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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.    


2016 Winter Presentations
Rosewood Condominiums – Lessons Not Learned
2016 Winter Presentations

John Lambert Jr., Stone Restoration of America, Inc.
Mike Parker, SKA Consulting Engineering, Inc.


Lambert will highlight some of the fundamental problems in the waterproofing systems of this massive facility that not only caused widespread failures right after construction, but were repeated during many repair attempts. Valuable lessons can be gleaned from this good example of a bad example. Find out what you should not do and do over again.


2016 Winter Presentations
Breathtaking Views - What Could Go Wrong?
2016 Winter Presentations

Shaun Claus, Angelus Waterproofing & Restoration, Inc.
Annette Wren, Urathane Polymers International, Inc.


This waterproofing presentation features the rehabilitation of the hotel entry portico and parking area of an existing popular vacation hotel in Dana Point, California. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach is in an idyllic location adjacent to the sparkling Pacific Ocean with breathtaking views. What could go wrong? Shaun Geiger, CEO of Angelus Waterproofing & Restoration, Inc. and Annette Wren of Urethane Polymers International team up to tell the tale. A “piece of cake” project chock full of demands with scheduling, fussy management, moisture/condensation from the ocean, conditions of the hotel entry driveway with occupied space below, and required curing time were just a few of the interesting challenges. The hotel owner, Hilton Corporation, had hired a contractor the previous year who sold him on a cement based acrylic system that failed within the first year. This made the owner very skeptical and difficult to deal with. We had to convince this owner that an elastomeric, vehicular traffic bearing, polyurethane system was the correct system for the project. The owner wanted fast cure, with very low odor, since this was a hotel with heavy traffic and guests. After consulting with UPI, we presented the owner with a product appropriate for the project.


2016 Winter Presentations
Waterproofing the Ducks
2016 Winter Presentations

John Lamb, Structural Waterproofing Consultants
Steve Brandt, LymTal International, Inc.


Autzen Stadium is home of the University of Oregon Fighting Ducks - 2014 Pac-12 Champions and Pac-12 Representatives in the first College National Championship Playoff Game. So what’s getting the Ducks wet? More than 5 miles of failed sealant and seismic joints located within the stadium’s seating bowl! During rain events, water would cascade down the underside of the pre-cast seating sections and raker beams and rain on the lower concession stands, kitchen areas, storage rooms, public restrooms and football fans wanting to stay dry under the seating bowl. 

Solution: Investigation and design of a pre-compressed waterproof joint system, remediation of miles of horizontal and vertical expansion joints, and a football fanatic, skid resistant waterproof aisle coating all play a part in this million-dollar plus rehabilitation of Oregon’s largest sports arena. And if you find the removal and replacement of seismic and expansion joints as exciting as a National Championship Playoff Game, then stick around for kickoff.


2016 Winter Presentations
Oahu Surf One Navigating Unforeseen Conditions in a Negotiated Contract
2016 Winter Presentations

Sean Dunham, Kawika’s Painting
Adriano “AB” Bortolin, Sika Corporation


Oahu Surf One is a high rise in Waikiki. We were contacted for a limited scope repair of some minor spalls to the building. By the time we were the chosen contractor the project had expanded to a full exterior restoration of the tower and parking garage. When the owner trusts you to design the repair and budget it, how do you handle a significant unforeseen? We will show you how we did it and what we thought worked well and what didn’t.


2016 Winter Presentations
The Schinasi Mansion -Old World Craftsmanship meets New World Technology
2016 Winter Presentations

Laurie Wells, Old World Stone

The white marble mansion on Riverside Drive was commissioned in 1907 for Morris Schinasi, the Turkish tobacco Barron who invented the cigarette rolling machine. Located on the upper west side of Manhattan, the 12,000 square foot French Renaissance Revival mansion was designed by William Tuthill, the same architect who designed Carnegie Hall. Over the past century the property has served various residential and academic purposes. The current owner, a vice chairman for the investment bank Goldman Sachs, purchased the Schinasi house in 2013 and immediately set about restoring and renovating this National and New York City Landmark property. This lecture will focus on the challenges of cutting, carving and sculpting exact replicas of Renaissance detail using the same Olympian white marble from the world’s largest underground quarry in Vermont. The construction schedule was extremely tight and the dimensional tolerances were even tighter. We will also look at the technological innovations which made production at this level possible.


2015 Fall Presentations
Organizing For Growth: How to Build a Sustainable Organization
2015 Fall Presentations

Organizing For Growth: How to Build a Sustainable Organization
Gregg Schoppman, FMI Corporation

One of the most painful aspects of the market downturn has been the trauma experienced by many contractor organizations. Many firms had enjoyed such robust growth during the previous decade that most had never felt the pain of reductions, hiring freezes and cutbacks in professional development in force. Now many companies are questioning if they have the right organizational strategy and resources in place as the market changes yet again.


2015 Fall Presentations
North Dakota State Capitol Exterior Envelope Restoration
2015 Fall Presentations

North Dakota State Capitol Exterior Envelope Restoration
Matt Deloney, Mid-Continental Restoration Company, Inc.
Renae Kwon, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

The North Dakota State Capitol Exterior Envelope Restoration Project was a unique and challenging project where the majority of the work had to be executed at night within a six month time frame on a high rise structure in a windy region with difficult work scopes 900 miles away. The scope of work on this project was unique because the limestone joints had been previously sealed with a layer of asbestos containing sealant, and a layer of silicone sealant. These joints were to be repointed with mortar requiring the removal of both layers of sealant. The asbestos containing sealant presented challenges from an environmental concern, and the silicone sealant presented challenges for achieving adequate bond between the new mortar and limestone substrate. A careful process had to be followed to achieve successful installation. There were other challenges that had to be dealt with during this project, which will be shared during this presentation, including resetting 700 lb stones, 250 feet up on the building at night.


2015 Fall Presentations
Johns Hopkins at Mount Washington – Marbury Building
2015 Fall Presentations

Johns Hopkins at Mount Washington – Marbury Building
Steven Royer, Concrete Protection & Restoration, Inc.

The Marbury Building is an architecturally significant, ultra modern, glass/mirror curtain wall office building situated on a wooded campus in rural Baltimore. The building has two 5-story towers linked with a dramatic atrium and bridges. Below the building is a 600 car parking structure that extends well beyond the building footprint. The area above the garage is covered with landscaping, an entrance plaza and a rear terrace overlooking the wooded setting.


2015 Fall Presentations
Pioneer Courthouse Chimney Restoration
2015 Fall Presentations

Pioneer Courthouse Chimney Restoration
Michael Crawford, Pioneer Waterproofing Company, Inc.

Pioneer Courthouse is the second oldest federal courthouse west of the Mississippi built in 1869. Pioneer Waterproofing Company, Inc. took down eight chimneys on the roof and rebuilt them with new stone supplied by Old World Stone. The total weight of stone replaced was 75 tons and some of the stone weighed 1,800 pounds, which had to be lifted up to the roof. During the presentation you will hear how Pioneer Waterproofing and Old World Stone found solutions to some interesting challenges including the trolley system that was developed to move the stone around.


2015 Fall Presentations
Overview of PMMA Liquid Applied Technologies
2015 Fall Presentations

Overview of PMMA Liquid Applied Technologies
Gianfranco Pacello, Soprema Inc.

Hear about the origins and composition of liquid applied PMMA waterproofingmembranes, specifically in egards to elimination of traditional Waterproofing methods,including use of open flames and hot asphalt kettle.


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