TP Mechanical Hits Another Major Safety Milestone

TP Mechanical has now surpassed 3 million man-hours without a lost-time accident.

By committing to our “Safety First, Always First” core value, we make it our primary goal to ensure our employees, clients and members of the general public return home to their families safely every night.

“We are more than proud to achieve 3 million hours without a lost workday injury,” said TP Mechanical Corporate Safety Director Rick Absher. “We are looking forward to reaching the next milestone as we continue to make the safety of our employees, clients and jobsites our foremost priority.”

Reaching milestones like this isn’t achieved by merely doing what’s required. That’s why we go above and beyond by participating in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

Approval into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of organizations that have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health—that’s why we were so proud to be the first mechanical contractor in the U.S. to receive this designation in 2005.

Through VPP, we’ve implemented meticulous safety and health management practices that address hazard prevention and control, worksite analysis, training, management commitment and worker involvement. We voluntarily submit to rigorous evaluations to identify ways that we can continue to improve our system.

Being proactive about safety is critical to protecting our employees and jobsites, upholding our core values and executing our mission.

As our streak continues, we promise to keep delivering “Safety First, Always First” – that’s the TP Mechanical guarantee.

For more information

Learn more about how safety is a way of life at TP Mechanical and then Contact Us to see how we can provide comprehensive mechanical services for your next project.

Career Opportunities!

plumbing_pipefitter_ad_march2017_v2We are looking for experienced Plumbers and Pipefitters for our Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton locations.

For position details visit our career page http://www.tpmechanical.com/careers or contact Jen Madden 513-851-8881.

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 TP Mechanical Makes BIM Work for You

Sometimes our focus is so trained on the results that it can be eye-opening to look at the important steps required to get there. And one of those essential building blocks for TP Mechanical is BIM – or Building Information Modeling.

With BIM, our design/build teams use one comprehensive system of digital drawings that all members can access, instead of working on separate drawings. BIM combines 3-D modeling and information management for a more collaborative, streamlined effort that reduces the likelihood of mistakes.

TP Mechanical’s Design/Build Services

TP Mechanical’s expert design/build teams apply BIM methodology, along with pre-fabrication techniques and LEED principles, to create custom designs that meet your specific project needs. We collaborate with owners, architects and construction managers to design mechanical systems that accomplish multiple construction objectives. We provide engineering services for:

  • System Lifecycle Cost Analysis
  • HVAC Design Heat Load Calculations
  • HVAC System Design
  • Plumbing System Design and Layout
  • Fire Sprinkler Design and Layout
  • Duct and Piping Sizing and Layout
  • Equipment Selection
  • Energy Usage Analysis
  • Industrial Ventilation
  • Control Sequence Operations
  • Specifications

The BIM Bottom Line

By using BIM, TP Mechanical offers you the advantage of superior design capabilities along with true bottom-line benefits such as increased savings, faster results, improved accuracy and reduced risk of errors or discrepancies.

For more information

Download a copy of our Design/Build Services overview to look at all services and then Contact Us to see how we can work together to provide your next custom design solution.

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.

Industry Spotlight: Healthcare

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TP Mechanical has spent years refining and perfecting the art of large-scale projects. Working with the healthcare sector since 1953, we have the experience and capabilities to lead new construction, expansion, remodeling and retrofitting projects for hospitals as well as assisted living and ambulatory facilities.

When you choose TP Mechanical for your healthcare construction needs, you’ll receive these benefits and more:

  • Enhanced infectious control due to construction in a controlled environment, clean and free of pollutants
  • Faster construction schedule for speed to market
  • Lower cost using lean manufacturing techniques
  • LEED principles for less waste, recycling of packaging and less scrap
  • Code conformity and strict quality control inspections

a1000768-christ-hospital-low-res-dsc_9701TP Mechanical has both the engineering expertise and innovative approach needed for the complex building processes necessary for inpatient, diagnostic, treatment research and food service functions. We work regularly with the region’s leading general contractors for hospital construction – Danis, Turner, Messer and Skanska – and our résumé includes some of the largest, most advanced healthcare facilities in the area.

Recent healthcare projects include:

  • Christ Hospital Orthopedic & Spine Center
  • Genesis Cancer Center
  • Jewish Hospital Heart Tower
  • Christ Hospital Medical Center
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

As a multifaceted construction contractor, TP Mechanical houses multiple construction capabilities under one roof. We offer end-to-end design/build services, including mechanical systems, plumbing, HVAC/R, fire protection and pre-fabrication for each of those areas. Our teams have the specialized knowledge necessary to ensure you get the best service and results.

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Interested in seeing all that we at TP Mechanical can do for you? Download a copy of our healthcare information sheet to get a complete look at our services.

To see some of our recent healthcare work, check out the Christ Hospital expansion project in our Portfolio.

Unleash the Protection of Inspections

The word “inspection” can provoke both grimaces and groans. It’s one more thing to check off the list, and it can also add stress thinking about the potential results. But it’s time to embrace fire inspections as an important part of your business plan.

Blog8That’s because the annual losses by fire far outpace the losses from floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and other natural disasters in the United States, according to the United States Fire Administration. Adhering to an effective fire protection plan led by trained inspectors will reveal any problems before they become major issues, saving you time, money and inventory.

How often should fire inspections occur?

The National Fire Sprinkler Association recommends that a knowledgeable professional do a full sprinkler system inspection at least four times a year. However, be sure to check your local regulations as some states and cities require more frequent inspections.

