Can-Do Attitude Earns a Place in NNYB History

Casabella Contracting Pres. Marcela Pignataro at barracks demolition Friday/© Janie Rosman

Casabella Contracting Pres. Marcela Pignataro at barracks demolition Friday/© Janie Rosman

Monday was clean up after last week’s demolition, a highlight for Marcela Pignataro. Last June Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) awarded her company, Casabella Contracting of NY, Inc., a first tier contract.

“This is the largest job we’ve done on the (bridge) project,” Pignataro said. Their first job was tearing down trailers, then itemizing and relocating a trailer that was near Thruway Exit 12 in West Nyack.

She determined to realize the dream she had several years ago and told to her husband Frank.

Today her Croton-on-Hudson-based company is a certified Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) with between 20 and 35 employees — depending upon the season — 12 to 15 vehicles and environmentally friendly equipment. Projects include work for the Rockland Psychiatric Center, Camp Smith in Peekskill; the state Department of Environmental Conservation contracted with her to clean the area around the Croton Reservoir after Hurricane Sandy.

Friday’s demolition required taking down the building and then separating the steel, concrete and wood. “We try to recycle as much as possible,” she said.

Her slogan is “Girls Can’t Do What?”/© Janie Rosman 2015

Her slogan is “Girls Can’t Do What?”/© Janie Rosman 2015

Her slogan is “Girls Can’t Do What?”/© Janie Rosman 2015
The daughter of a mason, Pignataro grew up in the construction field surrounded by equipment and trucks. “It was a matter of time before I dug holes in the dirt,” she joked and admitted to picking up TONKA and Excavator toys before Barbie Dolls.

She and her husband have a 7-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy, and both are also interested in construction.

Pignataro’s attitude led to the “Girls Can’t Do What?” slogan. “I grew up with two brothers and one sister, and my cousins are boys,” Pigantaro said. “What they can do, I can do.”

Perseverance and determination led to contracts with TZC. “I love working on this (bridge) project and look forward to seeing where we can go with it,” she said about bids she submitted. “TZC is a great company to work for.”

Within the next few months the maintenance facility will be razed.
“We all work together as a team and have to wait for the other contractors — electricians, asbestos removal, etc. — before the rest of the building can be taken down,” she said.

Last month TZC was recognized for MWDBE contract opportunities on the bridge project. Spokeswoman Carla Julian accepted an award on behalf of the bridge design-builder at the NY Women Builders Council’s (WBC’s) 11th Annual Champion Awards Dinner at New York City’s Gotham Hall.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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