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SSPC Honors the Best of 2014

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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LAS VEGAS—Complex containment, strict schedules and rigorous regulations earned eight painting projects top honors as SSPC 2015 opened Tuesday (Feb. 3) in Las Vegas, NV.

SSPC kicked off its annual conference and exhibition with its awards luncheon, where outgoing Executive Director Bill Shoup and President James R. King Jr. also updated members on the society's current numbers.

This year's award-winning projects were fraught with danger, difficulty and drama.

Crews scrambled around frequent bridge openings high over waterways; navigated wind-buffeted access structures; volunteered their time for historic military projects; designed innovative containment to protect wildlife; and braved a soaking-wet, cold rock-tunnel penstock 80 feet underneath a Canadian generating station.

The society also honored outstanding individuals whose careers reflect decades of service to the industry.

Structure Awards

The Structure Award winners, listed below, will also be featured in a photo essay in an upcoming issue of JPCL.

George Campbell Award

The George Campbell Award honors a difficult or complex industrial or commercial coatings project. Challenges may include extreme environmental conditions, time constraints, limited access or high traffic, complex structural components, or coordination with multiple trades or subcontractors.

The award is named for the late George Campbell, founder of Campbell Painting Company in New York.

Brooklyn Bridge: New York, NY

Owner: New York City Department of Transportation
Contractor/Applicator: Ahern Painting Contractors
Coating Supplier: Devoe High Performance Coatings

Once an avenue for P.T. Barnum's elephants to march into town, the Brooklyn Bridge—a 132-year-old hybrid stayed/suspension span—carries 120,000 vehicles and 7,000 pedestrians over the East River every day.

Traffic, existing lead coatings, outside agency coordination and sheer size necessitated a multi-tiered approach to clean and repaint the structure's 4.2 million square feet of steel beams, braces and cables.

Ahern Painting Contractors Brooklyn Bridge
Courtesy SSPC

For work on the Brooklyn Bridge, a complex system of hoses and duct work was designed, stretching from the SSPC Class1A containment to a custom grit recycling unit more than 1,200 feet away.

The project required coordination with the City of New York, the Boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, City Hall, 1 Police Plaza, NYCDOT and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Abating the existing lead coatings created another set of challenges. The bridge's age and weight limitations, along with a requirement to keep all three lanes open for traffic, nixed any chance of placing abatement vehicles on the roadway. Therefore, a complex system of hoses and duct work was designed, stretching from the SSPC Class1A containment to a custom grit recycling unit more than 1,200 feet away.

A 20,000-panel system of under-bridge platforms was used for work on the 3,455-foot-long structure. After abrasive blast cleaning to a Near-White (SSPC-SP 10) finish, the steelwork was repainted with a four-coat system consisting of an organic zinc-rich epoxy primer, a pre-prime sealer coat, an epoxy intermediate, and an aliphatic urethane gloss finish.

The project started in January 2010 and was completed Oct. 1, 2014.

Fremont Bridge: Seattle, WA

Owner: Seattle Department of Transportation
Contractor/Applicator: Purcell Painting & Coatings LLC
Coating Supplier: The Sherwin-Williams Company

The low 30-foot vessel clearance of the Fremont Bridge, a double-leaf bascule structure spanning a heavily used navigable waterway, challenged crews to deal with frequent drawbridge interruptions and complex loading conditions.

The 97-year-old bridge, which connects Seattle's Fremont and Queen Anne neighborhoods, was last cleaned and coated in 1970. In this project, the structure was spot repaired and coated with a moisture-cured system to protect against the area's harsh wind and rain.

While working on one of the busiest bascule bridges in the world, the contractor's 37-person team had to quickly secure its work, vacuum up paint chips, and clear the bridge nearly three dozen times per day to allow it to open for marine traffic. 

Purcell Painting & Coatings Fremont Bridge
Seattle DOT

While working on one of the busiest bascule bridges in the world, the contractor's 37-person team had to quickly secure its work, vacuum up paint chips, and clear the bridge nearly three dozen times per day to allow the span to open for marine traffic.

A suspended platform system had to be designed to support the worker and debris load while the bridge was down, but also keep the platform stable when the bridge was raised. Engineers were also concerned that high winds would slam the platform into the underside of the bridge as it lifted vertically with the raising structure.

Therefore, a series of rigid anti-uplift and horizontal bracing members was installed to hold the deck in place, while intentionally passing the load to the stronger framing points of the bridge substructure.

The project started April 7, 2014, and was completed Dec. 30, 2014.

William Johnson Award

The William Johnson Award recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetic merit in industrial or commercial coatings work. Criteria include color, gloss, texture, and how the coating complements the environment while enhancing the structure.

The award is named for a late consultant with KTA-Tator Inc., whose work in coatings formulation, failure analysis, and surface preparation was instrumental in advancing the industry.

