Sherwin-Williams Names 2020 Impact Awards


Yesterday (Dec. 3), The Sherwin-Williams Company announced in an emailed press release the winner of the 2020 Water and Wastewater Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding water and wastewater projects featuring coating and lining materials from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine.

This year, a labor-intensive restoration of eight deteriorated membrane bioreactor (MBR) basins for the South Valley Sewer District Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility was named the winner of The Sherwin-Williams Company's Protective and Marine Coatings 2020 Impact Award.

The facility is located in Bluffdale, Utah.

Impact Awards

Projects eligible for nomination included any water-related structure that was new, restored and/or rehabilitated in 2019 and was completed using coating and lining materials from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine. 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.

“When we review applications for the Sherwin-Williams Impact Award each year, we’re always very impressed by the applicants’ commitment to finding optimal solutions to water and wastewater challenges,” said Murray Heywood, North America Market Manager, Water & Wastewater, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine.  

“As we see in this year’s first place and runner-up projects, there are multiple ways to address similar challenges, with the best solution dependent on the particular project. Through the Impact Award program, we take pride in honoring the problem solvers who find ways to ensure the proper care and upkeep of critical water and wastewater infrastructure to continually deliver safe, reliable service in communities across North America.”

2020 Award Winner

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.


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