Harrison Schools – New Junior High and Central Elementary

TP Mechanical’s Cincinnati team has been working diligently on the plumbing and HVAC for two new schools in the Southwest Local School District – Harrison Junior High and Central Elementary. Both schools are currently under construction with an anticipated completion of spring 2021. Harrison Junior High will be approximately 148,000 square feet and Central Elementary will total a little over 75,000 square feet.

The installation of a VRF system in the junior high will allow each classroom to run either heat or cooling; these systems are convenient for comfort in each individual classroom and are also highly energy efficient. Unique to an elementary school, all the plumbing was designed and installed with elementary students in mind. Drinking fountains, bathroom fixtures and plumbing were all installed at a lower height to accommodate ease of use for young children.

Not long after the projects launched, COVID-19 impacted the industry. Our team saw firsthand the effects the pandemic had, not only on the supply chain as piping, fixtures and equipment arrived weeks later than anticipated, but also manpower. Flexibility and communication throughout the project were crucial elements in keeping the project’s schedule on track.

The project manager, Mike Schneider, is incredibly proud to be part of this special project. He attended high school in the Southwest Local School District and like so many other TP projects, he is honored to be part of a project positively impacting the community. In addition, he credits his team with showing perseverance and patience as they continued to work through all the potential challenges which arose due to COVID-19.

Other Team Members

Skanska Megen, Construction Manager

TP Field Management Team

Mike Schneider, Project Manager

Jason Welte, Superintendent – Harrison Junior High

Tyler Tremain, Superintendent – Central Elementary School

Bringing Life Back to the Dayton Business District

Since 1902, the Dayton Arcade has been a special and historic staple in the Dayton community. TP is very proud to be a part of the building’s revitalization and its impact on improving the Dayton Business District. The renovated arcade will feature space for retail, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, 20 floors of residential space and more including a section known as The Hub, which is a joint venture between the University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center. The Hub itself will total over 100,000 sf of retail space, featuring classrooms, offices and coworking space. The newly renovated Arcade will begin to open early this year.

Our team is performing a large amount of the plumbing and HVAC work, as well as installing new fire protection systems throughout the seven-building complex.

Due to the historic nature of the Arcade, certain steps have been taken to preserve the history, architecture and art that decorate the structure of this once alluring building. This includes leaving the ornamental sculptures that adorn the walls of the five-story rotunda and saving glass pieces and floors that were untouched during renovations. Our team, along with the other contractors, have worked around these relics (instead of removing and replacing) to preserve the elegance and beauty of the complex.

TP’s project manager, Mike Neri, is proud of everything being done to make the new vision a reality. When the project team entered the building for the first time, it was vacant and run-down. For Mike, it has been fascinating to see the transformation, making any challenges well worth it. “I am really impressed with my team and I’ve seen them step-up to the plate on this project. They have pushed as hard as they can and have done so well,” said Mike.

More About the Original Building

The Arcade was originally built in 1902 as a marketplace that existed into the mid 1900’s. Many people remember it as the place to go. It was beautiful, elegant and had everything you could think of all-in-one place. In the 1980’s, the Arcade began to see a decrease in retail activity which ultimately led to its closure in 1990. For almost 30-years, the space has been sitting vacant. Now renovations and restorations are underway to bring this historical building back to life and we cannot wait to see the finished product!

Other Team Members:

Cross Street Partners, Developer

Model Group, General Contractor

TP Field Management Team:

Mike Neri, Project Manager

Bridget Ellis, HVAC/Plumbing Project Manager

Mitchell Hockenberry, Fire Protection Superintendent

Brian Darding, Fire Protection Superintendent

Michael Hirschbach, HVAC/Plumbing Superintendent

TP Mechanical Employee Spotlight: Ben Handley

Now in his fourth and final year with TP Mechanical’s Apprenticeship Program, Ben Handley is a rising star both in the classroom and in the field. Currently the lead operator of the Trimble® Control Unit (TCU) on our Big Walnut High School project in Sunbury, Ohio, Ben also holds down a 98.9% GPA in his coursework and serves as an ambassador for TP’s Apprenticeship Program. In this role, he travels to local high schools and career centers to speak about the advantages of working with our company.

