The City-County Building in Pittsburgh was in danger of having its parapets and cornices crumble and fall last year, so officials authorized emergency repairs that meant the work didn't go out to bid. Now, $900,000 and a year later, Graciano is still at work on the project -- now estimated to cost more than $4 million -- because more issues were found. The city didn't put out a call for new bids, saying that it would have cost more to have the current contractor disassemble all its equipment, according to Rob Kaczorowski, the city's public works director.

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