Friday, July 23, 2010

South Berwick Resident Awarded for Engineering Expertise

Jon R. Cavallo, P.E., who serves as Paint Engineer for the Maine Center for Creativity’s “Art All Around” project in Portland Harbor, has been honored with a prestigious international award for engineering expertise.
Cavallo, a South Berwick resident who is known worldwide in his field, recently received the Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from the ASTM International Committee D33 on Protective Coating and Lining Work for Power Generation Facilities. The Award of Merit is the highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to ASTM standards activities.
Cavallo is providing pro bono paint engineering services to MCC’s “Art All Around” project (, which involves the painting of 16 Sprague oil storage tanks in South Portland. When completed in 2012, it will be the world’s largest public art painting, viewed by land, sea and air – even from space.
He recently inspected the second finished oil tank. London-based artist Jaime Gili’s bold, colorful design was completed last fall on the first 36-foot tall tank. Professional paint subcontractor AMEX has been enlisted to transfer Gili’s artwork onto the Sprague tanks.
Cavallo’s expertise in surface preparation, corrosion mitigation and paint adherence will help ensure the project stands the test of time, especially against the often harsh weather conditions in the Northeast.
“Jon is one of the best in the business and we can’t thank him enough for the time and expertise that he is donating to this project because it’s something we never could have afforded,” said Jean Maginnis, MCC’s executive director. “He is one of a true all-star collection of experts who have agreed to assist us in this effort and who share our vision of fostering creativity and innovation here in Maine.”
Maine Center for Creativity conceived the Art All Around project as an important strategic step in developing Maine’s worldwide reputation for creativity and innovation.
MCC is continuing to raise funds for the project through donations from private individuals, corporations and foundations. To date, more than $655,000 has been raised through the hard work of the MCC Board of Directors, she said. Anyone interested in making a contribution to help complete the project is encouraged to send donations to MCC (
Cavallo works as a senior consultant and corporate corrosion and coatings specialist at ENERCON Services Inc. in Tulsa, Okla. He began his career in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Program, where he was certified as a nuclear submarine engineering watch supervisor. After leaving the military, he joined Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. and served in several technical engineering and managerial positions. In 1998, he joined Corrosion Control Consultants and Laboratories Inc., where he provided corrosion mitigation professional engineering services in surface preparation, protective coatings and linings. He joined ENERCON in 2009.
Cavallo graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in engineering technology. He is a registered professional engineer in three states, an SSPC protective coatings specialist, and a NACE International CIP Level III coating inspector with nuclear facilities endorsement.
In addition to ASTM International, he is also a member of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC), NACE International, ASME International and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Photo caption: Jon Cavallo of South Berwick at second completed tank in South Portland. (Courtesy photo)