Join us for our February 2020 Joint Chapter Meeting
NCC ACI and ICRI BWC Presents
"THE WATERGATE OFFICE BUILDING
FAÇADE, EXTERIOR, AND GARAGE RESTORATION"
Thursday February 13, 2020
Maggiano's Little Italy Tyson's Corner
Speakers: Michael Camarda, PE & William Martel
The Watergate Office Building Façade, Exterior, and Garage Restoration was a comprehensive property-wide repair program designed to address structural deficiencies, restore architectural features, and improve the operability of the historic Watergate Office Building. The primary focus of the project was structural repairs to the garage that services the Watergate Complex; restoration of the building façade including full recoating of the entire building exterior per guidelines set forth by the Historic Preservation Office and Commission for Fine Arts; conversion of a previously inaccessible balcony area into an occupiable terrace for tenant use; exterior ground level waterproofing repairs to arrest leaks into the building; and architectural improvement of various interior and exterior features.
During construction, many operational constraints were placed on the contractor in terms of coordination with multiple ownership entities and meeting strict logistical constraints (e.g. repairing deteriorated precast panels in place rather than removing them in order to not disrupt the operation of the Watergate Complex electrical plan). From an engineering standpoint, a highlight was the structural strengthening of the 2nd floor balcony. It was discovered during the analysis of exterior balconies that an original construction defect in an upturned concrete beam resulted in one balcony being under designed. An innovative retrofit was designed utilizing carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) and a structural steel beam tied into the existing building’s concrete framing.
Speaker: Michael Camarda, PE
SK&A’s Structural Repair and
Michael Camarda is a Project Manager in SK&A’s Structural Repair and Restoration Division. Michael is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maryland with extensive experience engineering building envelope, plaza, and garage repairs. Before joining SK&A, Michael worked in Government contracting with a focus on maintaining and restoring infrastructure. Michael has been an ICRI member since 2011, and has worked on multiple projects recognized by the Baltimore-Washington Chapter (Kenwood Condominium – 2014 Outstanding Project, 3rd Place; Watergate Office Building – 2019 Outstanding Project, 1st place). Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a degree in civil engineering and a concentration in structural engineering.
Speaker: William Martel
Senior Project Manager
Concrete Protection & Restoration Inc.
William R. Martel, Jr. (Bill) has over 25 years of experience in the construction field. He started his career at Concrete Protection & Restoration (CPR) in 1998 as Project Manager, being responsible, on an ongoing basis, for the management and success of approximately 6-8 projects on average, typically representing $5-8 million in revenue for the company. William is also accountable for personnel management, which includes Site Supervisor management and the oversight of roughly 50 laborers, at any given time while also being responsible for payment billing, scheduling, material orders, change orders and the overall quality of work production for each project. He also communicates daily with Property Managers, Building Owners and Engineers to ensure projects meet various expectations and deadlines.