“Project Athena” was a $170 million project that involved a plant conversion of the pulp mill to produce specialized cellulose used in producing rayon and other non-woven textiles. The project took 13 months and 550,000 man-hours to complete and at the peak of its shut down employed over 1,100 workers.
Boldt was brought on to provide civil, structural and mechanical installation services for the upgraded woodroom. The old gentlefeed and rotary debarking drums were removed. The wood room’s roof panels were removed to allow for removal of equipment. New concrete piers and foundations, structural steel modifications, access platforms, piping and electrical were required for the new gentlefeed and rotary debarking drum. A six-crane pick was used to install the new equipment.