At the Big Walnut project, Ben’s work on the TCU provides essential GIS (geographic information system) mapping details, which enables TP teams to properly design and position the project’s plumbing and HVAC systems. Ben is so skilled at using the TCU technology, he now trains other team members on its operation. Last year, Ben worked in the mechanical rooms at TP’s Covelli Arena project on the campus of The Ohio State University, learning to weld in the process.

We feel fortunate to have Ben serving as an ambassador for TP’s Apprenticeship Program – an industry-leading training program including 8,000 hours of on-the-job training plus 576 hours of classroom learning across four years. Ben truly has a passion for working with our company and serves as a shining example of the talented, new generation of skilled team members we have in our ranks.

Employee Spotlight: Tim Hoover, Executive Vice President of Columbus and Dayton Operations

Tim Hoover has worked his way up to an executive leadership role at TP Mechanical through dedication, skill, meticulous attention to detail and a service-oriented focus. “It’s about getting things taken care of and serving others every day,” he says. Having this mindset has made him a respected, integral team member of TP Mechanical – where teamwork, servant leadership, and a winning attitude are part of our daily approach.

Tim began at TP Mechanical as a journeyman technician, before working his way up in the field and at the corporate level to hold positions of project manager, Apprenticeship Program instructor, regional manager, chief operating officer, and, most recently, executive vice president for Columbus and Dayton Operations. As Executive Vice President, Tim oversees business development and operations in TP Mechanical’s growing Columbus and Dayton markets. Tim says he’s “constantly evolving” his leadership skills to better communicate with his team members and to stay abreast of advances in the ever-evolving industry.

Before launching his career at TP Mechanical, Tim served our country in the Ohio Army National Guard. Tim first met friend and fellow TP Mechanical colleague Mike Kelley – now a Field Quality Control Specialist – during his military service. It was Mike who reached out to Tim about an open position at TP Mechanical, helping launch his long career with the company. More than two decades later, the two friends are still working together.

While his titles over the years may have changed, Tim feels his mission has stayed the same: setting the bar high and exceeding customer expectations for every project. “We always work to provide our customers with the results we have promised,” he says. “It is how we build loyalty and credibility with our clients.”

We are honored to call Tim one of our own and thank him for his years of client-focused service to our company and industry.

TP Mechanical Supports 2019 Super Plumber Open to Help Raise $50,000 for Local Charities

It’s time for some fun on the putting green – for a great cause. The Teepe Family Foundation, the charitable organization founded by former TP Mechanical CEO Scott Teepe Sr. and his wife, Lyn, is proud to present the 5th annual Super Plumber Open, Cincinnati’s premier putting contest, on June 22 at the Clovernook Country Club.

All you need is your putter and a ball for an adults-only night of fellowship and fun in support of this year’s local charity beneficiary, Vivian’s Victory. Founded by Rod and Maria Dunlap in memory of their late daughter, Vivian, who was born with a congenital heart defect, Cincinnati-based Vivian’s Victory works to provide financial and emotional support to families whose children face a poor prenatal diagnosis or long-term illness.

TP Mechanical is the host and presenting sponsor of the 2019 Super Plumber Open, which has set a goal of raising $50,000 this year to support both the Teepe Family Foundation endowment and the work of Vivian’s Victory. Founded with Scott and Lyn’s goal of servant leadership in mind, each year the Teepe Family Foundation supports those in need in the greater Cincinnati area through several events, including the Super Plumber Open and its Giving Tree program, which provides Christmas trees and $400 gift cards to families struggling with financial hardship during the holidays.

Supporting the annual Super Plumber Open is an easy choice for TP Mechanical, since it syncs with our passion for giving back to our community – and taps into the fun that can be had by approaching every challenge (or in this case, hole) with a winning attitude.           

The fun starts at 5 pm, and sponsorship levels range from $65 for spectators and $110 for individual participants to $5000 for corporations who join on as major sponsors of the event. In addition to the putting contest, attendees can enjoy appetizers, drinks and the chance to bid on an array of live auction items – including a Naples getaway, 2019 MLB World Series tickets and more. Click here for more details and to register online.

We hope to see you there!

