Larry Sitbon is awarded “The M Award” given to a professional who has exemplified the basic tenets and principles of mentoring, diversity and inclusion in his work within the construction industry.

Mary Blando is awarded “WBC’s 2017 Outstanding Women in the Building Industry Award”.

Julianna Piazzola and Danielle Arcuri are awarded “WBC’s 2017 Next Generation of Women Builders Award”.

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2016 Brick In Architecture Awards Competition Announcement to Winners

Best in Class Award IS-230

Project Information

Information Contents
Award: Best in Class
Sub-Category: Education – K-12
Entry Name: Intermediate School 230Q Annex
Project City: Queens
Project State: New York
General Project Overview: Intermediate School 230Q Annex is a four-story which will relieve overcrowding in the existing middle school located across the street by accommodating 432 middle-school students. The Annex also has a special education classroom, reading resource room, two science lab demo classrooms with lab prep rooms, an art classroom, exercise room, a library, kitchen, administrative offices, and other support spaces. The steel-framed and concrete slab structure with a brick and block vented cavity wall exterior is a common construction type for new freestanding schools in New York City. What makes the Annex unique is the contextually appropriate decorative use of new clay brick. The project site is located within the Jackson Heights New York State Historic District in Queens and the local built environment inspired the brick detailing for the Annex. An additional lot nearby was secured by the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) for a new play yard. Design features include walls with decorative piers using brick matching the nearby Annex and wrought iron fencing. The school also conforms to the requirements of the (SCA) Green Schools Guide for design, construction and operation.
Green Building: The school conforms to the requirements of the NYC School Construction Authority’s Green Schools Guide for design, construction and operation. Masonry Units added to the Recycled and Regionally Extracted Materials credit narrative.
Architect Firm Name: John Ciardullo, P.C.
Builder Name: Citnalta Construction Corp.
Brick Manufacturer Name: Watsontown Brick Manufacturer
Brick Manufacturer Name: Redland Brick Inc.
Brick Distributor Name: Belden Tri-State Building Materials
Photographer Name: Anna-Marie Kellen

By Alfonso Castillo

An artist rendering of the new Hicksville LIRR station. Photo Credit: AECOM

The MTA has finalized a $57 million deal that it says will shave more than a year off of its planned overhaul of its busiest LIRR station on Long Island — Hicksville.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board last week unanimously approved the $56.7 million contract to the joint venture of Railroad Construction Company/Citnalta to rehabilitate the 55-year old station.

The work will include installing new platforms, canopy roofs, drainage systems, platform waiting rooms, staircases, escalators, lighting, and signs. The work is part of a larger $120 million effort at the station that will include the construction of more than 3,000 feet of new track to connect to a nearby train storage area.

Although initially slated to take nearly three years, the LIRR said, by taking one track and platform out of service for most of the summer of 2017, it expects to be able to finish the work in 22 months.

“Hicksville station is the LIRR’s third busiest station — topped only by Penn and Jamaica — and it’s a key transfer point for customers on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. “To have such an important transportation hub encumbered by construction for three years was out of the question.”

Work on the project is expected to begin in July.

Citnalta Construction Corp.

Award accepted by Michael Gargiulo, President

Since 1973, Citnalta Construction Corp. has completed numerous projects involving preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and structures throughout New York City. In addition, Citnalta has a history of completing historic transit structures and stations for the MTA. As President of Citnalta Construction Corp., Michael Gargiulo, together with his partner Larry Sitbon and Citnalta’s entire leadership team, brings Citnalta’s core values of integrity, hard work, passion and professionalism to every project. Citnalta is also committed to diversity in the construction industry and prides itself on working with both the MTA and NY City School Construction Authority on their mentor programs that seek to enlarge the pool of qualified MWBEs capable of bidding on each agency’s projects.


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The $88 million Harlem RBI DREAM charter school, which kicked off classes in August, is the first major new school building to open in the neighborhood in three decades.

Yankee star Mark Teixeira will join Harlem RBI founder Rich Berlin, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and others Thursday for the official opening of an $84 million charter school and affordable housing development project in East Harlem.

The DREAM charter school, which kicked off classes in August, is the first major school building to open in the neighborhood in three decades, said Berlin, whose organization operates the school.

Slugger Teixeira pledged $1 million to the undertaking.