Presentations and Project Showcase Submissions

Use the drop down below to switch meetings

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. 


2017 Winter Presentations
Field School at Alcatraz - Developing Talent for the Construction Industry
2017 Winter Presentations

Christopher Perego, BASF
Companies throughout the construction industry are challenged to find new craftspeople and leaders that are able to step into the industry and make an immediate contribution. Particularly in Restoration, new entrants lack specific knowledge and skills required by the industry. Traditional education programs do not properly represent career options within construction meaning many young people are never exposed to these opportunities. Without new talent entering the industry, companies struggle to keep up with competitors and often times miss out on opportunities due to workforce constraints. Concrete Preservation Institute’s Field School at Alcatraz provides training and education in concrete repair, historic preservation and mentorship for future leaders and vocational workers in construction. This program will go behind the scenes, following the journey of Field School participants  as they learn about the concrete restoration industry.


2017 Winter Presentations
Dix Dam Hydroelectric Powerhouse Building Restoration
2017 Winter Presentations

Billy Winters, Schnell Contractors, Inc. and Joe Zale, WJE
Learn about the exterior wall restoration at an historic hydroelectric powerhouse building located at the base of Dix Dam near Harrodsburg, KY. The two-story building was originally constructed in the 1920s and contains multi-wythe brick masonry mass walls with embedded structural steel framing. Interior exposed steel trusses support the roof assembly. The building sits atop a massive
concrete pedestal that contains multiple subbasement levels and extends into the Dix River. A concrete bridge structure provides the only means of access to the building. Hear about the unique challenges and innovative solutions involved in the project.


2016 Winter Presentations
To Tell the Truth: Myths and Realities of Traffic Bearing Waterproofing Systems
2016 Winter Presentations

Panel will be made up of manufacturers, contractors and associates.  
Moderator: Mosby Lawrence, Neogard
Panel Speakers: Chad Warren, BASF Corporation; George Reedy, Miracote, Roy Cannon, Pecora Corporation, and Tim Gillespie, Sika Corporation


2016 Winter Presentations
Advantages of Creative Membership Collaboration
2016 Winter Presentations

Frank Halsey, Mid-Continental Restoration, Inc.
Mark Hoppenman, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
John Krouse - Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Robert Forrer, Spray-O-Bond

Collaboration between contractor members created an opportunity to complete the masonry restoration of the 15-story, Old Texaco Building, in downtown Houston.  Gain a first-hand look at how relationships within the Institute can create opportunities, as well as the strain on those relationships.  Understanding the risks of investigating and budgeting prior to design professional involvement.  Learn how the contractor overcame access issues to the decorative terra cotta cornice, and exterior walls, by erecting mast climbers above the 1st floor sidewalk colonnade.  Understanding the challenges and time constraints of unforeseen conditions, unit pricing, change orders, etc.  Dealing with the people logistics of working a remote project.


2016 Fall Presentations
Historic Library Preservation – Repairs to an Iconic Structure Designed to Provide Long-Term Results
2016 Fall Presentations

Scott Siegfried and Jeff Erdly Masonry Preservation Services, Inc.
Built circa 1891, the Albright Memorial Library, aka the Scranton Public Library, is an iconic building in downtown Scranton, PA.  Years of excessive water infiltration accelerated the corrosion of the steel strap anchors that provide lateral support to the exterior stone veneer, leading to the development of multiple spalls in the stone that created unsafe conditions.  This presentation covers the restoration of the masonry façade from start to finish, including the evaluation of the building to determine the cause of the deterioration, design of repairs that will provide long-term results, and the implementation of the repairs while the building remained in service.  Difficult repair details will be discussed, including the fabrication and installation of the flashing and anchorage under the severely sloped dormers and gables and the replacement of the stone tracery at a rose window with decorative stained glass.


2016 Fall Presentations
A Monumental Priority: Restoring Historic Landmarks with Craftsmanship and Respect
2016 Fall Presentations

Ken Oatman, Witmer Restoration Group
Only 160 feet long and with a 14 foot-wide walking surface, the Burnside Bridge is a classic three-arched beautiful piece of masonry, and also happens to be the site of one of the bloodiest skirmishes in American history. In September of 1862 during the Civil War Battle of Antietam, over 500 Union soldiers lost their lives under the command of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside. For over a hundred years the bridge has remained a historic monument to those lives lost. However, in January of 2014, parts of the bridge collapsed into the Antietam Creek, and a quick renovation project soon revealed much more serious problems.
 


