We've heard the story before when meeting a mason: "My father was a mason, I am a mason"—it seems all too familiar to have a family owned business with a long pedigree of hard working masons. Anticipating my next Meet the Mason Spotlight, I wondered how this interview would go. To my delight, meeting this father/son duo, Paul L Cantarella and Paul Junior, was more than just the average meet and greet interview. Their energy was exciting and inviting, and they were reminiscent of how they got where they are today—it felt like we were sitting at the kitchen table swapping stories of the good old days, even though this was my first time there.
Building a family name you can trust isn't just a tag line, it is a way of life for the Cantarellas. It all started in 1934 when John L Cantarella and Bill Santazica came together to form C&S Company. John, a mason, and Bill, a tile setter, set out to perform the masonry details in the Pittsfield Massachusetts area focusing on residential work along with some commercial work. This was just the beginning.
A Company Built On Integrity, Strength and Quality
Written by: Amanda Bedian
Allegrone: Al – a – Grone - E - They’re a staple to the masonry restoration and preservation construction community with a timeline stretching as far back as 1921. The Allegrone family business is in its fourth generation and has grown immensely from the roots they planted almost 100 years ago. A company built as strong as the masonry materials they represent, Louis C. Allegrone developed a company built on integrity, strength, and quality. With hard work and determination, Allegrone’s original focus on restoration construction in Massachusetts has grown to cover New York and Pennsylvania as well. Territory is not grown that much by pure luck, it’s the reputation and quality Allegrone delivers that allows them to be a powerhouse in masonry restoration and preservation.
Beginning as a restoration mason contractor, Allegone branched off into several divisions all falling under the same umbrella. Still family owned and operated, they had a vision and a plan that has not failed and only encourages growth and stability in the construction community. When they decided to bring on Michael Mucci to run the masonry division after Louis C. Allegrone retired, they were taking a chance. Mucci was not family and had very big shoes to fill. Now President of Masonry Construction, Mucci had to earn this position and has proven to be an asset to the family name. He has been a part of the Allegrone team for 13 years, beginning as a General Manager, and is highly qualified with a Civil Engineer degree and Master’s in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute allowing him to understand both sides of the fence: construction and how to properly run a business.
When Michael decided to expand the masonry restoration and preservation division into the growing market of exterior envelope projects, it opened many doors. A project Michael and the Allegrone masonry team is very proud of is the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York. A project that encompassed what exterior envelope projects are all about: waterproofing, window replacement and repair, roof repairs, and complete exterior encapsulation. They knew they had a big task ahead of them, but one they were prepared for. The project was completed in a one-and-a-half-year time period with many obstacles to face, but Allegrone came out on time and with a very happy client, the U.S National Park Service.
The rule went into effect for the construction industry on Sept. 23, 2017, but OSHA delayed full enforcement by a month to Oct. 23, 2017, giving employers more time to comply and the agency more time to develop detailed enforcement guidelines. The deadline for laboratory evaluation of exposure samples started on June 23, 2018.
SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: State Tower Building - Syracuse, New York Wins Gold at ACI Design & Installation Awards
Written by: Amanda Bedian
Architecture firm Thompson and Churchill had a vision when they designed the State Tower Building back in 1928. State Tower stands as the tallest building at 312 feet and 23 stories in the City of Syracuse. Ninety years later Lupini Construction had the task of preserving the essence of this nationally recognized historic building and bringing it back to life.
The bones of the building consist of steel framing with a limestone, brick and terra-cotta façade. Over the years the building wasn’t properly maintained to preserve the integrity of the building causing damage throughout the exterior. When Pioneer Companies purchased the building in 2016, they were determined to rescue the building and transform the structure back to its original splendor. With the design direction of Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates, the structural expertise and knowledge from Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt and the masonry craftsmanship delivered by Lupini Construction the project came to life and was finished under a very tight schedule.
Having worked decades for himself, Andrew Sciocchetti, Sr. was not only looking to build a future for his family, but a legacy in which his Business could expand. At the age of 18, Andrew Sciocchetti, Jr. decided to pursue a career with his Father and AJS Masonry, Inc. was born in 1988. Established as a two-man crew, Father and Son, they worked towards the American Dream of building a business. Thirty years later, Andy Sciocchetti, Jr. is still in the driver seat, having taken the company from two employees, to an office team of 6 plus dozens of craft workers in the field self-performing Masonry, Concrete, and Masonry Restoration on virtually any notable project in and around the Capital Region.
