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2021 Fall Presentations
Projects on Parade - Napa Courthouse
2021 Fall Presentations

Projects on Parade

Bob Gensel, Richard Sanders and Vivek Kumar, PULLMAN

Napa Courthouse Earthquake Repairs and Restoration


2021 Fall Presentations
First Baptist Church of Winston Salem
2021 Fall Presentations

Jed Daniel , P.E. and Robert McDowell, WxProofing LLC
First Baptist Church of Winston Salem

Major façade restoration to a historic church campus comprised of a bell tower, sanctuary dome area and attached administration wing. Work included selective pointing, significant terra-cotta unit (TCU) patching, TCU replication, TCU glaze repairs, sealing skyward facing joints, spot chemical cleaning and finally hand cleaning all affected wall surfaces. Scope also included subgrade waterproofing at the Boiler Room addition and concrete repairs to slab ceiling exhibiting significant spalls from carbonation and inadequate bar coverage.


2021 Fall Presentations
Old Cook County Hospital Restoration
2021 Fall Presentations

Rachel Will, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Old Cook County Hospital Restoration

WJE served as the exterior envelope consultant for the Old Cook County Hospital rehabilitation project, which included repairs to the exterior masonry (brick, terra cotta and stone), repair and restoration of the windows, skylight replacement and roofing replacement. The masonry facade repairs for the Old Cook County Hospital building were performed by Mark1 Restoration and MBB Masonry, included repairing the brick, stone and terra cotta masonry on all facades. The brick, stone and terra cotta units that were deteriorated beyond repair were addressed with in-kind replacement units. This also included the removal and rebuilding of select areas with salvaged units. Approximately 10,000 square feet of brick were removed and replaced or reinstalled. Approximately 4,500 terra cotta units were removed and replaced with new material manufactured by Gladding McBean, and an additional 10,000 terra cotta units were removed and reinstalled as part of the repairs to address the underlying steel. Wood double hung windows which were either missing (i.e., previously infilled or significant alterations to the sash) or deteriorated beyond repair, were replaced with new aluminum windows that match the historic windows in configuration, size and profiles. Original monumental wood windows on the north facade at the second and third floors were restored offsite and reinstalled.  All roofing and balcony waterproofing was removed and replaced, including the third-floor terra cotta gutters and the operating room skylights. 


2021 Fall Presentations
Developing and Maintaining an Effective Safety Plan
2021 Fall Presentations

Jessica Maguire, Allied Wateproofing, Inc.
Mike Wiley, Tatley-Grund
Developing and Maintaining an Effective Safety Plan

Worker safety is a top concern for all of us.  Developing a proactive safety plan is easier than you might think.  During this presentation, you will hear about the key components of your safety plan that are required and what should be included, tools to facilitate and document appropriate safety training for your workforce, and ways that you can maintain your safety plan so that your company can stay in compliance


2021 Fall Presentations
How to Work with General Contractors and Not Lose Your Wallet
2021 Fall Presentations

Dan Cain, The George D. Alan Company, Inc.
How to Work with General Contractors and Not Lose Your Wallet

Dan will examine the key differences in performing work as a subcontractor versus a general contractor and describe the challenges general contractors face.  Hear about the risks and rewards of being a subcontractor and how to select the best general contractors to work with.


2021 Fall Presentations
Pier Three Condominium Atrium Rehabilitation Project
2021 Fall Presentations

Tom Gormley, Scott Waltman and Zach Presant, PULLMAN
Pier Three Condominium Atrium Rehabilitation Project

The Atrium Waterproofing Project is located within the center of the building, which is above the grade level parking garage of the 4-story condominium building. The Atrium is fully surrounded by the building with the only access via staircases and elevators.  The 2nd floor unit owners' can only access their units through the atrium area work zone.  The presentation will outline a unique sales’ approach, solutions to site constraints i.e., pedestrian access, debris removal, material loading, staging along with technology solutions to assist with QA/QC. 
  


2021 Fall Presentations
The Do's & Don'ts of High-Rise Coating
2021 Fall Presentations

Mackey Welch and Dan Wicht, Western Specialty Contractors
The Do's & Don'ts of High-Rise Coating

A 44-story building located in downtown Austin, Texas looked and sounded like a great project. Mackey and Dan will discuss how quickly things can turn bad once you get started on a high rise and some signs you want to be looking for when doing this type of work. It’s easy to talk about the good jobs but as we all know, they’re not all good.  The presenters will provide insights that will help you avoid the pitfalls that are normally only learned through trial and error. 


2021 Fall Presentations
Technology – What the Salesman Doesn’t Tell You
2021 Fall Presentations

Stace Grund, Tatley-Grund (Moderator)
Cindy Raffio, Metro Caulking & Waterproofing
Peter Vorhees, Everest Waterproofing & Restoration
Doug DeSilvio, The George D. Alan Company
Technology – What the Salesman Doesn’t Tell You

Technology solves a lot of problems and increases efficiencies in your business, but getting from point A, where you are today, to point B, effectively using the highly functioning piece of technology the salesperson is telling you about, is rarely easy.  This panel of contractors will discuss the technology they have implemented in their businesses and the unforeseen challenges they encountered during implementation.  They will offer valuable lessons that are normally only gained through trial and error that could save you time and headaches when implementing new technology at your company. 


2021 Fall Presentations
A Bankable Exit
2021 Fall Presentations

Byron McFarland, The McFarland Group
A Bankable Exit
Given a choice, most business owners would prefer to exit their business by transferring to family members or key employees; buyers who know the business and who can be trusted to continue the company. While these individuals may be suitable successors, rarely do they have the resources to pay the purchase price up-front. In such cases, bringing a commercial bank into the exit planning process can be an ideal solution. Securing a loan for your successors, however, requires a carefully crafted plan that meets the banker’s expectations. Byron will give insights to a plan that combines the principles of exit planning, the strategic extraction of wealth, and succession planning, the orderly transfer of responsibilities, with the expectations of a commercial bank.


2021 Fall Presentations
Projects on Parade - Wayne County Courthouse - Methodist Hospital
2021 Fall Presentations

Projects on Parade
These short 15-minute project presentations get straight to the most interesting points of a project including valuable lessons learned.
 
1. Frank Halsey, Mid Continental Restoration Company, Inc.
    Hot-Mixed Quicklime Mortar - Wayne County Courthouse
2. Bob Miller, Advanced Masonry Restoration
    Methodist Hospital Through Wall Flashing Challenges

 


2021 Fall Presentations
The Frick Building
2021 Fall Presentations

Steve Bentz, Building Envelope Consultants & Scientists
The Frick Building

This presentation will update the audience on the resolution of items first presented in brief as a project on parade at the DC meeting in 2018.  This project was triggered when a 2,000-pound section of stone fell from 20+ stories and crashed to street and sidewalk.  Over a two-plus- year period of working with the building owner, property managers, and city officials to stabilize, repair, and restore the building façade the project would expand from saving the stone cornice to replacing the roof, stabilizing the below-grade vault structure, and finally to the installation of a specialized window washing and façade maintenance system.  Challenges encountered included permit department coordination, façade access, antiquated structural systems, budgetary constraints, a site fire, and site logistics.


2020 Winter Presentations
Projects on Parade - The Chesterfield - The Greenbrier
2020 Winter Presentations

Joe Stevens, Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors, Inc.
Project: The Greenbrier hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV

JP McDonald, BECS
Project: The Chesterfield, Durham, NC


2020 Winter Presentations
Project on Parade - 100 Las Olas - Tilt Up Panel Restoration Project
2020 Winter Presentations

Mike Bernhard, Metro Caulking and Waterproofing
Project: 100 Las Olas, Miami, FL

Ron Pilla, Valcourt Building Services
Project: Volkswagen / Audi Tilt Up Panel Restoration Project


2020 Winter Presentations
Energy Code Impacts on Plaza Success
2020 Winter Presentations

Greg Neiderer and Kathryn Stairs, Walker Consultants
Energy Code Impacts on Plaza Success

Newer energy codes require more insulation within protected membrane plaza systems - PMPS. Often the insulation is a rigid polystyrene placed above the membrane, particularly with PMPS with occupied space below.  PMPS have unique thermal and waterproofing characteristics that can become more vulnerable to failure as the rigid insulation thickness is increased.


2020 Winter Presentations
The Crescent Dallas Slate Roof Remediation
2020 Winter Presentations

Joe Solinski, Stone and Glazing Consulting
Jeff Carrillo, Tarillo Vue Aerials
Brodie McIlvain, American Restoration
Bob Zeolla, American Anchor

The Crescent Dallas Slate Roof Remediation

On June 9, 2019, a high wind event hit Dallas damaging, among other buildings, The Crescent, a 19-Story mid-rise 4 building complex completed in 1986.  Each Tower has mansard roofs that are 45’ to 65’ High and has a 70 Degree roof pitch, which made it very difficult to access.

