Covanta Energy Plant Receiving Extensive MJW Fire Protection Upgrade // October 2017

Drawing on the company’s comprehensive capabilities in fire protection, construction and structural fabrication, MJW is performing an extensive replacement and upgrade of the fire protection system at the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility in St. Petersburg, FL.


The facility, owned by Pinellas County and operated by Covanta, began operations in 1983, and is in need of upgrades to its aging fire protection infrastructure. To ensure the systems can continue to protect this important facility, which can process up to 3,150 tons of solid waste per day and generate up to 75 megawatts of clean electricity, MJW is undertaking a major fire protection system rebuild. The project was developed by Covanta following an extensive inspection of the decades-old fire protection system by MJW’s experienced ITM crews, where MJW worked closely with Covanta to identify issues with the facility’s infrastructure and suggest solutions.

The scope of work includes replacement of all underground fire mains with high-strength HDPE piping, replacement of 5-bay cooling tower sprinkler system utilizing high-durability stainless steel piping, and replacement of multiple sprinkler systems throughout the facility, involving MJW’s fire protection design, fabrication and installation teams, as well as the structural and mechanical fabrication and installation teams.

The work is requiring close coordination with facility operations. While a shut-down window will enable replacement of the cooling tower piping, all other work is being conducted while the plant is operating. MJW work crews have an excellent safety record in industrial environments and are experienced in coordinating construction activities with operational priorities.

 Covanta Project

The project is slated for completion in March 2018.

Fast-track Loading Dock Project Paves Way for Georgia Pacific Plant Expansion // September 2017

MJW met a tight deadline and overcame Hurricane Irma to complete a major loading dock relocation on time and under budget for Georgia-Pacific at Palatka, FL.

Completing the dock-relocation project on schedule was essential to provide the space for a new paper machine as part of GP’s $400 million investment in its tissue and towel business.  Investments to the Palatka mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology along with adding associated converting equipment and infrastructure.  

Within 24 hours of the project being awarded, MJW mobilized a team that completed the project in just 29 days, which included a one-week disruption caused by Hurricane Irma in early September. The MJW team of more than 20 employees placed and finished 250 yards of concrete, installed 14 tons of reinforcing steel and excavated 170 yards of dirt, all without an injury or disruption to plant’s manufacturing or shipping operations. Working in proximity to plant production required the team to be especially cautious to avoid damaging or  contaminating  product near the construction zone.

“The project went extremely well even with the schedule challenges,” said Justin Freeman, project manager. “The client was very pleased with the process and the outcome.”

MJW maintains an on-site office at the Georgia-Pacific Palatka plant to support the location with new construction, preventative maintenance and repair services.