Schedule of Events

2022 Winter Technical Meeting
Schedule of Events

SAT., February 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 p.m.
SWR Institute Ski Day at Snowbasin (to see details and cost, click here)
SUN., February 20, 2022
8:00 AM – Noon
Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings
  • Membership
  • Training Validation
  • Technical Resources
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Committee Meetings
  • Program Planning
  • Safety
  • Product Validation 
5 – 6 p.m.
First Timers’ Reception
6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception
MON., February 21, 2022
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8 – 8:15 a.m.
Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions
Opening Remarks and President's Welcome

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Jeff Gontarek, Immediate Past President and Awards Chair
Award of Excellence Ceremony
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
John Lamb and Eric Hoff, Structural Waterproofing Consultants
Kevin McCormick, SE, Miller Consulting Engineers
Sean Gores, Gores Construction
Remediation of McCormick Pier in Portland
McCormick Pier originally constructed in 1909 over the Willamette River in Portland to accommodate river commerce.  The McCormick Pier project was constructed in 1982 as an apartment complex of 301 units in 15 buildings, converted to condominiums in 2004.  Four buildings, of wood foundations are bearing on an asphalt/concrete overlay supported by 45,000 sq/ft post & beam wood pier.  Structural Waterproofing Consultants was contracted in 2017 to perform a condition assessment due to observed settling.  A full investigation by geotechnical, structural and Structural Waterproofing Consultants (SWC) performed in 2018-2019.  Repair work was started under declaration of emergency clause in the code in the spring of 2020.  Substantial completion reached in October 2021
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
New Product Presentation
MAPEI Corporation‚Äč

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Dan Gordeyeva and Kelly Streeter, Alta Access
Drones, 3D Models, and Photogrammetry: Flying High with Tech Tools
Join Kelly Streeter, PE, partner of Vertical Access LLC (VA), and Dan Gordeyeva, UAS Program Manager, for a look at how VA uses drones, 3D modeling, and photogrammetry for condition assessments, especially at height and in places with difficult access. VA’s “virtual toolbox” includes a wide range of instruments and tools for non-destructive evaluation and testing, including a growing fleet of drones, each of which has a different use. Kelly and Dan will walk you through how they use drones and tech tools, present five case studies, and explain the challenges of using the equipment, staying up-to-date with hardware and software, and managing the ever-changing landscape of regulations.

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Ed Gerns and Sarah Van Domelen, WJE
Evaluation and Restoration of Historic Windows
All too often, the original windows are unnecessarily removed and replaced from historic buildings. In some instances, replacement is justified due to the extent of deterioration resulting from years of deferred or inappropriate maintenance. Certainly, there may be instances when the economics of restoring historic windows is unrealistic or impractical for an Owner. However, often historic windows are unnecessarily replaced as a result of incorrect assumptions regarding their condition, or misinterpretation of the actual condition of the windows. Alternatively, a designer may believe that a new window will perform better, require less maintenance, increase energy efficiency, or just last longer than the existing original windows. This may not the case.
This presentation will address issues related to the evaluation and restoration of historic wood and metal windows. An overview of historic windows will be presented relative to materials and components, followed by the methodology used by the authors to evaluate the condition of windows and determine: repairs that are necessary to maintain the structural integrity of the window, repairs that are necessary to address air and water infiltration, and finally repairs relative to aesthetics and function.
Meeting adjourns
Afternoon Option Activities (to see details and cost, click here)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Top Golf
TUES., Feb. 22, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.
Opening Remarks
8:40 – 8:50 a.m.
Town Hall Meeting and Board Elections
8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Rolling off Board Member Recognition
9:00– 9:45 a.m.
Sara Holcomb, Walker Consultants
Restoration Project of a Lifetime: A Façade Ordinance Case Study in New York City
Provides a case study of a historic hotel building in midtown Manhattan in New York City. Discusses assessment methodology based on the requirements of the local façade ordinance and explores various mass masonry wall cladding types at the historic building, including brick masonry, terra cotta, cast stone and limestone. Summarizes and categorizes masonry defects and resulted from both construction and environmental factors. Provides an overview of numerous masonry repair and restoration projects completed at the building over a 7-year period, from 2010 through 2017.
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
New Product Presentation
Sika Corporation

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
New Product Presentation
Master Builders Solutions 
10:15– 10:45a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:45– 11:15 a.m.
Jim Dougherty, Spider
How to Prepare for the Unexpected on a Suspended Scaffold Project
Proper preplanning of projects helps reduce or eliminate down time in most cases, but sometimes there are unexpected circumstances that occur.  Power issues and incapacitated hoists are examples of things that could cause challenges.  You'll hear how to address or resolve these issues, which sometimes involves a rescue of incapacitated platform and/or removing workers from incapacitated platforms.  
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Ron Pilla, Valcourt Building Services
The Audi Warehouse Wall Panel Restoration
Unit Priced items can be challenging to manage, especially in mass quantity on projects with multiple work items.  The features and benefits of this presentation will provide Project Management tools and techniques for staying on track with the billing cycle subsequently improving cash flow.
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Pass the Gavel Party at Lake Effect
WED., February 23, 2022
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Mark Bott, PULLMAN
West Virginia Capitol Restoration
The West Virginia State Capitol Building was dedicated on June 20, 1932, and since the time of construction, has experienced water infiltration issues at the iconic Gold Dome of the building. Beginning in 2018, a comprehensive Restoration Project was performed to eliminate water infiltration, and to repair and restore elements of the Capitol Building damaged by water infiltration.
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
John Welch and Jason Sappenfield, Omega Waterproofing
Challenges and Successes of Dome Restoration 
Challenges will be faced on any project. This presentation will walk you through the challenges and successes of dome restoration.
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
New Product Presentation
Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – Noon
Moderators: Sara Holcomb, Walker Consultants and Stace Grund, Tatley-Grund
Panelists: Ron Pilla, Valcourt Building Services; Frank Duarte, Keystone Waterproofing & Restoration; Jim Justus, Mosaic Engineering

The Clearinghouse: Condo Commandos
Welcome to a new edition of the “Technical Clearinghouse” that all SWR members know and love!  We have worked with a number of passionate, long-time members to target a “hot topic” for this meeting, with an expert panel of Contractor and Associate members with experience on hundreds of condominium projects. Our panel will get the conversation started – but all Members are strongly encouraged to bring their own lessons learned from similar projects and join in the discussion, and microphones will be circulated throughout the audience.

Panelists will tackle burning questions about working on condominium projects, including:
  • Early condo project “red flags”: How do you work within unrealistic client budgets and set or improve client expectations?
  • What are the main risks working with condominiums and how can these be limited or overcome?
  • What happens if a consultant isn’t hired – what are a Contractor’s options?
  • How did unforeseen conditions “explode” on past condo projects and were you able to work through it?
  • What issues can both the Associate and Contractor help mitigate during bidding and construction?
Feel free to bring condo project “challenges” and “best practices” to the table to share with the group!
Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourns