recognized nationwide for its expertise in historic restoration and preservation. Other company projects have included restoration assignments on the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the MetLife Building, Rockefeller Center and the Waldorf-Astoria. The company has been recognized by New York Construction, and its work has been highlighted by the International Masonry Institute, the International Union of Bricklayers and the Allied Craftworkers.

Contact: Glenn Foglio, President, Graciano Corporation 412-963-8400.

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