MJW Designs Innovative Fire Protection Solution for Albany International // October 2018

An innovative MJW Consolidated solution to a potentially serious problem is helping an Albany International Corp. facility in St. Stephen, S.C., strengthen its fire suppression system.

The solution involves installing a new fire pump and reconfiguring the plant’s fire water supply to assure the system’s ability to deliver sufficient water volume and pressure to a fire.

 Planning for the project began after MJW installed a new low expansion foam system at the plant and discovered that the existing fire pump, located in a pit next to a concrete water retention pond, was in poor condition and incapable of maintaining the required pressure.

MJW project manager James Marks proposed relocating a new pump to the top of the existing pit, then converting the pit into a sump fed from the retention pond. In addition to boosting water pressure, the solution would help prolong the life of the new equipment.

Scheduled for completion in December 2018, the project calls for demolition and removal of all existing equipment inside the pit, then sealing the pit and cutting a hole in the retention pond wall to allow water to fill the new sump. A new valve house and vertical turbine diesel fire pump will be installed at the top of the pit. Water will be drawn from the newly converted sump and tie into the existing underground  fire loop.

In addition to designing the solution and installing all system components, MJW will perform concrete work and equipment placement.



MJW Supports Kennedy Space Center Pump Station Project // September 2018


Helping provide a safe and plentiful water supply to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is one more way that MJW Consolidated is supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) vision for the nation’s growing spaceport.

MJW has been chosen to install the pumps, piping and monitoring equipment for a new pump station that will expand the municipal water supply to KSC, as NASA pursues its master plan for developing a multi-user spaceport with additional commercial opportunities.

The pump station project is on State Route 3 at the southern edge of the 142,000-acre complex on the Florida coast. The project is part of phase five of a comprehensive utilities upgrade that will support development of up to 8,000 acres at KSC. The KSC 2012-2032 Master Plan calls for the vast majority of the complex to remain natural habitat.

MJW began work on its portion of the water pump station project in July, and final cutover to the new station is expected by June 2019. The general contractor for the project is a partnership of Baker Klein of Jacksonville, Fla., and Foresight Construction Group of Gainesville, Fla (insert web link). In addition to installing and connecting the piping and pump equipment, MJW is responsible for installing equipment used for controlling flow and pressure as well as automated chemical monitoring systems. The station connects to the City of Cocoa municipal water system.

MJW has been a trusted provider of construction and fire protection services at KSC for many years. Two prominent projects currently underway are a crest spray sound suppression system for NASA’s new Space Launch System and fire protection systems for the new mobile launch tower.