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					California Preservation Foundation
2010 Workshop Series: Weatherization and Materials in Historic Buildings

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Mark McMillan

Mark McMillan is an architectural conservator and historian and works for Wiss, Janney,
and Elstner Associates. A California native, he studied at Columbia University before
returning to the west coast where he has worked on several bay area restoration projects
including the Walt Disney Family Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and the Warfield
Theater. Mr. McMillan has just completed an Historic Structures Report for a 65-building
hospital campus in Washington, D.C.

For the past four years, Mr. McMillan has served on the Board of Directors of the West
Coast Chapter of the Association of Preservation Technology. He is currently the
President of the chapter’s Board.

Wiss, Janney and Elstner Associates
2200 Powell Street Suite 925
Emeryville, CA 94608

Rick Flaster

Rick Flaster has worked in the construction industry since 1976. Rick became a project
manager for Plant in 1988. As a project manager, he is directly responsible for
maintaining the quality of work and the timely completion of the project. Rick specializes
in historic building renovation and masonry façade restoration. Rick graduated from
Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts, General Studies in 1970 and
earned the California Teaching Credential in 1972.

Relevant Experience
Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio of San Francisco ($45 million)
Conversion of 3 historic Army buildings into a new museum & library celebrating the life
and work of Walt Disney. Work included the construction of a glass atrium gallery,
restoration of the original brick buildings, extensive excavation and underpinning to
create an underground theater and sub-basement, structural & seismic upgrades, and
construction of geothermal heat exchange system. The museum will house permanent &
traveling exhibits, as well as a library and archives totaling approx. 100,000 sf.
690 Market Street, San Francisco ($89 million)
Conversion of the historic Chronicle Building into new condominium and time-share
units for the Ritz-Carlton. Work included the removal of 1960’s era steel cladding and
restoration of the original brick exterior, demolition of portions of the existing building,
extensive excavation, structural upgrades, and construction of 8 additional above-grade
floors. The new 24-story building contains 101 residential units and retail space totaling
approx. 225,000 square feet.
Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco ($44 million)
Renovation of the Ferry Building located on the Embarcadero at the end of Market Street.
The project included removal of portions of the original second floor structure and all of
the modern era third floor structure in the nave space to create a three-story atrium along
the entire length of the building. The structure was seismically upgraded and prepared as
“shell space” for ground floor retail tenants and office tenants on the second and third
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco ($50 million)
Renovation of a historic hotel located atop Nob Hill. Work included upgrading all
guestrooms, the main lobby, meeting rooms, ballrooms, restaurants and the exterior
facade. Other work included the repair and replacement of building systems, extension of
systems such as fire sprinklers, reroofing all buildings, new elevators, a new roof deck,
and remodeling the guest room bathrooms. All work was performed with the hotel in full
operation, with minimal disruption to guests.
Flood Building, 870 Market Street, San Francisco ($9 million)
Renovation and repair to the Colusa sandstone facade of this downtown San Francisco
historic landmark and construction of a 120,000 square foot retail center on the bottom of
three floors of this 12-story office/retail building. Project included substantial structural
alterations accomplished while the upper floors were fully occupied by office tenants.

Plant Construction Company
300 Newhall Street
San Francisco, CA 94124-1426

Leaton Kirk

Leaton works for Architectural Testing, Inc and is currently the Director of Regional
Operations for the Fresno California Laboratory. He has over 27 years experience
conducting a broad range of fenestration product performance tests. Testing expertise
includes: thermal performance, air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance,
solar properties analysis, insulating glass performance, and others. Leaton is responsible
for daily operations and scheduling of fenestration and insulating glass testing services
for California regional laboratory. He also developed and conducts detailed façade
quality assurance inspection and has conducted numerous failure investigations involving
water penetration through exterior building facades. Leaton is a Qualified training
instructor for the AAMA installer registration program. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania
State University with a A.E. Mechanical Engineering Technology

Architectural Testing Inc.
2524 East Jensen Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706
Main: 559.233.8705
Mobile: 559.341.3100

Chris Abell

Chris has 25 years of construction experience in general contracting, waterproofing and
historic building restoration. Chris started his career in construction as apprentice
carpenter building custom homes. While building custom homes earned a bachelor of
science degree in construction management. He worked as a project engineer from start
to finish on the construction of a commercial high rise renovation in down town San
Francisco. Worked as manager for a national waterproofing and restoration specialty
contractor with duties that included; safety, estimating, project management, marketing,
scheduling, purchasing. Current duties include safety estimating, project management and
overseeing business operations

Project Experience
One Harrison Street San Francisco
Embarcadero Center Precast Panel Repairs
Transamerica Precast Panel Spall Repairs
2 Bryant Street Spall Repair and Coating Application
Embarcadero Center Re-caulk.
525 Market Street Re-caulk and Extrusion Installation
Olympus Corporate Center EIFS Rehabilitation
Judge Damrell Building EIFS Rehabilitation
San Francisco Mart Terra-Cotta Repair and Window Replacement
Brick Kiln Stack Repointing Larkspur Ca
John Marsh House Stabilization
Phelan Building Masonry Repairs & Restoration.
Two Thirty California Street Terra-Cotta Restoration.
San Francisco Mart Terra-Cotta Restoration and Window Replacement.
1333 Gough Street Concrete Restoration and Coating.
Wells Fargo Bank Napa Branch Cast Stone Restoration and Repairs.
Russ Building 235 Montgomery Street Terra Cotta Restoration.
St. Francis Hotel Façade Restoration
209 Post Street Terra-Cotta Restoration

Rainbow Waterproofing & Restoration Co.
600 Treat Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: (415) 641-1578
Bill Essert
Wooden Window, Inc.
849 29th St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 893-1157 x201

Jeff Bent
Commercial Sales, Project Manager
Wooden Window, Inc.
849 29th St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 893-1157

Mark Christensen
VP and Director of Commercial Products
Wooden Window, Inc.
849 29th St
Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 893-1157

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