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Sherwin-Williams Calls for 2021 Impact Award Entries

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine is now accepting entry submissions for its annual Impact Award, which recognizes “outstanding water and wastewater projects completed in North America.”

According to the company, the Impact Award honors application contractors, specifiers and owners for excellence in delivering long-term asset protection for the wide array of systems and structures that make up North America’s water and wastewater infrastructure.

The 2021 Sherwin-Williams Impact Award winning projects are slated to be presented virtually in November, with additional publications of the announcement on LinkedIn and various Sherwin-Williams communications, including the company's website, newsletter and a press release.

Projects that are eligible include any new, restored and/or rehabilitated water-related structure that used Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine coatings from Jan. 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Such projects include water treatment, water storage, water transmission, sewer collection and wastewater treatment structures, and are not limited to highly visible structures.


Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine is now accepting entry submissions for its annual Impact Award, which recognizes “outstanding water and wastewater projects completed in North America.”

An independent panel of respected water industry experts will determine winners. Judges will rate entries on:

  • The difficulty of the submitted project;
  • Challenges overcome by the participants;
  • Solutions provided to the owner;
  • How satisfied the parties were of the outcome; and
  • Overall uniqueness of the project.

“Clean water flowing from our taps doesn’t happen by accident. Neither does safely returning wastewater to treatment plants for processing. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to establish and maintain the necessary infrastructure for these critical utility needs,” said Murray Heywood, North America Market Manager, Water & Wastewater, Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine.

“That’s why we get excited about highlighting some outstanding projects each year that are helping to ensure fresh water access and environmentally safe wastewater removal. The Sherwin-Williams Impact Award demonstrates how these projects – and the contractors, specifiers and asset owners responsible for them – are helping to enhance public safety and extend infrastructure life.”

Applications for the prestigious award will be accepted through Sept. 24. Click here for more information.

2020 Awards

Last year, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced a labor-intensive restoration of eight deteriorated membrane bioreactor (MBR) basins for the South Valley Sewer District Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility as the winner of the 2020 Impact Award.

The facility is located in Bluffdale, Utah.

Six years after project managers decided not to line the eight concrete basins that make up the MBR at SVSD’s new Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility due to budgetary restrictions, officials witnessed the corrosive membrane filter cleaning process had caused the loss of one-quarter to three-quarter inches of concrete throughout the basins sooner than expected.

According to the release, the citric acid and sodium hypochlorite used to remove unwanted elements from the filter membranes had progressively eaten away at the unlined basin walls.

Before the SVSD could install linings however, the project required an investigation into the accelerated corrosion, an evaluation of the potential coating systems, the development of a contract to address the materials, procedures and quality control for the restoration work. For the investigation, SVSD retained Bowen Collins & Associates (Draper, Utah) as the design engineer, who then called on corrosion engineering firm Corrosion Control Technologies (Sandy, Utah) to assist on the project as a subconsultant.

After the firms completed the design investigation and outlined rehabilitation specifications, SVSD put the project out for bid and selected Salt Lake City-based CDC Restoration & Construction. CDC first prepared the concrete for repairs using vapor abrasive blasting to create a clean surface for coating applications.

To avoid adhesion issued caused by moisture, project engineers spray applied the basin walls with Resuprime MVT, a two-component, fast-curing epoxy resin from Sherwin-Williams. Roughly 12 hours later, applicators used Sherwin-Williams’ Steel-Seam FT910, a 100% solids epoxy patching and surfacing compound from, to repair cracks, fill voids, bugholes and honeycombs, and rebuild the deteriorated concrete surfaces to their original dimensions.

Once the concrete achieved an even plane, applicators turned to the reinforced lining system which included applying a base layer of Sherwin-Williams Dura-Plate UHS Clear Laminate topped with a 1.5-ounce fiberglass mat that was then sealed with more of the clear laminate material before being topcoated with Dura-Plate UHS Epoxy White.

During the application process the engineering team was reported to have used a green-tinted hardener with the clear laminate, making it easier for applicators and inspectors to ensure the fiberglass matting was fully wetted during applications. The rehabilitation and lining application reportedly returned the basins to like-new condition, complete with a more durable barrier.

All eight MBR basins were completed in about 57 weeks, three weeks ahead of the 60-week completion time frame and didn’t interrupt facility operations throughout the project, enabling it to continue serving the surrounding area with water filtered for use in secondary irrigation systems.

The runner up for the competition went to similar endeavor featuring a different lining solution for MBR basins at the Grand Forks Regional Water Treatment Plant for the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota. While applicators from Champion Coatings (San Diego) installed a flexible polyurethane lining system in five newly installed basins, Traill Painting Company (Fargo, North Dakota) coated a wide array of assets for the plant, including applying a heavy duty, graphite-filled lining system on a secondary containment vessel, installing resinous flooring throughout the facility, and coating pipes, tanks, walls, doors and numerous other structures.

Additional project members included Grand Forks, North Dakota-based civil/environmental consulting engineering firm AE2S and engineering and construction firm Ulliman Schutte Construction (Miamisburg, Ohio).

An honorable mention went to the restoration of a 500,000-gallon water tower for Saint Paul Regional Water Services in St. Paul, Minnesota. The project team included coatings applicator TMI Coatings and consulting services firm Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc serving as the engineering and coatings inspection firm.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Coating Application; Coating Materials; Marine Coatings; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Protective coatings; Protective Coatings; Sherwin-Williams; Water/Wastewater

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