Rainbow Swash LNG Tank: Boston, MA

Owner: National Grid
Contractor/Applicator: John W. Egan Company Inc.
Coating Supplier: The Sherwin-Williams Company

At 139 feet tall and 152 feet in diameter, the Rainbow Swash natural gas storage tank isn't just a Boston landmark—it's the largest copyrighted work of art in the world.

Overcoating the tank's 73,374-square-foot exterior required detailed application of a tinted epoxy basecoat and polyurethane topcoats to restore the art without compromising the original design work, which was commissioned in 1971 and created by Corita Kent.

Rainbow Swash LNG Tank
Marc Cote / John W. Egan Co. Inc.

The Rainbow Swash is the largest copyrighted work of art in the world.

(The original tank was demolished in 1992, but the "Rainbow Swash" was recreated on an adjacent tank.)

Surface preparation included removing the existing clear coat and surface contamination with waterjet cleaning to SSPC-SP WJ-4/NACE WJ-4; power tool-cleaning localized areas of corrosion to SSPC-SP 3; and abrading the existing coatings.

The tank exterior was spot-primed with a fast-cure polyamide epoxy before receiving a three-coat system consisting of a fast-cure polyamide epoxy, an acrylic polyurethane, and a clear coat urethane.

The project started July 7, 2014, and was completed Oct. 3, 2014.

E. Crone Knoy Award

Named for the late founder and president of Tank Industry Consultants, the E. Crone Knoy Award acknowledges coatings work that demonstrates innovation, durability or utility.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement that may include excellence in craftsmanship, execution of work, or the use of state-of-the-art techniques and products to creatively solve a problem or provide long-term service.

Mamquam Generating Station: Squamish, British Columbia

Owner: Atlantic Power
Contractor/Applicator: Certified Coating Specialists Inc.
Coating Supplier: Carboline Co.

This project included cleaning and recoating the exterior of the Mamquam Generating Station's 1,750-foot penstock, located 80 feet underground.

Encased in a rock tunnel, working space ranged from five to 15 feet. All of the equipment, scaffolding and personnel had to be transported down a vertical shaft via ladder access.

Workers faced uneven ground, changing elevation, and a constant flow of water; they changed clothes three to four times per shift in order to stay warm and dry.

Mamquam Generating Station Certified Coating Specialists
Courtesy SSPC

Workers had to transport equipment 80 feet underground, where they worked in a cold, constant flow of water.

The penstock exterior was scraped to remove loose rust before it was abrasive blast-cleaned to a Near-White finish (SSPC-SP 10). Afterward, the surface had to be pressure washed and squeegeed to remove abrasive stuck to the penstock due to constant moisture sweating. Three coats of an epoxy were spray- and backroll-applied.

The project started in January 2014 and was completed in April 2014.

Mokelumne Aqueducts: Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, CA

Owner: East Bay Municipal Utility District
Contractor/Applicator: Abhe & Svoboda Inc.
Coating Supplier: Carboline Co.

About 1.3 million people rely on three Mokelumne Aqueducts to carry water 90 miles from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to San Francisco's East Bay communities.

A 10-mile portion of the system's steel pipelines are above ground, where they cross four sloughs—sensitive bodies of water that are home to numerous protected wildlife species.

Environmental concerns and strict permitting required an innovative approach to abate the original red lead/aluminum paint system. The team came up with a unique floating containment system that could navigate shallow wetlands waterways influenced by tides.

The pipe barrel was abrasive blast-cleaned to Near-White (SSPC-SP 10) and coated with an untopcoated inorganic zinc. The steel supports received a three-coat system consisting of an inorganic zinc, an epoxy and a polyurethane.

Mokelumne Aqueducts
Mark Lewis / East Bay Municipal Utility District

Cleaning and coating the Mokelumne Aqueducts required a unique floating containment system.

The project started July 1, 2011, and was completed Oct. 21, 2013.

Charles G. Munger Award

This award honors an outstanding industrial or commercial coatings project that demonstrates the longevity of the original coating. The structure may have had spot repairs or overcoating with the original coating still intact.

Brookfield Waterspheroid: Brookfield, IL

Owner: Village of Brookfield
Contractor/Applicator: LC United/Chicago Bridge & Iron/Am-Coat
Coating Supplier: Tnemec

The coatings on the 1.0 MMG Brookfield Waterspheroid have been in service for 35 years, with 95 percent of the original coating still intact.

The original system, applied in 1979, included a two-coat polyamide epoxy lining for the interior wet area; a two-coat polyamide epoxy coating on the interior dry area; and a three-coat system on the exterior, consisting of two coats of a polyamide epoxy and a polyester polyurethane.

Brookfield Waterspheroid
Erik Otten / Taylor Coating

The Brookfield Waterspheroid coatings have been in service 35 years; 95 percent of the original coating is intact.

In 1997, the exterior coating and interior wet lining were overcoated and spot repair work was done on the interior dry coating.

