2018 Winter Technical Meeting
March 18-21, 2018
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Florida





Winter Technical Meeting Details

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2018 Winter Technical Meeting

Preliminary Schedule of Events

SAT., March 17, 2018
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
SWR Institute Board Meeting

SUN., March 18, 2018
Committee Meetings - Click here to learn more about SWR Institute Committees
1 – 2:30 p.m.

- Membership
- Training Validation
- Product Validation

2:30 - 4 p.m.
- Technical Resources
- Safety
- Program Planning

5 – 6 p.m.
First Timers’ Reception

6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception

MON., March 19, 2018
7:30 – 8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8 – 8:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks & President’s Welcome

8:10 – 9:00 a.m.
The Evolution of Exterior and Deck Coatings on Amelia Island
Jeremy Blanchard, Blanchard Caulking & Coatings, Inc.
Amelia Island is a quant coastal community which has its own unique waterproofing challenges: seasonal high humidity and strong coastal winds, constant salt spray from the ocean and hurricanes, very poor access to building exteriors and vacationers who understandably don’t want to be bothered.  

 In our presentation, we will show you how we overcome Amelia Island’s unique challenges daily – highlighting some of Amelia Islands most interesting buildings and sharing how we manage to waterproof and maintain over 1 million square feet of building exterior year after year.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
HIGH-TECH CONCRETE – Avoiding a “Hot Mess”
Kelly McBride and Ryan Worth, Century Building Solutions, Inc.
Everything in today’s world has speeded up, including the placement and cure of concrete in building repair. The modern restoration contractor needs to be well-versed in the characteristics of modified and alternative concrete mixes to enable the faster schedules demanded in the remediation of occupied facilities including industrial and commercial buildings. Century Building Solutions will profile two projects that required “hot mixes” to enable faster cure regimes in order to solve complex placements and faster return to service. We will also review alternative concrete compositions include Calcium Silicate Aluminate formulations and other specialty mixes including flooring uses requiring feather finishing and innovative cork aggregate products.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Award Ceremony

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Projects on Parade

  • Wes Jaillet, United Restoration + Preservation
    The Landmark Building, Greenville, SC
  • David Cook, CTL Group
    Hilton Orrington Hotel Parking Structure, Evanston, IL

10:45 – 11:00 am.
SWR Institute Foundation – A New Direction
A presentation on the status of the SWR Foundation and the new initiatives instituted by the board of directors.  The Foundation’s new vision and goal is to become a stronger resource for SWR Institute members.  Whether it is for academic scholarships, continuing education, development of training modules, the Foundation is striving to bolster the educational needs of our members and industry.

11:00 – Noon
Town Hall Meeting/Elections/Pass the Gavel Ceremony
Doug DeSilvio with the George D. Alan Company will accept the gavel from Cindy Raffio as he assumes the role of SWR Institute’s president.  This is an exciting time for Doug and the association and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate with him and hear about his plans for the association’s future.

6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Pass the Gavel Party - Havana Nights
Celebrate Doug DeSilvio’s presidency Havana nights style!  This festive event will take place at Walker’s Landing, located on the marsh side of the resort that offers a view of the wild, yet wonderful, salt marsh. A Cuban band and professional Cuban dancers will entertain us while we enjoy each other’s company and a Cuban style feast.  Cigar rolling, hair flowers for ladies and Havana hats for the men will also be provided.  

TUES., March 20, 2018
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:35 – 9:35 a.m.
IT Trends in Construction: Making Good Decisions and the Most of Your IT Investments
Christian Burger, Burger ConsultingIn this presentation, we will be covering a variety of IT related topics from top trends in the industry and how to bring about positive change in your organization using technology as a lever. We will be viewing the results of the informal IT survey conducted earlier, interpreting the meaning, and applying some real-world advice to what we see.  We will also be covering critical success factors of how to selection and implement new solutions. Time will be provided at the conclusion of the presentation for questions.

9:35 – 10:20 a.m.
3-D Scanning and Robotic Milling of Stone
Laurie Wells, Old World Stone
Replicating complex geometry and sculpted stone detail on historic buildings requires infinite measuring and attention to detail.  Previously,  photographs, field templates, rubber molds and actual samples from buildings were used to copy missing or damaged units.  Today leading edge 3-D scanning is used to capture the finest detail in the field and transfer that information to CNC and robotic milling equipment.  The scanning and milling technology will be demonstrated through three innovative case studies. First, we return to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, CO to replicate carved French Gothic detail on the twin spires using Indiana limestone. Next we head to Packer Memorial Chapel at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA to scan and replicate the Collegiate Gothic tracery windows in Wallace sandstone.  Our latest venture is in Oklahoma City where a tracery window, on the brink of collapse, is scanned and a replacement limestone tracery is in the works.  This innovative technology is changing the way we do business.