2016 Fall Presentations
Results of Sealant Weathering Rack Project
2016 Fall Presentations

Doug DeSilvio, The George D. Alan Group
Bill Chessick, Culbertson Restoration Limited
Pat Gorman, Gorman Moisture Protection

An overview of the project describing the methods of sample preparation and geographic placement.  Each presenter will describe failures and successes including adhesion, cohesion, dirt pickup, chalking, cracking, crazing and the amount of movement for each product.  We will include data from some participants who shared but will not be in attendance.  The audience will learn the value of performing their own tests that provide real world comparative performance information available nowhere else


2016 Fall Presentations
Ben Franklin Bridge Building Challenge
2016 Fall Presentations

Lester Hensley, EMSEAL
Using provided materials and through collaboration, communication and the power of the group process, participants will demonstrate their design and construction skills in a contest between groups of SWR Institute members.


2016 Winter Presentations
Stabilization of Deteriorated Concrete at Post-Tensioned Tendon Anchors
2016 Winter Presentations

Dan Calabrese, ARSEE Engineers
Brad Lacy, The New Group

Replacing horizontal expansion joints in post-tensioned parking garages is often thought of as a simple repair procedure.  However, existing concrete deterioration around the adjacent tendon anchors can present a challenge for the contractor in safely performing the repairs.  A recent case study illustrates a safe and successful repair program that replaced horizontal expansion joints and repaired deteriorated concrete in a parking garage with an antiquated button head post-tensioned tendon system.


2016 Fall Presentations
The Do’s and Don’ts of an OSHA Inspection
2016 Fall Presentations

Courtney Malveaux, Thompson McMullen
For some employers, it’s a paralyzing moment.  “OSHA!” someone announces at the door.  It’s a blue-clad inspector, foisting credentials for all to see.  An uneasy silence ensues as managers, foremen and workers share uncertain glances. 

How should employers react?  Welcome the inspector in?  Shut down?  Block the door and start calling lawyers? 


2016 Winter Presentations
Drones, the Next Big Thing (Maybe)
2016 Winter Presentations

Kelly Streeter, Vertical Access, Inc.

Northeastern cities house the oldest building stock in the United States.  This same area is home to the toughest climate conditions for load-bearing masonry and transitional masonry buildings.  Currently ten cities throughout the northeast and rust belt have passed legislation that requires buildings over a certain size to complete façade inspections at regular intervals.  The mandated schedule of inspections is intended to mitigate immediate and potential safety hazards.  It can also increase the early detection of water-related façade problems so they may be addressed proactively.  Unfortunately, the various laws typically require a limited sample size for inspection which can reduce the likelihood that problems are detected.

The advent and increasing popularity of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) presents a new tool that can be utilized to increase the sample size of these inspections: more of the building can be seen for a given fee.  Still photography, live feed video streams, and infrared thermography can be completed using UAVs.  Also, improved photogrammetry tools can be used with this technology to create three-dimensional models of existing conditions and infrared profiles.  The result is a relatively low-cost but useful view of water-related deterioration in both the visual and infrared spectrums.

Current UAV technology will be reviewed and the ever-evolving regulatory response to the explosion of UAV use will also be explained.


2016 Winter Presentations
Mobile Apps and Storage Solutions in Construction
2016 Winter Presentations

Doug DeSilvio, The George D. Alan Company

This presentation will provide an in-depth preview into a couple platforms available for creating and editing your own mobile apps (forms) and file storage solutions.  This technology allows users to capture information electronically on a smartphone, tablet or PC and sent it to customers, colleagues, or partners in seconds.  App Builder features, such as drag and drop tools, allows users to build and customize mobile apps and edit them anytime.  Save space on your device by uploading your photos and videos to the cloud instead of taking memory from your smartphone or tablet.  Organize features allow users to share photos and videos with others via shared folders.    


Member Login

Login Now

forgot password?
Loading

Get the Applicator!

Ask us a question about SR Institute Membership

Trinity Awards Program

Ask SWR Institute a Question


Foundation

Contractor Selection Tool

Latest Videos

Learn More with SWR Institute

The Restoration of The Watergate West Condominiums