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Friday, December 2, 2011

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Sea turtles, tiger stripes, giant baseballs, village murals and other artwork rendered in protective coatings have captured top honors in Tnemec’s 2011 Tank of the Year contest.

The Kansas City, MO-based tank coating supplier named a 1 million-gallon torospherical-bottom steel tank in Hollywood, FL, as its Tank of the Year.

 The Hollywood, FL, tank stars the town’s iconic sea turtles

 Photos: Tnemec

The Hollywood, FL, tank stars the town’s iconic sea turtles. The project involved 19 coating colors and “looks literally just like the design concept,” an official said.

The structure, built in 1955, is the first legged design named Tank of the Year since the competition began in 2006.

Community Showpiece

Located along South Florida’s heavily traveled Interstate 95, the tank features a colorful mural of sea turtles, honoring the thousands of creatures that return to the area’s beaches each year to lay their eggs at night.

In Broward County, nearly 2,000 sea turtle nests have been counted during nesting season from March to October.

“Everybody was just amazed at how the finished product looked like the concept drawings,” said Curt Dimsdale, project engineer with Utility Service. “The tank looks literally just like the design concept.”

The coatings were applied by Utility Service Co. Inc. Founded in 1963, the Perry, GA-based contractor provides a full range of potable water tank maintenance services.

Assisting Utility Service on the project was Jim Kelly, of Industrial Commercial Signs, who painted the mural and lettering, and an electrical contractor who lighted the tank’s exterior.

“The lighting system goes all the way around the balcony and the base of the tower,” Dimsdale noted. “The city’s intent was for the tank to be a showpiece for the local community because of its high visibility.”

Colorful Performance

The mural took more than 1,100 gallons of coating and thinners in 19 colors, ranging from tank white, to different shades of blues, sea foam greens and browns, according to Mike Kendig, of Florida Protective Coatings Consultants Inc.

“The coatings were chosen on the basis of high performance, resistance to ultraviolet light, as well as the color and gloss retention of the coating system without the use of a clear coat,” Kendig said.

He noted that the tank’s old coating system “had a clear coat finish that had delaminated in spots.”

“Fluoropolymer coating systems eliminate the need for a clear coat, which saves labor costs,” said Doug Hansen, director, Tnemec Water Tank Market.

“These systems also extend the maintenance cycle of water tanks well beyond the service life offered by traditional coatings, while enhancing the imaginative designs and color schemes that we’re seeing on water tanks all across the country.”

Coating Systems

The Hollywood tank and all four runners-up in this year’s competition used an advanced fluoropolymer system, Series 700 HydroFlon, recommended for water tanks in coastal environments and structures with a long service life. The system is designed for resistance to UV light degradation and long-term gloss and color retention.

The tank’s exterior was prepared in accordance with SSPC-SP7/NACE No. 4 Brush-Off Blast Cleaning and then received a prime coat of Series 135 Chembuild, a modified polyamine epoxy for marginally prepared steel and tightly adhering old coatings. The intermediate coat was Series 1075 Endura-Shield II, an aliphatic acrylic polyurethane; Series 700 provided the finish coat. Two coats of Series 700 were also used for the lettering and mural.

Interior steel was prepared in accordance with SSPC-SP10/NACE No. 2 Near-White Metal Blast Cleaning above the water line and SSPC-SP7 below the water line, followed by three coats of Series N140 Pota-Pox Plus, a polyamidoamine epoxy certified in accordance with ANSI/NSF Std. 61 for use in potable water.

Judging, Runners-Up

Tnemec Tank of the Year entries are judged by a committee of water tank enthusiasts based on artistic value, significance of the tank to the community, challenges encountered during the project, and other criteria. Tanks from this year’s competition will be featured in the company’s 2012 water tank wall calendar.

In addition to the Tank of the Year, four runners-up were selected from more than 140 entries.

“Each of these projects is unique for their memorable graphic designs, which made a lasting impression on our Tank of the Year judges and on their communities,” Hansen said. The runners-up, listed alphabetically, are:

Oak Lawn, IL

The 1-million-gallon spheroid tank in Oak Lawn, IL, features an elaborate streetscape mural of the community’s best-known buildings and its logo.

Oak Lawn, IL

Maxcor Inc., of Lockport, IL, used more than 500 gallons of coatings in 15 colors for the project, which was an overcoat of a system applied 12 years ago.

Series V700 Low VOC HydroFlon  was specified to comply with current volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations in Illinois.

“Our goal was to incorporate landmarks that connote the proud history of a community built and maintained to nurture and educate families and provide support for commerce, quality health care and recreation,” said Village Manager Larry R. Deetjen.

St. Robert, MO

The Waynesville High School mascot provided the artistic inspiration for the tiger striping that now adorns the 250,000-gallon spheroid tank in St. Robert, MO.

Tank in St. Robert, MO

“What really makes this project unique is the fact that the artwork was designed by Steve Long, the director of public works for St. Robert,” said Scott Keilbey, of Midwest Coating Consultants Inc.

“He did a great job with the design dimensionally. The orange and black motif with the message, ‘St. Robert is Tiger Country,’ reflects community pride in the Waynesville High School mascot and colors.”

Long and the City of St. Robert were “thrilled with the quality workmanship of the coating contractor, Ozark Applicators,” of Van Buren, MO, Keilbey added.

Waunakee, WI

A colorful sunset silhouette of prairie grass and a bird, accented by the town’s logo, enlivens the 350,000-gallon elevated water tank of Waunakee, WI, named by CNN/Money as “One of America’s Best Small Towns.”

Tank in Waunakee, WI

The artistic new coating job replaced an aluminum exterior finish with ‘Waunakee’ in block lettering.

“The tank is in a high-visibility location overlooking Ripp Park, which is home to heavily used tennis courts and soccer fields,” according to Cory Erickson of Coating Specialists Inc.

The field applicator was Neumann Co. Contractors, of Merrillan, WI.

York County, SC

When the Charlotte Knights play ball, it’s easy to find them. Just hop on Interstate 77 and look for the 250,000-gallon baseball water tower near the Knights’ Stadium in York County, SC.

Tank in York County, SC

“It’s a unique design right next to the Knights Baseball stadium and a major interstate, so it’s a highly visible tank,” said coating consultant Nick Vause of TSE Inc. “The owner, York County, handled the engineering, so they were looking for a quality project.”

The town and the Knights both chipped in for the painting project, which included a complete rehab of the tank’s interior.

The coatings were applied by Fisher Tanks, of Lexington, SC.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Contests; Industrial Contractors; Painters; Protective coatings; Tanks and vessels; Tnemec; Water Tanks

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