A COMPANY FORMED ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF INTEGRITY, QUALITY AND PRIDE.
Written by: Amanda Bedian
Many stories begin with a family business idea—some find the gumption to act on these ideas, while others stray because they fear the unknown, The Casler Family exudes qualities of the former and has created a business without hesitation.
The year was 1975. Harold J. Casler, having followed in his father in-law Joseph O’Connor’s footsteps, Harold had already reached a twenty-year milestone as member of the local Bricklayers and Allied Craftworks Union based out of Auburn, New York. Being a master of the trade did not end with Harold. Two of his sons, Michael and Matthew Casler, each with tenured experience under their belts, like their father, were members of the local Bricklayers and Allied Craftworks Union. With over 30 years of combined experience, these three men
CONCRETE MASONRY PROVIDES SOLUTION FOR SOUND BARRIER
Original article from NCMA eNews
You often see noise barriers or sound barriers (as referenced in other parts of the country) that line busy roadways constructed from precast concrete panels or tilt-up concrete walls. However, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) required something completely different for this stretch of Route 167 in the corridor between Tacoma and Seattle.
This nearly two-mile-long sound barrier is constructed of concrete masonry units (CMU), something that Jim Reynolds, the general manager and safety director of out of Marysville, Washington, hasn’t seen constructed for at least 20 years on the west side of the Cascades.
A new study finds that forests are key to reducing the state’s climate impacts.
A study from Oregon State University has found that logging and wood products are the biggest source of carbon dioxide in Oregon. The wood products sector generated about 1.5 times more CO2 emissions than the transportation and energy sectors.
In order to develop buildings and historic structures, Cardiff scientists are exploiting the unique properties of bacteria to help develop a self-healing masonry. The system can be simply applied to building stone and masonry to give it self-healing properties.
Two persons were still unaccounted for Wednesday in a mid-afternoon Denver construction site fire that completely destroyed an apartment building under construction. Construction workers were also injured "jumping off the second and third floors" and others were injured "trying to catch them." One firefighter was also being treated for minor burns, said Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley.
The blaze Pixley called "catastrophic and dangerous" set an adjacent building on fire, and floating embers ignited the rooftops of six other adjacent structures, Pixley said. Several construction vehicles and about 30 cars caught fire in the parking lot and three fire engines were damaged by the heat. Around 100 firefighters helped to fight the inferno.
Construction workers who spoke to Pixley said they first saw the flames on the third floor around 12:09 p.m. The fire took about 120 minutes to become "under control."
AFTER LONDON TOWER FIRE, GROUP DEVELOPS RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL
From NCMA's eNews
Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly-clad buildings around the world, a The National Association of State Fire Marshalls Research Foundation has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer.
Softwood lumber prices closed out the year at or near record highs in most areas of the country — making the average Random Lengths Composite Price for 2017 the highest in 20 years.
“Prices surged early in the year due to the arbitrary tariffs levied on softwood lumber imports from Canada, which impacted roughly one-third of U.S. supply,” said David Logan, NAHB’s tax policy analyst who continually monitors the pulse of building materials prices.
Timber buildings are growing in popularity, but are they safe?
Builders in Oregon will break ground early next year on this country's tallest building made primarily of wood. The 12-story, 60-unit apartment complex in Portland called Framework is part of a national boom in wood construction, but some fire experts are raising alarms about the safety of these structures.
For a century, there was no safe alternative to concrete and steel but now some architects are turning to compressed wood for its surprising strength and beauty, reports CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil.
The Latest: 7 treated for smoke after senior facility fire
In this Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 photo, residents are evacuated from the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community during a fire in West Chester, Pa. At least 20 people were injured in the massive fire at the senior living community about 35 miles west of Philadelphia. (Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania: (all times local):
A Pennsylvania mayor says there are still some people missing after a massive fire at a senior living center injured nearly 30 people.
West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley said Friday that it's unclear how many people are unaccounted for in the late-night blaze at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community.
He says there aren't any confirmed fatalities.
An emergency management official says that much of the scene is too unstable for investigators to enter.
The fire was brought under control around 1:30 a.m. Friday and firefighters are still dousing smoldering hotspots.
Many neighbors helped with the rescue effort, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys.