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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


2017 Fall Presentations
Project on Parade - Broadway Lofts
2017 Fall Presentations

Project on Parade - Broadway Lofts
Jim Rowe


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

Project on Parade - 1611 Telegraph
Nick Marcano


2017 Fall Presentations
Bad Weather! Now What? – Weather Mitigation Panel
2017 Fall Presentations

Peter Vorhees, Everest Waterproofing & Restoration, Inc.
Scott Lupini, Lupini Construction, Inc.
Michael Bernhard, Metro Caulking & Waterproofing LLC
David Gladney, Cardinal Roofing & Restoration, Inc.

Learn how a panel of industry professionals monitor and adapt to the ever-changing weather to ensure continued progression of their projects and crews.


2017 Fall Presentations
A Rapidly Changing Climate: Threat – and Opportunity
2017 Fall Presentations

Paul Douglas, Total Weather, LLC
For over 20 years I’ve been seeing the symptoms of a warmer, wetter, more volatile climate showing up in the weather patterns above Minnesota, the nation and the planet. I started connecting the dots, publicly, in the late 90s, before Al Gore came out with his documentary on climate change. There is compelling data - multiple strands of evidence – confirming a planetary warming trend is now well underway. CO2 levels are higher than they’ve been in at least 3 million years, a time when sea level was 75 feet higher than today. Is this just a natural cycle; how can we be sure it’s man-made this time? Where is the evidence?

The climate is changing, it’s us – and there are solutions. A disruptive, clean energy revolution will gradually, methodically wean us off the fossil fuels responsible for the bulk of the warming we see all around us. More Americans will get on board, as solar, wind, energy storage and countless other new, clean technologies provide more energy, at less cost, with far fewer unpleasant side effects. Climate volatility and weather disruption will continue to increase. Everything we create will have to be more resilient, storm-resistant, flood-tolerant and drought-proof; from how we design our cities, build our homes, repair our roads to how we grow our crops. There will be dislocation, but Minnesota will make out considerably better than most of the United States, for a variety of reasons. Solutions won’t come from Big Government, but from the markets - entrepreneurs inventing new, carbon-free ways to keep the lights on, the economy powered up and people employed. The world isn’t ending, it’s warming. That brings benefits and risk, threats and opportunities. There’s no time for gloom and doom. The situation isn’t hopeless – and we aren’t helpless.


2017 Fall Presentations
OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule – What You Need to Know
2017 Fall Presentations

Deborah Green, Certifi ed Industrial Hygienist,
ATC Group Services LLC

Learn how to keep your workers safe and reduce your liability when working with silica. Find out what you will need to know to comply with the “Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica in Construction” rule that OSHA started enforcing on Sept. 23, 2017.


2017 Fall Presentations
The Business Case for Culture
2017 Fall Presentations

Laurie Baedke, Advisor and Consultant and Tim McGill, Jr. – McGill Restoration
What the heck is culture and why does it matter? This practical and interactive presentation explores the connection between employee engagement, performance and safety. We’ll look at research on what drives employee engagement. And, we’ll open the playbook from one company who invested in culture branding and is reaping the competitive advantage of a thriving culture, aggressive growth and powerful business rewards.


2017 Fall Presentations
Conventional and Non-Convention Repair of Curtain Wall Systems
2017 Fall Presentations

Kami Farahmanpour, Building Technology Consultants
A case history involving non-conventional repairs to a large commercial building curtain wall system will be presented. These nonconventional repairs included retrofi tting the curtain wall system with new custom-extruded external pressure bars and caps to address several issues, correcting displaced mullions, and replacing mechanical louvers integrated into the curtain wall system. The repairs also included overcladding the feature panels between curtain walls sections with a new system that incorporated an air and waterresistive barrier, and a drainage plane. The implementation of the project posed several challenges including staging, lead times for custom extrusions and requirements for mock-ups and working on an occupied offi ce building. During construction, some of the pre-fi nished custom extrusions were found to be inadequately coated, causing 
delays in completing the project.


2017 Fall Presentations
Adaptive Re-use and Restoration of the old Childs’ Restaurant, Coney Island, NY
2017 Fall Presentations

Dan Tyler, Pullman SST, Inc., Yasmine Elrashidy, Pullman SST, Inc., & Diane Kaese, Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering
Pre-Construction started in the fall of 2014. The amphitheater and park opened in the summer of 2016. The remaining restaurant dining room opened in spring of 2017. However, it wasn’t all that easy.  The building was constructed in 1923 and landmarked in 2002.  The building is significant for both its social history related to the restaurant/service industry as well as its magnificent terra cotta ornament. It has endured over 90 years of changing tides of man and Mother Nature.  This left the building with deteriorated masonry and steel as well as asbestos, biological growth and other man-made changes.  Restrictions on access to the site narrowed investigation options prior to construction. Replacement materials were specified generically and confirmed after the actual conditions were assessed.  Luckily, construction didn’t yield many physical surprises but rather endless scheduling and supply challenges.  The project team took both traditional and non-traditional approaches to address the numerous challenges presented to complete the project.


2017 Fall Presentations
Projects on Parade
2017 Fall Presentations

Kelly McBride
This is a new type of presentation offered at our meetings where several different companies will show a few details and photos from one of their projects.  Although these project highlights are not as in-depth as the 45-minute presentations, there will still be valuable information shared that should stimulate interest, questions and answers.   


2017 Fall Presentations
Historic Sealant on a Frank Lloyd Wright Building
2017 Fall Presentations

Brett Laureys, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Laureys will provide an overview of the renovation of several Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in the Midwest that spanned 10 years.  The major focus of this presentation will be on the first uses of gun grade silicone sealant on a FLW building in 1958.  You’ll also hear relevant information about sealant performance and also the use of injected molded silicone parts for the restoration. Unique design, SWRI team member approach, and lessons learned will be discussed.


2017 Winter Presentations
Doing the Lord’s Work: The Christ Cathedral
2017 Winter Presentations

Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions

When the Diocese of Orange purchased the campus of the former ministry led by Robert Schuller (Hour of  Power), they inherited problems related to the design of what is reputed to be the world’s largest all-glass structure. The building consists of a four-sided structurally glazed curtain wall attached to a steel space frame that forms the faceted structure of the walls and roof, including monumental doors that are 90 feet high. Unfortunately, the building did not meet modern codes for structural glazing and costs for replacement or retrofit were either unacceptable or unfeasible until CBSI proposed a “structurally adhered glazing stop” to  capture the glazing to the existing glazing frame. Learn about the challenging access issues and innovative methods for the installation and testing during the restoration of this historic all-glass structure that will be one of the Catholic Church’s most dramatic cathedrals world-wide.


2017 Winter Presentations
The Cavity Wall Conundrum
2017 Winter Presentations

Todd Skopic, Henry Company

Today’s building envelopes are becoming increasingly complex as many designers are “pushing the envelope” of building design. The use of open-joint rain screens coupled with unconventional wall orientations can be appealing, but can be a dangerous combination when abating water ingress and compliance with building codes, including combustibility. Balancing the need to keep the building dry, air tight, thermally efficient and code compliant can create a Cavity Wall Conundrum.


2017 Winter Presentations
The Restoration of The Watergate West Condominiums
2017 Winter Presentations

Tom Ouska, Manganaro Midatlantic LLC
Paul Parfitt, P.E., S.E., Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates


Restoration of this historic property included concrete repairs to the balconies, post-tension cable repairs at the building exterior and interior following the removal of the precast balcony panels, interior finishes including flooring, drywall and painting, wet sealing of windows, installation of sealants to the building envelope and the cleaning and coating of the building façade, soffits and horizontal surfaces. New weeps were installed to more effectively evacuate any water landing on the balconies.


2017 Winter Presentations
Getting Back on Course When Things Take a Turn for the Worst
2017 Winter Presentations

Bill Leonhard, Allied Waterproofing

Bill Leonhard will share his personal story about the struggles his business faced when his bankers pulled his financing during the banking crisis. This is a cautionary tale to help other business owners know how to prepare and overcome the challenges in a down economy. In spite of the toll this experience took on him personally and professionally, today his business is thriving and he learned a lot through the process, all of which he will share during this engaging presentation.


2017 Winter Presentations
Expert Tips for Construction Accounting - Tax Advice & More
2017 Winter Presentations

Warren Hennagin, CPA, Managing Partner of Gelman LLP

SWR Institute is pleased to present the smartest construction accountant with enough tax tips and valuable business advice that will pay for your entire meeting fee. Mr. Hennagin is an engaging speaker that provides a “nuts & bolts” presentation that gives advice on how to prepare for meeting with your accountant, tax tips for the Domestic Production Activity Deduction that can be worth up to $100,000, and concludes on the latest advice on succession plans for your business. Even if you don’t own your business, if care about making and keeping your money, you need to pay attention during this session.


2017 Winter Presentations
Projects on Parade Preview
2017 Winter Presentations

Introduction of a new “fast format” to promote innovation and achievement in the industry that deserves recognition when companies don’t want to invest the time and effort for a largescale presentation. Projects are summarized in five minutes, a few questions are answered by the presenter, then SWRI will provide a Certificate and Acknowledgement to be displayed in your office and website.


2017 Winter Presentations
High-Performance Extruded Silicone Solutions
2017 Winter Presentations

Jim Holler, Tremco

Specialized extruded silicone solutions are increasingly providing a cost-effective, durable alterative for some of today’s troublesome restoration challenges. Cost of installation may be significantly lower since several labor-intensive steps such as removal of existing sealant can be eliminated, also resulting in a decrease in time to complete the project. Needless energy loss is reduced, occupant comfort is increased and a reliable, durable and aesthetically pleasing solution is provided oftentimes at a cost of installation less than the cost of a standard sealant replacement project. The building lifecycle can be extended and some of the most problematic joint sealing issues that challenge the weather-tightness of a building can be efficiently and effectively handled with these silicone solutions that do not break down from exposure to UV, ozone or other atmospheric conditions. 


2017 Winter Presentations
Dolphin Tower - Structural Remediation
2017 Winter Presentations

Steve Royer and Kevin Kline, Concrete Protection & Restoration, Inc.

Constructed in 1973-1974, the Dolphin Tower building in Sarasota, Florida is a fifteen-story condominium and parking garage with retail shops along the street. The building is situated on Sarasota Bay and is considered to be one of the areas preferred properties. In June of 2010 there was a structural failure of the 4th level reinforced concrete “transfer” slab. After initial investigation by a local engineer and city building officials, the building was evacuated. Emergency shoring was installed immediately to prevent further failure. The condominium board spent the next four (4) years working with different engineers and contractors to come up with a design that was feasible and economical. In 2013 CP&R was brought on board, with engineering consultants, and was able to value engineer some critical aspects of the repair scope to the point where the condominium board could afford the repairs. The new approach resulted in an initial cost savings of  approximately $3 Million and allowed the completion of the $9 Million structural repair project on schedule (less than one year) and under budget. 


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