Schedule of Events

2019 Winter Technical Meeting
Schedule of Events

SAT., March 9, 2019
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
SWR Institute Board Meeting
SUN., March 10, 2019
1– 2:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings  (click here to learn more about each committee)
  • Membership
  • Training Validation
  • Program Planning
2:30– 4 p.m.
Committee Meetings
  • Technical Resources
  • Safety
  • Product Validation 
5 – 6 p.m.
First Timers’ Orientation and Reception
First time attendees and their assigned ambassadors have a chance to get to know each other after a short orientation about the Institute.  This allows for first timers to get acclimated with a smaller a group before attending the Opening Reception with all attendees.  
6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception
Promoting fellowship amongst our members is a part of SWR Institute's mission statement and the opening reception is designed to facilitate connection with industry peers and friends. A beautiful spread of food, a relaxing atmosphere and an even better selection of people will ensure the event is a good time for all.  
MON., March 11, 2019
7:30 – 8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Be sure to spend some time with the select group of manufacturers with tabletop displays!
8 – 8:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks & President’s Welcome
Doug DeSilvio, The George D. Alan Company and SWR Institute President

8:10 – 8:30 a.m.
Intro to Santa Monica
Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions

Santa Monica, with its laid-back beach town atmosphere and big city sophistication, offers an eclectic blend of natural beauty, award winning dining and famed shopping options.  During this presentation, you’ll learn more about our meeting’s host city, which is one of California’s most iconic stretches of shoreline and a truly unforgettable seaside destination.
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Tanya Komas, Ph.D., CPI Foundation
A Critical Factor in Military Veteran Success and Durable Structures

Dr. Komas discusses CPI’s work to train and inspire military service members and connect them to civilian careers while repairing landmark structures. Through powerful imagery, historical connection, and motivational stories, she highlights work at Pearl Harbor, Alcatraz Island, and Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France, demonstrating how timing is critical for durable structures and our industry’s need to redefine workforce development – particularly with regard to military veterans - as a new market with new rules. The non-profit CPI Foundation is an official US military active duty Career Skills Program, partner of the National Park Service, and partner of industry companies and associations such as SWR Institute whose support makes CPI’s programs possible.
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Award Ceremony
The SWR Institute Trinity Awards Program recognizes member companies and their unique projects.  "Trinity" was chosen as the name of this awards program because it defines the key submittal component. There are three projects award types (Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration) and to receive one of the awards, the contractor, manufacturer and design professional that worked on the project must have been an SWR Institute member when the project began. 
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions and Pawan Gupta, PE SE PhD, Walter P. Moore & Associates
4th Street Parking Garage – A Case Study of the Hidden Costs of Deferred Maintenance

The City of Santa Monica operates a series of high-traffic parking garages that serve the popular 3rd Street Mall shopping venue that began to display deflection and cracking after years of service. When the structural engineer was retained to investigate, he immediately “red-tagged” the first structure and brought in a contractor to install emergency shoring so that the city maintenance department could to continue to operate in the first floor where they had their central operations, not to mention keep the upper access lanes open to ensure the parking revenue stream from the upper five floors. Pawan Gupta, PE SE PhD of Walter P. Moore & Associates and Kelly McBride of Century Building Solutions, Inc. will present an analysis of the project which discovered that the lack of waterproofing and exposure to the ocean environment only a few blocks away had resulted in severe deterioration of the post-tension cables and forced an expensive and unplanned remediation repair.
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
New Product Demonstrations
Keep up with the latest product offerings from these manufacturers:
  • Neogard
  • Tremco, Inc.
  • Mapei
11:45 a.m.
Meeting adjourns 
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Red Simpson Memorial Golf Tournament
Location: Braemar Country Club
4001 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana, Los Angeles, CA 91356
Tel: 818.345.6520
Click here for more information about the tournament.  
TUES., March 12, 2019
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 – 8:35 a.m.
Opening Remarks
8:35 – 8:45 a.m.
Town Hall Meeting and Board Elections
SWR Institute's attorney, Jon Gilchrist, will lead the Town Hall Membership Meeting that includes the election of new board members and officers.   

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Greg Ambrosia, City Wide Building Services
Hiring Military Veterans—How to Hit On Target
As every industry struggles to find a reliable workforce, there is a source of talent entering the market every day that is poorly assimilated—retiring and transitioning military veterans.  This presentation seeks to help better inform employers how to connect, successfully hire, and retain military veterans.
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Projects on Parade
  • Brian Neumann, Neumann Sloat Arnold Architects, Inc.
    • Project: 1001 California - Restoration of an historic 1915 Beaux Arts building in San Francisco.  The work included restoration of the main building cornice, balustrades, rooftop terraces and penthouse.
  • Darin Cielocha, McGill Restoration
    • Project: University of Nebraska Medical Center - Removal and replacement of the top wearing slab and then waterproofing and replacement of the deck.  
  • Stace Grund, Tatley-Grund
    • Project: Chautauqua Elementary School - A $4.4mm cladding replacement project performed during the 11 week summer break on a large elementary school. Adding to the project challenges of an extremely tight schedule, logistical issues were increased as the school was located on an Island just south of Seattle with no road/bridge access, only the Washington State Ferry Service.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Julian Hoffman, National Safety Council
Drugs in Your Workplace? What You Need to Know

Come hear about new results from a National Safety Council employer survey on how opioids, marijuana and other drugs are impacting workplaces across the country, along with some of the actions you can take and resources you can use to make your workplace safer. This informative, interactive session will leave you with concrete measures to reduce injuries and save lives, both on and off the job.
11:15 – 11:25 a.m.
Golf Awards
Find out who came out on top at the Red Simpson Memorial Golf Tournament!  
11:25 – 11:30 a.m.
Rolling off Board Member Recognition
The individuals who volunteer their time and resources serving on the SWR Institute Board of Directors deserve a huge thanks!  
11:30 - Noon
Pass the Gavel Ceremony
Doug DeSilvio will pass the presidential gavel to Jeff Gontarek during this special ceremony.  Becoming the president of the Institute is a huge honor and we look forward to Jeff leading the Institute over the coming year.  
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Pass the Gavel Party
The Pass the Gavel celebration will be held at The Victorian, an off-site venue that is a prime pocket of nostalgic architecture.  This will be a fun and unique event with various entertainment options scattered throughout the property.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy including those who prefer to find a quiet spot to catch up with a friend or talk business.  

WED., March 13, 2019
8 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Craig Allender and Ashley Welton, SGH
Strategies for Field Structural Glazing

Based on recent experience on a high rise project in San Francisco, we will present some lessons learned and quality control best practices for installing structural silicone sealant to glazing in the field.  We’ll discuss how industry standards address field structural glazing, materials for use, substrate preparation, material installation, in-situ material testing, and monitoring/inspection efforts to limit missteps when shop glazing cannot occur.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Bob Gensel and Vivek Kumar, Pullman and Doug Leng, Structural Technologies
Alcatraz Cellhouse Restoration: Staying Ahead of the Elements

This project contained extremely challenging structural and architectural elements and state-of-the art material preservation methods. Bringing new restoration techniques to an old building required creativity from architects, engineers and contractors alike.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – 11:00
Brian Koenings, PROSOCO
Changes in Specialty Distribution
The construction industry has experienced major consolidation in the manufacturing segment; we have just started to see similar changes surfacing in the specialty distribution landscape. One industry veteran from PROSOCO, Brian Koenings, will discuss three recent, real-world models of mergers and acquisitions in the distributor market. Large distributors are making moves for rapid growth, but have chosen three distinct approaches to achieve their goals. Get up-to-speed on who’s involved in the latest moves and how these various entities are affected.
11:00 – 11:45
Tom Miller, Advanced Masonry Restoration
Persevere to Preserve: Finding Solutions for Anomalies in Masonry Restoration
Two case studies of unusual challenges in masonry restoration and how they were solved. The challenges were restoring the proper size carved stone on a church window and replacing the brick on a flour mill.

Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourns