A1 – About us

The Studio has moved its “first steps” in 1967, on the initiative of engineers Vitantonio and Amedeo Vitone, both professors at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bari (today known as Polytechnic University).

Already in the first years of activity the “Studio Associato Ingg. A. e V. Vitone” dealt with the design and construction supervision of civil engineering works, especially as a consulting studio specialized in the field of structural engineering. Among the earliest works there are: the Vomero junction of Naples bypass (1970-73); the highway Bradanica (1972); the Marina and fishing port of Campomarino di Maruggio (TA) (1974/77); the alluvial canals in the city of Trani (1975); the viaduct on the railway in the town of Francavilla Fontana (1975); the reinforced concrete structure of “upwelling Sinni” and dam on Sinni (1976/78).

The Studio has made use, since its beginnings, of the collaboration of young graduates of the Faculty of Engineering (which, mainly, had carried out the thesis with the employers), selected from among the most prepared and professionally motivated. The young “ancillaries” fitted into the workplace efficiently, making a contribution of enthusiasm and new energies. At the same time, under the leadership of the most “elderly”, they laid the foundations for a professional development. Later on, many of these young engineers continued successfully, independently, their activities, in some cases becoming officers or managers of important private or public technical bodies. However, everyone has maintained deep respect and relations of friendship with their “masters”, and, many among those who exercise independent professional activity, still collaborate to carry out more challenging tasks of the Studio.

Using, in some cases, even the contribution of external specialists – engineers who have however always operated under the direction and coordination of the owners – in the late 70′s and early 80’s Studio has addressed professional commitments always more numerous and complex, in various fields of civil engineering. Among others: the structures of several departments of the University Campus of Bari (1974/75); the extension of S. Cataldo pier of the port of Taranto (1979); the structures of the Regional Hospital “Di Summa” in Brindisi (1980/82); the refurbishment and consolidation of the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Bari (1981); the cable-stayed pipe bridge for crossing the Cavone river (1983); the structures of hangar facilities for aircraft “Tornado” of the Military Base of Gioia del Colle (1984/85); the alluvial canals of the city of Trani (1975/86); the interventions of new foundation and consolidation of the revolving bridge in Taranto (1985/86); the structures of the new Town Hall of Melfi (1986/88); relevant constructions of school buildings, housing and offices; many important hydraulic works of the Apulian Aqueduct.

Between 1987 and 1990 the Studio has worked on the creation, within the framework of “Italy ’90”,  of the “S. Nicola” football and athletic stadium in Bari, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, carrying out the design of all the structures made of reinforced concrete and the construction supervision of the whole work.

In this period there has been an evolution of the Studio organization, through the extension of the associative relationship to some of the most valuable contributors. In January 1990, in fact, the original “Studio Associato Ingg. A. e V. Vitone” turns in the Studio “VITONE & ASSOCIATI” (V&A): over time have been part of the Studio, in addition to founders and current members engineers F. Bonaduce, L. Maggi e N. Cardascia, also the engineers V. Giannuzzi e F. Palmisano. Currently, M.Eng. L. Renna is in course of association with the Studio.

Among the earliest professional engagements – between 1990 and 1993 – new Studio, on behalf of the company Lingotto, has directed the construction of the Exhibition Centre of Lingotto in Turin, the original prestigious factory of Fiat. During the same work, part of the General “Re-use Project” by the architect Renzo Piano, V&A also has designed special underpinning and works for the realization, below the existing building, of the great “Main Hall” of the Congress Centre.

Among the numerous works carried out by V&A at the end of 90’s, there are: the renovation of the Archivio di Stato in Trani (1999); the restoration and refurbishment of the school building “G. Garibaldi” in Bari; the design of the structures of the new spa of S. Cesarea (LE) (1990), the Postal Center in Potenza (1991), the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (1992/93) of the University of Bari, the new International Centre for University Studies of Laureto in Fasano (1996) and the Palazzo dei Congressi e della Cultura in San Benedetto del Tronto; the consultancy for the detailed design of the breakwater at the port of Molfetta (1992); the construction supervision of the Olivetti Research Center of Bitritto (1992/96).

Between 1995 and 1997, on behalf of the study RPBW of Paris, of the architect Renzo Piano, V&A has designed all structural works (c.a., c.a.p, laminated wood and steel) of the Auditorium of Rome, inaugurated, in the presence of the Head of State, in December 2002. V&A has also provided, for the completion of the project, an advice concerning the Artistic Direction, carried out by architect Piano on behalf of the Municipality of Rome.

Parallel to the design offices, construction supervision and testing, the Studio has initiated and developed an important Management task.

This activity feeds of substantial professional experience gained in various fields of engineering, including plants, and relies on the support of legal consultants specialized in administrative law. In Management, which is one of the most important professional commitments, V&A provides advice and assistance to the client in the various stages of the construction process (feasibility studies and preliminary design; verification of projects in reference to the technical and contractual aspects; administrative and technical specifications for the procurement of new works and maintenance of existing buildings; tender for works commitment; time and cost construction control; testing and audit).

