Stanker & Galetto Inc.
- Written by: Eric Gundberg
- Produced by: Chuck McKenna
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
A lot of companies in southern New Jersey, before they proceed with the construction of a new building or the renovation of an existing building, turn to Stanker & Galetto Inc. (S&G) for advice. The family-owned company based in Vineland, N.J., is headed by Peter Galetto Jr., second generation owner. S&G has developed a reputation for excellence in the development arena, specializing in industrial, commercial and community construction as well as property management and real estate transactions in southern New Jersey.
Galetto outlines a typical interaction with the company. “We specialize in design-build and a lot of times we work with an owner who has an idea, but doesn’t know how to realize that idea. We’re not just construction, if they need to acquire land, we solve their problems. We do what they need to get their project completed.”
S&G has grown over the years and now employs roughly 50 personnel. The company also augments the services it provides for its clients with an expansive roster of real estate holdings throughout southern New Jersey. The company can customize each of its buildings to personalize a client’s needs.
Tripled Size of Local Cancer Center
The company has worked a number of high-profile projects since its inception. A crew from S&G recently completed an addition to the South Jersey Healthcare’s (SJH) Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion in Vineland. Construction nearly tripled the size of the facility from 12,500 square feet to 34,200 square feet. The project added offices, clinical research areas and patient waiting and treatment suites to the building.
The architects, Costanza, Spector and Clauser, as well as S&G were both recognized locally for their innovative design and quality workmanship. Wayne Schiffer, SJH’s executive vice president, was quoted as saying, “Our beautiful new facility allows us to take cancer care to an even higher level in our area. We commend the outstanding work of our architect and builder. The effective and esthetic spaces of the new expansion, along with the incorporation of ‘green’ building materials and concepts, make this a premier facility for cancer care.”
S&G also recently just completed an 18,100-square foot addition to the St. Joseph Church in Sea Isle City, N.J., for the Catholic archdiocese in Camden. The addition allows the congregation to accommodate up to 1,100 additional parishioners. The addition also incorporated several amenities including: improved handicap access, sound system, expanded restroom accommodations and updated interior lighting.
“I’m extremely proud of the work that we did for the Camden diocese. When they approached us, the project was one million over budget and we successfully worked with the owner and the architect to bring the project in line,” adds Galetto.
Helping European Giant Break into U.S. Market
When Schär USA, Europe’s number one gluten-free food manufacturer, decided to build its first plant in the United States, the company approached S&G to make its plan a reality. The plant, which was completed in December 2011, was the realization of a close collaboration between Schär USA, architect J.W. Pedersen and S&G. The 50,000-square foot facility in Swedesboro, N.J., incorporated conventional steel with precast concrete walls. The state-of-the-art, gluten-free facility was designed and built to be expandable up to 80,000 square feet to accommodate projected growth in the U.S. market.
In 2009, S&G installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) on its headquarters in Vineland to demonstrate its commitment toward sustainable design and green building. In 2011, the company conducted a study to determine the effectiveness of the rooftop installation. The study concluded that the panels had generated 254,678 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy.
“The 84.7 kW system consists of a 485-panel solar array, covering approximately 7,500 square feet and represents a $700,000 investment with the balance of the cost being returned during year three of operations,” says Galetto.
“As a company dedicated to green construction, we feel it is important to invest in ways to reduce our carbon footprint and to encourage others to do the same,” Galetto was quoted as saying. “Like everyone at Stanker & Galetto, I am personally and professionally passionate about ‘going green.’ We lead by example and invite others to embrace renewable energy.”
Roughly 40 percent of the nation’s population lives on the Eastern Seaboard and there are a large number of outstanding general contractors who call that area home. In southern New Jersey, Peter Galetto Jr. has helped to guide Stanker & Galetto Inc. to its position as one of the region’s most respected contracting companies.
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