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2019 Winter Presentations
Persevere to Preserve: Finding Solutions for Anomalies in Masonry Restoration
2019 Winter Presentations

Tom Miller, Advanced Masonry Restoration

Two case studies of unusual challenges in masonry restoration and how they were solved. The challenges were restoring the proper size carved stone on a church window and replacing the brick on a flour mill.


2019 Winter Presentations
Changes in Specialty Distribution
2019 Winter Presentations

Brian Koenings, PROSOCO

The construction industry has experienced major consolidation in the manufacturing segment; we have just started to see similar changes surfacing in the specialty distribution landscape. One industry veteran from PROSOCO, Brian Koenings, will discuss three recent, real-world models of mergers and acquisitions in the distributor market. Large distributors are making moves for rapid growth but have chosen three distinct approaches to achieve their goals. Get up-to-speed on who’s involved in the latest moves and how these various entities are affected.


2019 Winter Presentations
Alcatraz Cellhouse Restoration: Staying Ahead of the Elements
2019 Winter Presentations

Bob Gensel and Vivek Kumar, Pullman and Doug Leng, Structural Technologies

This project contained extremely challenging structural and architectural elements and state-of-the art material preservation methods. Bringing new restoration techniques to an old building required creativity from architects, engineers and contractors alike.


2019 Winter Presentations
Strategies for Field Structural Glazing
2019 Winter Presentations

Craig Allender, SGH

Based on recent experience on a high rise project in San Francisco, we will present some lessons learned and quality control best practices for installing structural silicone sealant to glazing in the field.  We’ll discuss how industry standards address field structural glazing, materials for use, substrate preparation, material installation, in-situ material testing, and monitoring/inspection efforts to limit missteps when shop glazing cannot occur.


2019 Winter Presentations
Drug in Your Workplace? What You Need to Know
2019 Winter Presentations

Julian Hoffman, National Safety Council

Come hear about new results from a National Safety Council employer survey on how opioids, marijuana and other drugs are impacting workplaces across the country, along with some of the actions you can take and resources you can use to make your workplace safer. This informative, interactive session will leave you with concrete measures to reduce injuries and save lives, both on and off the job.


2019 Winter Presentations
Hiring Military Veterans—How to Hit On Target
2019 Winter Presentations

Greg Ambrosia, City Wide Building Services

As every industry struggles to find a reliable workforce, there is a source of talent entering the market every day that is poorly assimilated—retiring and transitioning military veterans.  This presentation seeks to help better inform employers how to connect, successfully hire, and retain military veterans.


2019 Winter Presentations
4th Street Parking Garage
2019 Winter Presentations

Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions and Pawan Gupta, PE SE PhD, Walter P. Moore & Associates

The City of Santa Monica operates a series of high-traffic parking garages that serve the popular 3rd Street Mall shopping venue that began to display deflection and cracking after years of service. When the structural engineer was retained to investigate, he immediately “red-tagged” the first structure and brought in a contractor to install emergency shoring so that the city maintenance department could to continue to operate in the first floor where they had their central operations, not to mention keep the upper access lanes open to ensure the parking revenue stream from the upper five floors. Pawan Gupta, PE SE PhD of Walter P. Moore & Associates and Kelly McBride of Century Building Solutions, Inc. will present an analysis of the project which discovered that the lack of waterproofing and exposure to the ocean environment only a few blocks away had resulted in severe deterioration of the post-tension cables and forced an expensive and unplanned remediation repair.


2019 Winter Presentations
A Critical Factor in Military Veteran Success and Durable Structures
2019 Winter Presentations

Tanya Komas, Ph.D., CPI Foundation

Dr. Komas discusses CPI’s work to train and inspire military service members and connect them to civilian careers while repairing landmark structures. Through powerful imagery, historical connection, and motivational stories, she highlights work at Pearl Harbor, Alcatraz Island, and Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France, demonstrating how timing is critical for durable structures and our industry’s need to redefine workforce development – particularly with regard to military veterans - as a new market with new rules. The non-profit CPI Foundation is an official US military active duty Career Skills Program, partner of the National Park Service, and partner of industry companies and associations such as SWR Institute whose support makes CPI’s programs possible.


2018 Fall Presentations
Over Coming the Skills Gap through Effective Training Programs
2018 Fall Presentations

Panel Moderator: Christopher Perego

Panel Members: Doug DeSilvio, The George D. Alan Company; Frank Halsey, Mid-Continental Restoration Company; Ron Pilla, Valcourt Building Services LLC; and Stace Grund, Tatley-Grund, Inc.

Turnover. Lack of experience. Changing materials and codes.  Learn how the above-mentioned panel members are dealing with these challenges through effective training programs. 


2018 Fall Presentations
Demystifying Historical Preservation – Panel moderated by Sarah Holder, PROSOCO, Inc.
2018 Fall Presentations

Panel Members: Brett Laureys, WJE; Larry Burkhardt, Conproco; Dan Tyler and Tom Murphy, Pullman

What does it mean if a building is designated as historic? This presentation will provide an overview of the National Register of Historic Places program and some of the national preservation regulations/ standards that determine what can be done on each historic property. These regulatory and compliance components are often seen as hindrances; and, if not addressed on the front end of the project, can drastically slow down work.  This session will include examples of local preservation laws and state regulations on historic properties. The local and state level can vary drastically, but each local law will include some key concepts that the SWR Institute membership will likely find helpful.


