Graciano Corp., a leading national historic and masonry restoration firm, with headquarters in Pittsburgh, announced that is it has been awarded restoration on Penn Avenue Place (formerly Joseph Hornes Department Store). Graciano was awarded the cornice restoration, which is a two-phase approach. The first phase is Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street on the lower cornice, with an estimated completion date of October 2016. The second phase will be the higher cornice on Stanwix Street and the Fort Duquesne Blvd., with a completion date that is weather-dependent. The project consists of over 700 linear feet of cornice restoration and replacement. Work performed will be the removal of the old tin cornice and replacing with an exact profile with new Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP), brick replacement and repairs, removal, replacing of structural steel bracket repairs that hold the cornice, roof framing (wood) replacement at cornice, as well as cleaning and pointing the terra cotta frieze below the cornice. The project will be accessed from steel scaffolding completing surrounding the façade.
Other notable projects this year include the City County Building on the Grant Street elevation. Graciano will clean the granite façade, tuck point deteriorated mortar joints and minor granite repairs. They also have performed concrete repairs on the Pittsburgh city swimming pools.
Celebrating 100 years in business in 2016, with offices in Pittsburgh, New York city and New Jersey, Graciano Corporation is known and respected nationwide for its expertise in historic restoration and preservation and masonry restoration. Some of the company’s other projects include the Cork Factory and Union Trust in Pittsburgh, Children’s Museum and in New York, the Waldorf Astoria, Queensboro Bridge, the Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station, and MetLife. The company has earned awards from the International Masonry Institute, New York Construction News, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and many other authoritative sources.