Much of the original English slate tile that clad the mansard roofs were blown off in several large areas during the wind event.   A UAV drone was used to perform an initial survey identifying the scope of damage and was utilized throughout the roof repair project to monitor progress and prevent unnecessary traffic on the brittle slate tiles after repairs had been made. Overhead protection and barricades were set up around the property.

An exterior access system was designed and installed to facilitate safe access for the workers.  A unique railing and netting system were developed and utilized at each roof area while repairs were being made to minimize any falling object hazards. Design details and specifications were compiled and competitively bid for remediation.  The Contractor that was awarded the project estimated (26) weeks for the work, which not only included repair of roof, but coordination of public safety that involved overhead protection, closed-off areas below, safety netting, gutter protection, and areas of repair


2020 Winter Presentations
Stupid Mistakes that Lead to Expensive Litigation – An Expert Witness’s Viewpoint
2020 Winter Presentations

Kami Farahmandpour, Building Technology Consulting, Inc.
Stupid Mistakes that Lead to Expensive Litigation – An Expert Witness’s Viewpoint

Many construction defect cases stem from small mistakes made during the construction or design process.  A large majority of construction defect cases revolve around water infiltration and moisture issues, issues that SWR Institute members deal with on a routine basis.  This presentation provides the perspective of an expert witness who has served as an expert in numerous construction defect cases.  The presentation will focus on a few case histories of construction litigation cases that could have been avoided if decisions made during the construction phase were properly documented; and if the value engineering, change order process, or delegated design responsibilities were properly handled..


2020 Winter Presentations
The Do’s and Don’ts of Air Barriers
2020 Winter Presentations

Marcy Tyler, Tremco and Dan Cain, The George D. Alan Company
The Do’s and Don’ts of Air Barriers

Air barriers play a critical role in the performance of the building enclosure.  Proper installation will stop the unconditioned flow of air, connect to all building components, be well adhered during positive and negative pressure and remain durable throughout the life of the building.  This presentation will review the importance of product selection and evaluation (adhesion & compatibility) and provide a pictorial view of installation practices (the do’s) and lessons learned (the don’ts) of surface preparation, detailing of penetrations, connectivity, and façade anchoring.


2020 Winter Presentations
EIFS Installation, Maintenance, and Repair– What You Need to Know
2020 Winter Presentations

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) are taking on a larger role in modern construction due its aesthetic versatility, increasing energy code requirements, and economy of installation. Drainable EIFS systems require the same level of attention to detail as any other cladding system to keep the moisture in the cavity to a minimum and out of the occupied space. In order to do this, it is important to understand the correct way to install, maintain, and restore these systems. This presentation attempts to explain the science to success and help you avoid the pitfalls of failure.


2020 Winter Presentations
Making the Most of First Impressions and Body Language
2020 Winter Presentations

Patti Wood
SNAP -Making the Most of First Impressions and Body Language Skills and Insights for the First Five Minutes


You are using up to 10,000 nonverbal cues in the first minute of interaction to form a SNAP impression that determines how you’ll interact with that person in that particular situation and you’re sending cues that determine what they think of you! Patti is an internationally known expert in nonverbal communication. In this high energy, interactive, humor-filled program you will learn how body language and first impressions impact your interactions, improve the signals you send and your ability to read others. Based on Patti’s research and book, “SNAP Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language and Charisma” this “Wow!” filled program will share the secrets inside each face-to-face and over the phone interaction. If you google Patti Wood, body language, first impressions and/or handshakes, you will see the amazing insights you will gain in this program.


2019 Fall Presentations
Water Infiltration: Understanding Expectations and Intent
2019 Fall Presentations

Frank Halsey – Mid-Continental Restoration Company, Inc.
Rachel Will – Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Water Infiltration: Understanding Expectations and Intent

The Jackson Condominium Exterior Façade Repair was an historic masonry repair project that included many challenges, including Owner expectations of “waterproof”, along with a 10-year warranty.  Learn how a close review of the contract language prevented potential complications, and how Mid-Continental Restoration and Wiss, Janney Elstner worked together to overcome unexpected challenges, and satisfy high expectations. 


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