10:20 – 10:50 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.
Technology on Parade

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Technical Clearinghouse
Moderator: Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions, Inc.
This session offers attendees the opportunity to tap into the collective knowledge of the group.  If you are looking for a solution or have information you’d like to share with the group, this is the time and place to bring those issues to light.  

1:00 p.m. shotgun start
Red Simpson Memorial Golf Tournament
Golfers will enjoy this gorgeous and challenging course.  Whether you are an expert golfer or simply want to enjoy time with your fellow SWRI’ers, it promises to be a fun and lively event.  


WED., March 21, 2017

8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Challenges and Choices: Preformed Silicone Shapes
Mark Schmidt & Peter Nelson, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Preformed silicone shapes can be used to address limited bond surface, aesthetic concerns, moving joints, and difficult sealant installations; however, not all shapes are aesthetically acceptable and some do not meet performance requirements. In this presentation, Mark Schmidt and Peter Nelson (both of WJE) will use two case studies to illustrate the challenges and choices associated with sealing troublesome spandrel components and lock-strip gasket systems. For each case study, they will describe the initial design considerations; the proposed repair methodologies; the performance of mock-up installations; and the subsequent development, selection, installation, and quality assurance of three dimensional preformed silicone shapes. Through these case studies, Mark and Peter will highlight that even straightforward installations do not always warrant the same preformed silicone solutions.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
New Product Demonstrations

  • WillSeal LLC
  • Tremco, Inc.
  • Emseal Joint Systems Ltd.

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
Golf Awards

10:10 - 10:40 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:40– 11:25a.m.
Thermographic Systems Used to Identify Errors & Omissions in Placement of Structural Reinforcement in High Rise Buildings 
Joseph Ferrell, Building Engineering-Consultants, Inc.
This presentation will present findings discovered using Thermographic technology and during damage investigations on high rise buildings following  gulf coast hurricanes. The survey results revealed serious omissions and/or alignment errors within structurally reinforced walls and exterior assemblies, resulting in millions of dollars of repair. The presentation details how the damages to exterior walls, when compared to actual wind speeds recorded and structural designs, were in excess of what should have occurred. The presentation also describes the methodology & testing used to determine the cause of failures, limitations of using Thermographic equipment and best practices to avoid failures in exterior wall construction. 

11:25 - 11:55 a.m.
Projects on Parade

  • Mike Bernhard, Metro Caulking & Waterproofing
    Delray Proton Therapy, Delray Beach, FL
  • Andy Turner, Lupini Construction
    Tabernacle Church, Utica, NY
  • Darin Cielocha, McGill Restoration
    Central High School, Omaha, NE
  • Dave Gladney, Cardinal Roofing & Restoration
    Gregg County Courthouse, Longview, TX


11:55 a.m. - Noon
Closing Remarks

Meeting Adjourns


Meeting Registration

  • The full meeting registration fee for attendees includes all educational sessions, the Sunday evening Opening Reception, continental breakfasts, and breaks and Monday's Pass the Gavel Party. 
  • Only those individuals who are registered and have a badge may attend conference events.
  • To register, payment must accompany your registration form. No registrations will be processed without payment.

Registration Rates

  • $795 for SWR Institute Members
  • $995 for Non-Members
  • $250 Exhibitor Fee ( Fee will be waived if you are a 2018 Winter Tech Sponsor)

Confirmation Notice

Confirmations will be e-mailed for all registrations received by March 1, 2018. If you have not received your confirmation by March 1, 2018, contact SWR Institute Headquarters at 816.472.7974 or info@swrionline.org.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be made in writing and can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to SWR Institute headquarters.
  • Any cancellations received on or before March 1, 2018, will be honored, but will result in a $50 per person processing charge.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations received after March 1, 2018.

Hotel Information

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
39 Beach Lagoon Road
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Reservation Line: 904.261.6161
Concierge: 904.432.1467
Book Online!

The normal rooms at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort are sold out. However, the Ocean View Villas are still available at the same discounted group rate of $299. When you call the reservation line to book, please notify them you are wanting to book a Villa. Otherwise, they'll think you want a room and you will be told our room block is sold out.

