Schedule of Events

2020 Winter Technical Meeting
Schedule of Events

SAT., February 15, 2020

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
SWR Institute Board Meeting
SUN., February 16, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 PM
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 17, 2020

7:30 – 8 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

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

8:10 – 8:30 a.m.
Cindy Raffio, Metro Caulking & Waterproofing
Intro to Hollywood Beach

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Patti Wood
SNAP -Making the Most of First Impressions and Body Language
Skills and Insights for the First Five Minutes 

You are using up to 10,000 nonverbal cues in the first minute of interaction to form a SNAP impression that determines how you’ll interact with that person in that particular situation and you’re sending cues that determine what they think of you! Patti is an internationally known expert in Nonverbal Communication. In this high energy, interactive, humor filled program you will learn how body language and first impressions impact your interactions, improve the signals you send and your ability to read others. Based on Patti's research and book, “SNAP Making the Most of First Impressions Body Language and Charisma” this "Wow!" filled program will share the secrets inside each face-to-face and over the phone interaction. If you google Patti Wood, body Language, first impressions and or handshakes, you will see the amazing insights your audience members can gain in this program.

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

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
John Lambert, Stone Restoration of America, Inc.
EIFS Installation, Maintenance, and Repair– What You Need to Know
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) are taking on a larger role in modern construction due its aesthetic versatility, increasing energy code requirements, and economy of installation. Drainable EIFS systems require the same level of attention to detail as any other cladding system to keep the moisture in the cavity to a minimum and out of the occupied space. In order to do this, it is important to understand the correct way to install, maintain, and restore these systems. This presentation attempts to explain the science to success and help you avoid the pitfalls of failure. 

11:15 a.m. – Noon
Marcy Tyler, Tremco
Dan Cain, The George D. Alan Company

The Do’s and Don’ts of Air Barriers
Air barriers play a critical role in the performance of the building enclosure.  Proper installation will stop the unconditioned flow of air, connect to all building components, be well adhered during positive and negative pressure and remain durable throughout the life of the building.  This presentation will review the importance of product selection and evaluation (adhesion & compatibility) and provide a pictorial view of installation practices (the do’s) and lessons learned (the don’ts) of surface preparation, detailing of penetrations, connectivity, and façade anchoring.

Meeting Adjourns

Optional Activities
South Beach Culinary Experience
Noon-4:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Red Simpson Memorial Golf Tournament

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Sea Fishing
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TUES., Feb. 18, 2020

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.
Town Hall Meeting and Board Elections

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Kami Farahmandpour, Building Technology Consulting, Inc.
Stupid Mistakes that Lead to Expensive Litigation – An Expert Witness’s Viewpoint
Many construction defect cases stem from small mistakes made during the construction or design process.  A large majority of construction defect cases revolve around water infiltration and moisture issues, issues that SWR Institute members deal with on a routine basis.  This presentation provides the perspective of an expert witness who has served as an expert in numerous construction defect cases.  The presentation will focus on a few case histories of construction litigation cases that could have been avoided if decisions made during the construction phase were properly documented; and if the value engineering, change order process, or delegated design responsibilities were properly handled.
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
New Product Demonstrations
Spot 1: Pecora Corporation 
Spot 2 : BASF Corporation
Spot 3: Aquafin Inc.

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

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Projects on Parade
  • Michael Bernhard, Metro Caulking and Waterproofing Project: 100 Las Olas, Miami, FL
  • Ron Pilla, Valcourt Building Services - Project: The Lipton Tea Project 
11:00 – 11:05 a.m.
Golf Awards

11:05 – 11:20 a.m.
Award of Excellence and Trinity Awards Ceremony

11:20 – 11:30 a.m.
Rolling off Board Member Recognition

11:30 - Noon
Pass the Gavel Ceremony

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Pass the Gavel Party
WED., February 19, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Joe Solinski, Stone and Glazing Consulting
Jeff Carrillo, Tarillo Vue Aerials
Brodie McIlvain, American Restoration
Bob Zeolla, American Anchor

The Crescent Dallas Slate Roof Remediation
On June 9, 2019, a high wind event hit Dallas damaging, among other buildings, The Crescent, a 19-Story mid-rise 4 building complex completed in 1986.  Each Tower has mansard roofs that are 45’ to 65’ High and has a 70 Degree roof pitch, which made it very difficult to access.
Much of the original English slate tile that clad the mansard roofs were blown off in several large areas during the wind event.   A UAV drone was used to perform an initial survey identifying the scope of damage and was utilized throughout the roof repair project to monitor progress and prevent unnecessary traffic on the brittle slate tiles after repairs had been made. Overhead protection and barricades were set up around the property.  
An exterior access system was designed and installed to facilitate safe access for the workers.  A unique railing and netting system were developed and utilized at each roof area while repairs were being made to minimize any falling object hazards. Design details and specifications were compiled and competitively bid for remediation.  The Contractor that was awarded the project estimated (26) weeks for the work, which not only included repair of roof, but coordination of public safety that involved overhead protection, closed-off areas below, safety netting, gutter protection, and areas of repair.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Greg Neiderer and Kathryn Stairs, Walker Consultants
Energy Code Impacts on Plaza Success
Newer energy codes require more insulation within protected membrane plaza systems - PMPS. Often the insulation is a rigid polystyrene placed above the membrane, particularly with PMPS with occupied space below.  PMPS have unique thermal and waterproofing characteristics that can become more vulnerable to failure as the rigid insulation thickness is increased.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Projects on Parade
  • Joe Stevens, Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors, Inc. - Project: The Greenbrier hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • JP McDonald, BECS - Project: The Chesterfield, Durham, NC
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Technical Clearinghouse

Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourns