Times Union

By Kevinne Moran

Times-Union Money staff

One man laid a floor, another installed a ceiling and a third built a teepee-shaped cone on top of a roof. But these were no ordinary floors, ceilings or cones.

Michael Czybara's octagon-shaped ceiling can be viewed in the main lobby of the University of Rochester's Dewey Hall.

Salvaltore Scarlata's tile floor spans 12,000 square feet inside Rochester Institute of Technology's City Center downtown.

Glen Sutterby's steel cone sits atop the Splitter Building at Rochester Gas and Electric Corp.'s Russell Station on Beach Avenue.

Their tasks were part of several multi-million dollar construction projects completed during the past year in Rochester.

And though their jobs were quite different, the three men share one quality: "exceptional craftsmanship." as judged by the Building Exchange, an association of building contractors and companies in related industries.

The three men will be given this year's Craftsmanship Awards at the exchange's 93rd anniversary dinner tonight at the Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford.

Each man will receive a certificate and a $100 U.S. savings bond honoring his work.

In the past 24 years, the exchange has presented 109 craftsmanship awards, as few as two as many as 11 in one year.

For the first time in the history of the awards, the general contractor on all three award-winning projects was the same: John B. Pike and Sons Inc. The craftsmen, however, work for different sub-contractors.

Seventeen craftsmen were nominated for awards this year. A committee that included two architects, one engineer and three contractor representatives made the selections.

Members of the award selection committee this year were: Ronald Sattleberg, chairman, Sattleberg Partnership; Michael Doran of Giroux, Doran, & Low; Jack Klein of Harman and Klein Consulting Engineers; John Pilato Sr. of John B. Pike and Sons, Inc., and Anthony Lombard of A.V. Lombard, Inc.


Salvatore Scarlata, a Rochester tile setter, spent 10 weeks on his hands and knees laying down most of the glazed structural stone pavers that cover 12,000 square feet of the atrium and corridor floors in Rochester Institute of Technology's City Center downtown. The pavers are special non-skid floor tiles that are irregular in shape and texture.

"The nature of the material and the irregular shape of the building," is what made this job particularly difficult, Scarlata said. "The hardest part was lining everything up so it would come out looking beautiful." Scarlata was in charge of a five-man crew. "We started in one corner of the building and worked our way to the opposite side of the room and then back again."

One day, Scarlata recalls, he was working on the floor near the elevator. About 20 people got stuck inside between the first and second floors. "I tried to tell them to wait and I would get them out, but they did not wait. Someone got the door open and they panicked and ran right across my floor. I had to spend another five or six hours on my hands and knees putting the tiles back together."


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