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feature Maintaining the Tradition Family-owned construction firms find success over the long term By Nick Gustav Every construction firm wants to believe that its projects are built to last, but is that true of the business itself? In Connecticut, there are many family-owned construction businesses that have stood the test of time, including Bismark Construction Co. of Milford and Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman Inc. of Branford, just to name a few. Gregory F. Raucci founded Bismark Construction in 1982 after 20 years in the construction business, having started out as a mason before becoming a project superintendent and later a vice president at DeMatteo Construction. The company started out as a concrete mason subcontractor but began to branch out in 1986 after Gregory M. Raucci joined the firm. Today, the business Gregory F. Raucci started is in good hands with his sons, Gregory M. Raucci, who serves as president, and Jeffrey Raucci, who is vice president. Bismark Construction handles more than $35 million annually in construction projects, and in 2010, it was named Construction Manager/General Contractor of the Year by the AGC of Connecticut. Gregory M. Raucci joined the firm after graduating with a degree in architecture from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and his brother studied closer to home at Central Connecticut State The Transit Garage at Harbor Yards, a project of Bismark Construction Co. Pile-driving at the GenConn Plant in Middletown, completed by Blakeslee Arpaia Chapman Inc. University. But when it comes to their business, they feel that watching their father in action was the best education. “Being that my father was involved in the field in management before he started the firm, we actually understand how to build buildings,” Gregory M. Raucci said. “We were taught how to be true builders, and with the architectural blend, we kind of think of ourselves as master builders, where we understand the whole picture. “But the best and most obvious thing that a lot of clients like about us is there’s owner involvement with each project. It’s not just a project team. We always try to have either myself or Jeff directly involved with each project, and from the tradition that my father passed on to us, our motto is that we’re only as good as our last project because that’s your best marketing tool.” Last November, Bismark Construction completed a 16-month, $35 million renovation of the Westfield Trumbull Shopping Center, where it handled the demolition, concrete, drywall, general trades, exterior insulation, and finishing system and reclaimed wood work. Shortly thereafter, Bismark was hired as construction manager for a $22 million project involving renovations and additions at Longfellow Elementary School in Bridgeport. 18 / CONNstruction / Summer 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2011

CONNstruction - Summer 2011
Restoring Craftsmanship
How Hiring Preference Laws Could Impair Quality Craftsmanship
The Disappointing Performance of the NLRB
Specialty Contractors Benefi t from AGC and Vice Versa
New Life for Old Buildings
Maintaining the Tradition
Developing the FutureDeveloping the Future
New Perils for Contractors in the ‘Greening’ of Connecticut
The Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Meeting – February 2011
Senator Richard Blumenthal at CCIA
CONNDOT Paving Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2011