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.

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.

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.

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.

With BIM technology, it all comes together.

Every sophisticated machine has thousands of moving parts that come together to make a whole, working system.

A car, for example, is made up of an electrical system, an engine, a computer system, a transmission and systems for steering and suspension, to name a few. Each of these systems is comprised of complex parts and intricate details. Built separately and standing alone, they work flawlessly.

However, a car does not function unless each of these systems can be connected and integrated without error. The systems cannot be designed in isolation. They must be engineered to ensure that their pieces connect and work together.

A building is like a car. Behind the walls, many sophisticated systems are humming along individually and have been engineered to function cohesively. The plumbing has to fit around the HVAC system; the electrical lines have to be accessible; water and electricity must flow seamlessly and control units must be easy to get to. All of these pieces have to fit behind the walls, among the building’s framework, beneath floors and above ceilings. BIM01

BIM (Building Information Modeling) makes all of this easier to design, manage and install. By allowing designers and engineers to create and integrate designs in a virtual 3-D environment, multiple trades can collaborate on one project, share designs digitally and virtually envision how the systems will combine within the space and coexist.

The benefits of this technology are numerous:

  • Multiple trades collaborate on comprehensive projects before the first pipe is welded, allowing for seamless integration of multiple systems and eliminating confusion on the jobsite at installation time.
  • The level of detail that we can design allows us to carefully plan for every contingency, eliminate waste, reduce time on the jobsite and cut costs associated with expensive errors and revisions.
  • New or upgraded systems can be designed and incorporated into existing buildings or blueprints with ease.
  • Custom parts can be designed to solve complex challenges that arise on a project.
  • Sophisticated custom systems such as corridor racks, medical gas walls, pump skids, water heater packages, pipe racks and underground systems can be designed and fabricated in the controlled environment of a manufacturing facility.

At one time in the construction business, each of these systems was designed, manufactured and installed separately. Engineers designed systems using paper blueprints and conceptualized the integration of their system with others in their minds’ eye using careful calculation. To visualize how it would all fit together in final layout, other system design blueprints were printed on tracing paper and layered over one another.

When it came time to install and integrate the systems, the job site was clogged with tradesmen, confusion was typical, and errors arose – all causing time-consuming and expensive delays.

BIM02Thankfully, the technological advancement of BIM has made these headaches a thing of the past.

The applications of BIM technology are exponentially versatile. The TP Mechanical design/build team has extensive expertise utilizing BIM to the benefit of all of our clients and has solved the toughest of challenges by optimizing little-known BIM capabilities.

Ultimately, BIM technology is invaluable to us as we strive to save our clients time and money. It’s a crucial tool that allows TP Mechanical to deliver innovative solutions and speed projects to completion. In short, BIM is the glue that makes a project’s multiple moving parts – trades, timelines, systems and budgets – come together faultlessly.

Think a custom design will cost you more money? Think again.

We’re in the business of delivering custom designs that do more with every dollar. TP Mechanical has the capability, expertise and resources to provide design/build, design/assist and other pre-construction services. We pair comprehensive design services with state-of-the-art fabrication capabilities to coordinate every step of the process, reducing costs at every stage.
BIM and Design|Build
We’re in the business of delivering custom designs that do more with every dollar. TP Mechanical has the capability, expertise and resources to provide design/build, design/assist and other pre-construction services. We pair comprehensive design services with state-of-the-art fabrication capabilities to coordinate every step of the process, reducing costs at every stage.