St. Vincent’s 100 Year Statues // February 2016

On 2/17/16, St. Vincent’s Healthcare had a dedication ceremony unveiling the bronze statues celebrating 100 years of service from the Daughters of Charity, who came from Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1917. They were invited by the city fathers in 1917 to turn around the failing DeSoto Sanatorium in the Springfield area of town. Meeting this challenge with success, the sisters were moved to the Riverside area of town and renamed it St. Vincent’s Hospital. 


This sculpture was created by Captain Robert L. Rasmussen, USN who served in the Korean War and Vietnam. He was also a member of the Blue Angel Squadron from 1956 to 1960. The sculpture depicts a young Daughter of Charity handing a crucifix to a physician, symbolic of “passing on the mission” of service to the sick and the poor. The child holding onto the sister’s skirt represents all of us in the community that hold dear the vision and mission of the Daughters of Charity. A basket of oranges and a palm tree are nearby, representing the actual gifts given to the Daughters of Charity by the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

The statues were installed by MJW’s St. Vincent’s team. To avoid conflicts with pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the foundation and the setting of the statues were performed at night. The demolition, site work, sign relocation, electrical, hardscape and landscaping were performed during the day. The statues will remain at the entrance to St. Vincent’s Hospital as a reminder of the service the Daughters of Charity provided for the next 100 years or more. 



Flame Trench Piping Construction Contract at Kennedy Space Center // October 2015

J. P. Donovan Construction of Rockledge, Florida has awarded MJW Consolidated a contract to provide and install a large bore piping system and refurbish the flame trench at NASA’s Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This launch pad will be utilized in future launches of NASA’s new Space Launch System (SLS) rockets, enabling astronauts to travel deeper into the solar system.  NASA is currently working on the Orion spacecraft, which will be the first SLS rocket to use the launch pad.

The project was estimated and bid by Audie Bailey and is being executed by MJW’s Kennedy Space Center team. It includes installation of hydraulic cylinders with related tubing and brackets, extension of 42” - 72” Ignition Over Pressure (IOP) piping and installation of deflector crest spray header and nozzles.  Once completed, the launch pad structure and systems will deflect SLS exhaust away from the vehicle while protecting the launch pad structures so that they may continue to be utilized for future launches. 

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 The scope of work on this contract will support Kennedy’s Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program. Building on five decades of launch and processing excellence, GSDO is transforming Kennedy into a multi-user spaceport capable of accommodating a wide array of government and commercial space activities.