Sherwin-Williams Names 2019 Impact Awardees


Last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced in an emailed press release the winner of the 2019 Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding water and wastewater projects featuring coating and lining materials from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine.

This year, a nearly 70-year-old, 1 million-gallon elevated water storage tank restoration project was named the winner of The Sherwin-Williams Company's Protective and Marine Coatings 2019 Impact Award at the Water Environment Federation’s 2019 WEFTEC Conference, held Sept. 21-25, in Chicago.

The tank is located in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Impact Awards

Projects eligible for nomination included new, restored and/or rehabilitated water-related structures using Sherwin-Williams coatings or linings. Besides tanks and towers, eligible structures include water treatment and storage facilities, transmission structures, sewer collection and wastewater treatment facilities.

According to Sherwin-Williams, the program recognizes application contractors, specifiers and owners for excellence on North American water and wastewater projects that have a compelling effect on the industry regarding public safety, asset protection and infrastructure life cycle improvement.

2019 Award Winner

Originally, the city of Fort Lauderdale intended to demolish the 160-foot-tall water storage tank, until members of the local community lobbied for its refurbishment. As a result of their efforts to keep the dated infrastructure, professional service and contracting firm SUEZ Advanced Solutions completed a year-long, $1.9-million restoration of the tank’s interior and exterior.

Other members of the award-winning team included coatings inspection provider OmniTech, LLC; engineering firm Hazen and Sawyer; and the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Restoration of the tank’s interior involved cleaning, sandblasting, and the application of two full coats of Sherwin-Williams Macropoxy 646 PW epoxy with a stripe coat sprayed in-between to all sharp edges, corners and welds to ensure a high film build on these areas for long-term corrosion protection.

After installing a full containment tent to encapsulate the tower—which also protects neighboring structures from dust and overspray during blast and coating operations—for the restoration of the tank’s exterior, crews started with the infrastructure’s legs and underside. Following blast cleaning efforts, the SUEZ crew applied primer and stripe coats of Sherwin-Williams Corothane I – GalvaPac 1K zinc primer.

By choosing the moisture-curing primer, crews were unaffected by very humid conditions when applying spray coatings. A fast-drying intermediate coat of Sherwin-Williams Acrolon 218 HS acrylic polyurethane was applied to the exterior afterwards.

In applying the decorative topcoat, Jim Kelly, Owner of Industrial and Commercial Signs, drew and painted the tank’s intricate, Peter Symons-designed 11-color geometric design on the tower’s top, underside, legs and riser by hand. Kelly also painted an “All-America City – Fort Lauderdale” slogan on all four sides of the tank.

Sherwin-Williams reports that Kelly, along with a small crew, rolled and brushed the difference colored areas of the tank using a high-gloss Sherwin-Williams Fluorokem HS fluoropolymer urethane.

“The project team worked tirelessly on the tank restoration to bring this city landmark back to its rightful state as a welcoming—and now iconic—community billboard,” said Murray Heywood, North America Market Manager, Water & Wastewater, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine. “The efforts of the entire team ensured a successful rehabilitation that will maintain potable water service and superior aesthetics over the long term.”

The runner up for the competition went to the speedy assembly of a full containment system with dehumidification equipment and application of fast-curing and low-temperature coatings by Baltimore-based Titan Industrial Services, Inc., for the restoration of a New Jersey American Water-operated standpipe.

An honorable mention went to the restoration of a 2.5-million-gallon storage tank serving the Westwood neighborhood in Cincinnati. The project team included coatings applicator United Coatings & Linings, Inc.; coatings inspection firm Dixon Engineering, Inc.; and Greater Cincinnati Water Works.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Coatings; Industrial coatings; Infrastructure; NA; non-potable water; North America; potable water; Program/Project Management; Protective Coatings; Sherwin-Williams; Tank exteriors; Tank interiors; Tanks; Tanks; Water Tanks

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