Award Lauds Water, Wastewater ‘Impact’

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

With an eye on exceptional projects in the water and wastewater industry, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has launched a new award program.

The Sherwin-Williams Impact Award will recognize application contractors, specifiers and owners who demonstrate excellence on North American water and wastewater projects that have a compelling effect on the industry, the company announced Thursday (May 5).

According to Kevin Morris, the company’s water and wastewater market director, the award not only highlights project excellence but also “the impact those [coatings and linings] products have in their communities with regard to public safety, asset protection, and life cycle improvement of infrastructure.”

Eligibility and Judging

To be eligible for the award, the project must be a water-related structure that is new, restored and/or rehabilitated and has been completed using the Cleveland-based company’s coating and lining materials in the 2015 calendar year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31).

“The Sherwin-Williams Impact Award considers project types from all aspects of the water and wastewater market, such as water treatment, water storage, water transmission, sewer collection, and wastewater treatment,” not just highly visible structures, Morris explained.

All submissions will be evaluated an independent judging panel of water industry experts who work in corrosion and materials engineering, consulting, specification, testing and inspection services. The panel includes:

  • Tim Greene, S&ME coating service project manager;
  • Randy Nixon, Corrosion Probe Inc. president and founder;
  • Gregory R. “Chip” Stein, Tank Industry Consultants managing principal; and
  • Larry Skip Vernon, Coating & Lining Technologies Inc. president.

These experts count NACE-certified inspectors and instructors, SSPC Master Coating Inspectors and specialists, and AWWA chair and committee members among their distinguished affiliations.

Submission Guidelines and Presentation

The submission period opens May 1 and runs through July 31. Applications for the inaugural award can be submitted through the Sherwin-Williams Waterblog.

Applicants should be prepared to provide information such as the project name and location; owner, specifier, coating inspector, and contractor names; coating system(s) applied; date of project completion; the story/scope of the project; and a signed project release form.

The judging panel will assess the entries according to difficulty of the submitted project, challenges that were overcome, solutions provided to the owner, satisfaction of the outcome, and overall uniqueness of the scope and story for the project.

Based on those parameters, the judges will narrow the field down to 12 finalists, from which they will choose a winner, runner-up and honorable mention.

The Impact Award will be presented at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual WEFTEC Conference Sept. 24-28 in New Orleans.

“Water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to public health and the safety of the population along with being a critical component to economic growth,” Morris said.

“The significance of this award is the consideration for the impact to the greater common good of the community served with regard to asset protection,” he added. “The use of high-performance protective coatings to prevent or solve corrosion-related problems is far more significant than what is identified through other programs today.”


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Coating Materials; Competitions; Contests; Marine Coatings; North America; Protective Coatings; Sherwin-Williams; Wastewater Plants; Water Tanks; Water Works

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