Author Archives: Franco Associates

Verizon Phase II

Date: November 20, 2014 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Verizon Phase II
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Franco is pleased to be a part of the Verizon II restoration project, completed in the Fall of 2014.  This building is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, clearly visible and a high profile example of the City’s Renaissance architecture.  Our approach to restoration and the work completed by our experienced craftsman went a long way towards preserving the integrity and beauty of the building. Plans are already underway for Phase III, ensuring that the Verizon flagship building will remain a viable part of the Pittsburgh community for years to come.

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Rivers Casino

Date: August 14, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Rivers Casino
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Blending beauty with structural durability, Franco was essential in the construction of the Rivers Casino in downtown Pittsburgh.

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Heinz Field Stadium

Date: August 14, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Heinz Field Stadium
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PageVertical2The new home of the Pittsburgh Steelers is sheathed in cast stone and dolomitic limestone on the exterior façade, while the interior walls benefit from the beauty and durability of ground face concrete masonry units.

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PNC Park

Date: August 14, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on PNC Park
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The crown jewel of Pittsburgh’s North Shore development, the new home of the Pittsburgh Pirates is a masonry project unlike any other.

PNC-ParkFrom the granite base and cast stone panels at the sidewalk level, up through the rockfaced dolomitic limestone and the cast stone units, the entire exterior of the ballpark is masonry installed by Franco. The interior of the park is well-served by standard and ground face concrete masonry units, providing the durability required in a ballpark visited by millions of spectators each year.

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Point State Park Fountain

Date: August 14, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Point State Park Fountain
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Franco was the contractor responsible for many aspects of the restoration of the famous fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, PA.

point01The replacement of the bluestone paving and cobblestone pavers provide the new walking surfaces for visitors to the fountain. Within the fountain itself, a new “infinity ring” of grey and black granite creates a stunning new visual. Finally, the existing bathhouses were cleaned and restored, and the interior partitions were replaced with new glazed concrete units.

Point State Park Fountain

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Heinz Lofts

Date: August 14, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Heinz Lofts
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Located in the heart of the city, the Heinz Lofts add a sense of character and history to Pittsburgh.

heinz1Blending the restoration of original architecture with new construction, Franco enhanced the look and feel of this Pittsburgh Skyline staple.

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Allegheny County Jail

Date: March 18, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Allegheny County Jail
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This building is a well known icon along the river facing Pittsburgh’s south shore. It’s popular but modern design — and sturdy, secure facade — help to make it visibly unique. Franco is proud to have been a part of the recent renovation.

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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Date: March 12, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
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This project was a very visible one in the Pittsburgh Community and Franco was pleased to be part of it. This hospital is, without a doubt, one of the nation’s most technologically advanced, leading pediatric facilities, and all work was delivered on budget, without a schedule extension.

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Verizon Headquarters

Date: March 6, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Verizon Headquarters
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Franco repaired and replaced the reinforced concrete walls of the transformer vaults at the Verizon Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Marriott Spring Hill Suites

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Marriott Spring Hill Suites
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Face brick and cast stone elements were incorporated into the exterior façade of this hotel on the North Shore of Pittsburgh.

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Residence Inn by Marriott

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Residence Inn by Marriott
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Franco has been a major component of the hospitality industry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

MarriotSpringHill1Cast stone panels and trim, along with two colors of face brick, were installed by Franco on the exterior façade of this hotel near PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Seton Hill Performing Arts Center

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Seton Hill Performing Arts Center
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Face brick, cast stone, and granite were installed on the new theater building at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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Student Recreation Center at University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Student Recreation Center at University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown
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In keeping with its rustic campus setting, natural stone veneer was installed on the exterior and interior walls of this new facility for student health and recreation.

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Watersteps at North Shore Riverfront Park

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Watersteps at North Shore Riverfront Park
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Natural sandstone blocks and flooring, quarried in Butler, PA, were used to create this stunning water feature on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. The sandstone was arranged in a specific pattern to allow the water to flow over the blocks and also to create pools for wading. The durable sandstone paving material provides a non-slip walking surface in the pools.

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Korean War Memorial

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Korean War Memorial
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Polished black granite was used for the memorial “sundial,” the paving, and the wall panels, which provide a fitting tribute to those who served in the Korean War. The granite was engraved with slogans and maps with significance to the Korean War.

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Point Park University – Public Space

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Point Park University – Public Space
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The site of a former gas station was dramatically transformed into an outdoor gathering area for students of Point Park University.

PageVertical2Limestone arches and soffits line the perimeter of the space, while brick pavers provide the durable walking surfaces. Limestone veneered walls with stone caps and a granite water fountain are the other highlights of the space.

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CCAC K. Leroy Irvis Science Center

Date: January 23, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on CCAC K. Leroy Irvis Science Center
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Franco was faced with numerous challenges on the CCAC project, including access to the project site, which is perched high atop the ridge of Pittsburgh’s North Side. The result is a building whose exterior walls are veneered with face brick and cast stone elements, which meshes with its neighboring buildings of a prior generation.

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Fred Rogers Memorial

Date: January 15, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Fred Rogers Memorial
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The Fred Rogers Memorial, also known as the Pittsburgh Tribute to Children, was created by forming an elliptical opening in the center of an existing unused bridge pier.rogers14Franco furnished and installed the cast stone soffit and trim around the ellipse, which was a mathematical feat in itself. Additionally, Franco cleaned and restored the existing stone bridge pier and installed new sandstone to match the existing at the base of the monument along the river below.

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Bakery Square

Date: January 15, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Bakery Square
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The centerpiece of one of Pittsburgh’s most developing areas, the Bakery Square project consisted of the renovation of a former bakery building into luxury apartments. The existing bakery building was a masonry structure of the highest order, but it had fallen into disrepair.

PageVertical2The existing bakery building was a masonry structure of the highest order, but it had fallen into disrepair. Franco was responsible for cleaning and repointing the façade, rebuilding the structural masonry piers, and replicating the existing exterior components with new cast stone and granite, creating one of the most desirable new addresses in Pittsburgh.

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Delmonte Center

Date: January 15, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Delmonte Center
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One of Pittsburgh largest office complexes, Franco installed the brick and cast stone on this building on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The building also houses several restaurants on the first level, demonstrating the versatility of the masonry façade for business as well as pleasure.

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Flight 93 Memorial

Date: January 15, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Flight 93 Memorial
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Located in Shanksville, PA, the Flight 93 Memorial pays tribute to those on the flight on September 11, 2001.

PageVertical1_Flight93Franco was honored and humbled to have installed the marble tribute walls, the granite knee wall and pavers, and the precast concrete benches and other precast concrete elements of the project.

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Consol Energy Center

Date: January 15, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on Consol Energy Center
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The new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins has a brick façade with cast stone sills and other elements that were all installed by Franco.

PageVertical_ConsolEnergyCenterAt the interior, masonry walls create the corridors and other walls required for a new multi-purpose facility that will provide Pittsburghers and visitors for years to come.

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UPMC East

Date: January 15, 2013 | Franco Associates | Gallery | Comments Off on UPMC East
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Franco installed the face brick veneer, air vapor barrier, concrete masonry units, and stone trim at the new UPMC hospital facility in Monroeville, PA.

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