In 2013, it was again determined that the exterior coating could be overcoated, and only spot repair work was needed on the interior wet and dry areas.

The exterior was power washed to remove loose paint and contamination, and power tool-cleaned to Bare Metal (SSPC-SP 11) in all failed areas. The bare metal was spot primed with a modified polyamidoamine epoxy, followed by two complete coats of an aliphatic acrylic polyurethane. The dolphin logos and "Village of Brookfield" lettering were repainted using an advanced thermoset fluoropolymer polyurethane.

The interior wet and dry areas were repaired by spot abrasive-blast cleaning of all failed areas to Near White (SP 10) and Commercial Blast Cleaning (SP 6), respectively, followed by a polyamidoamine epoxy spot prime and spot finish coat.

Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence

The Military Award recognizes exceptional coatings work performed on U.S. military ships, structures, or facilities.

Tank Project for the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation: Ft. Benning, GA

Owner: National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation
Contractor/Applicator: Main Industries Inc., Abhe & Svoboda Inc., Coatings Unlimited Inc., Thomas Industrial Coatings Inc., Champion Painting Specialty Services Inc., and Vulcan Painters Inc.
Project Suppliers: The Sherwin-Williams Co., U.S. Coatings, Carboline Co., Chlor*Rid International Inc., RPB Safety LLC, Mohawk Garnet Inc., Corrosion Specialties Inc., Axxiom Manufacturing Inc., IUPAT DC 77, Eagle Industries, Stewart Supply, and HCI Chemtec Inc.

Vulcan Painters National Armor and Calvary
Susan Boyd / Vulcan Painters

Companies nationwide donated crews, equipment, materials and services to paint seven armored vehicles.

Working together under the leadership of Vulcan Painters CEO David Boyd, industry companies nationwide donated crews, equipment, materials and services to paint the collection of armor and cavalry vehicles.

Seven armored vehicles dating from World War II to the present were painted in the volunteer effort. They and two others will be displayed along a walking trail at the new Maneuver Center of Excellence.

The coatings work was done to the military's specifications for the tanks. Boyd estimated the donated labor and materials at $125,000 to $150,000.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69): Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA

Owner: U.S. Navy
Contractor/Applicator: General Dynamics/NASSCO/Earl Industries
Coating Supplier: PPG Protective & Marine Coatings

This project required complex planning and scheduling to deal with a high volume of work done by other trades and an abnormally cold winter that affected the contractor's ability to perform surface preparation and apply coatings.

Work also included structural repairs and upgrades and ship system modernizations. Contamination issues of blasting and painting in the hull while blasting and painting over 100 tanks had to be mitigated, and each of the 100 tanks required multiple temporary access openings to be cut into the hull for ventilation.

USS Eisenhower
General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk

This project is the first time a polysiloxane coating was applied to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The existing coating was removed via power tool cleaning to Bare Metal (SSPC-SP 11), abrasive blast cleaning to Near-White (SP 10), and waterjetting to SP 12.

A two-coat epoxy/polysiloxane system was applied to the entire exterior of the vessel on the freeboard and island; a five-coat epoxy/copper antifoulant was applied to the underwater hull.

This was the first time a polysiloxane coating was applied to the ship, and it required a change in application procedures from the previous silicone alkyd product.

The project started in November 2013 and was completed in September 2014.

Individual Awards

SSPC also honored a variety of coating industry leaders. Awards and recipients were:

  • Honorary Life Member Award: Kenneth Trimber, president of KTA-Tator Inc.;
  • John D. Keane Award of Merit: Lydia Frenzel, Advisory Council, and Alfred D. Beitelman, retired from the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory;
  • Coatings Education Award: Alejandro Exposito, Grupo Otec;
  • Technical Achievement Award: Tom Murphy, Adhesives Technology Corporation;
  • Women in Coatings Impact Award: Deidre L. Dunkin, Dunkin & Bush Inc., and Cynthia L. O'Malley, KTA-Tator Inc;
  • Past President Award: Benjamin Fultz, Bechtel Corporation.

SSPC Northern CA/Nevada Chapter was awarded Outstanding North America Chapter; Saudi Arabia was awarded Outstanding International Chapter.

Shoup Honored

Set to retire in September, Shoup was honored for his 16 years of service as SSPC's Executive Director with the first-ever Board of Governors Award.

The award recognizes a SSPC staff member for distinguished service and loyalty to SSPC.

King presented the award while ticking off a list of Shoup's accomplishments. Under Shoup's leadership, SSPC's individual membership has expanded from 7,000 to 11,000 and organizational membership has increased more than 50 percent. Training and certification programs have increased from two in 1995 to 39 in 2014.

Thanks to Shoup, SSPC's financial results "would be the envy of any hotshot CFO," King said.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Awards and honors; Bridges; Coating Materials; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Marine; North America; Painting Contractors; Shipyards; SSPC; SSPC 2015; SSPC Structure Awards; Tanks and vessels; U.S. Navy

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