2018 Fall Presentations
Legal Pitfalls in Repair and Restoration Business, A Construction Lawyer's Viewpoint
2018 Fall Presentations

Josh Leavitt, Much Shelist (Attorney)

Construction defect litigation is prevalent in the construction industry.  Contractors and subcontractors can be named as defendants in construction defect litigation, even when their work had little or no substantial impact on the issues at hand.  Construction defect litigation can take years to be resolved through the legal system, although often in less time if alternative dispute methods are used.  Nevertheless, during the dispute process, regardless of the method utilized, the parties' resources can be severely taxed posing many challenges to their businesses.  In this presentation, a recognized construction lawyer experienced in defect disputes shares his experience with over 30 years of experience in cases involving construction defects, and also discusses the pitfalls and risks associated with performing repair work to correct someone else’s mistakes.  The presentation will include a discussion of risk mitigation strategies.


2018 Fall Presentations
Untangling the Rope Descent System Regulations recently revised by OSHA
2018 Fall Presentations

Stefan Bright, Valcourt Building Services LLC and IWCA Safety Director

OSHA has spent the last 25 years developing and upgrading regulations for fall protection and falling object protection for general industry.  These regulations include a section addressing the use of rope descending systems on buildings throughout the United States.   Titled 1910.27, the rope descent system regulations require compliance from the user of the equipment as well as the owner of the building where the equipment is being used.  This is a critical requirement which will elevate the level of safety for those who use ropes for building access and façade work.  The professional window cleaning industry is the foremost user of this type of equipment, but many other trades have followed suit because of its transportability and ease of use.  Stefan Bright has spent most of his career working on the development of safety and training programs, as well as National Industry Standards which specifically address this type of building access equipment.


2018 Fall Presentations
For the Next 200 Years: Stone and Metal Preservation at the US Capitol
2018 Fall Presentations

Mary Oehrlein, Historic Preservation Officer Architect of the Capitol

A technical review of the materials and technologies used in completing the Phase I cleaning, repair and conservation of the building and sculpture marble and granite including documentation; water and chemical, laser, poultice, and micro-abrasion cleaning; mortar/grout, epoxy, and acrylic repair; pinning repair and new carving/Dutchman installation; stone consolidation; metals cleaning and finishing; and replication of historic light fixtures.


2018 Fall Presentations
Reducing Cost of Rigging on Difficult Access Projects without Sacrificing Safety
2018 Fall Presentations

Jim Dougherty and Clint Ramberg, Spider  

Learn how to determine the best access solution pre-bid and how to identify site conditions that limit your access choices.  During this presentation, you’ll also find out how to utilize new safety products to maintain or increase productivity without sacrificing safety.  


2018 Fall Presentations
Kreiger Hall Waterproofing Repairs: A Case Study
2018 Fall Presentations

Many commercial and institutional buildings outlast the effective life of their original below-grade waterproofing systems. They suffer from water infiltration, which can deteriorate building components and disrupt building operations. In these instances, owners face a choice to conduct repairs to manage water infiltration at the interior or prevent water infiltration from the outside of the building. Interior water management can be successful at collecting water infiltration and limiting some damage but does not stop leak and water-related foundation wall deterioration. Some owners require the reliability of exterior-applied replacement below grade waterproofing to meet building use or service life requirements. 


2018 Fall Presentations
Woolworth Building: How Digital Technology Works with Historic Restoration
2018 Fall Presentations

John Krouse, Boston Valley Terra Cotta.

This presentation will focus on the terra cotta restoration of the Woolworth Building in New York City. The discussion with focus on the challenges of surveying the building with the complexity of all the unique styles in a small timeframe. There will also be a focus on how the use of digital technology enhanced the surveying and production process of such unique pieces.


2018 Fall Presentations
The Multiple Impacts of Restoration: Recent findings from US Cities
2018 Fall Presentations

The rehabilitation and restoration of existing buildings – particularly those of historic character – has traditionally been advocated on cultural and aesthetic grounds. Recent studies, however, particularly at the city level, have demonstrated a much broader range of benefits, including economic, environmental, and social. This presentation will look at analyses from Savannah, San Antonio, Indianapolis, New York City and elsewhere that revealed measurable, positive benefits from building restoration and the policies that support it.


2017 Fall Presentations
Project on Parade - 1611 Telegraph
2017 Fall Presentations

Project on Parade - 1611 Telegraph
Nick Marcano


2017 Fall Presentations
Project on Parade - Carolinas Hospital - Florence SC
2017 Fall Presentations

Project on Parade - Carolinas Hospital
Jeff Gontarek


2017 Fall Presentations
Project on Parade - Gunnison Chapel at St. Lawerence University
2017 Fall Presentations

Project on Parade - Gunnison Chapel at St. Lawerence University
Scott Lupini


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