In addition to quarterly inspections, you should schedule additional inspections when:

  • The building or the use of the building changes
  • The water supply changes
  • A backflow preventer or water meter is added or changed

How can TP Mechanical help you prevent fires?

TP Mechanical service teams can review and audit your current protection system and then provide a comprehensive recommendation for repairs, replacements and ongoing maintenance. To receive a free assessment and review of your system for compliance, cost-effectiveness and emergency readiness, click here.

You can then secure TP Mechanical to make regular inspections of your sprinkler system. After each inspection, we’ll provide you test certificates that comply with the requirements of your insurance company and local fire department inspection. From deluge fire sprinkler systems to specialized hazard systems, see all the fire protection capabilities TP Mechanical has to offer.

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck From Your HVAC System

It’s easy to take heat and air conditioning for granted. You set the temperature that’s appropriate for your business and then go about the rest of your day.

But there’s one number that might make you stop and reconsider your HVAC system, 40%. That’s the percentage of electricity your HVAC system uses. By implementing energy-efficiency measures you can improve your heating and cooling performance while enjoying substantial cost savings.

How to Make Your Building More Energy Efficient

There are a few first steps you can take to reduce your heating and cooling load such as:

  1. Add more insulation to reduce leaks.
  2. Inspect your windows: If they’re not energy efficient like ENERGY STAR-qualified windows, consider replacing them.
  3. Upgrade to energy-efficient lighting systems that emit less heat into air-conditioned spaces.

After reducing your building’s heating and cooling load, you then can make the most from your HVAC equipment investment. With today’s advanced technology, air conditioners use 30-50% less energy while producing the same degree of cooling compared to air conditioners made in the 1970s. Even if your cooling unit is 10 years old, you may still save 20% on cooling costs.

What TP Mechanical Can Do for You

TP Mechanical has the solution for your HVAC needs, using our experienced team of engineers and designers who use the latest BIM and CAD technologies. Our heating capabilities include water and steam boilers, industrial burners, air rotation heating systems, exhaust/makeup air systems, radiant and unit heaters, and rooftop package units. We also design, produce and install air conditioning systems with all types of chillers, cooling towers, commissioning and VAV/VVT/VRV.

See how the TP Mechanical team installed a new HVAC system in a Cincinnati-area private school with an extremely tight timetable. Then contact us for more information on how we can help you get the most efficient use from your HVAC system.

How TP Mechanical Can Put Value Engineering to Work for You

Value engineering, value analysis, value methodology. There are a number of names for the same concept, but one thing is certain. Utilizing knowledge and experience to add value to a project or process can deliver a better end result.

The value engineering concept developed during World War II as General Electric purchasing engineers looked for material and component substitutes due to time shortages. Value engineering is now a systematic and organized approach to improve projects, products and processes. It aims to achieve essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost while still maintaining performance, quality, reliability and safety.

Because of the resulting reduced time and lower costs while still assuring quality, many industries embrace value engineering including:

  • Building designers and contractors
  • Auto manufacturers
  • Chemical companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Federal and local governments

Enhancing Value Every Step of the Way

TP Mechanical’s Vice President for Cincinnati and Dayton Operations Mayur Kadakia sees first-hand how the company collaborates with clients to provide value engineering on a project-by-project basis. “Our team seeks and achieves the optimum balance between function, cost, performance and safety.”

Engineering BlogOur emphasis on value engineering starts at the very beginning. TP Mechanical’s team of estimators recommend a variety of options to save our clients money while still ensuring end-goal quality. Once a plan is approved, our team of skilled CAD designers then leverage their training in the latest technology, equipment and design techniques to create an efficient, effective design. We employ licensed professional engineers as well as work with outside engineering firms to review designs.

Value engineering can come in a variety of forms – from a decision to use a water-saving shower valve in a college residence hall to recommending a point-of-use water heater instead of traditional tank heaters in a hotel. For each project, a cost-benefit analysis can provide construction managers and owners with the details they need to determine the value of each choice.

TP Mechanical’s designers also stay on top of regulatory rules and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines in order for clients to stay in compliance and achieve green status. Check out our portfolio of projects to see the results for yourself and then contact us for more information on how we can make value engineering work for your next project.

The Numbers You Need to Know (24.7.365)

You never expect to have a mechanical breakdown. But when it does happen, TP Mechanical has you covered. Our emergency service teams are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you have a leaky sprinkler, we’re there for you. If you have an air conditioner on the blink, we’re there for you. Any time you have a disruption in your mechanical systems, our experienced technicians can handle your equipment outage.

TP Mechanical Service places a priority on training for our team members. Our skilled technicians continue to develop their knowledge through continuing education programs to stay up to date on the latest diagnostic techniques and products. We promise you that our technicians are prepared to give you the answers you need accurately and efficiently.

One more number you should know: 4

That’s our guaranteed response time. When you select TP Mechanical as your service partner, our team is able to respond to your emergencies within 4 hours to troubleshoot and repair any problem.

The last numbers you should know: 800-829-1989

We hope you never have to dial this number. But don’t hesitate to call those 10 digits for any service need – not just emergencies. We understand the investment you’ve made in your facilities and how an outage can affect your operations.

TP Mechanical offers a variety of service agreement options including:

  • Service Agreements (SA)
  • Inspection Agreements (IA)
  • Maintenance Agreements (MA)
  • Total Agreements (TA)
  • Custom Agreements (CA)

To learn more about TP Mechanical’s specific agreements and which might be right for your business needs, visit our Agreements page.