Schedule of Events


Saturday, September 29, 2018

8:00 AM – Noon              
Board of Directors Meeting 

8:00am - 4:30pm
Competent Person Training for Suspended Scaffold

An industry standard since 1992, this comprehensive training program explains how to set up, operate and inspect suspended work platforms. The student completing this course will know the basics required to safely use suspended equipment. On-the-job training after this program will allow participants to apply what they have learned and to gain field experience necessary for any professional. The program explains how to set up, operate and inspect suspended work platforms. This course has a three year certification.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

1:00 – 2:30 PM 
Committee Meetings   

  • Membership     
  • Program Planning           
  • Product Validation          
2:30 – 4:00 PM 
Committee Meetings   
  • Technical Resources      
  • Training Validation         
  • Safety  
5:00 – 6:00 PM 
First Timer Orientation and Reception  

6:00 – 8:00 PM 
Opening Reception        

Monday, October 1, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors   

8:00 – 8:10 AM
President’s Opening Remarks   

8:10 – 9:10 AM
Donovan Rypkema, Keynote Speaker
The Multiple Impacts of Restoration: Recent findings from US Cities

The rehabilitation and restoration of existing buildings – particularly those of historic character – has traditionally been advocated on cultural and aesthetic grounds. Recent studies, however, particularly at the city level, have demonstrated a much broader range of benefits, including economic, environmental, and social. This presentation will look at analyses from Savannah, San Antonio, Indianapolis, New York City and elsewhere that revealed measurable, positive benefits from building restoration and the policies that support it.
9:10 – 9:55 AM
John Krouse, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Woolworth Building: How Digital Technology Works with Historic Restoration

This presentation will focus on the terra cotta restoration of the Woolworth Building in New York City. The discussion with focus on the challenges of surveying the building with the complexity of all the unique styles in a small time frame. There will also be a focus on how the use of digital technology enhanced the surveying and production process of such unique pieces.

9:55 – 10:00 AM              
Membership Committee Update            

10:00 – 10:30 AM           
Coffee Break with Exhibitors     

10:30 – 11:00 AM           
Projects on Parade
  • John Lambert, Stone Restoration of America
    • Jocassee Hydro Station Repair and Waterproofing:  Trying to keep water out of the inside of a dam. A 40 year old concrete structure buried 5 stories below the base of a dam requires a little TLC to recapture its glory days.
  • Adam Hibshman, Valcourt Building Services, LLC
    • 1800 M Street Window Repairs: The replacement windows on this DC building were incorrectly installed and leaked as soon as they were installed. WJE created a repair plan and specification and partnered with Valcourt to perform the repairs after the local window contractors were not interested in the project. The completion of the partial repair project resulted in the building being sold for a very high price.  
  • Will Lott, Atlantic Leak Detection
    • Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY: How electronic leak detection can be integrated into a design.
11:00 - 11:05 AM            
Training Validation Committee Update

11:05 – 11:50AM             
Joseph Rogers and Evan Landis, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Kreiger Hall Waterproofing Repairs: A Case Study

Many commercial and institutional buildings outlast the effective life of their original below-grade waterproofing systems. They suffer from water infiltration, which can deteriorate building components and disrupt building operations. In these instances, owners face a choice to conduct repairs to manage water infiltration at the interior or prevent water infiltration from the outside of the building. Interior water management can be successful at collecting water infiltration and limiting some damage, but does not stop leak and water-related foundation wall deterioration. Some owners require the reliability of exterior-applied replacement below grade waterproofing to meet building use or service life requirements.      

11:50 – Noon    
Safety and Product Validation Committee Update          

Noon – 1:15 PM               

1:15 – 2:00 PM 
Jim Dougherty & Clint Ramberg, Spider  
Reducing Cost of Rigging on Difficult Access Projects without Sacrificing Safety

How to determine the best access solution pre-bid.  How to identify site conditions that limit your access choices.  How to utilize new safety products to maintain or increase productivity without sacrificing safety.   Using new access technology to identify new market.  

2:00 – 2:30 PM 
New Product Demonstrations   
  • BASF Corporation
  • Pecora Corporation
  • Emseal Joint Systems Ltd.
2:30 – 3:00 PM 
Coffee Break     

3:00 – 4:00 PM 
Technical Clearinghouse – Keith Goldstein, Moderator 

4:30 – 6:30 PM 
Cocktail Reception        

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors   

8:30 – 8:35 AM
Opening Remarks           

8:35 – 9:20 AM
Mary Oehrlein, Historic Preservation Officer Architect of the Capitol
For the Next 200 Years: Stone and Metal Preservation at the US Capitol

A technical review of the materials and technologies used in completing the Phase I cleaning, repair and conservation of the building and sculpture marble and granite including documentation; water and chemical, laser, poultice, and micro-abrasion cleaning; mortar/grout, epoxy, and acrylic repair; pinning repair and new carving/Dutchman installation; stone consolidation; metals cleaning and finishing; and replication of historic light fixtures.   

9:20 – 10:05 AM              
Stefan Bright, Valcourt/IWCA Safety Director
Untangling the Rope Descent System Regulations recently revised by OSHA

OSHA has spent the last 25 years developing and upgrading regulations for fall protection and falling object protection for general industry.  These regulations include a section addressing the use of rope descending systems on buildings throughout the United States.   Titled 1910.27, the rope descent system regulations require compliance from the user of the equipment as well as the owner of the building where the equipment is being used.  This is a critical requirement which will elevate the level of safety for those who use ropes for building access and façade work.  The professional window cleaning industry is the foremost user of this type of equipment but many other trades have followed suit because of it’s transportability and ease of use.  Stefan Bright has spent most of his career working on the development of safety and training programs, as well as National Industry Standards which specifically address this type of building access equipment.

10:05 – 10:35 AM           
Coffee Break with Exhibitors     

10:35 – 11:00 AM           
Projects on Parade
  • Steve Bentz, Building Envelope Consultants & Scientists
    • The Frick Building Cornice and the Event that Rocked Pittsburgh: On July 31, 2017 at approximately 2:30am a large section of the granite cornice of the 300-foot tall, 118 year old Frick Building in downtown Pittsburgh broke loose and crashed to the street below.  The event that rocked Pittsburgh closed city streets for approximately 3 weeks afterward and resulted in emergency stabilization, enginnering assessments, emergency scaffolding being set up quickly to investigate the cause, and a nearly 1-year repair project. This project on parade presentation will discuss the technical aspects of the project and the political ramifications on the local facade inspection ordinance that followed.
  • Scott Johnson, Johnson Statewide Caulking
    • Radisson 15 Story Restoration: Cleaned, sealed and waterproofed all the metal panels and planters. We performed deck coatings on an outside parking deck and interior garage deck. 
  • Stace Grund, Tatley-Grund Inc.
    • How to Fix a Failed Building Envelope on a Fully Occupied Hospital with Minimal Impacts: Wind, rain, noise, dust, mold exposure, and interior worker access are regularly significant impacts to the occupants of an existing building undergoing a full exterior cladding remediation. These impacts on multifamily and office buildings often push the occupants to relocate during the duration of the project. Relocation and shutting down a hospital for a cladding repair project was not an option the Owner would begin to consider. Mitigating these impacts to the patients and staff while maintaining a long-term quality repair was the primary challenge on this project.
11:00 – 11:15 AM           
Program Planning and Technical Resource Committee Updates

11:15 AM – Noon
Josh Leavitt, Much Shelist (Attorney)    
Legal Pitfalls in Repair and Restoration Business, A Construction Lawyer's Viewpoint 

Construction defect litigation is prevalent in the construction industry.  Contractors and subcontractors can be named as defendants in construction defect litigation, even when their work had little or no substantial impact on the issues at hand.  Construction defect litigation can take years to be resolved through the legal system, although often in less time if alternative dispute methods are used.  Nevertheless during the dispute process, regardless of the method utilized, the parties' resources can be severely taxed posing many challenges to their businesses.  In this presentation, a recognized construction lawyer experienced in defect disputes shares his experience with over 30 years of experience in cases involving construction defects, and also discusses the pitfalls and risks associated with performing repair work to correct someone else’s mistakes.  The presentation will include a discussion of risk mitigation strategies.

Noon – 1:15 PM              

1:15 – 2:15 PM 
Demystifying Historical Preservation – Panel moderated by Sarah Holder
Panel Members: Brett Laureys, Larry Burkhardt, Dan Tyler, & Tom Murphy

What does it mean if a building is designated as historic? This presentation provide an overview of the National Register of Historic Places program and some of the national preservation regulations/ standards that determine what can be done on each historic property. These regulatory and compliance components are often seen as hindrances; and, if not addressed on the front end of the project, can drastically slow down work.  This session will include examples of local preservation laws and state regulations on historic properties. The local and state level can vary drastically, but each local law will include some key concepts that the SWR Institute membership will likely find helpful.
2:15 – 2:30 PM 

Coffee Break (Exhibitors will be broken down by now) 
2:30 – 3:30 PM 

Over Coming the Skills Gap through Effective Training Programs- Panel moderated by Christopher Perego
Panel Members: Doug DeSilvio, Frank Halsey, Ron Pilla and Stacey Grund

Learn how other member companies are dealing with industry challenges when it comes to training and how they approach their training
  • Turnover
  • Lack of experience
  • Changing material, changing codes
  • Having to continually train people
3:30 PM
Meeting Adjourns