Technical Breakout: Life Time Fitness: A Case Study of the Tile Installation

The recently completed Life Time Fitness facility in Chicago, Illinois is an example of a challenging but well executed tile project installed by Diverzify and tile installers from BAC Local 21. This project includes 75,000 square feet of tile in a newly constructed residential high-rise. There were over 50 types of tile on the project representing multiple sizes, applications, and setting methods. 

 This project will be presented in panel discussion format moderated by Scott Conwell of IMI. Panelists will be James Fulton, project superintendent with Diverzify, Jeff Pawelko field superintendent with the GC Power Construction, and a representative from Life Time Fitness (pending availability). 

 The panel will discuss some of the unique challenges of the project include the owner-supplied tile, the ambitious installation schedule, the coordination with other trades, the complex Myrtha swimming pool, the importance of warranties with the wet areas above occupied space, and the requirement for additional pool deck drains after construction had begun.

Scott Conwell

Director of Industry Development, International Masonry Institute Scott Conwell is an architect and Director of Industry Development with International Masonry Institute where he has worked for nearly 30 years. He is an experienced presenter and author with a quarterly column in TCAA’s 093000 Contractor. He sits on the TCNA Handbook and ANSI committees. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (FCSI), and a Cesery Award Winner for his service to the ceramic tile industry.

Jeff Pawelko

Superintendent, Power Construction Jeff has been with Power Construction since 2011, holding positions as Superintendent and Project Engineer. Power Construction is a management-owned commercial construction company that focuses on the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

James Fulton

Business representative, BAC Local 21 Tile Setters; Field Superintendent, Diverzify James has 21 years in the tile trade, working his way from tile finisher to tile setter, and eventually running work for Mr. David’s Flooring International and Diverzify where he ran the tile work at the Life Time Fitness project at One Chicago Square. James credits his many mentors in the BAC tile trades for teaching him and helping to shape his career. Today he is an organizer and business representative with BAC Local 21 Tile Setters & Finishers.

Mike Spatz

Mike is a Foreman for Diverzify & BAC Local 21.