Schedule of Events

2023 Fall Technical Meeting
September 24-26, 2023
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
Saturday, September 23, 2023
8:00 AM – Noon
Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, September 24, 2023
1:00 – 2:30 PM 
Committee Meetings     2:30 – 4:00 PM 
Committee Meetings    
  • Program Planning
  • Safety - Agenda
5:00 – 6:00 PM 
First Timer Orientation and Reception  
6:00 – 8:00 PM 
Sunday's Denim & Diamonds Extravaganza
Live auction supporting the SWR Foundation
Attendees are encouraged to embrace the theme and come dressed in their best denim and blingiest bling!
Monday, September 25, 2023
7:30 – 8:00 AM 
Breakfast with Exhibitors            
8:00 – 8:10 AM 
Crane/Dayoub Welcome             
8:10 –8:20 AM  
President’s Opening Remarks
8:20 – 9:05 AM
Trinity Towers - Years of Neglect
Patrick Jorski – Sika/Master Builders Solutions
Ben Grandbois – Sunbelt Waterproofing & Restoration, LLC
Trinity Towers was neglected for years which lead to extensive repairs in 2023: concrete repair – vertical & horizontal, joints sealant, wall coatings, deck membrane & expansion joints.  Located near a major interstate, the west elevation had significant weathering from exhaust & UV exposure.  Deck Membrane was value engineered out during construction which lead to significant repairs prior to application.
9:05 – 9:50 AM
March 2000 F3 Ft Worth Tornado
Joe Solinski, Stone and Glazing Consulting
Tornados rarely occur in metropolitan downtown areas, yet the city of Fort Worth, Texas experienced a direct hit from an F2 Tornado on March 28, 2000.  A summary of the tornado path and the associated devastation to surrounding buildings will be reviewed.  Experiences will be shared from the perspective of the exterior wall consultant hired by the owner to manage the stabilization process.  The focus will be on providing consulting support to the building owner and property manager in securing and remediating a (40)-story, all glass office building.

9:50 – 10:00 AM
10-Minute Manufacturer Presentation
Chris Sabjel, Pecora Corporation 
Product Name: SilcoPrime
10:00 – 10:30 AM           
Coffee Break with Exhibitors      
10:30 – 11:00 AM
JSA & Pre-Planning
Carlos Noya, Valcourt Building Services
Using a JSA is nothing new, and the majority look nearly identical.  Yet, effective use is not always achieved by every crew, supervisor, etc. We will look at opportunities to improve the execution of hazard and control pre-planning to move the result away from meaningless towards meaningful.  When done correctly, this can be the key to saving lives.
11:00 – 11:10 AM
10-Min Manufacturer Presentation
Brian Glass, Newborn Brothers Co., Inc
Product Name: Dual Thrust Caulk Guns

11:10 – 11:55 AM
Construction Defect Demands versus Real World Repairs
Gary Miller & Mike Bates, ARC Restoration & Waterproofing Inc.
W. Charles Perry, P.E, W. Charles Perry & Associates

The project is a 154-unit multi-residential & commercial building in San Francisco. What makes this project interesting is that the consultant, W. Charles Perry, PE & Associates, approached the Board of Directors of a 154-unit two structure 4 story cement board siding building in San Francisco that leaked from the day it was built in the windows, walls, roof & below grade parking garage.  He offered a solution that would save the owners 5 million dollars from an 8 million settlement that they received.
The work took 1 ½ years to complete and consisted of removing the Hardi cement board trim, installing CIM waterproofing at the window perimeters and installing new cement board trim at all window units.  We also completed the repair of concrete & stucco wall areas, Excavation & new drainage system at parking garage to stop leakage into garage. Waterproof, detail roof & apply silicone waterproofing & coatings to seal & protect the roofs.  Finally, the exterior elevations of the buildings were caulked, waterproofed & painted for both buildings.

11:55 AM - Noon
5-Min Sponsor Presentation
John D'Annunzio, Innovative Waterproofing Solutions
Noon – 1:00 PM      
1:00 – 1:15 PM
Special Recognition
1:15 – 1:30 PM
Projects on Parade - Galleria Office Towers 1, 2 & 3 – Dallas, TX
Dave Gladney and Aaron Gladney, Cardinal Waterproofing Inc.
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Hicksville Garage -   Planning, Communication, Repair, and Strengthening
Zach Presant, Scott Waltman and Greg Walueff, PULLMAN SST
The Hicksville Parking Garage is a Filigree beam and slab structure with (4) levels of parking – 2 above grade and 2 below.  The garage is home to over 1,400 parking spaces. Early in the life of the garage, cracking in the filigree slabs were observed.  Emergency Shoring was installed and after an extensive evaluation, design documents were developed for a full project restoration. 

Located in Hicksville, Long Island, NY, the Garage is daily parking for the Long Island RR servicing over 1,400 residents with park spaces to be able to commute to New York City. Because of the impact to its residents, the town had strict stipulations that the structure could not be shut down for more than 3 months. The project had a very condensed project timeframe, a significant structural repair scope of complete slab replacements, installation of CFRP for strengthening, and extensive MEP upgrades. All of this for a high-profile government client.

The project featured numerous schedule and logistical challenges. This necessitated the need for extensive planning across all phases of the project, creating daily and even hourly communication with the client along with significant manhours. The challenges and successes will be discussed which resulted with the project being completed Safely and on schedule.  
2:15 – 2:30 PM
Cowtown at its Finest
Frank Halsey & Brad Boyd, Mid-Continental Restoration Company, Inc.
A brief history of the Fort Worth Stockyards and a short presentation of the $5MM masonry and concrete restoration project on the Horse & Mule Barn Building. 

SWR Institute Stockyards Social
SWR Institute will have a private space in the Stockyards Beer Garden
We will provide transportation to and from Stockyards
Map of Fort Worth Stockyards

The first bus will depart at 3:15 pm.  Meet bus on the West Drive of 2nd Street outside the hotel.  Return buses will be available at 7pm and 8pm. Pick up is at the same location as drop off.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
8:00 – 8:30 AM 
Breakfast with Exhibitors            
8:30 – 8:35 AM 
Opening Remarks           
8:35 – 9:20 AM
Facade Repairs for a Repaired Facade
Christopher Kottra, Building Technology Consultants
The subject building is a 19-story, 52-unit residential building originally constructed in Chicago in 1927.  The building structure consists of steel framing encased in concrete for fire protection.  The facade consists of a combination of brick and limestone.  Significant deterioration had been identified not only in original components, but in recently repaired areas also.  As such, a more comprehensive approach to repairing the facade became necessary.  Details were developed to address underlying issues based on an up-close evaluation of representative areas performed in 2022.  However, some conditions have been different than anticipated, which required some pivoting for the engineer and contractor.  However, advanced planning for unanticipated conditions and conservative repair quantity estimates kept the project moving forward both from a schedule and a budget standpoint.  Although, this is only Phase 1 of a projected 3-year project, the project is projecting under budget despite several challenges thus far. 

9:20 – 9:30 AM
10-Minute Manufacturer Presentation
Mark Chew, ICC
Product Name: PAVIX

9:30 – 10:15 AM              
Pioneer Tower at the Will Roger’s Memorial
Frank Halsey and Jon Carrier, Mid-Continental Restoration Company, Inc.
Built in 1936, the 120-acre Will Roger’s Memorial Center attracts over 2 million visitors annually to Fort Worth’s Cultural District.  Ongoing maintenance and repair to the art-deco envelope started in 2019 with exterior repairs and structural reinforcing on the Pioneer Tower and continues annually with other portions of this enormous complex.
10:15 – 10:45 AM
Coffee Break with Exhibitors      
10:45 – 11:30 AM
Sealing Joints in the Building Enclosure
David Sorrells, EMSEAL Joint Systems, Ltd
Expansion joints are literally a hole through the entire structure. They must accommodate a multitude of expected movement requirements while restoring the function of the building envelop including watertightness, insulation, life safety, sound attenuation and others. It is critical to properly think, design, bid, manufacturer and install expansion joints isometrically in 3D to maintain continuity of seal throughout all changes of plane, direction and transitions of dissimilar materials.
11:30 – 11:40 AM
10-Minute Manufacturer Presentation 
Kyle Miller, SOPREMA
11:40 – 12:25 AM           
Emergency Response from an Associate’s Perspective
Charles Hammond, PE, SE, CWI, LEED AP, RRO and Anirudh Goel, PE, Walker Consultants
Buildings can lose their structural integrity due to fires, vehicular impacts, deterioration, and construction/design defects among other items. Responding to these types of situations requires knowledge and expertise beyond those taught in a classroom environment during formal engineering education. They demand timely coordination between Contractors and Engineers to stabilize and repair such buildings. This presentation will discuss approaches to providing emergency response services through a variety of case studies.
12:25 AM - 12:30 PM
5-Min Sponsor Presentation
Hans Kaul, Kaneka North America, LLC

12:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1:30 – 2:15 PM 
Past, Present and Future: Continuous Evolution of Architectural Terra Cotta Detailing
Rachel Will, Wiss, Janney & Elstner
This presentation will compare the early detailing for architectural terra cotta including the 1914 edition of the NTCSCS publication with 1927 revisions, along with other relevant industry standards and provide an assessment of the lessons learned and how that has translated into revised detailing, material production, and installation. Additionally, we will introduce new developments related to restoration of architectural terra cotta elements that have been developed in a collaborative effort between design professionals, terra cotta manufacturers, and the International Masonry Institute (IMI). Specifically, revised details based on those shown in the NTCS documents but incorporating aspects of cavity and rainscreen wall assemblies. Finally, a new prototype terra cotta assembly that has been developed by design professionals at the Architectural Ceramics Assembly Workshop will be presented. These prototypes begin the process of evaluating alternative fabrication and support methods of architectural terra cotta.
2:15 – 3:50 PM
The Clearinghouse
Moderator: Robert Forrer, Spray-O-Bond Company

3:50 – 3:55 PM
Closing Remarks
3:55 PM
Meeting Adjourns