Below Grade Waterproofing Unpacked: A Roundtable

Selecting the appropriate below-grade waterproofing solution for your specific project and unique conditions is not always an obvious choice. A wide variety of issues must be considered in order to make the proper selection — basically the “do’s and don’ts” of below-grade waterproofing.

This course will discuss the basics of below-grade waterproofing from different manufacturer’s representatives from the DMV area, including Henry Waterproofing Company, Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing, AVM Industries and GCP Applied Technologies. This presentation will cover positive-side and blind-side waterproofing, including design considerations and strategies, materials, and critical coordination items.

Event Schedule:


5:30 PM – 6 PM Check-in

6 PM – 7 PM Panel presentation

7 PM – 8 PM Happy hour, mingling with manufacturers, and viewing product displays

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare contemporary below-grade waterproofing systems, and identify factors which lead to system selection.
  • Identify coordination challenges associated with various trades prior to installation of below-grade waterproofing.
  • Understand complexities with tying into adjacent enclosure systems.
  • Summarize recent advancements in the practice of below-grade waterproofing.

Presented by:

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Brian Baker - Partner, PPSI, Inc.

Brian has been working in the construction products industry since 1993, with nearly all of that time focusing on how to keep water out of the built environment. Using his experience at multiple manufacturers specializing in different technologies, he works with design and construction teams to help ensure the building envelope remains intact not only through construction, but also through the working life of the building. Brian focuses primarily on below grade waterproofing, air barriers, roofing, and expansion joints, using a systems approach to ensure all of these components work together.

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Jason Flynn - Business Development Manager & Architectural Sales, RoofPro Inc.

Jason works closely with all channels within the commercial construction industry and discussions related to the manufacturing partners represented by RoofPro Inc. Having an emphasis on support of the design community, he provides assistance related to the building envelope specifications from below-grade waterproofing systems to single-ply roof assemblies. With over 20 years of experience, he brings passion and excitement to an ever changing construction landscape. He is an active member of the IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Mid-Atlantic Roofing Contractors Association.

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Kim Wilson, CSI - Manufacturer’s Representative, RoofPro, Inc.

Kim’s focus at RoofPro is Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing (CCW) for blindside and post-applied waterproofing membranes, hot and cold fluid-applied waterproofing membranes, and air & vapor barriers for new construction and restoration projects. Having fourteen years of experience with CCW, Kim is heavily involved with the pre-construction and construction phases, alongside the general contractors and subcontractors.

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Vince Caserta, CSI, CDT - Director of Sales East, AVM Industries

Vince has over 40 years of experience in the building industry. Vince started in General Contracting, then to Product Distribution & Marketing, and over to Construction Products Manufacturing in Commercial, Industrial, Nuclear, and Infrastructure market segments. Prior to joining AVM, Vince was the Global Infrastructure Business Director for the former W.R. Grace & Co. Vince started his career in manufacturing with W.R. Grace in their below grade products, Plaza Deck; IRMA/PRMA waterproofing systems, Air & Vapor Barrier systems, and then promoted to a global product development role for Waterproofing Products, Concrete Admixtures, Chemical & Cementitious Grouts, and Fire Protection.

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Craig Boucher - Building Envelope Northeast Regional Manager, GCP Applied Technologies (formerly Grace)

Craig has worked in the construction product industry for over 20 years and is currently focused on Building Envelope with GCP. He has coordinated and witnessed ASTM air barrier and fire resistance tests at third party labs. Craig has presented about building envelope at CSI, RCI and AIA meetings and symposiums and has been published in several building envelope and fire protection related publications. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Moderated by:

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Julia Schofield - Consulting Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)

Julia Schofield joined the Washington, DC office of SGH in 2018.  At SGH, she has worked on a number of building enclosure projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Washington, DC metro area. Her experience includes new design consulting for a variety of owners, architects, and general contractors, rehabilitation design, and investigation of existing building enclosures.

Organized by:

AIA|DC Building Enclosure Council