The Sofidel Group was founded in 1966 and is now one of the world’s leaders in the tissue paper production market for hygienic and domestic use: toilet paper, napkins, kitchen paper, handkerchiefs and tissues (Sofidel, 2017). In July 2016, Sofidel broke ground on a new plant in Circleville, Ohio. This is the first Sofidel integrated paper mill to be built from the ground up in the United States.
Gray Construction reached out to TP Mechanical for our expertise in plumbing and manpower resources for this fast-paced design build project. Initially Sofidel wanted to build a 2,200,000 square-foot building, however, due to their budget constraints, they downsized the facility to its current size of 1,700,000 square feet. As part of the downsizing, TP assisted with value engineering of the plumbing system’s initial intents and helped get the project on budget.
TP was charged with designing the systems for 11 different departments within the facility in less than three months to obtain permits and start the installation of underground systems. This included 122 drawings, and with the help of our partners at Zurn we delivered on time.
Our next task was to completely install all plumbing systems including 339 fixtures and 41,695 feet of pipe in less than 10 months. We utilized our fabrication facility and distribution center to help us meet the accelerated timeline. Our ISO 9001:2015 fabrication facility pre-assembled the piping systems, then the systems were shipped to our distribution center to be delivered to the project site when they were to be installed.
Due to the demands of Sofidel’s process and facility layout, we had to evaluate a different option for installing roof drains and lines. In Europe, they typically use Siphonic Roof Drains because unlike traditional roof drain systems, the siphonic system is designed to operate with and tie into a horizontal collector which is routed to a convenient point to transition into a vertical stack (Jay R. Smith MFG. CO., 2009). TP Mechanical worked with Zurn to help engineer the siphonic roof drainage system using 277 roof drains for this 1,700,000 square-foot building.
Jay R. Smith MFG. CO. (2009). Siphonic Roof Drains. Retrieved from jrsmith: https://www.jrsmith.com/uploads/fileLibrary/JR_Siphonic_Roof_Drains_Brochure_SPM1104_201103.pdf
Sofidel. (2017). Sofidel Group. Retrieved from Sofidel: http://www.sofidel.com/en/sofidel-group