Galileo Masonry Ltd. co-ordinates St. John’s Hampton Inn masonry work

Galileo Masonry

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Galileo Masonry Ltd. specializes in commercial, industrial, low and high rise buildings and residential masonry work.

The company’s tradespeople are capable with block, natural, cultured or handmade stone, concrete block and all types of brick veneer, a bonus in Newfoundland where brick is a preferred material to protect against harsh weather. The company also has extensive restoration experience.

President Fernando Goncalves says his company performed all masonry work on the Hampton Inn project, including the exterior veneers and cement block walls.

“St. John’s is a very windy and rainy city,” he says. “It was difficult to perform work with a constant pace throughout the project. We had to adapt and work at a higher pace and put more hours in to it when the conditions let us.”

Goncalves says his team completed the work ahead of schedule.

He says the hotel’s site presented challenges, with uneven ground and difficult-to-reach areas, so the team had to improvise and use wheeled systems to get materials into place.

“Everyone involved with this project faced their own challenges but the team was well prepared and everyone worked hard to get things done,” he says. “The result is a masterpiece.”

Goncalves Masonry started in 1990 when owner Fernando Goncalves decided to establish his business in Toronto, based on a decade of industry experience.

In 1997 he received an invitation to share some of that knowledge and experience with contractors in Portugal and there partnered to create a second company called Construcoes Corte Recto, Lda.

In 2010 Galileo Masonry Ltd. came into being and two years later, the company expanded outside of Ontario, immersing itself in the Newfoundland market.

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