MJW Performs Multiple Roles in Georgia-Pacific Fire Protection Project // February 2019

MJW Consolidated fire protection, construction and engineering design teams are collaborating to provide Georgia-Pacific with a major upgrade of their fire protection pumps and fire water distribution system that will protect the company’s expanding Palatka, Fla., plant.

The project is the second phase of a fire protection upgrade that began with the installation of 5,000 feet of a new high-pressure fire water main and hydrants. For this phase, MJW’s fire protection crews will fabricate and install approximately 800 feet of 16-inch cement-lined ductile iron pipe connecting the fire water distribution system serving a large portion of the plant to two new diesel-driven, vertical turbine pumps installed in a new pump house.

To support the pump house atop a water retention pond, MJW is constructing foundations that include an intake ramp and a pit approximately 18 feet deep, 16 feet wide and 40 feet long. The floor and walls of the pit will be 12-inch thick concrete. Once the pit is complete, a second foundation will be installed upon which the pump house will sit. The construction portion of the project will require about 400 cubic yards of concrete, 20 tons of reinforcing steel and more than 1,000 cubic yards of fill. The new piping will be laid in a 10-feet deep ditch beneath the pond, connecting to the pumps capable of moving in excess of 5,000 gallons of water per minute under high pressure.

“This project requires a tremendous amount of coordination between our MJW teams, plant operators and other contractors performing work as part of the Georgia-Pacific’s investment in site,” said Richard Beckwith, MJW fire protection project manager. “We have a long history at this site and are looking forward to providing Georgia-Pacific with new fire protection capabilities to better protect their existing and new assets at this strategic production facility.”

MJW to Replace Industrial Roofing at Georgia Pacific Plant in North Florida // January 2019

MJW Consolidated is replacing more than 65,000 square feet of roof at Georgia Pacific’s Palatka, Fla., paper plant, which is undergoing a major expansion and upgrade.

The roof replacement work consists of two projects, one that is providing 40,000 square feet of new roof for the plant’s kraft paper production building and another that is replacing 25,000 square feet of roof on the tissue paper production building.

The extensive work, which began in late February, is expected to take 10 months. The five paper and tissue machines at the facilities will continue to operate throughout the projects.

The scope of work includes construction of a temporary sub-deck to shield the production floor during construction; demolition and disposal of the existing concrete panel roof; refurbishment and replacement, where needed, of structural steel supports; installation of drains and piping; and installation of the new stainless steel roof.

MJW is self-performing all of the work with the exception of the laying of the roof, which is subcontracted. The MJW team includes ironworkers, carpenters, equipment operators and pipe fitters.

“Our crews will draw on our knowledge of the Palatka site, where we have a great understanding of the plant operation, a long history of successful projects, and full cooperation with the plant operators to coordinate with the other construction activities and ongoing production taking place at the site,” said Justin Freeman, MJW project manager.

Demolition and removal of the existing concrete roof is especially challenging in this high-traffic environment, Freeman noted. “Our team has an outstanding safety record, and proven schedule coordination methods, which are going to be significant factors for ensuring the work is completed without incidents or delays,” he said, noting that the kraft paper and tissue building jobs will be performed simultaneously.

The new roof will consist of five layers, including an 18-gauge stainless steel deck, vapor barrier, isolation board insulation, hot rolled tar and gravel.