A Recap of Our 2019 Celebration Banquet

TP Mechanical’s annual Celebration Banquet was held on May 10, 2019 at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. The event is open to the entire company and this year an impressive 215 employees, family members and guests attended, including 15 members of the leadership team.

The banquet was held Friday evening and included a cocktail hour, dinner and recognition ceremony. Guest speaker Scott Sloan, of the Scott Sloan Show on 700 WLW Cincinnati News Radio, talked about the importance of trade professions and having a career with a purpose. Afterward, TP recognized all apprentices, instructors, employees celebrating years of service milestones, Rising Leaders, the 2019 graduation class, as well as instructor of the year, undergraduate of the year, and graduate of the year. In total, accolades were given to 20 Rising Leaders, 55 Apprentices, 23 Instructors and 52 employees for a combined 555 years of service. This year’s apprentice graduates included Alex Aube, Benjamin Earls, Branden Bergen and Cody Shaw all of whom studied plumbing.

The annual event was started over a decade ago in order to recognize the hard work and dedication of apprentices. Since the inception of the Apprenticeship Program in the 1980s, it has been an important feeder for the TP workforce and the development of great leaders like our current President and CEO, Bill Riddle. The program is a direct result of TP’s investment in its employees and the future.

Today, the Celebration Banquet remains an important way TP recognizes all the hard work of its employees throughout the year. It also provides team members the opportunity to interact outside the job and connect with other TP employees they don’t always get to see. Employees and their families enjoy the event and camaraderie, and most stay for the weekend to enjoy the water park on Saturday following the banquet.

*A tremendous thank you to members of the Banquet Planning Committee for their tireless work in putting together such a memorable and special evening. The 2019 Planning Committee included: Kelly Wilson, Teresa Kelly, Vanessa King, Jen Madden, Holly Welch and Matt Anderson.

 

Beyond the Build: High-quality construction is about patient care and treatment

At the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center, there is no better phrase then “cancer free and finished with treatment.” Patients who receive this good news ring a large, silver bell to celebrate.  Everyone within earshot joins in this special moment alongside the patient with loud cheers and claps. This is one of the many ways Markey provides compassionate care to cancer patients and it’s one reason TP Mechanical was honored to have a role in the recent brachytherapy expansion project (part of an overall expansion of radiation medicine at UK Healthcare).

The project, which is a 7,000 square foot expansion, included excavation, expansion, and modification of an existing basement treatment room and waiting area space between the Markey Cancer Center and Pavilion H. It also includes installation of a new Varian linear accelerator to go with the center’s existing two. The linear accelerator (LINAC) customizes high energy x-rays or electrons to conform to a tumor’s shape and destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. This state-of-the-art equipment enables Markey to provide the latest care to cancer patients and allows more patients to be seen in less time.

TP Mechanical provided all of the prefabricated plumbing and HVAC piping in the new addition, which was brought in on racks to hang all in one piece. They also installed all air handling units and duct work through the new portion of the hospital. Every aspect of the project is precisely designed around the cancer treatment equipment for maximum efficiency and highest quality patient care. Throughout the project, an  Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) barrier has kept the construction area from infiltrating the existing and operational hospital space which has eliminated treatment downtime. The project is nearing 80 percent completion, with an expected completion date of June 1.

Aside from the tremendous opportunity to contribute to Kentucky’s only NCI-designated cancer center, members of the TP Mechanical team have gained much from being on this project. Recently, an older gentleman rang the big silver bell and everyone in the room and in the adjacent construction area stopped to cheer and high five in celebration of this man and his family. Dennis Warren, superintendent on the project for TP Mechanical, said, “This is why we do what we do.”

Construction Manager:

Whiting-Turner

Other Team Members:

Marillia Design & Construction

JRA Architects

Baker Concrete

Davis H. Elliot Company

TP TEAM:

Rodney Bishop, Project Manager

Dennis Warren, Superintendent

Owners Representative:

David Lockhart, Chief Radiation Therapist at the University of Kentucky Medical Center

 

 

Office Products with Impact

When TP Mechanical needs office supplies, they turn to a company that isn’t just providing pencils and pens—they’re making a difference. VIE-Ability.org offers over 40,000 office products and all of its office supply operations are run by people who are blind or have severe vision loss. TP Mechanical orders paper, folders, tape, pens, staples, staplers, post it notes pads, scissors, calendars, white out, and other office supplies through VIE-Ability.

The Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) launched VIE-Ability in 2013 to provide more professional-level job opportunities to people who had established careers, but unexpectedly lost their vision. The company enables visually impaired community members to use their abilities through tasks such as checking inventory levels, managing logistics and providing customer service. They do all of this with the help of advanced computer magnification and screen reading software.

VIE-Ability relies on steady orders from its customers, including TP Mechanical, to keep a consistent work load for all of the employees. TP Mechanical has been using VIE-Ability for all office supplies in the Cincinnati office and will be converting the Columbus and Lexington offices over in the new year. Aside from the social impact purchases make, TP Mechanical also receives competitive pricing on over 40,000 high-quality office supplies with free next-day delivery on all of their orders. The relationship is truly a win-win for all the companies involved and our community members.

Three Tips to Prevent Heat Stress and Heat-induced Illnesses on a Jobsite

Safety First, Always First.

With summer upon us and temperatures rising, it is important to understand the risk factors of heat stress and take precautions to avoid it and other heat-induced illnesses.

Heat stress generally occurs when spending long periods of time outside in excessive heat, and symptoms typically include physical exhaustion, cramping, rashes and dehydration. In the most severe cases, heat stroke may occur, which can result in confusion, irrational behavior, loss of consciousness and even death.

“Heat stress is certainly something we take seriously,” says Jamie Absher, Safety Specialist at TP Mechanical. “Our employees are outside on jobsites daily during the warmer months, and their health and safety is our foremost priority.”

There are a variety of factors that put anyone at a higher risk of experiencing heat stress, including:

  • High temperatures and humidity
  • Direct sun exposure
  • Not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
  • Physical exertion
  • Limited air movement
  • Bulky or heavy personal protective equipment or clothing
  • Radiant heat sources (vehicle and equipment engines, hot manufacturing processes, etc.)
  • Certain medications (e.g., diuretics, antihypertensives and anticholinergics)
  • Physical conditioning and health conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, influenza, etc.)
  • Lack of recent heat exposure (not acclimatized)
  • Age of 65 or higher

To mitigate the above risk factors and prevent heat stress, here are three strategies to employ on your jobsite:

  1. Implement a heat safety plan. It is important to train workers on the risk factors, symptoms and health effects of heat stress, as well has how to respond to a heat illness incident. Establishing someone as a heat safety leader on the jobsite to manage the heat safety plan and monitor workers is another way to be proactive. When possible, it is also beneficial to utilize modified work schedules to schedule more physically demanding and non-essential outdoor work during cooler times of the day.
  2. Stay hydrated. NIOSH recommends that for moderate activity in moderate conditions, each worker should drink one cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes. Keep fluids – especially water – readily available to workers on the jobsite. Employers should also consider providing urine color charts near toilet facilities so workers can monitor their hydration level throughout the day.
  3. Keep cool. Our bodies naturally produce heat, even during rest, so being sure to cool off during physical exertion is key to avoiding heat stress. Regular breaks should be taken in air conditioned or shaded, breezy areas. Avoiding non-essential bulky or heavy clothing and equipment can also reduce the risk for heat stress, and employers should consider providing cold packs or cooling vests to workers on particularly hot days.

To learn more about our commitment to workplace health and safety, visit http://www.tpmechanical.com/about-tp/safety/.

May is Food Allergy Action Month

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific immune response to certain foods. Sometimes, the body’s response can be severe or life-threatening. Food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern, according to the CDC. It is also estimated that between 4 and 6 percent of U.S. children are affected by some type of food allergy.

Among other things, Food Allergy Action Month was created to spread awareness about what food allergies are, how to recognize them and how to help someone who is having an allergic reaction. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to food include the following:

• A tingling sensation in the mouth
• Swelling of the lips, tongue and throat
• Itching, hives and a rash throughout the body
• Cramping, diarrhea or vomiting
• Wheezing and difficulty breathing
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Loss of consciousness