Schedule of Events

2023 Winter Technical Meeting
Schedule of Events
SUN., March 5, 2023
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Committee Meetings - On the Third Floor of the Hotel
  • Branding/Membership Agenda - Meeting Room: Bluefin I
  • Program Planning Agenda - Meeting Room: Stingray
  • Validation Agenda - Meeting Room: Bluefin II
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Committee Meetings
  • Technical Resources Agenda - Meeting Room: Stingray
  • Safety Agenda - Meeting Room: Bluefin II
5 – 6 p.m.
First Timers’ Reception
6 – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception

MON., March 6, 2023
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Neogard
8 – 8:15 a.m.
Michael MacDonagh V, EDS
Opening Remarks and President's Welcome

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Sean Dunham, Kawika's Painting
Intro to Hawaii

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Brett Laureys, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., John Krouse, Boston Valley Terra Cotta LLC and Dave Pettigrew, Mark 1 Restoration Company
Restoration Design/Build: Fulton County Courthouse
Built in 1914, the Lewis R. Slaton (Fulton County) Courthouse in downtown Atlanta is a terra cotta and granite clad building built in the Neoclassical/Beaux Arts design. The Fulton County Department of Real Estate and Management solicited design/build bids for the exterior restoration of the courthouse after pieces of terra cotta fell from the upper portion of the building. Though the solicitation included an extensive recladding of portions of the building using panelized GFRC, learn how the design/construction team modified the County’s approach to the project and saved the County money with an alternative solution using terra cotta. The presentation will include an overview of the terra cotta restoration and the coordination required between three SWRI members, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Mark 1 Restoration and WJE to successfully complete the restoration on time and within the County budget.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Kelly McBride, Century Building Solutions, Inc.
Trillium Towers – Thermal Coatings to the Rescue
Trillium Towers was a classic example of commercial office construction in the 80’s with twin 18-story towers and a lower annex that utilized pink GFRC precast panels and a combination of ribbon and punch-out windows with multiple step-down balconies at the 5th floor, 17th floor and penthouse levels. Approximately 10 years after construction in 1988, leaking began to plague the building and the first major renovation was directed by a consultant in 2003 that utilized pre-cured strips to seal the side-stack glazing system. Due to disputes with the initial contractor on the east tower, Century Building Solutions was selected to complete the second tower in 2006. Although the glazing seals ameliorated much of the leaking, the building still experienced minor leaks that continued to get worse over the next 10 years, especially in the upper high dollar suites.

It quickly became obvious that the GFRC panels were experiencing stress that led to cracking that was through the panel which in many cases which caused displacements in plane that raised questions about the structural attachments. Although Century alerted the building to this issue, due to lower occupancy, the ownership chose to simply rout and caulk the cracks for several years at a cost of $20 to $30 thousand each year. Finally, in 2017 ownership decided to reposition the building and convert the stadium tennis courtyard to a new tenant park along with changing the thermally-stained pink colored panels to white. During this process, Century brought in a structural engineer that proved the cracks were due to thermal stresses on the thin-shell GFRC panels due to the method of attachment which convinced the owner to address the structural issues with the panels and the leaking using epoxy stitching, then reducing the surface temperatures over 30 degrees Fahrenheit with a state-of-the-art cork aggregate thermal coating with excellent results

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd.
New Product Demonstration - Safe Reseal
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Jessica Maguire and Bill Leonhard, Allied Waterproofing, Inc. and Dunja Vla, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 
10 & 30 S Wacker River Wall Remediation
This work addressed retaining wall deterioration along the Chicago River, at the base of 10-30 S. Wacker Drive, in Chicago, Illinois. This project was completed with repair of delaminated concrete both above and below the river waterline. After the walls were repaired, we applied a breathable water repellent sealer over the concrete wall cap surfaces, routed and sealed cracks, and removed and replaced boat tie-offs. This was our first time working with underwater concrete installation and had to rent a barge off of which we performed our work. Access to the site was a challenge as the river sits about 30' below street level.
11:45 a.m. Meeting adjourns
Afternoon Optional Activities
  • Golf Tournament‚Äč
    • Depart Hotel at Noon
    • 1:00pm Shotgun Start
    • Return to Hotel 5:30pm 
  • Click here to see suggested optional activities 
TUES., March 7, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.
Micheal MacDonagh V,  EDS and SWR Institute President
Opening Remarks