The Sandcastle Villas and guest rooms are directly adjacent to the hotel and very walkable to the hotel and conference center, usually a 3-5 minute walk from Sandcastle to our meeting space. If you are staying in a villa, you can simply dial ‘0’ from the villa room and ask for a shuttle ride to anywhere on the resort grounds. You should call 10-15 minutes in advance of your desired pickup time. Plus, 4 passenger island hoppers are available to rent at $85/day. 

Please make reservations by Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, after which the hotel will release rooms to the general public at higher rates. It is also important to note that the rates quoted above are always subject to room availability, so it’s very important to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Room reservations and hotel charges are the responsibility of the attendee. A special rate of $289 USD plus a $10 resort fee for single or double occupancy has been negotiated with the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. 

Guest room rates

Single/Double Occupancy: $299 (The room rate combines the room rate and resort fee together. Room Rate of $289 + $10 Resort Fee) 
These rates are applicable from Jan, 1 – Feb. 23, 2018.

Reservation Procedures

  • To make reservations online, click here . Please use the group code, SWR Institute  to receive the negotiated group discount rate.  If you need additional assistance, please call 904.261.6161.
  • The hotel prefers that you make reservations online using the special SWR Institute link above and only calling the number if you have issues booking online.
  • NOTE: It is important to make reservations by Friday, Feb.23, 2018, after which the hotel will release rooms to the general public at higher rates. It is also important to note that the rates quoted above are always subject to room availability, so it’s very important to make your reservation just as soon as possible.
  • Check-in time is 4 p.m. Checkout time is noon.
  • The hotel will confirm directly with you. Upon receiving hotel confirmation, you must make changes in hotel accommodations directly with the hotel.

About Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast. Enjoy luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, full-service spa, endless dining options and family-friendly activities. If meetings are on your agenda, we offer the largest conference center on the island with versatile meeting space and state-of-the-art technology. It’s the perfect backdrop for your family vacation, romantic getaway, corporate event or destination wedding.

Unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and spacious accommodations are available in all 404 rooms. Relax on the largest multi-tiered pool deck in northeast Florida, featuring an adults-only infinity edge pool, a 10,000-square-foot family-friendly pool, Splash Park water playground for the kids, two hot tubs and oversized fire pits.

Stroll 3.5 miles of pristine beach or spend an afternoon kayaking and paddleboarding through Amelia Island’s preserved marshlands. Children will enjoy our award-winning kids’ camp and Nature Center, both of which offer supervised activities.

Driving Directions from Jasksonville International Airport

Take I-95 North to Exit 373 (Route A1A East). Go East 11.2 miles to Amelia Island Parkway, (turn right at 1st traffic light, just over Intracoastal Waterway Bridge). Go 3.4 miles to traffic light and turn right. Go .7 miles to the round-about and follow Route A1A South. Go 2.7 miles to resort entrance on the left, (third round-about on left). Follow signs to “Check-In”

Scenic Route:

Take I-95 to Exit 358A. Go East on Route 105 (North Heckscher Drive) and follow the signs to Amelia Island.


Take I-95 South to Exit 373, (Route A1A East). Go East 11.2 miles to Amelia Island Parkway, (turn right at first traffic light, just over Intracoastal Waterway Bridge). Go 3.4 miles to traffic light and turn right. Go .7 miles to the round-about and follow Route A1A South. Go 2.7 miles to resort entrance on the left, (third roundabout on left). Follow signs to “Check-In”


Take I-10 East to I-95 North to Exit 373 (Route A1A East). Go East 11.2 miles to Amelia Island Parkway, (turn right at 1st traffic light, just over Intracoastal Waterway Bridge). Go 3.4 miles to traffic light and turn right. Go .7 miles to the round-about and follow Route A1A South. Go 2.7 miles to resort entrance on the left, (third round-about on left). Follow signs to “Check-In”


Take I-95 North to Exit 373 (Route A1A East). Go East 11.2 miles to Amelia Island Parkway, (turn right at 1st traffic light, just over Intracoastal Waterway Bridge). Go 3.4 miles to traffic light and turn right. Go .7 miles to the round-about and follow Route A1A South. Go 2.7 miles to resort entrance on the left, (third round-about on left). Follow signs to “Check-In”

Complimentary self-parking
Valet parking available for $25 per day
Please note that the Amelia Island Plantation Community Association does not permit motorcycles on the property.



Travel arrangements to and from Omni Amelia Island Plantation from Jacksonville International Airport may be made with the following vendors.

Dana’s Limousine and Transportation Service
(904) 744-3333

Front Runner Transportation
(904) 714-1277
(Please contact vendors for specific rates)*

Distance From Airports

Jacksonville International Airport – 29 miles
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport – 4 miles


Option 1: The Full Spouse Program includes Sunday evening's Opening Reception, Monday's Pass the Gavel Party and Tuesday's Spouse Tour, Back Water-Cat Adventure with lunch at Brett's Waterway Cafe. 
Cost: $425

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Back Water-Cat Adventure with lunch at Brett's Waterway Cafe. 
Spouse/Guest Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Ocean Side Bar & Grill located in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:15 a.m. for the shuttle service. 
Back Water-Cat Adventure: 10:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Lunch: Brett's Waterway Cafe at 12:30 p.m.

Welcome to one of the most unique boat tours you will ever go on. The boats are called “Craigcats” and are very safe and easy to drive. They are quick with their 30hp motor and maneuver like a hovercraft which makes them a blast to drive! We like to describe them as “go carts on the water!”

Our guests get the independence of driving their own boat and the security of a monitor (who drives in another boat) who knows the waters and will keep them safe. This is an interactive adventure which seeks wildlife, sea life and beautiful waterways to entertain both young and old alike. The boats are very easy to drive even with inexperienced boaters. You'll get to visit Fort Clinch, possibly see dolphins and whales, then you'll get to stop and walk around Cumberland Island and we'll see all sorts of nature and wildlife!

Dress Attire: Waterproof jackets and waterproof pants will be provided. Wear warm pants and a light jacket, if the weather is cool. If the weather is warmer than 75 degrees, shorts and a t-shirt will be fine. You must wear footwear that can withstand water (sandals or flip flops). Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are recommended. 

OPTION 2: Opening Reception & Monday's Pass the Gavel Party $300.00

SWR Red Simpson Golf Tournament
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Location: Oak Marsh Golf Course (Attached to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort)

Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Tel: (904) 277-5907

Cost: $180
Fee includes: Box Lunch, Greens Fee, Cart Fee, Practice Balls

Cost with clubs: $235
Fee includes: Box Lunch, Greens Fee, Cart Fee, Club Fee, Practice Balls

The Oak Marsh Golf Course is one of the truly classic Pete Dye-designed golf courses. The course, built in 1972 shortly after the completion of the Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is noted for its tight fairways and small greens, meandering along serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the moss draped heritage oaks for which Amelia Island is famous.

At par 72, this 6,700-yard course has 14 holes with water hazards and numerous bulk headed greens. A variety of bunkers are placed throughout the course to add to the challenge and a natural approach has been maintained as well with the use of coquina shell cart paths, native plant life and preserved habitats for the local wildlife. 

Oak Marsh has been included in Golf Digest's prestigious list of the "Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S".  Oak Marsh also was selected by Travel & Lei sure  Golf as one of "Florida's 50 Finest Courses."

To learn more about the course,   click here!

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers a variety of activities for every interest! “Island time” has never been more relevant than when you’re taking advantage of all that the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort has to offer. The resort offers an activity to fit almost every interest, including:

  • paddle boarding
  • Segway Tours
  • Nature tours
  • Trip to the Spa
  • Miniature Golf
  • Bonfires
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Tennis and SO MUCH MORE! 

Click here  to see current information for activities on the resort and all aorund Amelia Island.  Check back at the beginning of March to see the most current info! 

Contact Marilou (contact info below) if you have any questions or are interested in booking an activity. 

Senior Recreation Manager
904-277-5901 direct | 904-548-8230 cell

Exhibitor Information

SWR Institute has implemented a $250 fee for a tabletop display at our meetings.  Please note that the tabletop fee will be waived for meeting sponsors.

Only those companies who have registered for a tabletop will be allowed to exhibit. 

CLICK HERE to register to Exhibit.

Exhibit Guidelines

  • Tabletop displays only (table area is 6’ x 30”). All products and table display must fit within these parameters.
  • Tables will be located in the general session ballroom where the continental breakfast and breaks will be held and must be unmanned while the educational sessions are in progress.
  • Displays must be set by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, and dismantled by Wednesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. The room will be available for set-up on Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. SWR Institute will not be providing security, but the room will be locked when not in use.
  • If you require electricty, please note that when completing your online exhibitor registration form. 
  • IMPORTANT: Please complete the exhibitor form, click here. Once your items are ready for shipment, please email the completed form to the emails listed on the bottom of the form. 

Shipping/Receiving Procedures

 When shipping boxes to the hotel, please address them as follows:

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
39 Beach Lagoon Road
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Attn: Lauren Williams, Conference Service Coordinator
HOLD FOR ARRIVAL:  YOUR NAME, SWR Institute – Winter Technical Meeting
Friday, March 16, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018

Shipments are accepted 2 days prior to group arrival.

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