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Western Specialty Contractors Wins National SWR Institute Trinity Project Award for Broward Financial Centre Façade Sealant Repairs

Parul Dubey on March 17, 2023 - in Awards, News

Third from left, Western Assistant Branch Manager Aaron Williams receives award on behalf of Western at SWR Institute Winter Technical Meeting.


Work addressed water leakage, coating issues resulting from multiple hurricanes

(St. Louis, MO) – The Western Specialty Contractors – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Branch was part of a team recently honored with a Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) Trinity Project Award (Sealant Category) for repairs made to the Broward Financial Centre façade during the height of the pandemic.

The SWR Institute Trinity Project Award provides an opportunity for member companies to showcase their unique project accomplishments and recognizes the collaboration of contractors, manufacturers and associate members in three project type categories (sealant/waterproofing/restoration). All entries are judged by a three-person panel of SWR Institute peers, with the winners announced during the organization’s Winter Technical Meeting held in March.

“The high-complexity solutions incorporated for the repairs respected the unique building architecture and presented numerous challenges during installation, which were further enhanced by site constraints,” according to SWR Institute award information. “This project showcased consistent and positive collaboration among the team, which included the owner, architect/engineer, contractor and manufacturers. Site safety protocols and quality control testing led the project team’s priorities and, as such, were routinely performed. Despite the unforeseen global pandemic, the repairs were completed while minimizing the construction impacts on the community and environment.”

Broward Financial Centre is a 325,492-square-foot, 24-story Class A office building with two flanking six-story parking garage structures located in the Central Business District of Fort Lauderdale. The iconic building was constructed in 1986 and has an architecturally unique stepped “wedding cake” design that incorporates large terrace roof areas at tower setbacks.

The building has been subject to numerous hurricanes over the course of its history, and sustained significant damage to its glass façade following Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Previous repairs to address the hurricane damage resulted in conditions that ultimately necessitated creative solutions in the recent restoration project.

At the direction of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., an American corporation of architects, engineers and materials scientists specializing in the investigation, analysis, testing and design of repairs for historic and contemporary buildings and structures; Western’s craftsmen installed 90,000 lineal feet of DOWSIL 123 Silicone seal around the building’s glass facade. The $1.83 million project, which started in September 2020, was completed in 270 days and successfully addressed the building’s water leakage and coating issues using an innovative and technologically-forward approach.

“Completing this project in the middle of a pandemic was entirely a team effort. We would like to thank the owner and various consultants on the project for keeping the project on track despite the unprecedented situation and to SWR Institute for recognizing the team’s efforts on this challenging façade restoration project,” said Western Ft. Lauderdale Branch Manager Andrew Hoaglund.

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About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures including: industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit www.westernspecialtycontractors.com.  


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