One of the earliest and most significant Management positions held by V&A (in 1992) covered the preparation of technical specifications and contractual documents for the entrustment of the works (with an amount of about 250 billion lire) for the second stage of reuse works of the Lingotto in Turin. Also this assignment was given to V&A by Company Fiat Lingotto of Turin.

Between 1995 and 1997, V&A oversaw the drafting of special specifications and contractual rules for contracts made by the Municipality of Rome for the realization of the Auditorium “Parco della Musica”.

Always within the framework of the activities of Management, the study also performed for some years (1998/2001), on behalf of Infostrada Company, systematic “audit” concerning the technical sites under construction, throughout the national territory, for the formation of the telephone network.

Over the course of many years of intensive design and construction experience, has matured a profound interest in existing buildings. Namely the need to verify the actual behavior not only of traditional masonry structures, but also works with techniques that turned into their first old age, like those made with reinforced concrete. In order to draw from the experience of critical cases – and considering the severe test of time -technical teachings which are impossible to acquire in the current design and works supervision activities.

In this sense the professional assignments entrusted to the Studio for research of the causes of disastrous events, which sometimes has been of extraordinary gravity and resonance, represented a pivotal moment in the professional training of all components of the Studio.

Starting from the collapse in Rome (March 1999) and in Foggia (via Giotto, Nov. 1999).

In fact, the Studio got started, as operational structure of professors A. and V. Vitone, on numerous cases in which it has been entrusted to them by the judiciary as advice or technical expertise: on behalf of the Prosecutor of the Republic in Foggia, for the technical advice concerning the collapse of the building in via Giotto in Foggia and, a few years later, for the collapse of the building in via Frasche in Foggia; on behalf of the Prosecutor of the Republic in Naples, for the collapse of the building in via Arenella (June 2001); on behalf of the Prosecutor of the Republic in Larino, for tragic collapse of the school “F. Jovine” in San Giuliano di Puglia; on behalf of the Prosecutor of the Republic in Brindisi, for the collapse of the football stadium grandstand shelter in Sandonaci (BR); on behalf of the Prosecutor of the Court of Salerno, for the partial collapse of the “Palazzo Edilizia”, in the centre of the city; on behalf of the Prosecutor of the Republic of the Court of Salerno, for the partial collapse of buildings in Piazza Dante in Castro Marina (Lecce), in the January 29th 2009.

The experience gained in the course of so demanding technical advice has helped to stimulate the commitment towards the prevention of structural risk and to develop fundamental knowledge in activities like recovery, renovation and restoration of existing buildings, which had seen involved the Studio since the early 80′s.

There has been many buildings which have been, and still are, subject to assessment by the Studio (bridges, public and private buildings, schools, hospitals, university faculties) and in relation to what it has been adopted an investigation ‘protocol’ and started an prevention program through the adoption of a “dynamic” operational tool, called “building history”.

Among others are very important restoration and functional recovery of Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari (in association with other Firms) and the structural analysis of the industrial port “Alti Fondali” in Manfredonia.

Meanwhile, the Studio has continued to carry out its main activities, aimed at new constructions.

Among others there are: the executive design and operations management, about structures and building completions, of the new General Hospital “F. Miulli” in Acquaviva delle Fonti; the structures of the new Emergency Department and Acceptance (D.E.A.), surgical plate and hospital towers of “San Matteo” Polyclinic in Pavia; the executive design of the great reservoir in Marzagaglia, of the Apulian Aqueduct.

In 2009-2010 the Studio performed the integral design (architectural, structural and plant engineering), safety coordination during design time and the operations management of the new Anas Departmental Office Building in L’Aquila.

Recently (2012-2013) the Studio has completed the works direction and supervision of two major shopping centers: IKEA’s new store in San Giovanni Teatino (CH) and the expansion of the Auchan Commercial Store in Casamassima (BA).

Studio Vitone & Associati is involved for several years in an intensive cultural activities.

The aim is, on the one hand, verifying and updating the training of its members, and, on the other hand, the dissemination of scientific and technical environments of its work experience which demanded original practical solutions or verifications of engineering theoretical aspects, especially structural.

In fact, the Studio promoted various courses taught at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Bari; master programs at Polytechnic University of Bari and others Institutions; the Study took care of the scientific coordination in training courses, seminars, refresher courses organized by professional Boards and Associations, public and private Institutions; the Study presented in congresses, conferences, lectures, workshops, round tables, exhibitions, on the invitation of various Italian Universities, professional Boards and Associations, cultural Institutions, important Company and private national industries.

Some members, and in particular prof. A. Vitone, are authors of numerous memoirs, presented at international Conferences and published in international scientific journals; authors of book chapters; book editors; supervisors for important research projects, also in an international context.