New Logo Painting Planned for OH Water Tower
A water tower in Huron, Ohio, will be getting a new paint job due to the structure’s sponsoring changing its name and logo. Last month at a public meeting, Huron city officials learned that the local tourism bureau Lake Erie Shores & Islands will be changing its name to Shores & Islands Ohio.
The water tower, last painted in 2016, features the bureau’s name over red and white hues painted to resemble a fishing bobber on top of a blue base painted with the city’s name. The color scheme and stem are expected to remain the same, with the name update being the only change.
“We feel this is a very worthwhile investment as this high-visibility location represents a giant billboard in the sky to help launch and reinforce our new destination name and logo,” said Larry Fletcher, the tourism bureau’s President.
“Based on 2021 data, (the number of) average daily vehicles on this stretch of (Ohio) 2 is 25,416 vehicles. Considering that many vehicles have multiple passengers, this is over 10 million impressions annually.”
In 2016, the City of Huron partnered with engineering and architecture design firm Burgess & Niple to plan, design and bid the project for the 400,000-gallon elevated water tank’s complete rehabilitation. According to the company, items repaired as part of the project included safety railing, roof vent, access tube vent, aviation light, overflow pad and replacement of fall protection harnesses.
B&N reports that it coordinated with the coating manufacturers to perform adhesion testing of the existing paint, using those tests to determine that the existing paint had an adequate adhesion to the steel substrate and therefore could be cleaned and top-coated with a new coating system.
The overcoat system reportedly saved the city approximately 35% of cost compared to traditional rehabilitation, which would have required removing the existing paint with abrasive blasting and containment. D&M Painting Corporation from Washington, Pennsylvania, was contracted for the paint job.
In 2016, paint job reportedly totaled $286,000, with $150,000 of funds coming from Lake Erie Shores & Islands, $128,000 from a state grant and $8,000 from city funds. Currently, the estimated cost of replacing the name on the tower is between $50,000 and $70,000.
The cost will reportedly vary depending on how much prep work is needed on the tower bowl. This funding is expected to be paid for with bed tax money collected by the bureau. Shores & Islands Ohio will be switching the logos out at all locations in the area, including the water tower, and has plans to “switch them all out as soon as possible.”
“We have pricing and are in the approval process now with Huron,” Fletcher said. “Assuming that process goes smoothly, work will start as soon as the painting company tells us the weather is good for their process. Once they begin work it should take about a week.”
Other Water Tower Repainting
Last month, repainting work began on a water tower painted to resemble a beach ball in Pensacola Beach, Florida. At the time, crews had installed equipment to begin sandblasting the structure on Casino Beach.
Escambia County Commission Robert Bender said the water tower’s design will not change, including its bright stripes, but that it was time for a new coat of paint. Bender added that the tower will be periodically covered with draping to contain any particles while crews work.
The contract for the repainting project was awarded to Clearcreek Coatings Ltd. of New Carlisle, Ohio. Established in 2016, Clearcreek specializes in the rehabilitation and repainting of water towers.
The contract was approved in February, which included an inspection and report on the condition of the water tank, along with repairs and cleaning. According to reports, the project is anticipated to cost $223,900.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that the repainting work is being paid for through Tourism Development Tax money, which is generated by county taxes on short-term lodging. Bender said that the annual funding wasn't finalized until October, and it’s taken until now to go through the procurement process to finalize the contractor on site.
Pending weather delays, work is expected to be completed by mid-May or prior to Memorial Day.