Sherwin-Williams Accepting Impact Award Entries


Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine is now accepting entries 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 2020 Impact Award winning projects will be honored virtually in November.

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 through Dec. 31, 2019. Such projects include water treatment, water storage, water transmission, sewer collection and wastewater treatment structures, and are not limited to highly visible structures.

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.

“The commitment the water and wastewater industry demonstrates in protecting and preserving our planet’s most essential resource—water—is unrivaled,” said Murray Heywood, North America Market Manager, Water and Wastewater, Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine.

“Contractors, specifiers and asset owners are not just concerned about their operations or bottom line. They’re committed to ensuring future generations have access to clean, safe drinking water. We take great pride in honoring their contributions to enhancing public safety, protecting assets and extending infrastructure life with the Sherwin-Williams Impact Award.”

Entries will be accepted through Sept. 25. Click here for more information.

Last Year

In the 2019, 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.

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

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, abrasive blasting 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 afterward.

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 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; Completed projects; Contests; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Sherwin-Williams; Wastewater Plants; Water Tanks

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