8:40 – 8:50 a.m.
Jon Gilchrist, Payne & Jones, Chartered
Town Hall Meeting and Board Elections
Notice of Annual Meeting and 2023 Nominating Slate

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.
Michael MacDonagh V
Rolling off Board Member Recognition

9:00– 9:30 a.m.
The Biggest Challenge
1. Stace Grund, Tatley Grund, Inc. - The Flying Hot Tub
2. Robert McDowell, WxProofing, LLC - How to Shut Down a Hospital

9:30– 9:45 a.m.
Brad Stare, AVM Industries, Inc.
New Product Presentation - Aussie Tite 540

9:45– 10:00 a.m.
Kelly McBride, Immediate Past President and Awards Chair
Project Award Ceremony
10:00– 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30– 10:305 a.m.
Golf Awards

10:35– 11:20 a.m.
Lurita McIntosh Blank, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
Reroofing a Vernacular Treasure: Roofing Replacement and Timber Truss Stabilization at the Bauvais-Amoureux House
The Bauvais-Amoureux House was originally constructed in c. 1792 and is one of three known poteaux-en-terre (“posts in the earth”) style vertical log houses in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and one of only five known surviving poteaux-en-terre structures in the United States.  Although the house has been altered, it retains the majority of its original c. 1792 fabric and presents a fascinating case study for intact and mostly undisturbed eighteenth-century construction.   Starting in 2020, RRJ has been working with the National Park Service to investigate the history and craft of this vernacular structure.  As part of a larger planned rehabilitation, stabilization of the distressed roof trusses is currently underway, as is replacement of the shake roofing.  This presentation will discuss the unique structural and preservation challenges for vertical log structures.
11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Les ZumBrunnen, Mosaic Engineering & Consulting, PC
Design Build – A Case Study in What Not to Do
A general contractor partnered with an investor to turn an early 1900’s century warehouse/museum into 16 luxury condominiums in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans using a design-build delivery method.  Through a series of design and construction issues, 14 of the 16 units had active leaks within a year of completion.  This presentation is a case-study in how decisions made during the design and construction process led to an epic failure.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Pass the Gavel Party at Morimoto Asia
WED., March 8, 2023
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Sean Dunham, Kawika’s Painting, Inc.
Aloha Lani Pool Deck Renovation
Aloha Lani is a 359 unit Condo built in 1976, the pool deck sits on top of the 7 story adjacent parking structure and had seen no major renovations since original construction. Prior to the renovation a few PT cables had popped out of there anchor ends so the owners decided it was time to do a major renovation and update to the aesthetics.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m..
Jack Tabri, Alpha Restoration & Waterproofing and Nadia Anis and Amirsalar Pardakhti , Ferrari Moe, L.L.P.
Saving the Day; Restoring a Historic Garden Court From Near Collapse
1100 Sacramento Street is an eleven-story brick masonry structure that dates back to the 1920s. The building has a garden court that is situated over a two level below-grade parking garage. What started as an evaluation of leaks into the parking garage ended with emergency shoring of the slab due to severe corrosion of the reinforcing steel of the structural beams, followed by extensive repairs of the slab, and replacement of the waterproofing membrane and all architectural, hardscape and landscape features of the garden court.
In this presentation we will share with you the progression of the work by Ferrari Moe, LLP and Alpha Restoration & Waterproofing and review the extreme challenges in design associated with maintaining the original concept and hardscape features, and construction challenges associated with access, age of the building, sequencing, scheduling and unforeseen conditions.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors
10:30 – Noon
Moderator: Tom Gormley, PULLMAN
Panelists: David Boyer, PROSOCO
Lurita McIntosh Blan, Raths, Raths & Johnson
Dan Bagley, Otto Baum Company
The Clearinghouse - Recruit & Retain: Finding & Keeping the Right People

Stace Grund, Tately Grund
Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourns