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.

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.

Protect Health, Provide Comfort & Save Lives

Why do we do what we do? We all know the pride that comes from being a part of an extensive project. At TP Mechanical, we’re honored to work on significant projects every day, playing a pivotal role in the construction of buildings with incredible purpose. We can point at that building when it’s done and say, “I helped make that happen.”

But for the team at TP Mechanical, it goes deeper than a sense of pride. It’s believing in and living the purpose, “Protect Health, Provide Comfort & Save Lives.” This purpose statement describes how we as mechanical contractors, service providers and fabricators are doing more than just making buildings.

We’re protecting the health of the people who will live in, work and visit inside these well-thought-out structures. We’re making places comfortable, and saving lives in the event of a potential disaster, such as a fire. We invite you to take a closer look at the three elements of our purpose statement.

  1. Protect Health. The World Health Organization notes that sustainable health is not possible without access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, which we sometimes can take for granted. Quality plumbing fabrication, installation and service can improve the health and wellness of the people utilizing these facilities.
  2. Provide Comfort. At the heart of it all, heating and cooling services are about providing a healthy and comfortable environment for all occupants in a building. Indoor air quality and climate control are improved through the efficient operation of these systems. Our purpose is to provide that ideal environment for everyone.
  3. Save Lives. Fire protection systems save lives and protect property. In commercial buildings, a fire can have a devastating and deadly effect, but with properly fabricated, installed and maintained systems fires can be contained and more easily controlled, decreasing a potential fatal and catastrophic event.

At TP Mechanical, our work is driven by our purpose. We seek to serve our customers through our Core Values and our Mission Statement: TP Mechanical strives to be the premier contractor that builds everlasting value by transforming our industry through a culture based on safety, honesty, quality, innovation and servant leadership.”

Today and everyday in the future, we will continue to recognize what we do has real implications on real people; therefore the Purpose that TP Mechanical stands for is just as important as the actual work we do.

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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Safety: Ladders & Stairways

There are some hazards on the job site that seem obvious and some that need a little more attention from workers.

While the importance of ladder safety is communicated heavily at job sites, there are some workers and managers who unknowingly neglect to speak about the dangers of stairways.

According to OSHA, there are more than 24,000 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities per year due to falls on stairways and ladders used in construction.

The good news is that many of the accidents around ladders and stairways are preventable when the proper measures are taken prior to starting a job.

With Ladders

  • Use the correct ladder for the task
  • Never load ladders beyond the manufacturer’s rated capacity
  • Ensure that metal ladders are kept way from electrical work and overhead power lines
  • Have a worker partner inspect for any defects
  • Look for structural damage, grease or other slippery contaminant

With Stairways

  • Stairways must be free of dangerous objects, debris and materials
  • Cover stairs with threads to avoid a slippery surface
  • Stairways with four or more risers or that rise more than 30 inches need to have a least one handrail
  • Stair handrails must be free of hazards like splinters and nails

IS IT COLD IN HERE? OR IS IT JUST ME?

Regulating cooling & minimizing energy use in your office

Air temperatures indoors tend to have the Goldilocks effect during the summer months… this room is too hot, this room is too cold, and this room is just right. To achieve these climates, we use a lot of energy. According to the Energy Information Administration, in 2014, 41% of total U.S. energy consumption was consumed in residential and commercial buildings.

Humidity and rising temperatures outside will put your HVAC system into overdrive, and this may or may not impact your overall comfort level at work. Office temperatures are among the top grievances expressed by workers, and that ultimately leads to a decline in productivity.

If you find yourself battling the choice between flipping a coin for control of the office thermostat and bringing in a blanket from home, you may want to read-on. The reasons for the climate differences from one room to another are all centered on the cooling center of your HVAC system. Improving HVAC performance saves energy and promotes a healthier, more comfortable workplace.

Potential causes for your fluctuating office temps include:

  • Incorrect HVAC design

With new higher efficient equipment, it’s not an easy remove and replace a HVAC system without checking the design. Oversized systems will result in a satisfying temperature, but the office may tend to feel cooler and clammy without clearing the humidity in the air.

  • Not enough thermostats

With systems controlling multiple areas/offices is considered a one point of control system with the thermostat usually in the boss’s office. Upgrading the thermostat and adding a remote wireless sensor to average the overall space, this will help to level out the hot and cold spots. Adding dehumidification to your system helps to raise the temperature and still maintain a comfortable work environment with lower humidity levels. You may also want to consider having an air balance check conducted to bring the system back to its original design.

  • Improper electrical system support for your air conditioner or personal heaters

Most fire departments disapprove of using space heaters inside of an office space. The latest equipment and electrical requirements can either relive or put additional strain your electrical system.

  • Gaps in furnace’s duct work

Ducts need to be sealed and insulation checked to be sure that it is still in place.

Personal Heaters

Your personal heater may be making matters worse. Personal heaters at your desk are a quick way to battle freezing office temperatures, but they are also creating a larger issue. Space heaters create air flow changes that can interfere with the air conditioning system.

Personal heaters are also a fire hazard and can cause the breakers to reset.

Fix Tips

  1. Check your building automation system or building management system: BAS or BMS controls and monitors the mechanical and electrical equipment in your building, so a defective system could interfere with HVAC and ventilation.
  2. Check ducts and vents: It is best to have an HVAC professional inspect your office ducts and vents. Dust and debris can clog ducts and cause a cut off of air flow to certain vents. Problems may also stem from cracks or holes in the ducts due to faulty installation and sometimes flex connections come off.
  3. Lighting: Depending on the lighting in your office, a large amount of heat can generate and throw off thermostat readings. Try updating to LED lighting and make sure thermostats are not located near lights or windows.
  4. Update your HVAC system: A change to your office layout can throw off the way your ventilation system works. You may need to relocate ducts or add additional air handlers.

We Can Help

TP Mechanical has the solution, no matter how simple or complex your HVAC/Refrigeration needs may be. Our service team can perform an assessment and recommend steps to improve your office climate and minimize your energy usage. See more information about our service offerings.