Prefabrication Answers the Challenge of a Tight Timeline

University of Cincinnati High Rise
Cincinnati, Ohio

This 14-story project offered unique challenges due to a strict schedule of just 12 months. To meet the timeline, TP Mechanical utilized prefabrication – building systems and connections offsite and delivering them to the job-site for installation.

This approach allowed us to maximize production with our on-site project team and prefabricate all materials being installed on this project. The coordination between our project management team, fabrication facility and distribution center helped to make us the premier contractor for this challenge.

Learn more about this project by visiting our portfolio page on our website.

How We Expect to Build on a Successful 2017

TP Mechanical has been a leader in providing contractor services for large-scale construction projects ranging from factories to schools to hospitals since 1953.

We’ve built on this successful tradition in 2016, and we expect an even more successful future because of our safety programs, innovative thinking and technology capabilities for plumbing, HVAC and fire protection service.

Safety First, Always First

TP Mechanical has performed, as of early August, more than 2 million man-hours of work without a lost-time accident – nearly one-third the industry average. We work closely with OSHA, participating in its safety training programs and Voluntary Protection Program to reduce accidents on the jobsite.

President and CEO Bill Riddle says safety drives the TP Mechanical culture, and due to all these efforts, our 2016 safety awards include:

  • ABC | Step Platinum Award
  • ABC Employer of the Year Safety Award
  • ABC Award of Excellence for The Christ Hospital Orthopedic & Spine Mechanical Commercial $2 to $10 million
  • ABC Award of Merit for the Summit Country Day Mechanical Commercial $2 to $10 million

Innovative Thinking

TP Mechanical’s innovation and forward-thinking problem-solving are major drivers for success. “I think we’re on the cutting edge with technology and processes,” Riddle says.

One of our biggest innovations is completing almost 30 percent of our project in the regulated environment of our fabrication shop before starting work on-site. More than 60 employees staff the shop for around-the-clock operations, incorporating advanced automation technology such as automated welding machines and tracking software to ensure workflow is managed smoothly.

A Bright Future

TP Mechanical will continue implementing technologies, such as BIM for rendering projects in a 3-D model. Riddle believes TP Mechanical will continue to find success with a focus on innovation and a dedication to safety, “I believe that over the next couple of years we should experience continuous growth in our industry.”

We look forward to sharing that success with you in 2017 and beyond; please Contact Us for your next project.

How Can ISO 9001:2008 Certification Benefit Your Company?

When you see that a company is certified as conforming to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards, you can count on this: The company’s production processes meet established international standards for quality. That may help you, as a customer, satisfy your legal or contractual requirements and ensures you’re working with an organization that places a high priority on quality.

To achieve certification of conformity to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards companies must demonstrate that they can meet regulatory requirements and apply a Quality Management System effectively. At TP Mechanical, we believe in reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction – all of which are part of our Quality Management System.

TP Mechanical: ISO 9001:2008

TP Mechanical has a registered ISO 9001:2008 certification of conformity for our Quality Management System. We earned our registration for “prefabrication of components for the purpose of fast-track construction in the piping and mechanical plumbing fields.”

As a mechanical contractor specializing in large commercial construction projects, TP Mechanical utilizes prefabrication to reduce construction costs and shorten schedules while decreasing waste and scrap. By doing more work in the shop – in a controlled, dedicated facility – we also enhance safety d achieve higher quality for the projects we complete on the job site.

Benefits of ISO 9001:2008

TP Mechanical’s conformity to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards allows us to support your organization by delivering the results you want and expect. Our Quality Management System benefits your company by:

  • Improving quality and service
  • Reducing the amount of on-site work
  • Providing on-time delivery
  • Fostering a get it right the first time attitude
  • Reducing mistakes, change orders and defects

For more information

To learn more about what the TP Mechanical team can accomplish on your next project, click here.

TP MECHANICAL REDUCES JOB SITE WASTE WITH PREFABRICATION

The TP Mechanical Fabrication team is helping our customers gain significant benefits for their construction projects through prefabrication. With the aid of our innovative shop fabrication processes, we are able to substantially reduce job site waste.

It’s common to see the amount of unused material and scrap increase throughout a project during traditional construction and on-site fabrication. By moving as much of the construction process indoors into our 45,000 square-foot, ISO-certified fabrication facility, we remove a lot of that waste from the actual job site.

CADWith the aid of highly trained employees at each assembly station and our investment in automated equipment, we can ensure consistency and quality in every cut and weld. Additionally, with state-of-the-art BIM and CAD technologies, 2D and 3D highly customized designs are used to optimize waste reduction.

With these congruent factors, along with our fabrication process occurring in a controlled manufacturing environment, TP Mechanical produces higher quality units with fewer rejected assemblies while ensuring productivity is maximized and material waste is kept at a minimum.

At TP Mechanical, our recycling programs are designed to keep as much of the packaging and scrap raw material out of the landfill as possible – reusing what we can and properly recycling what we can’t.

According to a recent SmartMarket report released by McGraw-Hill Construction, more than 800 architecture, engineering and contracting professionals were surveyed and 77% said that construction site waste is decreased by utilizing new prefabrication construction techniques. More than 60% of the same professionals reported that prefabrication shortened project schedules and reduced budgets.

“These reported productivity benefits of prefabrication and modularization are particularly exciting in today’s economy, given the benefits of creating superior buildings while saving cost, time and waste,” said Harvey Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights and Alliances at McGraw-Hill Construction.

For project leaders looking to save cost, improve their schedule and reduce the impact to the environment, fabrication is a critical component to consider in any construction process, and TP Mechanical has invested in the resources and expertise to provide superior fabrication services for our customers.

More Information

Learn more about TP Mechanical’s Fabrication process on our website.

New CEO appointed at TP Mechanical

Bill Riddle named new CEO; Scott Teepe to remain chairman & advisor

TP Mechanical has announced a shift within their leadership team by moving Bill Riddle to President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Scott Teepe, Sr. leaves the position of CEO and will become Chairman of the Board. He will remain at the company as an advisor.

This transfer of leadership has been in the works for the past year, according to Tara Teepe, Marketing Coordinator. “Scott has led TP Mechanical to our current level of success and we’re excited for Bill to continue evolving and growing the company for the sake of our customers, employees, and stakeholders,” she said.

Riddle looks at his new role with a bright perspective and is excited to keep growing and moving the company forward. As Scott Teepe initiated TP Mechanical employee development program, Riddle’s initiative will be to build upon that established foundation. He hopes to continue creating additional avenues for the development of all TP Mechanical employees and help them reach their highest potential within the company.

“The number one priority for me is to develop and grow our employees by highlighting each of their specialized skills,” says Riddle. “We want our employees to achieve their professional goals and provide them with opportunities to move up in the ranks of the company into leadership roles.”

Riddle knows how important this mentoring can be. He has been with TP Mechanical for 30 years, and began his career as an apprentice for the company.

Since then, he’s held positions in the field and at the corporate level, including project management, superintendent and estimating. He was appointed President in 2011, and prior to that held the position of Vice President of Commercial Construction.

“Our best asset is the people who work for us, support our company and provide top-notch service to our customers,” said Riddle. “I want to make sure they have the same opportunities to grow in their career that I received.”

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Trade Conflict Avoidance Using BIM

BIM01It’s not hard to find information in the construction industry touting the benefits of Building Information Modeling or BIM. It’s become a critical, model-based process of planning, designing, constructing, and managing buildings.

This tool has revolutionized the way that builders construct and coordinate trades to work on a project. It enhances organization and helps see a project through to completion with minimal conflicts.

The Purpose                                                       

The general purpose of BIM is to reduce the need for regathering and reforming information. Everyone on the project knows where they fit into the overall completion of the project and should lead to very little confusion.

TP Mechanical uses BIM to create a simpler process as we collaborate on a variety of projects and reducing costs at every stage. This software brings together all of the elements in the planning stage of the design and is evolving rapidly.

Advantages

  • Cost-effective
  • Minimal project risk
  • Pre-fabrication and pre-assembly of parts
  • Reduce waste
  • Reducing long term building operation costs

 

Designs that deliver

Our design teams collaborate with owners, architects and construction managers to design mechanical systems that help meet objectives. We handle design, fabrication, and pre-fabrication in-house.

Download our BIM Information Sheet to learn more.

Unplugging for the Holidays

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

Constant connection to technology and personal mobile devices can be fun and helpful—think text messages and GPS—but being tethered to your smartphone, laptop or tablet can also increase stress, lead to reduced physical activity and decrease your ability to focus on the people around you. Less stress and more time to have fun with your family are a few of the benefits of unplugging. Here are a few tips to help you unplug for the holidays (or at least reduce your screen time):

 

  • Social media on SmartphoneLeave your cell phone and laptop in another room, or at least turn off notifications and temporarily delete social media apps to reduce temptation.
  • Tell your family and friends that you’re unplugging for the holidays; they might even join you for a technology-free vacation.
  • Set a specific, limited amount of time when you can access your work email, if you absolutely must check in.
  • Plan technology-free activities—try playing board games, going sledding or bike riding, baking cookies, reading a book, hosting a karaoke night at home or reviving an old hobby.

The 3 S’s of Prefabrication Efficiency in Mechanical Skids

Prefabrication of engine rooms, boilers, and other mechanical equipment results in the three S’s – Scheduling benefits, Safety for workers and Smaller numbers on-site.

Our ISO-certified Fabrication Shop can prepare and prefabricate mechanical skids to make any construction project run more smoothly. Our team connects the appropriate attachments, piping and mechanical services in the shop to improve efficiency on the job site.

At the same time, the work moved to shop floor helps you reduce waste. The shop environment is ideal for utilizing raw materials efficiently, reducing overall scrap. It also removes the waste and scrap from your job site.

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Prefabrication involves preplanning and developing the entire system in the shop. This includes all of the hookup and finishing touches of the product. This allows for maximum efficiency in scheduling. While your on-site crew is working on site preparation and construction, our team is simultaneously preparing the mechanical skids to be delivered to your site at the exact moment you need them.

When they arrive, the prefabrication work completed in the shop shaves days or weeks off of the installation process. Your busy construction schedule can save valuable time by prefabricating your systems. All of that leads to a quicker speed to occupancy, saving you time and money.

Safety for Workers

When working in our shop, we are able to fully maximize the safety of the workers. The controlled environment in the shop allows for bench-height work. Our shop is designed to make it safer for skilled craftsmen to work on mechanical equipment.

Contrast that to on-site work, and you find tight fits, with numerous pinch injury opportunities, and overhead work with the inherent danger in working on ladders. By utilizing prefabricated mechanical skids for your project, you’re able to reduce the number of workers in tight, confined spaces. At the same time, that reduces your on-site liability and makes for a safer worksite overall.

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Prefabrication of mechanical skids also allows us to reduce the number of workers needed on-site. This will lower costs associated with the site and reduce the potential for scheduling conflicts. By moving some of the work into our fabrication facility, you can operate with a smaller focused team, especially in the last phases of construction, when the time being spent is mission critical. A strategy for a smaller number of workers onsite is not simply a way to make things easier; it’s a way to get an advantage over traditional construction.

For more information about our mechanical skid fabrication, visit www.tpfabricationshop.com.

Fabricating for the Future

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by Dan Holland

Over the years, I have been blessed to be a part of a growing trend within our industry and I am very passionate about it. I’m talking about Fabrication.

Fabrication was around long before my time. TP Mechanical has done fabrication of sorts for many years, and I remember my first experience with it when I was working in the field. In 1998, I was working on a school with a lot of plumbing piping located in masonry walls. I was still learning about different material types and installations at the time, but we fabricated all of the piping on the job-site before installing it in the block walls.

There were different masonry crews scattered across the job site, and they were laying up different wall sections every day. We had to work hard to stay right with them to make sure all of our piping made it within the walls.

Our job superintendent devised a plan to make it easier for us to stay ahead. He worked late every day and made hand sketches of the piping that was located within the walls and provided the drawings and material necessary to make it happen. He split our job site into two crews: one crew was in charge of fabricating the piping sections and the other was in charge of installing them. I was selected for the fabrication team. We set up our shop within a material trailer located on site. By doing this we could work rain or shine to stay ahead of the install team and the masonry contractor.

DSC_5063 fab shop product catalog 10-23-13We continued this process throughout the job and the project was very successful. That was 16 years ago this June. That project has always been part of me throughout my career. I have been fortunate enough to be on many job-sites and facilities across the country and even traveled to Europe to evaluate and learn fabrication techniques. I can honestly say that no one does it better than TP Mechanical.

TP Mechanical’s leadership saw the growing need for fabrication in our industry early on. They went full steam ahead to make the investment in a state-of-the-art fabrication facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Out of this facility, TP Mechanical provides all fabrication needed for its job-sites as well as for outside customers. We build Plumbing, HVAC, Fire Protection and Medical Gas systems of all sorts. We have even established remote fabrication facilities near construction sites to improve speed and efficiency.

The culture at TP Mechanical has grown to welcome fabrication at all levels because our teams see the benefits for the projects, our customers and the industry alike.

With fabrication TP Mechanical can provide products just-in-time to the projects. We utilize a safe work environment andDSC_2266 OSU NRDT-Tep #B1000303 shave days, weeks or even months off of construction schedules. Everyone benefits from Fabrication. Properly planned fabrication can reduce safety hazard exposure on the job-site, keep unwanted materials off of the job-site, reduce waste from construction landfills, improve construction logistics and reduce installation time, therefore enhancing construction schedules.

I am proud to be a part of the Fabrication workforce at TP Mechanical because we care about our customers and we are making a difference in our industry. Fabrication has been around for a while, but it is quickly evolving into a bright future. What are you fabricating?

 

 

Complete Mechanical Equipment Skids.

Our Fabrication Shop realizes that you have specific needs for specific jobs. We don’t design our prefabricated mechanical skids to be the same. At TP Mechanical, we have specifically designed skids with each skid serving a unique and specific purpose. This gives our customers limitless possibilities.

We also offer a mechanical room package – building all of your mechanical equipment in the Fabrication Shop with the layout of the completed room in mind. We can supply the connections at the same time, delivering it all to your job site to shorten the construction schedule.

Check out this interesting fabrication project – an entire mechanical room completed in just weeks – and more of our designs at http://www.tpfabshop.com.

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