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.

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.

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.

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.

Time for an Energy Check Up

service photos LOW RES DSC_4232The quality and use of energy in commercial properties becomes much more important as the building structure and equipment ages pass ten years. This is a crucial time when your equipment may begin to show signs of needed updates and repairs. Facility managers who take the time to have their equipment inspected with an energy audit will avoid costly emergency repairs and potentially delay the cost of replacing equipment.

Energy audits can include a review of:

  • heating
  • cooling
  • lighting systems
  • water consumption
  • ventilation
  • control systems
  • the building envelope

Energy Audit Results

According to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, energy audits, which can sometimes be called commissioning, can identify savings on average of 16 percent in existing buildings and 13 percent in new buildings. Facilities with a comprehensive approach to audits, sometimes also called commissioning, achieved twice the average savings and those with a constrained approach achieved five times the savings.

Where Do We Begin?

service photos LOW RES DSC_4308Typically, you will find that HVAC, lighting and production equipment use the most energy and should be the primary focus of energy audits. Different commercial properties serve different purposes and each must have an energy audit that is custom for the building’s main business.

Energy audits promote building longevity and durability and make building operations more cost effective. We can help you prioritize and invest in energy-saving measures.

The benefits of a custom energy audit can include increasing property value, as well as the comfort and health of your employees and customers. While saving money is a huge benefit, there are more long-term advantages to your health for everyone in your building. Energy audits can identify ways to improve indoor air quality by analyzing the ventilation systems and checking for harmful toxins.

A high energy star rating can also contribute to your sustainability initiatives and brand image. As part of an energy audit, our inspectors will examine your internal structure, locate any inefficiency and recommend changes that can help you achieve a high energy star rating.

You Next Move

TP Mechanical brings more than 60 years of experience serving customers with more efficient systems. During our visit, we will make recommendations for alternatives and facilitate systematic replacement over time to keep your operation running smoothly and keeping you in the green.

Energy audits or any other emergency service call can be requested by calling 800-829-1989 or by filling out a service request form.

Carve your path to success at TP Mechanical

DSC_4427 ApprenticeAt TP Mechanical, we recognize that the future of our industry depends on the training of skilled workers. That’s why we’re committed to training the next generation of skilled craft workers. TP Mechanical’s apprenticeship program and ongoing education initiatives offer employees the chance to advance their knowledge and expertise.

The Apprenticeship Program’s success with employees is due in part to the combination of in-class and on-site job training. The in-class portion of our program is enhanced by quality instructors who have years of experience and were selected by TP Mechanical personnel. The on-site training takes place in the field where you will get the chance to acquire knowledge alongside their classmates.

Our current group of apprentices will attend a recognition event on June 19, and those who have reached the end of the four-year program will officially graduate. TP Mechanical will advertise for applicants to the next class of apprentices in June. Be on the lookout and you could be a part of the program next year.

What is your path to Success?

TP MechanicalBuck,Daniel_apprentice banquet cincy LOW RES DSC_6746 seeks out apprentice candidates based on their commitment to the work, attitude and their desire to learn. Many of the people seeking to become apprentices are new to the skilled trade. Therefore, we provide the skills and training to make them successful. Our company leadership believes in developing our culture by promoting within and coordinates learning plans to build individual capabilities and our workforce.

Which Trade?

Three trade options are offered for extended training during the four-year Apprenticeship Program.

Courses offered include:

Fire Protection

  • Processes that go into a fire protection project
  • Studying the design and fabrication aspects of fire protection systems
  • Preparation for State of Ohio or Kentucky fire protection licensing tests

Plumbing

  • Processes that go into plumbing and piping systems, fixtures, and welding
  • Studying state and international plumbing codes
  • Preparation for the Journeyman tests

Sheet Metal

  • Processes that go into HVAC systems design and construction
  • Indoor Air Quality and Commissioning
  • Fuel gas code and mechanical code

 

By The Numbers
Our apprenticeship program consists of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of 4 years.

Contact Us for more information on the apprenticeship program. Start now on your path to success with TP Mechanical.

Custom Prefabrication. Your Job. Your Specifications.

We are excited to announce the launch of our TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop website, www.TPFabricationShop.com, which will offer customers and potential customers, custom fabricated construction materials shipped directly to their job site.

The new website makes it easy for customers to create an account, describe their project and details about the products they need and upload their drawings and schematics. The TP Mechanical team will deliver a quote to customers promptly. The website also offers a comprehensive catalog of prefabricated building products, each can be customized to meet the specifications of a particular job.

The TP Mechanical Fabrication Shop is a one-stop-shop for the building materials a contractor needs to complete a job efficiently and cost effectively.

TPMechanical_MiamiValleyHospitalSouthTowerAdditionOur fabrication shop is a 45,000-square-foot ISO-registered facility, staffed by skilled tradesmen, using state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The shop fabricates a variety of products used in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection construction, including corridor system mechanical racks; CPVC, PVC and copper pipe assemblies; pipe hangers and supports; equipment skids and carrier groups.

Contractors and construction companies can utilize prefabrication to help shorten their time schedule, reduce material waste at the job site and ultimately provide cost savings.

For more information about the fabrication shop and our capabilities, visit our website today or call Jef Schachleiter, Internal Operations Manager for TP Mechanical, at 513-842-5910.